Richard Butler

Richard Butler

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Works as a Technical Editor
Joined on Nov 7, 2007
About me:

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.

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On article Richard Franiec creates accessory grip for Sony RX100 (116 comments in total)
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MaRcIu: not sure if everything about this camera is expensive or I'm too poor.

The only camera with comparable sensor size is the Nikon J1, which had an initial selling price of $649. (The XZ-1 was $499/449 Euro for reference).

As such, $699 as a starting price isn't totally unreasonable - it's a higher-specced camera than most of its peers (bigger sensor, better screen, etc).

Sorry to use dollar prices - I just have those nearer-to-hand.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:18 UTC
On article Richard Franiec creates accessory grip for Sony RX100 (116 comments in total)
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Hobbit13: Is Richard Franeic family of one of the DPReview owners? He gets loads of attention, but is only one of many accecoire makers out there. And an expensive supplier to!

We have no association with Mr Franeic at all. He gets attention because his grips are well spoken-of on the forums, have been good in our experience and he sends us press releases.

We'd consider other accessory makers if they told us what they were up to. But, as you point out, there are many of them, so we can't chase them all.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:13 UTC
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ppastoris: To DPReview : a suggestion. Could you guys please post equivalent F-numbers (in terms of DOF and light gathering ability) when you post equivalent focal length numbers? E.g. LX7's 4.7-17.7 F1.4-2.3 is the equivalent of 24-90 F7.2-11.7, not of 24-90 F1.4-2.3; similarly for FZ200 it's either 4.5-108 F2.8 or the equivalent of 25-600 F15.6 in 35mm standard.

Being one of the most influential camera review websites on the Internet you could really help your readers to understand what a lens designed for a smaller than 35mm sensor is actually capable of photographically. Clearly posting the equivalent angle of view (by posting an equivalent focal length) is only half of the story.

In terms of focal lengths, it makes sense to make reference to 35mm (since it's been common-practice for so long, that many people understand what, a 28-70mm equiv range would look like).

However, there's an argument for using APS-C as the reference point in terms of depth-of-field, since it is by far the most-common sensor size for DSLRs (and full frame arguably currently almost as niche as medium format was in the film era).

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 13:07 UTC
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Carlos AF Costa: LX7 with a smaller sensor than LX5? Is this an upgrade? Not for me, thanks.

I agree entirely. We wouldn't bother reviewing cameras if you could predict the result by looking at the spec table.

I'm working to prepare an RX100 review at the moment, so am looking forward to seeing how the LX7 compares.

And, while I agree it doesn't make sense to judge cameras based on specs, it's downright crazy to dismiss this camera, compared to the LX5 based purely on sensor size, since that isn't even the whole picture in terms of specs.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 13:01 UTC
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Carlos AF Costa: LX7 with a smaller sensor than LX5? Is this an upgrade? Not for me, thanks.

Even if the brighter aperture all the way through the lens range means it's able to gather more light? (More than offsetting the smaller sensor)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 11:27 UTC
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Hallie76: They all looks good, where can i found technical info ?

What technical information are you looking for that isn't in the previews? (Each image is a link to a preview article).

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 11:10 UTC
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qwertyasdf: 33 comments and not a single complaint!
Pany, please receive ur 34th praise.

Awesome camera.

Give it time.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 10:06 UTC
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ppastoris: To DPReview : a suggestion. Could you guys please post equivalent F-numbers (in terms of DOF and light gathering ability) when you post equivalent focal length numbers? E.g. LX7's 4.7-17.7 F1.4-2.3 is the equivalent of 24-90 F7.2-11.7, not of 24-90 F1.4-2.3; similarly for FZ200 it's either 4.5-108 F2.8 or the equivalent of 25-600 F15.6 in 35mm standard.

Being one of the most influential camera review websites on the Internet you could really help your readers to understand what a lens designed for a smaller than 35mm sensor is actually capable of photographically. Clearly posting the equivalent angle of view (by posting an equivalent focal length) is only half of the story.

We will quote equivalent apertures when looking at camera classes with a variety of sensor sizes, so that each can be compared in terms of depth-of-field control.

However, most people think in terms of what ISO an F number gives, and then look at how that camera performs at that ISO. And, indeed, that's what's marked on the camera when you're using it. As such, using actual F numbers will remain our primary means of reporting - adding equivalent aperture when it adds something useful.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 10:02 UTC
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.Sam.: Last week you could buy a GX1 from Amazon for under $400. How can anyone justify $800 for the G5?

Comparing a list price to a year-old street price is meaningless.

The GX1 was $799 with the conventional 14-42mm on the day of launch.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 05:31 UTC
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CameraLabTester: Pentax comes across as technical and innovative.

Ricoh sounds and feels like a breakfast cereal or chocolate malt drink.

The company should diversify into food products and leave the Pentax marque alone...

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It may be known for copiers in the US, but I know a fair number of people with Capilo Rs, GRDs or CXs in Europe.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 15:07 UTC
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CameraLabTester: Pentax comes across as technical and innovative.

Ricoh sounds and feels like a breakfast cereal or chocolate malt drink.

The company should diversify into food products and leave the Pentax marque alone...

.

Sadly it's unlikely - we've been rather overwhelmed by large, complex cameras that mean we may not find time to review the GRD IV.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 13:51 UTC
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CameraLabTester: Pentax comes across as technical and innovative.

Ricoh sounds and feels like a breakfast cereal or chocolate malt drink.

The company should diversify into food products and leave the Pentax marque alone...

.

So long as you ignore the photographer-targeted GRD series, which have one of the best user-interfaces available on any compact cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 12:01 UTC
On article User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 (272 comments in total)
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Alexander Vienna: Enabling the Super Control Panel for fast settings changes
Hello, I do not understand this.... it does not work...
anybody here how can help?

The Super Control Panel is one of our favorite user interfaces - it puts all your key settings on a single screen, making it easy to check or change your setup. On the E-M5 it's been made even better by being made touch sensitive, meaning you can simply hit OK to bring the screen up, tap the setting you wish to change, then spin the dial to change it. Alternatively, you can press 'OK' to see a list of available settings.

Strangely, though, Super Control Panel isn't enabled, by default, in the E-M5's live view settings. We think this is one of the most important single changes you can make for making the shooting experience faster and more enjoyable.

I'll amend the text to make it clearer.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 09:53 UTC
On article User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 (272 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I am not sure why there is an inference that Super-Fine JPEG is unique to the OM when all top end Samsung compact cameras and NX have it. This seems to be hyping up the camera a bit.

I can't think of any other camera that produces such low compression JPEGs as Olympus does. Samsung may call its mode 'Super-Fine' but it's not the same thing at all.

Whether it's helpful to use Olympus Super-Fine is another matter, but it is a feature you won't find on any other brand I can think of.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 09:52 UTC
On article User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 (272 comments in total)
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peter xyz: Great article.
Just two comments:
- I hope it will be a "living" article, i.e. it gets updated by the authors with new learnings / tips from the DPReview readers community (eg. with the often excellent tips or corrections made on the m4/3 Forum here on the site)
- A versioning (or mention the "updated on" date) of the article would be a nice addition in that case

Thanks a lot !

I'll try to keep an eye out for suggestions (and I'm sure Timur will, too). Finding time to go back and edit things will be tricky, but I'll try.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 09:49 UTC
On article User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 (272 comments in total)
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kjacob: I just sent a long-awaited OMD EM5 back to Amazon because nothing happened after I charged the battery, put it in, and tried to turn on the camera. There was absolutely nothing on the screen, or any other indication that the camera was "On".

When I posted this in the review section of Amazon, a reply said I had to press a button on the side of the viewfinder to see anything in the screen. This is contrary to the manual, and the DP Review.

Does any of this make any sense to anyone out there???

Thanks for any insight.

Ken

That's covered under the heading 'First things first.'

It is a very odd way of working - it's essentially mimicking the behaviour of a DSLR (preview in viewfinder and settings displayed on the back).

As I said in this article, it's a strange thing to make the default on a camera which has the distinct advantage over a DSLR that the viewfinder and OLED screen can be used interchangably.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 09:47 UTC
On article Lexar promises XQD cards later in 2012 (38 comments in total)
In reply to:

h2k: To the editor,

i am not sure why you didn't mention the XQD cards' major pros and cons right _in the front-page part_ of this news (maximum capacity, speed, maybe size, etc.) It seems to be a rare format right now so it seems fit to expect a tad of background information beyond the fact that it's usable in the Nikon D4.

I've added a link back to the card announcement (and included our much-duplicated size comparison diagram), but maximum capacity is currently unclear, as is maximum speed.

The fastest speed currently available (on any card system) is mentioned and linked from the story.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
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HiRez: "The estimated selling price of each printer is $129.998 for the PIXMA MG4220 Wireless Photo AIO printer"

I don't understand this price. Is this some odd currency conversion or rounding error that results in an extra digit (in other words, it's actually about $130?) or is this a european digit separator and this thing actually costs $129,000??? That seems...hard to believe.

Ah, some of the formatting has dropped out when we've put the story together - the extra '8's should be superscript (or green in our formatting).

It should make more sense now.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 09:20 UTC
On article Researchers follow the noise to find composite images (38 comments in total)
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Martin Kulhavy: "tendency for image noise" - is that vertical banding?

No. It's the tendency for the statistical distribution of image noise to have a certain shape.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:55 UTC
On article Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review (271 comments in total)
In reply to:

gl2k: Wanna real serious cam : Nikon or Canon
Wanna show off : Leica
Wanna be on budget : $299 P&S
Wanna be funny : NEX-7

But this cam ??? No idea who is the target customer ...

Someone who wants superb image quality in a type of camera neither Canon or Nikon even bothers making?

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 18:43 UTC
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