Staff Profile

Richard Butler
Richard Butler
Technical Editor

Richard graduated as a scientist but had a lot more fun writing and shooting for his university magazine. A number of years spent variously as a reporter, writer and editor on science and engineering titles combined his knowledge of science with his interest in images and words. But it was spotting the connections between emission spectra, white balance and all the nonsense he'd taught himself playing around in Photoshop that helped kindle an interest in digital photography. Searching for a camera led to him discovering DPReview and Richard was recruited by Phil Askey in 2007. He's been combining his love of photography, communication and attention to detail (pedantry?) ever since.

He has unusually strong opinions about lenses for the APS-C format.

Editorial content

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Fujifilm X-T4 vs X-S10

The inclusion of in-body stabilization in Fujifilm's X-S10 means it's able to offer a lot of the features of the flagship X-T4. So, price aside, what are the differences between the two models, and how much of a bargain is the smaller camera?

Nikon Z6 II vs Canon EOS R6 - which is best for you?

In the current full-frame mirrorless marketplace, the Canon EOS R6 and Nikon Z6 II are the midrange models to beat. But which is right for you?

Nikon Z6 II review
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The Nikon Z6 II builds on the well-rounded stills and video features of its predecessor, with the addition of dual processors, two card slots and the option to add a full battery grip. It's a subtle evolution but enough to keep the $2000 Z model competitive.

Lenses for mirrorless: how Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony full-frame options compare

Updated Lens availability is a critical part of choosing a camera system. We have a look at the four full-frame mirrorless mounts to see how their lineups and technologies currently compare.

Hands-on with new Sigma 35mm and 65mm F2 DG DN lenses

Sigma's new primes promise very good performance and light weight, when paired with L-mount and Sony E-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Take a closer look.

Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM

Technical Editor Richard Butler's pick was the unusual lens that gave him the opportunity to try something new. The Canon RF 800mm F11's unique combination of telephoto reach, affordability and light weight will likely enable even more people to do the same.

Sony a7S II vs a7S III: What's new and why it matters

The a7S III comes five years after the Mark II. So what exactly has changed in that time? We took a closer look and found a more ambitious video tool that helps explain the higher pricing.

Firmware v1.1.1 makes the Canon R6's video much more usable

The latest firmware significantly improves the EOS R6's response to efforts to let it cool, making it much more usable for stop/start video.

Sony a7C vs Sony a7 III: Which is better?

The Sony a7C and a7 III are very similar cameras, but depending on your needs, the choice may come down to more than simply price versus compactness.

Sony a7C review: Compact size, big sensor image quality

Sony's a7C is among the smallest full-frame mirrorless cameras you can buy, and in terms of core capability, not much has been sacrificed for the sake of compactness. It makes a great travel camera but isn't as refine as the best of its rivals.