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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steelhead3: I don't understand the lack of low light focusing compared to most modern cameras.

Very roughly... 4EV is a candlelit portrait, and -3EV is a moonlit night. So -1EV is probably about what you'd experience walking down an artificially lit backstreet, at night, or the dark back room of a pub.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 20:00 UTC
On article Best cameras under $1000 (153 comments in total)
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bluevellet: "While we're yet to put the GX9 through its paces"

Then why add the camera to the list if you don't have definitive opinion of it?

Because it's an option in this price bracket, so we've included it in the guide to allow you to make your own comparisons.

Literally the first line in the first page of this article explains: "This guide has been updated to include details of the Panasonic DC-GX9, but it has not yet been fully reviewed and could, when tested, change our recommendations."

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 19:15 UTC
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Maaggix: "We want the X-H1 to be friendly for DSLR users" Really???
X-H1 - 310 shoots vs NikonD7200 over 1100 on one battery...

It's pretty obvious that he was talking about design and operability.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 18:47 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (334 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: When will the hands be on?

"We cannot comment on future plans"

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 06:33 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (334 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: When will the hands be on?

Always do. But usually accidentally.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 05:21 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (334 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: When will the hands be on?

I will, but unless they're announcing it at CP+, I can tell you the answer I'll get. "We cannot comment on future plans" ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 23:46 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (334 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: When will the hands be on?

@Adam - we'll be testing the K-1 II's new features in as much depth as we can when reviewable samples become available. And we have a meeting with Ricoh in Japan next week so we'll be sure to ask about FW.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 23:19 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (334 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: When will the hands be on?

When we get our hands on it! Hopefully at CP+ in Japan in a few days. But ergonomically it's identical to the original K-1, as far as we can tell.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 22:14 UTC
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steelhead3: I don't understand the lack of low light focusing compared to most modern cameras.

-1EV isn't bad, but I suspect the answer is that on-sensor phase-detection pixels are very small, compared to the pixels in a dedicated PDAF CMOS sensor of the kind you'll find in a DSLR. Someone more technically informed than me will no doubt provide a more nuanced answer.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 20:11 UTC
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Bassman2003: Thanks for putting the heat on with the 10bit F-Log question. These camera makers need to get the picture that limiting recorded information is out of style. The phones will be shooting 10bit pretty soon!

Also, to make a hybrid camera without any mind towards audio kind of tells the true focus of the design. Fuji seems to have some good things going on but if they want video folks to come on board they need to study Panasonic's behavior a little bit.

Log shooting needs at least 10bit recording
Video folks need great audio

Sort those out and there will be more video folks coming over.

You may be right... I could be reading from a mistranslated document!

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 17:56 UTC
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entoman: Barney - "Quite how Fujifilm has managed to eke such increased efficiency from essentially the same amount of computing power is beyond my intellect"

You are doing yourself a disservice, there's nothing much wrong with your intellect that I can see. The reason why Fujifilm have managed to get greater efficiency from the same processor is almost certainly because the firmware developers have rewritten the code in a more simplified elegant form. If the code is simplified (while performing the same functions) then it can be processed more quickly, which generates less heat, and increases efficiency.

Yes but code is haaaaaaaaaard...

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 16:39 UTC
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Bassman2003: Thanks for putting the heat on with the 10bit F-Log question. These camera makers need to get the picture that limiting recorded information is out of style. The phones will be shooting 10bit pretty soon!

Also, to make a hybrid camera without any mind towards audio kind of tells the true focus of the design. Fuji seems to have some good things going on but if they want video folks to come on board they need to study Panasonic's behavior a little bit.

Log shooting needs at least 10bit recording
Video folks need great audio

Sort those out and there will be more video folks coming over.

Audio is 48-bit, I believe.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 16:25 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)
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turvyT: Impressive how easy is for some brands to get coverage, and how difficult is for others.

I don't think that any of those cameras received 'late notices' but you're correct that some were not reviewed in full. That's a decision based (among other factors) on the popularity of launch content.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 14:32 UTC
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Ruy Penalva: It seems that in drawing is better because this photo does not show anything resembling an atom core and electrons spinning around it.

Well this thread devolved in the usual way.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 04:42 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)
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aegarcia: I waited so long for Gx9 expecting a remedy to the shutter shock but I did not expect it to downgrade from Gx8. Why remove the articulating viewfinder??? I can't understand this way of thinking. I wanted the Gx9 so badly to pair with my Tz110 for traveling. Thats off now. I'll have to think of something else. What is Panasonic thinking by pricing the Tz220 at $1200. Thats almost the price of a Sony a6300 a good alternative to the downgraded Gx9. My plan B is now to wait for Nikon d5700 hoping it will have 4K, small and with articulating viewfinder.

I was just responding to this line in your comment: "Why remove the articulating viewfinder???"

As for whether 4K will appear in the next-generation of Canon/Nikon midrange ILCs, I honestly don't know. Eventually, yes. But whether those products will have a mirror or not is anyone's guess.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 01:19 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)
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turvyT: Impressive how easy is for some brands to get coverage, and how difficult is for others.

Worth a try though, eh?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:46 UTC
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Mike Ronesia: This is a disappointment. I was really hoping for an improved GX8, and what they made was not even close. No fully articulating screen, no weather sealing, Worse EVF. It makes the decision to buy super simple. No, No, NO! And I so wanted to give them my money.

@ Mike - ?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:41 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)
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turvyT: Impressive how easy is for some brands to get coverage, and how difficult is for others.

@ turvyT - examples, please?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 22:09 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (211 comments in total)
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aegarcia: I waited so long for Gx9 expecting a remedy to the shutter shock but I did not expect it to downgrade from Gx8. Why remove the articulating viewfinder??? I can't understand this way of thinking. I wanted the Gx9 so badly to pair with my Tz110 for traveling. Thats off now. I'll have to think of something else. What is Panasonic thinking by pricing the Tz220 at $1200. Thats almost the price of a Sony a6300 a good alternative to the downgraded Gx9. My plan B is now to wait for Nikon d5700 hoping it will have 4K, small and with articulating viewfinder.

The viewfinder's tilting mechanism is essentially unchanged. The rear LCD is no longer fully-articulating though.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 22:09 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: First, there's the tape covering up what everyone already knows. Then, there's DPR, which does not pubish rumors, publishing an article saying the lens has been spotted (which everyone already knows) and then, the article says it's "allegedly" the lens that everybody already knows it is.

You may love Sony or not. But while Nikon pays money to place an article showing that they are at the Olympics, Sony makes a new lens, covers it with tape and gets the publicity for free.

I do not - I think you might need one though. The lens isn't rumored. It is real. But this image may or may not show it. The image, however (like the lens), is real.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 22:56 UTC
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