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!

Then and later when I acquired a Konica range finder before my 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 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.

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 video 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 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 'GH5'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 came out of the camera. Only exception is to get creative or to fix a photo that is priceless but needs tweaking, perhaps when under exposed or corrupted.


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Eye print recognition is the best, hence used in top secret government establishments. No issues with gloves, beards and such, yes you may have to take your glasses off, but not that inconvenient.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 10:26 UTC as 41st comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 sample footage (80 comments in total)
In reply to:

villagranvicent: Panasonic should put their energy in a decent customer service program, which so far is non-existent.

It's not a Panasonic thing, it is ANY Asian company. Try dealing with Sony, Samsung or LG, just the same. Massive pride means faults are always yours, very hard to reach anyone anyway, badly designed website forms and so on. A direct contrast to companies like Apple or Amazon, that make it easy and are very quick to respond. To be fair to Panasonic, since the 1970s, I have owned a lot of their audio visual and camera gear, and it has never ever failed me, so my knowledge of their support issues only comes from DPreview.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 06:37 UTC

Sony are frustrating. I owned an f-717 in 2003-2005, and it failed half way through a holiday in Egypt. My various other Sony gadgets were also lacking in reliability unlike say Panasonic, who are my favourite brand, cross gadget (cameras, Technics audio etc). When they try, Sony can do great, such as their latest Android powered 4K TV, that is not just lovely to look ad, but offers a great picture too, better more realistic colours than Samsung.

They do best with their small gear, such as the very popular RX100 series and on the opposite scale, their high end audio gear.

Where they fail is in the camera UX design and reliability. Panasonic don't suffer the latter because they built their own electronics assembly line ('Panasert') years ago and have massive control over their QA. Not sure why only they and Pentax seem to get UX right, but must be someone they hire. Sony? Take note!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 16:06 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

antares103: I actually like the USB port out, but it would make more sense to face down, IMO.
I like the LED's, though I probably wouldnt need them, I would opt for the bag with, if given an option.

However, the overall design of not just this bag, but sooo many bags recently does not appeal to me. The material looks like a dress my great aunt wore in photos before I was born (think 60s and 70s), or Kim Jong Un's suit.


Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 19:32 UTC
In reply to:

Nick Brundle - Photography: Harrison Ford did this way back in 1981 in Ridley Scott's "Bladerunner"

Indeed, and in 1987 Apple released a visionary video for their Knowledge Navigator:

And my company is working on a pen and voice driven 'Kindle for creatives' with an always on responsive eInk display. Oops, must not plug over 20 years of work on DPReview. Oh, I have done it now!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 13:24 UTC

World's two worst sounds:

1. Nails on a blackboard.
2. Bagpipes. (Discovered when a fat Scot accidentally trod on his cat and liked the noise. Hence bagpipes are made from dead cats. You know where they blow right? FakeNews but it's funny eh? I'll tell you how they harvest haggis another day.)

Great camera, awful sample video! Oh my ears!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 11:42 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
On article Rendered images show upcoming LG G6 with dual-cam (30 comments in total)

I had a G5 and the wide angle camera was outstanding. Tack sharp bright images, same with the main camera and the video. Massively underated phone, simply because it wasn't very pretty, but in a case, it's almost as good as an S7. Only missing feature is wireless charging, that the G6 is supposed to have.

I'm currently rocking a G3 as an inbetween phone (had one back in 2014 too) and as another commentor says, the rear volume controls are a delight to use, so hopefully they will make a return.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 18:56 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony Xperia XZ scores 87 in DxOMark Mobile testing (35 comments in total)
In reply to:

The Name is Bond: Dx0 gave good marks to previous Z Sonys that had flabberghastingly poor IQ that I completely lost confidence in them.

Then they produced their own camera.

Time for dpreview to rethink their 'friendship'?


Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2016 at 08:38 UTC
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Mikael Risedal: is this sponsored link ?

there a lot of drones and I use DJI since years back

Kebab! :D

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 20:53 UTC

In a way, the Samsung Galaxy Note is this camera, minus the real flash and optical viewfinder. Took 12 years to make it slim and offer almost pro level image quality. (My Note 4 took superb pictures and video.) Note 7 was even better until it had a problem...

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 09:48 UTC as 10th comment

Damn, I had the very same idea ages ago and was about to start design and prototype development! Well, kudos to them, I will now cancel the project and back theirs.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 21:17 UTC as 22nd comment
On article 'Ethereal' takes you to Iceland in 4K (81 comments in total)
In reply to:

PhotoRotterdam: I'm getting a bit blasé with all these drone films and their epic score soundtracks. Which is a shame, because the Icelandic scenes are beautiful.

Agreed. It's the same with those over produced Kickstarter videos with identikit automated electric hipster piano music that to me look like they will have cost 1/4 of the money they are often trying to raise!

This footage is nice, but as you say, better left to the imagination or to chill to with your own taste in music. I guess there is always the mute button!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 17:47 UTC
In reply to:

norman shearer: Dear Father Christmas, I've been a very good boy this year. A very very good boy. P.S. Sorry about the missing chimney - there's a recession on you know. However I do have a balcony and on it you will find an empty bucket and some clingfilm. Place the X1D in the bucket and carefully seal the top with the clingfilm. There's a good chap!

ha! very funny!

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 12:22 UTC
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)

Watch out GH4! ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 10:59 UTC as 16th comment
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)
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auggenblick: Interetsing devlopemnst: Cameras are designed to make self portraits easier. Putting the 'self' beocmes mainstriam in a selfish world. Those cameras further reduce needs to ask somebody to take a pic and possibly get to kanow a new person...
This camera has still large , extending zoom lens , far fro being pocketable. Why not put more emphasis to develop a more compact collapsable , high quality zoom lens ( Sony alpha 6000 series) which would also better fit to a now even smaller designed XT 10 body. Small bodies , big lenses something not right...

Agreed 100% I confess I do selfies, but only with my niece and nephew when i am cuddling them because the moments are fleeting and there is no time to ask someone else to take a pic. I would only choose a camera with a flip forward screen for video work, something only Panasonic, Oly and Canon do right currently with the screens that swivel outwards from the side, although they then block the i/o ports! If this fuji did 4k video then it would be a contender, but i sense it is dumbed down to appeal to Asian women who like the soft skin tone effect for their social media feeds. Me thinks you agree?

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 10:56 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (97 comments in total)
In reply to:

Zoom Zoom Zoom: Such a great company on the forefront of imaging, continuously doing such below the average mobile/imaging products. I cant understand this business strategy! Sony can do so much better, even if they dont even try hard..

Agreed! Pity too because I have handled this phone and the body shape / build quality and Android experience are lovely. I got a Samsung S7 and the camera is as fast as my Panasonic GX8 was at focusing, and it does low light well too.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 19:10 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
In reply to:

d2f: Thank you for sharing the photographs. I wonder in the two days of shooting what was the percentage "lost" shots i.e. improperly focused? Were there any common denominators such as low light, rapidly moving subject away or towards the camera? Did certain Sony lenses focus "better" than the others? Hopefully the answers will be part of the final write up on the camera. Also thank you to Sony for supporting another product demo event for the folks who evaluate cameras.


I had an NEX 5R that could do 10fps (amazing a few years ago) and although the actual auto focus was ok, not brilliant, if you did prefocus with good enough aperture, the results shooting action (sports, animals, kids etc) were great.

Just awful ergonomics which is why I swapped it for a Panasonic GX8.

Either way, the NEX and 6000 series are immensely powerful for their small sizer. Sony do small stuff well, it's their core skill.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 20:53 UTC

There is a larger book sized thing like this that shoots good 4k too.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 20:46 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)

No HDMI, the world's most popular video connectivity standard? No sale!

I have just bought, for £300 used, a SUPERB Dell Latitude E7240 i7 Pro equipped ultrabook (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. It maybe circa 2014, but it is the most well equipped and ergonomically perfect laptop I have ever owned, and that includes from Apple, Lenovos, HP etc. 1080P gorilla glass touch screen, lovely full travel back lit keyboard, finger print sensor, separate volume & mute controls, SD card slot, SIM card slot!, minidisplay port, 3 x USB 3.0, NFC, 8 hr battery life, docking port, 3 year warranty!, grippy polycarbonate case, superb stereo speakers (not as good as latest MacBooks I admit, but very close) and pretty fast for a machine without dedicated graphics, comes with Intel HD 4600. (I play Elite on it with no slowdown.)

If you want to save £1200 to £2000 & most of your life is in the Browser or Adobe CC, not FCP X, it really makes no difference which OS you use today so track down one of these puppies.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 20:39 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies

Real estate and holiday brochure people will love this. The world is a lie.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 20:41 UTC as 30th comment
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