Barney Britton

Barney Britton

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States Seattle, United States
Works as a Editor
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Nov 2, 2009
About me:

I'm in charge of the editorial content of dpreview. I joined dpreview when it was based in London in November 2009, after several years as a print journalist in the UK specialist photographic press. I moved from London to Seattle, USA, a year later and I've been here ever since.

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On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (285 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: DCI/60P Well done! My only wish is that they used dual UHS-II cards as an option like the D5. Can't wait for the reviews...

You mean XQD...

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 00:17 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (285 comments in total)
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thx1138: Didn't see that result coming. I love the cons about video, yet the results even the pros are getting are just superb.

Also this is possibly the stupidest criticism I've ever seen:

Con: Optimization of AF settings takes practice and experience

well whoda thunk that you actually need to master your craft and your tools. I'm sure people just shell out $6K willy nilly and think the camera does it all.

BTW the Case 1 is so damn good for 90% of shooting, if you can't get good results then photography is not your forte

I'll swap you for the stupidest criticism that *I* have ever seen, if you like. Or just the stupidest criticism that I've seen *today*.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 00:15 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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Glen78: I am thinking if you do not already know which one is best for you before reading this article then probably neither is best for you.

Thanks for your input.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (285 comments in total)
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Starkiller: What does CIPA (battery life) mean? Last weekend I shot 2942 photos ( a complete 64 GB card plus another 64 GB backup card, dual RAW) with my 1DX and a 300m f2.8 IS, which needs more power than a smaller lens. After there was no space left on my cards, the battery was still more than 50 % charged. 1210 shots is ridiculous, unless you review every photo for 30 seconds on the LCD.

The CIPA standard is based on several parameters meant to represent 'normal' use, but in our experience it generally indicates the low end of expected battery life.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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Foveonite: DPreview editor :p
If you need dynamic range, the D750 is the best choice...

when comparing between TWO, use the word "Better"
when comparing between Three or More, use "Best"...

Good point. Now fixed.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 00:25 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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Marko2: In the sensor section you say D750 is a better choice if you need wider dynamic range. But D750 has IQ advantage in every regard: noise, resolution AND dynamic range. D750 also has larger pixels and will be able to resolve even more details on most lenses than MP difference suggests, especially if you stop lens on D750 down and compare equivalent apertures.

As far as DOF goes you say: "if you want extra reach, the D500 is a better choice." If by that you mean extra depth of field then that is wrong, one can simply stop D750 down and have the same depth of field, same diffraction and same noise (or less noise if you are not shutter speed limited) as on the D500.

As far as final pick goes I can't see how you could objectively pick D500. It is a specialist action camera, this is the only area that it is better at than d750, and even in this area it losses IQ wise when you are not reach limited and can fill entire D750 frame. D750 is better than D500 in every other area of photography.

Faster framerate, bigger buffer, more capable AF and 4K video are all useful across a broad spectrum of photographic scenarios. I'm not shilling for the D500 here, by any means, but saying that these kind of features are only worth having for 'narrow specialization' is just untrue.

Just one example - the only thing that I personally ever use 3D AF tracking for is portraiture, so the better the system (and the D500's AF is nuts) the more useful it is to me.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 22:40 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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Impulses: " Some members of the DPReview editorial team (who shall remain anonymous) actually like Olympus menu systems. "

Huh, I now expect a comprehensive Olympus UI guide under an anonymous byline!

My money's on Richard.

No comment.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 22:23 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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Paul Wayne: Haven't you overlooked that the D750 is coming up for its second birthday and an upgrade could be on the cards with improvements that could trump the D500!

We haven't heard anything (personally, I suspect that Nikon will update the D810 before the D750) but even if you're right, the D750 will remain a capable and competitive camera for a while yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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Marko2: In the sensor section you say D750 is a better choice if you need wider dynamic range. But D750 has IQ advantage in every regard: noise, resolution AND dynamic range. D750 also has larger pixels and will be able to resolve even more details on most lenses than MP difference suggests, especially if you stop lens on D750 down and compare equivalent apertures.

As far as DOF goes you say: "if you want extra reach, the D500 is a better choice." If by that you mean extra depth of field then that is wrong, one can simply stop D750 down and have the same depth of field, same diffraction and same noise (or less noise if you are not shutter speed limited) as on the D500.

As far as final pick goes I can't see how you could objectively pick D500. It is a specialist action camera, this is the only area that it is better at than d750, and even in this area it losses IQ wise when you are not reach limited and can fill entire D750 frame. D750 is better than D500 in every other area of photography.

'Extra reach' means extra telephoto reach - 200mm becoming 300mm equivalent (etc.).

The D500 'beats' the D750 for continuous shooting speed, autofocus performance, video specification (4K) buffer depth, customiza...bility and compatibility with Nikon's radio flash triggering system. Not to mention the touch-screen and backlit controls.

Sounds pretty objective to me.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Why not compare cameras from different brands to each other instead of this article?
Sony, Canon, Fuji etc ??
To the DPR staff - what has happened to the 1DX mkII review? It was released the same same as the D5 & D500.
Anything on the horison??

The EOS-1DX Mark II review is being finalised as I write this.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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Al Valentino: Nikon D750 vs Pentax K1? More apples and apples comparison than D500.

Both FF bodies about the same price but for my money I would incline towards the Pentax - more bang for the buck.

"if you're a Nikon shooter looking to upgrade your camera, which one is right for you?"

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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evilmagicnut: "At the end of the day, if it were our money, we'd probably recommend the D500 over the D750..."

Since it's clearly phrased as an opinion I can't fault it. I'm curious on the rationale. I would have expected the D750 to be the better option for non-sports/wildlife shooters, so chances are if you read the article for the opinion you should have been leaning D750. But I suppose there's another camp, and perhaps this fits the writer: the ergonomics and speed outweigh the image quality difference. This is my dilemma in choosing between the two. I am not a sports shooter per se but I may want to dabble in it from time to time, and when all rationale fails I go to the awesomeness factor and the D500 is too awesome to ignore. Virtually unlimiited buffer, focus tracking across the frame, 10 fps, backlit buttons!? Ohhhh yeah.

More features for the money - simple as that, really.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 16:20 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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turvyT: I see that a thread with a post and two answers mildly critizicing the election of two Nikons together for this article has disappeared hours after being posted. Censorship or mistake?

We have a passive moderation system - trolling, or brand-bashing posts are removed.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 15:57 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (126 comments in total)
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miles green: How does it compare to the Ricoh Theta?

@nitroman - I think you might be missing the point here. As I said in my comment, it has 'much higher resolution'. How images from the two cameras look at the limits of their respective resolutions is a different question. And arguably less relevant.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (324 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: A car magazine posts a 11 pages article entitled "BMW 328i versus 535i : Which one is right for you?"

Wouldn't it be strange?

@PhotoKhan:

"it is hard not to see it under the light of a promotional endeavor for said brand."

Hard as it might be for you, I do urge you to try. Because this isn't a promotional endeavor. If it was, it would be clearly labeled as per DPR best practice (and FTC guidelines).

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 15:50 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (126 comments in total)
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miles green: How does it compare to the Ricoh Theta?

Much higher resolution, much bigger, also considerably more costly.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 02:29 UTC
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Yake: When we have those whispers of ideas, a lot of people don't pursue them because we still have to earn a living. It's a necessity, not a choice. How nice that one photographer can float through life on philanthropy and big ideas, apparently unbound by conventional things like finances and time.

Yes, in a very rude and unfounded way.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 18:43 UTC
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Yake: When we have those whispers of ideas, a lot of people don't pursue them because we still have to earn a living. It's a necessity, not a choice. How nice that one photographer can float through life on philanthropy and big ideas, apparently unbound by conventional things like finances and time.

You're a lot of assumptions, there, Yake. Pretty uncharitable ones, too. If you have nothing nice to say...

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 17:20 UTC
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steelhead3: The A7 series is more than A7rII, if you want great video, The A7sII spanks the 1dxII. What a fluff piece this article is, DP should be ashamed.

@ Steelhead - you didn't read the article, then, I take it?

"it shoots broadcast quality 4K motion [...] and out performs favorites such as the Sony A7 series in low noise when tasked with the extreme requirements of underwater white balance. "

"Filmmakers will greatly prefer the 800mbps data rate and 60fps of the Canon 1DX II over the Sony's 100mbps and 30fps when scaling to larger projects."

Etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 15:35 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (355 comments in total)
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moranjr: Thanks! Useful comparison Barney. By the way I saw you lurking about in The Camera Store/ Chris Nichols review of the XT-2. Very funny!

Oh dear, really? I hope I didn't make a fool of myself...

[Edit] Just watched it, and I was on the phone to my building manager about maintenance in my apartment building's garage. So while you're watching Chris talking about wireless flash triggering, imagine me having a conversation with a nice Russian man about temporary commercial parking in Seattle for the month of July.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 01:28 UTC
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