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 Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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armandino: I guess 89 is now the default "do not offend anyone" score
Try to convince Tony and Chelsea...

The scoring system hasn't changed for something like 8 years. The weightings that dictate the Z7 getting and 89% are exactly the same as those used every other camera in its class.

We are working on a more advanced scoring system, which should let you change the emphasis of different features (to give more importance to AF and less to video, for instance), but we haven't changed anything to ensure the Z7 got one score rather than another.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2018 at 00:16 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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Mared: Why did the Z7 get the same score as the D850? Coincidence?

The weightings of our scoring algorithm give lots of emphasis to image quality. And, since the Z7 produces images extremely similar to the D850 (one of the best IQ cameras we've ever tested) it was always going to score very well.

It is coincidental that they both got 89% in the sense that the weightings of our scoring system dictated that the Z7's areas of strength: video, features and connectivity (in which the z7 scored comparably to the a7R III) counter-balance its shortcomings relative to the D850.

Those weightings have been unchanged for years and are applied to all cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2018 at 00:11 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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redhed17: I'm confused, on one hand they say it "is the company's most well-rounded camera to date", but then say the AF is not up to what Nikon has done with their DSLR's, the Dynamic Range is slightly down on the D850, and there is the possibility of banding. It also has a very small buffer. Is this somehow offset by the improved video performance and AF performance during videos! For many video is not important, so take that aspect away, and is it still the company's most rounded 'camera'? From reading the review, I don't think so. :-/

In saying it's the most well-rounded, we're saying it does a wider range of things well (or really well), than existing Nikon models. That isn't the same as saying it's better at every one of those things than every Nikon camera.

If you don't value its video capability and usability, the addition of image stabilization or its smaller size, then its all-round capability sounds like it's less important to you that its performance in specific areas.

I hope our review at least helped you draw the appropriate conclusion for your needs.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2018 at 21:14 UTC
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AlexisH: Leica is a company that still has potential. Especially now in the mirrorless era when they could put out a mirrorless M body and finally give the M lenses the modern camera that they deserve.

They indeed have some innovative ideas, but they also fail to implement basic features, which makes them look like a gifted kid that just wants to be different at any cost. Which they definitely achieved, so I'm not sure why they're still trying so hard.

Rangefinders pre-date the use of the term mirrorless and generally operate differently, so to me it doesn't make sense to retrospectively try to shoehorn them into a category that they only fall into by chance.

Regardless of whether you worry about the mirrors in the viewfinder, the primary means of shooting a rangefinder (in terms of metering and autofocus, or the lack of it), isn't akin to other mirrorless cameras, so it doesn't make sense to try to retcon them in.

Sure you can shoot an M240 as if it were a manual focus mirrorless camera, but you can do the same with DSLRs in live view, and it doesn't make sense to try to squeeze those in, too.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2018 at 20:24 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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shademaster: This has got to be a record for the highest scoring camera that only got a silver. Any other cameras in the modern era with 89% or better but only a silver?

Or maybe the cameras were all really good when they were launched/reviewed but image quality has continued to improve.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2018 at 19:03 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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PhotoFactor: Score is way too high.

Our scoring system is heavily weighted towards image quality, so the Z7 was also going to score very well, since its image quality is excellent.

It's also very good at a lot of things. Low light AF and AF Tracking may be behind its competitors but it's more than a match for the D850 in many other AF situations.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2018 at 18:31 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)
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dansclic: I can understand why film fans would,buy this one but it is about photography here.
Re thé DOf when shooting portraits you neeed a f1,2 mft lens to achieve the same results as a ff f1,8 which costs half the price of a f1,2 mft Lens. This is to be considered as well as noise is present from 800 iso

The strength of smaller format is that it can be smaller, less expensive, maybe better at video.

However, you can match a smaller format's depth-of-field with a larger sensor camera. If you need the depth of field that F1.4 offers on Micro Four Thirds, then you can shoot at around F1.8 on APS-C or F2.8 on Full Frame and get the same result (irrespective of what ISO is needed), if your camera is of a similar vintage. There's no advantage to the larger format at that point but nor a disadvantage, relative to Micro Four Thirds.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2018 at 22:06 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)
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dansclic: I can understand why film fans would,buy this one but it is about photography here.
Re thé DOf when shooting portraits you neeed a f1,2 mft lens to achieve the same results as a ff f1,8 which costs half the price of a f1,2 mft Lens. This is to be considered as well as noise is present from 800 iso

Buratino - the point is that a larger sensor (with a bright enough lens) can do shallow depth-of-field or deeper depth-of-field. It's harder for a small sensor to do the shallow aspect of that.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2018 at 17:26 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T3 Review (2464 comments in total)
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runbei99: Good grief, shouldn't DPR test Fuji's native RAW processing through Fujifilm X-RAW Studio? Fuji cameras are at their best when using Fuji software and lenses.

In some instances, the supplied software just mimics the JPEGs, in other instances (such as Capture One for Fujifilm, it doesn't). But the idea of 'trying to achieve the very best' is a fools errand.

It would make the result dependent on which of us processed the images and ensure eternal complaints about the particular settings we use in each case. "Oh, this camera is better than DPR has made it look because they chose this setting instead of...."

Trying to achieve a level playing field is the least-bad option.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2018 at 20:01 UTC
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ggc: Wish they will release something also for Fuji FX (aps) mount!

Yeah, the 56mm F1.4 would be a great addition to the lineup.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2018 at 18:06 UTC
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kpaddler: "(admittedly ludicrous) road bike."

So, you are one of thozzze

Proudly so.

(Though not just road: bikes generally are pretty wonderful)

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2018 at 02:10 UTC
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abe4652: You're not going to believe the innovative camera I just built with a Quaker Oats box!

No LCD, no lens, no film, and no shutter! (well, except for a few flakes that still come off the cardboard from time to time).

I find it hard to believe anyone would describe removing the rear screen as 'innovative.'

Have you seen anyone making that case?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 23:13 UTC
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Sirandar: This is perhaps a advertisement and should be labelled as that ....

And the product used to showcase innovation is not that...

It's not an advert and it explicitly says that I'm writing about the ideas not the products.

It's possible to recognise and interesting idea, even in a product that's ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 23:03 UTC
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Photoman: Cheaper to buy a Sony body and put a Leica lens on it. At least upgrading the bodies will be cheaper.

Er, how does that relate the to article?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 22:58 UTC
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Wild Bill - Polo Protog: I'm holding out for 16K. Nothing less will do.

You read my comment with a straight face?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 22:50 UTC
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technotic: Are Fuji still involved? I don't see any mention of them in the press release

I'm not saying they've given it away, but when a car maker makes a new car, they don't say it's a collaboration with Dunlop, just because it uses pneumatic tyres made from vulcanised rubber.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 22:48 UTC
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Wild Bill - Polo Protog: I'm holding out for 16K. Nothing less will do.

How big is the screen and how far away from the audience?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 21:53 UTC
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Phil Askey: This.

Thanks Phil.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2018 at 22:15 UTC
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User3137826464: Everyday I check for Canon EOS R in-depth review!! Can anyone tell me if DPR is planning on releasing one, and when?

We certainly will be releasing one (it's in progress at present).

There's enough that's completely new on this camera to mean that the review takes a bit longer (you don't ever want to mistake 'that's unfamiliar' with 'that's bad'). But we're aiming to publish in the next week or so.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2018 at 21:42 UTC
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HannahNguyen: No 4K no buy!

Well, since 8K is twice the linear resolution in each dimension, it would be the best way to produce 'perfect' 4K footage (correctly rendered up to Nyquist).

In the same way that the Sony a7S produces excellent 1080 by capturing twice the resolution in each dimension (ie UHD 4K).

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2018 at 21:15 UTC
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