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 Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (204 comments in total)
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Vlad S: So the images with PF are processed with the default settings. How easy and well are they removed with the Defringe checkbox? What about Olympus Viewer, how well and easily can it remove PF?

You're welcome to download the Raw files and try for yourself!

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 08:21 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (204 comments in total)
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katastrofa: In photo #4, the horse is in focus but the man isn't.

It's deliberate. I wanted to pick up on the detail in the horse's hair.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 23:30 UTC
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (125 comments in total)
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entoman: I think that perhaps the wisest way of conducting this type of competition/award, would be to change the criteria. Instead of limiting the choice to cameras that were introduced during the current year, a better choice IMHO would be to include ALL cameras that are currently IN PRODUCTION and available new.

" I think the readers' vote should be open to ALL cameras in every category, not only on DPR pre-chosen ones."

It basically is. We trim down the shortlists for lenses, but except for low-end compacts, virtually all 2017 cameras are represented in these polls.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:14 UTC
On article Have your say: Best compact camera of 2017 (125 comments in total)
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entoman: I think that perhaps the wisest way of conducting this type of competition/award, would be to change the criteria. Instead of limiting the choice to cameras that were introduced during the current year, a better choice IMHO would be to include ALL cameras that are currently IN PRODUCTION and available new.

We do this every year. Things would get pretty confusing if we left the entire field open, I think...

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 16:33 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (458 comments in total)
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sjazz: I remember those days when Canon used to get most of these awards. I’m glad I moved on.

Canon had a big year in 2016 for high-end cameras and lenses. This year they focused more on the lower-end. Most of the major manufacturers follow a similar pattern - except Sony...

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 21:00 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (458 comments in total)
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Rich Niewiroski: Your "Best entry-level ILC" category makes no sense. The winner here is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III, but DPR literally just published a buying guide comparing the exact same cameras and the winner there was the Canon EOS Rebel SL2. Way to be consistent, guys.

There's obviously some overlap, yes. But among that broad pool of people, there are some that want a first camera with the intention of pursuing photography as a serious hobby (or want a cheap camera as a second-body beside a higher-end ILC) and some that want point-and-shoot reliability with a larger sensor and nicer lenses.

We've tried to capture those nuances with our guides, but the entry-level segment is tricky. People self-select in different ways and shop with different priorities.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 19:02 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (458 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: wow it seems the pixel 2 impressed you guys a lot

while its spec are impressive .... the loss of audio port and sd slot gives me pause

We're focused on its performance and metrics as a photographic device.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:54 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (458 comments in total)
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Rich Niewiroski: Your "Best entry-level ILC" category makes no sense. The winner here is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III, but DPR literally just published a buying guide comparing the exact same cameras and the winner there was the Canon EOS Rebel SL2. Way to be consistent, guys.

We consider the OM-D E-M10 III to be a better product than the SL2 in the entry-level category for several reasons. But on balance, we consider the SL2 to be a better camera for beginners/smartphone upgraders.

That's the difference between an absolute recommendation, and a recommendation based on use-case / customer type.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:53 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (458 comments in total)
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HaoAndHui: Consider the Olympus menu system I wouldn't consider any of them to be a good entry level camera - if the target is for "entry level" people.

It's true that you could get used to their menu, but again, it's for "entry level".

The OM-D E-M10 III user interface strikes a pretty good balance of versatility and user-friendliness, actually.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:50 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (411 comments in total)
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Hellraiser: Isn't 45mm f1.2 a bit more suitable to people "seeking razor-thin depth-of-field and smooth, 'feathered' bokeh"?
And this 17mm f1.2 gives a nice 35mm equivalent lens to go around?

Indeed. We'll be posting an update to that gallery in the next couple of days.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (411 comments in total)
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Rensol: I would not (will not) buy this lens based on this gallery.

I'll pass that on.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (411 comments in total)
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LWanTeD: Didn't they clean up the gum wall?

It grew back, even more disgusting than before.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (411 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Reading all of the posts after any published camera/lens samples on this site, you obviously wind up with both positive and negative feelings. But I'll never come to a firm conclusion about any gear based on the samples I see on DPReview - just not going to happen. I've seen this all too often. This is not a slight (okay, so maybe it is) towards the folks at DPReview.

In the right hands, these higher end lenses can capture wonders. I'd wait for the formal reviews and a variety of samples and input from experienced users.

If you have nothing nice to say...

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end ILC of 2017 (60 comments in total)
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Yake: Can't vote for any Canon?

This poll is limited to 2017 releases.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 18:44 UTC
On article Have your say: Best zoom lens of 2017 (17 comments in total)
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thxbb12: Any reason why neither the Olympus 12-100 f/4, nor the Panasonic 8-18 f2.8-4 are in the list?

Oly 12-100mm was in last year's poll. As for the Pana 8-18mm we had to be quite strict with the list because there were a million products this year.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)
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Michiel953: I haven’t gone through the comments yet, but the Canon fanboys must feel outrageously neglected.

"It's about what sells and makes the most revenue from potential DPReview reader sales"

Incorrect, actually. The only reason we include products in articles like this is that we think they're good. I have no idea what 'sells' (beyond the obvious) and it doesn't factor into any editorial decision-making.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 03:15 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)
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ovlov: Sounds like I upset dpreview by pointing out how many "shop now" links there are to Amazon under every one of these articles. LOL.

There's no subtle hint there... no none.

Apparently it's a highly sensitive topic and I'll be banned soon for commenting on it.

This was my message to you: "We (and virtually every other review website on the internet) have been creating seasonal buying guide content for years, in an effort to help answer our readers' questions (and organic search enquiries) about which products earn our recommendation. DPReview is editorially independent from Amazon, has always been so, and will always be so. Trolling buying guide/roundup content is hugely insulting to our writers.
If you persist in posting in this manner you may be banned."

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 18:49 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)
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TheWhiteDog: Too many buying guides this year. IMHO.

Please consider that you may not be the intended audience - as well as answering our readers' questions, we're also trying to capture organic search enquiries from the wider web.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (356 comments in total)
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opton: Title should be "Gear of the Year 2017: Amazing new camera you probably can't afford."

That's a bit long.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 21:53 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1000 (116 comments in total)
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davev8: DPR say >>>>>>And then there are the countless compatible lenses designed for Nikon's F mount, which has been around for 60 years.<<<<<<
errr ..are you forgetting the millions of Nikon AF lenses in the world that cannot AF with the D5600 as it has no AF screwdriver drive

True enough, but native compatibility without adaptation is still nice, and we thought it was useful to call out.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 21:30 UTC
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