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 adds 18mm F1.4 and 70-300mm to X-mount roadmap

Fujifilm has updated its X-mount lens roadmap, with the promise of an 18mm F1.4 and a 70-300mm F4-5.6 OIS, both due in 2021.

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: what you need to know

We've delved into what's changed and improved in Nikon's Z6 II and Z7 II, and it's more than just the second card slots. See what we found.

Nikon Z6 II initial review

The Nikon Z6 II builds on the well-rounded stills and video features of its predecessor, with the addition of dual processors, dual 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.

Hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix DC-BGH1

Panasonic's DC-BGH1 is a new type of product for Panasonic: a box-style video camera that is designed to be as adaptable and flexible as possible. Click through for a closeup look.

Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous

Drowning in a sea of 'Mark II's, 'X7's and '7X's, Technical Editor Richard Butler has a plea for manufacturers: please think of some new names.

Here's our wish list for the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II

We know that Mark II versions of the Z6 and Z7 are on their way, but the question is: what kind of updates and upgrades they will offer? We put our heads together and came up with our wish list.

Sony a7C initial 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. But are you ready to make it your next go-to travel camera? Find out how it stacks up in our initial review.

Coming into focus: how Panasonic's DFD gamble may yet pay off

Panasonic's S5 shows improved autofocus performance, particularly for stills shooting. It's not there yet but Technical Editor Richard Butler thinks the changes show that DFD isn't necessarily a dead-end.

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 the Panasonic Lumix S5

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is a smaller, more affordable addition to the line of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Its video spec is similar to that of the S1 with V-Log upgrade, its autofocus (particularly for stills) is improved, but it's both smaller and less expensive than the S1.