Lives in United Kingdom Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Works as a Designer
Has a website at
Joined on Jul 4, 2009
About me:

It all started in the 1970s when my parents bought me a Boots Instamatic film camera. I can remember doing what most children do when first getting their hands on a camera, they walk around the house photographing just about anything, from a wall socket to the floor. Things took a turn for the better when I won the annual photographic competition at my school 2 years in a row - using same Boots camera!

Later, grandparents gave me a (faulty, double exposed sometimes) Konica range finder before I bought a Minolta X-700 SLR. My father would scold me every time I pressed the shutter with "Alexander! That's 40p!" Was so happy when it all went digital and I could blow raspberries to that!

Being a UX person in my day job, I believe handling and responsiveness to be the most important aspect of a camera, and no one has got it right yet, although Fuji, Olympus, Pentax and Panasonic come closest to 'getting it' when it comes to position of controls and dials, the tactile feel and the way it all comes together. (I would put Pentax at the top for ergonomics in general.)

Although I do once every year or so get paid to shoot photos or video by clients of my business if we become involved in their web presence, photography and video is mainly a hobby. My focus is 'recording' our family in a fly on the wall manner (I often leave camera on tripod recording over a meal or during Christmas present unwrapping) and also making a historical record of my business and the development of it's technical innovations.

I believe (and Panasonic are executing on this) that video is the future of photography - no matter how some purists may react. As I type this on January 10 2016, having just been on a photographic walkabout in Savernake Forest, and shot some 4K video using my new GX8 plus Olympus 12-40 f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro, and then viewed it on my Dell 27" 4K monitor, the evidence is in: Hit Pause on the keyboard during playback (or grab a frame from a video editor) and the IQ of the still image (from 4K video) is now equal to that of a high end prosumer camera or mid level DSLR of not long ago.

Of course, we will ALWAYS shoot stills (only way to get creative per shot), but for events, quote me on this, a few strategically placed Panasonic GH6's will capture the event in glorious 8K, and then later, the 'videophotographer' will pick frames from the various feeds, or even allow the client to do this.
(Samsung's amazing T1 and T3 pocket SSDs now make it practical to 'carry' high def video with you.)

And no doubt, VR will become part of the capture process too, although I have concerns about the technology's impact on society. (A topic beyond the scope of this DPreview bio!)

Anyway, back to the bio bit, I may considering releasing for sale some of my more creative photos.

Dear reader may be interested to know that I never do any post processing. I either don't have time or prefer things left as they are.. Only exception is to get creative or fix a photo that is priceless but needs tweaking, perhaps when underexposed or corrupted.

Update: April 20 2017 - I no longer have a camera, by choice. I sold the GX8 and now have a Samsung Galaxy Note5, that includes a Pro mode for manual exposure control. For video, even the Note 4 could shoot footage that in good light was hard to discern from that shot on my prosumer cameras. As they say, the best camera is the one you have on you. Exactly.
(I know, no viewfinder, and the lack of tactile controls makes phones a casual tool, but I no longer have the time to 'manage' a real camera. The only one I'm thinking I would consider is the multi lens LIGHT camera that looks like it will be as pocketable as a phone, making pro level images more practical - assuming it lives up to it's hype and can shoot DSLR quality. I worry it may become another Lytro though.)


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Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 19:17 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply

I never understood the point of VR photography, it is NOT the same as a computer generated or 3D modelled world. You're basically stuck in one space with a VR photo or video, else if the camera moves, everything will move in a fish eye like effect.

When the Nikon Keymotion? 360 degree camera was launched at 100 times less the price of this No Kia, I didn't understand the point. Same with the 360 degree camera module for the new Essential phone.

All pointless! VR has to be computer generated so you can actually move through it as if you were really there. This cannot be done with a camera due to the laws of physics!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 12:11 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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MikeFairbanks: One of the guys who got laid off had to tell his wife that she wouldn't be able to get the new car she wanted. That's right: No Kia.

Ha! Brilliant! Made me LOL in public. Nice one!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 12:08 UTC
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Viking2: One side of me would love to buy the X7, But my experience says no
For example:
I got a Drone from DJI that was Dead on Arrival ,my project had a deadline 2 weeks later.
Everyday for two weeks I had been mailing and chatting with DJI,

It is either ”they will fix it if you contact that department ” or

”We apologize for the delay on your request, don't worry we will do our best to speed up this request.
We would like to inform you that your replacement is still ongoing with the approval process, and we will be getting in touch with our replacement team to have this case escalated.
But don't worry, we will update you as soon as we have received a feedback from our service center.”

Never got it

We will refund your purchase.
However in order for you to get a new unit, we suggest to buy a new one.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.
Thank you for understanding and cooperation.

Buying a new was approximately 3 weeks delivery time….

Me too! I bought a Phantom Standard to kick start my drone photography and it was DOA too. I had read earlier than Chinese business philosophy is to make 100 widgets with QA only testing a small percentage, and they know that 10% will fail, but they will make enough profit on the 90% to not care.

I took the Phantom back to Jessops and they kindly refunded me. I was burned and didn't feel like buying another one or accepting an exchange. Left bad feeling.

Reaching any company these days for support is a pain. Try eBay or Logitech etc, you'll go through pages of website and end up being pointed to forums or complex Q&A pages that try to help you online, when all you want to do is TALK TO A F*CKING HUMAN!

I will buy a DJI when they open a UK support office with English as first language speaking people at the end of any phone lines. "Hello Sir, How may I help you?"

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 12:06 UTC

Similar spec coming to iPhone 11 and Galaxy S11 and Pixel 4. But by then, RED will be shipping a 16K machine. It just gets better and better doesn't it?

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 22:06 UTC as 40th comment

Am not a fan of the UX on anything iOS from Apple (other than Garage Band), but the video here is tack sharp so kudos to Apple for that. All said, my Note5 is little different though and is a 2 year old phone. And the Note (and other Samsung, Sony and LG phones) have the ability to pause whilst recording (saving on edits and splicing later) and records STEREO audio, in fact, my Note 1 or 2 did!

One more thing, I use my Note5 to shoot video for our hobby site at and shooting in the day is a nuisance because no matter how bright the display, a viewfinder is really vital for composition and checking focus. Sometimes I shoot video and only later when viewing on my monitor do I notice a problem with focus or other thing that is hard to spot on the sunlight washed out phone screen.

So, am going to get a GH5 or similar and do it properly! (Big fan of Panasonic usability/ergonomics over other brands.)

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 12:19 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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Boss of Sony: This video did not make me want to visit Los Angeles. I don't know if it's because of the video or because of the place itself. It just doesn't look inviting.

It has no character, but having visited twice to stay with a former GF, the people are a lot more friendly and natural than Northern California (where I lived 10 years), where they are too wrapped up in their careers and come across as friendly but distant. LA wise, I spent time in Beverly Hills, which does have a nice community. I was in Ralph's Supermarket one day (1990s) and a) A woman went into labour (ended up giving birth whilst laying at the end of the aisle) and at same time b) I saw Stephen King in line at the checkout. (No kidding BTW!) Thing is, the city is built around the automobile, unlike say London that has communities being it was built 1000s of years ago when our transport didn't really travel in a straight line...

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 12:14 UTC
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davids8560: Nice footage, but the story has a lot of loose ends. Like, what became of Ramon? Did he ever call back? And did Liz ever find the thing she was searching for under the pier? Was it a Rolex? And what about the paddle boat people? They actually knew more than was ever revealed, didn't they?

Ha ha, priceless! Made me LOL in public!

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 12:10 UTC
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GabrielZ: Every time this camera comes up, all anybody seems to talk about are its (great I'm sure) video capabilities. Not its still camera ones, which I conclude by this, aren't so hot then?

I had a GH2, and the stills were excellent, in particular with the 12-140 Mk1 zoom I had on it, exceptionally versatile. Like all m4/3, low light was always an issue with stills or video - off tripod for the former. But I knew that going in.

So, I imagine the 5 is a lot better with all the refinements?

Before then, I had a Pentax K10D, and from my photo collection, (all my pics are at full res on Google Photos), and yes, the dynamic range from the Pentax is superior to not just the GH2, but most of my other non DSLR cameras prior or since.

I think we have to accept that we'll always make a sacrifice without a full size sensor, you cannot beat physics! (Check out the revolutionary Light L16 compact camera with multiple lenses, the latest sample shots are outstanding! A pocket DSLR!)

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 07:03 UTC

Now that will run Crisis!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 18:41 UTC as 6th comment

For a product that should really stay with the user at least 5 years or so, the lack of USB-C is crazy. At least Panasonic have included it with the GH5.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 10:57 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies

Cool! So many of my poor school age and student friends had these, they were like Ladas, built like a tank, and cheap. I remember seeing them in shops for about £35! Great way to get into 35mm SLR photography. I had a useless Konica rangefinder as a kid that my grandpa gave me. The winder was faulty, so half my pics came out double exposed.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 21:13 UTC as 106th comment | 1 reply
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Krakonosh: Nuclear powered, North Korean sensor based DSLR with wide range of radioactive lenses - it´s gonna sell like hotcakes.

And it will bake 'em too!

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 21:11 UTC
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Bing Chow: Great. Another device to assist people in being more self-indulgent than they already are. "Look at what I'm eating!" "Hey, I'm taking a dump!" "Look where I am!" "Isn't this view great?"

Yup, narcissism and the breaches of privacy life logging cameras lead to will not end well for society. And they don't do anything to reduce crime, just provide fodder for LiveLeak and YouTube. All said, having designed a circular device like this over 15 years ago myself (, they have got a lot right about the industrial design. My device has a lanyard too, but won't be out for a bit yet being it's got built in communications, not requiring pairing with your phone like the FrontRow.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 07:12 UTC

I did it first - in 2011, albeit, it may be a 27" Dell monitor, but not touch screen...

Touch screen or not, the ergonomic benefits are significant. By leaning over your work space, you suffer way less back, arm and other aches. You can work way longer.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 3rd comment
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Frank_BR: Illuminated controls? Hmmm... A virtuoso pianist would consider ridiculous a Steinway & Sons piano with illuminated keys. He does not need to see the keys to play the piano perfectly. Likewise, a real professional photographer does not need to see the controls of a camera; he knows them by touch.

Disagree, I always desired this, and Pentax delivered a few years ago. It's superbly useful. We backlight most other controls, and our keyboards, so why not?

You can always turn the feature off!

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 14:51 UTC
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RED i: Citizen? Did I just wake up in the 80's with my Citizen ghettoblaster?

They made (or make?) pretty innovative watches at one point. A more stylish alternative to your chunky Casio.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 06:48 UTC

I have a Note5, and it's outstanding, so cannot imagine how awesome the 7 is, being it's a generation or two more recent. The battery issue is a non event now, they have put a different smaller one in. Am waiting for the Note8, but if it's too expensive or has any silly flaws, will track a Note7 down. Cameras in the Samsung's are outstanding.
We shot some of these videos on the Note5...

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 19:37 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
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RamD: For people into flying drones, perhaps this is inspirational. As a person who doesn't but looked at the video to see something interesting as a non-drone aficionado, it was not something watching again. A video with good drone flying but no message or visual that was insightful? Nice technique, but no message.

Oh dear.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 04:37 UTC

That was outstanding, period. And the sound effects were genius, worked really well. Very impressed! I hate to think how many takes this took and if there were any impacts during said takes.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 04:36 UTC as 8th comment
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