Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I think the zero-black out of the Sony A9 is very special. A game changer. It has to be tried to be believed how liberating it is to shoot with zero VF blackout. Blew me away.

I think this achievement should be recognised.

We thought hard about the a9, particularly in the innovation category. Technologies such as zero blackout shooting, high-res EVF and stacked CMOS with super-fast readout are all pretty cool but all have appeared elsewhere (at least one of the Nikon 1 models offered zero blackout continuous shooting), but we did consider their combined contribution towards what the a9 offers.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 01:20 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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Ribbit74: Hey dpreview.... I don’t think the word “compact” means what you think it means.

I managed to make 'Compact/Fixed Lens' fit, so we've changed the name accordingly.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 00:54 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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KeepCalm: How the size and price envelope of the compact camera has ballooned over the last few years. Good to see modern technology refining things and improving affordability in the modern age.
You would think keeping it compact would be one of the factors in the compact award. Hilarious choice.

That's what our [Buying Guides](https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2017-buying-guide-best-pocketable-enthusiast-cameras) do.

These are our annual awards, which is us choosing our favourites and the models we've been most impressed by in the past year. There aren't enough new models to split them out into separate categories - we don't want to end up giving a prize to everything.

We've renamed it 'Best Compact/Fixed Lens Camera' to make it clearer.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 20:35 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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HaoAndHui: Consider the Olympus menu system I wouldn't consider any of them to be a good entry level camera - if the target is for "entry level" people.

It's true that you could get used to their menu, but again, it's for "entry level".

Not huge strides but they have tried to strip down the menu and move some of the features into a more accessible 'Advanced Photography' position on the mode dial.

"Entry level" is a price point, not a group of people. True beginners are probably better served by the SL2 (hence it winning that use-case in our roundups), but the E-M10 III is good for those users and offers an unparalleled level of features and direct control for the more advanced user or the user who intended to learn, priced at the entry level into the market.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:44 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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mdb1974: RE: compact of the year. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that the Sony is three times (in bulk) the size of the either the Panasonic or the Fuji. It's more than double their weight as well. Perhaps a better choice would have been the Nikon d850. It weighs less (granted, body only) but seriously.

I'm not saying 'compared to...' I'm saying the terminology we've always used has been outpaced by the direction the market has moved.

"Fixed lens" is ambiguous, since some people interpret that as "Fixed focal length ," and I've never met anyone who talks about "fixed lens cameras." But I think this highlights that we need a better term.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:38 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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Ribbit74: Hey dpreview.... I don’t think the word “compact” means what you think it means.

cosinaphile - that's a fair suggestion. We've always called fixed lens cameras 'compacts' because very few people understand what "fixed lens" means. (and some that do then assume "fixed focal length")

For most of the site's existence, your choices were compacts or DSLRs and even the largest 'compacts' were the smaller of those two options. The death of the small sensor compact, combined with the move to larger sensors even for superzooms has made the term seem increasingly inapt. We didn't really notice the full impact of that move until now.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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wolfloid: Both surreal and absurd that the Sony RX10 III wins the compact class. It is a brick, an ungainly lump, a large, awkward klotz. It does not even come close to the word 'compact' in my understanding. A complete nonsense!

'Compact' is the name we've always used for cameras with built-in lenses. That name has been rendered rather silly as the traditional pocket compact has disappeared and large sensors have become increasingly common, even in superzooms.

That category is 'cameras with non-replaceable lenses.'

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:25 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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KeepCalm: How the size and price envelope of the compact camera has ballooned over the last few years. Good to see modern technology refining things and improving affordability in the modern age.
You would think keeping it compact would be one of the factors in the compact award. Hilarious choice.

'Compact' is the name we've always used for cameras with built-in lenses. That name has been rendered rather silly as the traditional pocket compact has disappeared and large sensors have become increasingly common, even in superzooms.

That category is 'cameras with non-replaceable lenses.'

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:25 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1087 comments in total)
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SureshM: What is the bit depth on the A7 R III when shooting uncompressed raw with mechanical shutter - single frame, 8 frames per second, 10 frames per second? How does this change with live view? I have seen conflicting reports with some stating that 14 bit shooting is maintained as long as the mechanical shutter is used and others saying that the bit depth is reduced to 12 at 10 frames per second. I have tried uncompressed raw in single shot mode and also at 10 frames per second with the mechanical shutter and the sizes of the raw files are identical suggesting that 14 bit depth is maintained at 10 fps. Thanks for any insights.

The a7R III is always 14-bit when set to Uncompressed Raw, regardless of drive mode.

In compressed mode it still drops to 12-bit in continuous drive.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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Luis M. Anibarro: best compact camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV?????
really... compact?????

We do not care about who sells what. We really don't.

Sony has been making better and better cameras for the past few years and between the a9, a7R III and RX10 IV, they're pretty bloody impressive. I've never been a fan of superzooms (something I try to make clear if I ever review those models) and even I ended up quite liking the RX10 IV. That's why they did so well in the awards this year. That and that reason alone.

I'm not trying to redefine language, it's just that the way the market's changed has rendered our choice of term inappropriate. What term would you use to cover all the cameras with built-in lenses? This category is *that*.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 08:08 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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bowserb: Looks to me like the nominations were designed to assure that all advertisers were represented. As proof, two Canon mirrorless cameras were nominated, neither of which has an eye level viewfinder. Honestly, how can an enthusiast forum ever take seriously a camera than can only be used in "dirty diaper" style. Worthless in the sun or for moving subjects.

I'm long disappointed in Canon and will not buy another until the company catches up to 2010 mirrorless technology. I'm only now disappointed in DPReview, even though I understand cowtowing to advertisers. Ad revenue rules, but when you honor the likes of the M6 and M100, you dishonor yourself, DPReview.

You're saying it's our fault or some kind of conspiracy that Canon [didn't launch a mirrorless camera with a viewfinder](https://www.dpreview.com/products/timeline?year=2017&brand=canon&category=cameras) this year?

We tried to pare back the categories as much as possible because we didn't want it to be 'everybody wins.'

It's **nothing** to do with advertising. I'm sure we've missed out brands who've advertised and included some that haven't. I'm not even sure who I'd ask, if I wanted to know.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 00:45 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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mdb1974: RE: compact of the year. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that the Sony is three times (in bulk) the size of the either the Panasonic or the Fuji. It's more than double their weight as well. Perhaps a better choice would have been the Nikon d850. It weighs less (granted, body only) but seriously.

The problem is that almost no one releases bridge cameras anymore and it made no sense to create a category of one that the RX10 IV would win by default. This is the constant challenge of trying to reduce the categories as much as possible just so that it doesn't turn into everybody getting a prize.

We have called cameras with built-in lenses 'compacts' for over a decade. Unfortunately the mass of such models that were actually compact has disappeared and the few launches that remain are growing larger and larger as their sensors do.

Think of it as 'best camera with a built-in lens' or 'best camera with a fixed lens (not in the sense of fixed focal length).'

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 00:29 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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Luis M. Anibarro: best compact camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV?????
really... compact?????

If you can explain what the advantage of a larger sensor is, if you then significantly constrict the maximum aperture to make the camera smaller, then I'm all ears.

If it were a popularity contest then Canon would win everything, every year. We prefer to give our awards to the cameras we've used and been most impressed by, regardless of brand (though between us we liked the M6, SL2 and T7i, which may have split the vote, somewhat). This year it happens to have been Sony that has released some really capable cameras and started to address the UI shortcomings that made it harder for them to win in previous years.

However, none of this has anything to do with what name we use for cameras with built-in lenses. It neither changes which cameras we'd consider nor how we'd appraise them. It's the award for what we, as a group, believe to be the best camera with a built-in lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 00:22 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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Luis M. Anibarro: best compact camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV?????
really... compact?????

Sure, why not?

The problem was that the alternative: "fixed lens camera" gets taken to mean both 'fixed focal length' and/or 'built-in lens.'

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (462 comments in total)
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Luis M. Anibarro: best compact camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV?????
really... compact?????

We've used the term 'compact' to mean any camera with a built-in lens for most of the history of the site. We didn't foresee the near-extinction of the compact compact or the arrival of the large-sensor superzoom.

The noun has diverged from the adjectival sense.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 22:39 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1040 comments in total)
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ldmosquera: Richard, you mention "while we wouldn’t recommend buying an a7R III if you plan only to shoot with adapted lenses".

What's the problem with using adapted lenses with the A7R III?

I'm thinking of getting it to use my old lenses (Canon FD, Nikon AI-s, some M42, etc), so I don't care about adapted autofocus performance. It has to be these lenses because I REALLY enjoy using them.
Would you still not recommend the A7R III for this use case? What else would you recommend for it?

Thanks!

A variety of the reasons above, really.

Part of these cameras' appeal is their ability to shoot high pixel counts at high speeds, so limiting the camera to 3fps by shooting with adapted AF lenses or throwing away AF completely doesn't seem like the best use of money (you could buy an a7R II if you don't need the speed or AF benefits of the Mark III, for instance).

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1087 comments in total)
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Michael1000: Can the menus be selected by touching the screen on the back? It's not really clear from this article (or I am missing it).

No

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 20:28 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1040 comments in total)
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dmanthree: Good comparison, but lenses? A tossup? Even considering Nikon's vast array of lenses? I don't get that one.

Which is a point made in the article.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 18:16 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1040 comments in total)
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Matto715: No clear winner when it comes to "lenses"? Come on, give me a break! Nothing compares to Nikons huge choice of excellent lenses - not to speak of fantastic third party lenses for Nikons F-mount. For exactly this reason I bought the D850 and would never consider a Sony camera, sorry.

The article makes clear that Nikon has more lenses, even if you just limit yourself to the modern ones that the company recommends.

For many people, Sony offers the lenses many people need, though (and can adapt - with reduced performance - others). I know architecture photographers who prefer shooting their Canon Tilt/Shift on a live view camera, for instance.

For anyone who will never use a 600mm lens, its existence in the Nikon lineup is not an advantage.

So, while the lineups are not equal, it would be ridiculous for me to declare for Nikon simply because they have more niche lenses. It's impossible for me to declare a *clear* winner. If your specific needs require a lens that Nikon makes and where 3fps isn't sufficient, then of course that makes the decision easier for you, but I felt Sony has enough bases covered now that it won't make a difference to enough people for me to call it.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 18:55 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1040 comments in total)
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Max Iso: Hmmm.....

"it’s simply a question of whether you prefer a mirror in your camera or not"....

But then....

"you can no longer summarily decide which camera is going to be better for a given situation, based simply on whether it's Mirrorless or a DSLR."

Am i missing something?

The first quote should have said: "you **shouldn't** take that to mean it’s simply a question of whether you prefer a mirror in your camera or not."

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:53 UTC
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