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 Sony a7 III Review (1586 comments in total)
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solarider: Wow, wow, and wow! DPR's new form of review is most impressive. Looks great, very well thought out, easy to read, gets to the point and with an elegant touch, too. The team has outdone themselves. Congratulations. I really liked how you nailed down all the +'s and - points to such a degree. What a service, and all for free. :-)

Glad you like it! Thanks for your feedback.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 02:15 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (754 comments in total)
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JoFa: Honestly I don‘t get it.

This is the first time I can remember that we see stripes like that in a normal sample gallery, not a lab test. And while these stripes are unique we get explained by DPR that this is business as usual with on sensor PDAF. Really?

So as I didn‘t noticed that in my usual business I tried to reproduce that with A7, A7r2, a6x00 with extreme back light, even without lens attached. And yes, when pushing the RAW files a lot you can see the masked pixels. But in a „normal“ shooting situation I wasn‘t able to get anything close to what we see from the A7iii samples.
It is stated that the A7r3 faces the same issues but haven‘t seen any pictures evidencing this. The same with the A9 no single picture with stripes like that.

So what went wrong?

It's not 'business as usual' but it's a known side-effect of sensors with masked pixels. You might go thousands of frames without seeing it, but in the a7 III it can be pretty severe in some situations, especially with some lenses. The 'fix' gets rid of the effect pretty well and we'd be surprised if Sony wasn't also working on something in-camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 20:59 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (754 comments in total)
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DtEW: "...it occurs with... pretty much most cameras with masked pixels for on-sensor phase-detect AF (and that's not just limited to Sony)."

This is DPR's roundabout way of saying, "this affects many Sony-type OSPDAF-equipped MILCS on the market, except for Canon MILCs, whose OSPDAF system (Dual Pixel AF) is inherently different."

This is also an old, known problem that has varingly manifested Sony-sensored MILCs since the Sony A6000 (2014).

"pretty much most cameras"

Clumsy phrase, sorry we missed it in the late-night edit. I just fixed that...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:58 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (754 comments in total)
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Horatiu Mihalache: It has some funny side effects. If you look at the woman's left eyebrow, you can see a her hair in the "corrected" image appears interrupted. Looks like the tool replaces the affected pixels with a colour from the surrounding areas but in this case it used the eyebrow colour rather than the hair colour.

"It amazes me how many mulligan's Sony is given"

Every brand has their issues. We call them out when they're discovered, and we like it when they get fixed. This is no different. I don't know what you expect us to do - refuse to cover a brand until their products exhibit zero glitches? We'd have nothing to write about...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:20 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (754 comments in total)
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dbateman: How large do you have to print to see that?
I have a feeling printer inks will blur that out. I usually have printing head or streak problems and ink diffusion issues that would let me never see this "problem".

It's possible, depending on the output size - you're welcome to download our files and see if it works.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:13 UTC
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (259 comments in total)
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kck2: I do read frequently the various articles written by the writers here and for the most part they made more sense some time ago.
It appears to me that the dpreview reviewers are becoming more and more biased either on new technologies and or camera brands.
The top pick for this segment according to the writer is the Sony RX100 V. Why is the Canon EOS M50 pictured which is a recommended camera along with another 5 other cameras?
Due to bias as mentioned earlier.
The reporting of technical information is supposed to be on the merits, usability, convenience, ease of use, cost and many more factors.
Someone not accessing the full article would mistakenly think that the top pick is the Canon EOS M50. Such arrogant mistakes should be avoided at all costs, since many people may act on just headline information.

With respect, you are making a very large mountain out of a very small molehill. There is no bias here, I can assure you. I've already explained our reasoning.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 23:18 UTC
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (259 comments in total)
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kck2: I do read frequently the various articles written by the writers here and for the most part they made more sense some time ago.
It appears to me that the dpreview reviewers are becoming more and more biased either on new technologies and or camera brands.
The top pick for this segment according to the writer is the Sony RX100 V. Why is the Canon EOS M50 pictured which is a recommended camera along with another 5 other cameras?
Due to bias as mentioned earlier.
The reporting of technical information is supposed to be on the merits, usability, convenience, ease of use, cost and many more factors.
Someone not accessing the full article would mistakenly think that the top pick is the Canon EOS M50. Such arrogant mistakes should be avoided at all costs, since many people may act on just headline information.

The M50 is a 'new' camera in the roundup. We updated it after finishing our review of the M50, hence why it was used in the thumbnail. I would hope that this isn't too misleading...?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 21:09 UTC
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (259 comments in total)
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canonuser007x: Bad selection, Canon M6 can not focus fast indoors, asume it is the same for the M50.

This guys clearly are biased toward Canon.

Sony clearly is super fast is low light.

Well, to to be fair the Sony RX100V was the top recommendation in this roundup, so I'm not sure the accusation of bias really holds up...

As regards your assumption about the M50's AF, our testing in fact suggests that the M50's autofocus is improved thanks to its new processor.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 18:01 UTC
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (259 comments in total)
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kck2: I do read frequently the various articles written by the writers here and for the most part they made more sense some time ago.
It appears to me that the dpreview reviewers are becoming more and more biased either on new technologies and or camera brands.
The top pick for this segment according to the writer is the Sony RX100 V. Why is the Canon EOS M50 pictured which is a recommended camera along with another 5 other cameras?
Due to bias as mentioned earlier.
The reporting of technical information is supposed to be on the merits, usability, convenience, ease of use, cost and many more factors.
Someone not accessing the full article would mistakenly think that the top pick is the Canon EOS M50. Such arrogant mistakes should be avoided at all costs, since many people may act on just headline information.

"Why is the Canon EOS M50 pictured which is a recommended camera along with another 5 other cameras?
Due to bias as mentioned earlier."

I do not understand your point, here. The logic behind the recommendation of the two cameras is explained in the article. The M50 is positioned underneath the RX100V, how could it be mistaken for the top pick?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 17:58 UTC
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G Sciorio: Only die hard DSLR shooters are surprised by this post. The rest of us have been living in the future for some time now. BTW I believe the following quote is less a guess and more fact based than you're letting on. Amazon (DP Review) knows what's coming since manufactures need to know what quantities to manufacture.

"So what’s coming around the corner? If you’ll indulge some informed guesswork, I’m expecting the announcement of 4K-capable full-frame mirrorless cameras from at least one if not both of the major DSLR manufacturers by late summer, ahead of Photokina in September. This would fit the historical pattern of major product launches from both manufacturers."

Ha! I wish we had that much influence. Actually I don't - you'd probably start to see some really, really weird cameras coming onto the market.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 21:26 UTC
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G Sciorio: Only die hard DSLR shooters are surprised by this post. The rest of us have been living in the future for some time now. BTW I believe the following quote is less a guess and more fact based than you're letting on. Amazon (DP Review) knows what's coming since manufactures need to know what quantities to manufacture.

"So what’s coming around the corner? If you’ll indulge some informed guesswork, I’m expecting the announcement of 4K-capable full-frame mirrorless cameras from at least one if not both of the major DSLR manufacturers by late summer, ahead of Photokina in September. This would fit the historical pattern of major product launches from both manufacturers."

Finally, someone figures out our fiendish plan - to write opinion articles that force manufacturers to make more stuff and make you want to buy it! Finally the secret is out!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 20:51 UTC
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G Sciorio: Only die hard DSLR shooters are surprised by this post. The rest of us have been living in the future for some time now. BTW I believe the following quote is less a guess and more fact based than you're letting on. Amazon (DP Review) knows what's coming since manufactures need to know what quantities to manufacture.

"So what’s coming around the corner? If you’ll indulge some informed guesswork, I’m expecting the announcement of 4K-capable full-frame mirrorless cameras from at least one if not both of the major DSLR manufacturers by late summer, ahead of Photokina in September. This would fit the historical pattern of major product launches from both manufacturers."

"Amazon (DP Review) knows what's coming since manufactures need to know what quantities to manufacture."

Untrue. Sadly.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 00:03 UTC
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EthanP99: Why not have it perform at maximum from the factory? gimped release, slow rollout to max performance in 1+ years.

That is an exceptionally cynical way of looking at a free upgrade.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 22:26 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: On my recent trip to Japan I took an old MX with Ilford Delta 400 in addition to my K-3, though if I were better at scanning colour film I might have missed that option. There are cheaper options to force yourself to shoot B&W than a Monoctom. Japan has a lot of colour but also a lot of interesting design and shapes that work very well in B&W.

Yeah, that's why it's such a difficult choice, I think. You're locked into B/W, which is scary if you're not used to it!

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 15:21 UTC
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5k5: Clickbait headline. The "reign" of the DSLR, if it ever existed, has long been over due to the popularity of smartphones, and P&S before them. But for many enthusiasts the DSLR will be the go to choice for some time still because of the lens systems supporting them. For the record, I use a smartphone, two mirrorless cameras and one DSLR for my photography, and the DSLR is by far the most versatile.

I'm sorry if I cruelly played on anyone's emotions, but with respect, I think that if anyone was genuinely upset by either this article or the headline (assuming that they actually *read* it) they might be slightly over-invested in a way that may not be healthy...

This is an article about the camera industry, based on several in-depth conversations that we had with senior executives in Japan this year (and with the benefit of countless previous conversations, going back roughly a decade). 'Click bait', it ain't.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 22:03 UTC
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5k5: Clickbait headline. The "reign" of the DSLR, if it ever existed, has long been over due to the popularity of smartphones, and P&S before them. But for many enthusiasts the DSLR will be the go to choice for some time still because of the lens systems supporting them. For the record, I use a smartphone, two mirrorless cameras and one DSLR for my photography, and the DSLR is by far the most versatile.

Before you resort to calling things 'clickbait' (usually a cheap shot) consider that there is a difference between 'reign' and 'continued existence in some form'...

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 21:22 UTC
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1282 comments in total)
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Gesture: I love these reviews. Substantial serious Cons leading to a Silver Award. What flavor is that jello?

Because the camera is aimed at a certain level in the market, where some of those cons are less relevant or not relevant at all. As a compact entry-level ILC for stills-biased photographers, the M50 is a solid product.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 16:20 UTC
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Herp Photos: Why no mention of Olympus?
Obviously they are sticking to m43 but so is panasonic for whom you mention in the end with Fuji.

It's there, I think you just missed it.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 21:37 UTC
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Dana F: Click Bait and Wishful Thinking.

You Didn't Read the Article, Then?

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 21:35 UTC
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entoman: Nikon did well to acquire MRMC - these robotic control systems will have wide application in film-making, but perhaps more importantly for Nikon in sports coverage. I wonder if we'll see these in use at the next Olympics?

There were plenty of MRMC solutions at the last Olympics too, actually.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 20:33 UTC
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