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 Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (197 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: To be honest, I'm very disappointed by what I see in these samples. The most striking thing is the difference between the "out of camera" and "processed to taste" shots. The white balance and tones are really messed up in the OOC shots. Cold, bluish tint which I really didn't expect in a Canon. Do I need to apply heavy processing in order to obtain decent pictures ? How can I process a session of 100-200 photos ? This is a no go for me. If you take a shot with the EOS M10 or with the Canon 6D, you need almost no post-processing in order to get great looking pictures which look very similar to the "processed to taste" shots from this gallery. I don't know what's up with Canon lately but they seem to really miss the mark in color processing.The last "good" APS-C sensor looks to be the one from the 70D (and maybe the one from the 7D Mark 2) and the last "good" FF sensor seems to be the one from the 6D and 5D Mark III. Their latest sensors are really weird regarding color reproduction.

Do bear in mind this is December in Seattle, WA. So we're working with mostly dull, cold outdoor light.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (530 comments in total)
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osv: what is with the fixation on the touchscreen? dpr ran a touchscreen poll a few months ago, the majority of the respondents did not want a touchscreen.

"I quite enjoyed using the flip-out screen at the skatepark we visited to get super low angles and the touchscreen allowed me to easily choose my point of focus." that was a classic manual focus shooting situation, the skater was making multiple passes, so you knew where he'd be ahead of time; pre-focus the camera, using magnification in the evf, no need for a touchscreen.

"engaging tap-to-track in video mode is far from intuitive and the exclusion of lock-on AF area modes in video is inexcusable at this point." dan, when was the last time that you saw autofocus hunting in a major hollywood production? video pros don't use af; sony knows that, they gave us the parfocal 28-135 lens for just that reason.

"how do you know that the broader camera using public differs from those who responded to the poll"

If only our core audience bought cameras, every single camera manufacturer would be out of business :)

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 21:23 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (530 comments in total)
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osv: what is with the fixation on the touchscreen? dpr ran a touchscreen poll a few months ago, the majority of the respondents did not want a touchscreen.

"I quite enjoyed using the flip-out screen at the skatepark we visited to get super low angles and the touchscreen allowed me to easily choose my point of focus." that was a classic manual focus shooting situation, the skater was making multiple passes, so you knew where he'd be ahead of time; pre-focus the camera, using magnification in the evf, no need for a touchscreen.

"engaging tap-to-track in video mode is far from intuitive and the exclusion of lock-on AF area modes in video is inexcusable at this point." dan, when was the last time that you saw autofocus hunting in a major hollywood production? video pros don't use af; sony knows that, they gave us the parfocal 28-135 lens for just that reason.

Also - the thing about polls on DPR is that we're hearing from a self-selecting group of our core audience, which tends to be older males. A such, the results (especially when we ask about things like touchscreens or wireless connectivity) are not always representative of opinions among the broader camera-using public.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (83 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The purpose of this article is to display another "Buy A Sony Camera" link. DPR is obsessed with pushing Sony cameras, to the detriment of objectivity.

I see that in my absence, several people have already made the same point - our sponsored videos are labeled in green in the article which frames them, and again, the instant you begin to play the video. This article (which is not labeled in any way) is not sponsored content, and is therefore not labeled as such.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (83 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The purpose of this article is to display another "Buy A Sony Camera" link. DPR is obsessed with pushing Sony cameras, to the detriment of objectivity.

"Same author that was commissioned by Sony to write an advertorial a few days earlier"

I'm not clear on what you mean - which 'advertorial' are you referring to?

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 23:49 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (83 comments in total)
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tom1234567: Amazing you got all those photos was there a Radiator in your Sony
just amazing that the camera never went into Overheat mode

I don't know why DPR keeps trying to push these cameras

I wonder if they would ever put the same time and effort into a Fuji X-T2 which is just a far superior camera, but maybe they don't make monies of Fuji

Tom

You didn't notice our sponsored video featuring the X-T2 then, I take it...

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 18:54 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (83 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The purpose of this article is to display another "Buy A Sony Camera" link. DPR is obsessed with pushing Sony cameras, to the detriment of objectivity.

Not true.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (83 comments in total)
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tbasher: Does the shelter have a plan to get the poodle cataract surgery?

Given the high cost of the surgery and the age of Ginger Rogers, that would be a decision made by the adopting family, I'm afraid.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (267 comments in total)
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ttran88: It should be a common practice for reviewers to test Canon lenses on the A7 series cameras. Thats the only way to truely get the best sensor + lens combination.

It's also a great way of introducing slop over two sets of body/lens mounts. Putting lenses on non-native bodies is a nice idea in theory, but in practice we've found it can be less than ideal for testing purposes.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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FrankyW: Are the flashes used in the video shoot the HVL-F60M or HVL-F43M?

60M.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 06:38 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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entoman: Let's get this straight - I have no objection whatsoever to DPR using promotional videos from Sony or any other manufacturer.

The problem here is that DPR should make the Sony sponsorship much more obvious, by extending the title to "Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 - a video sponsored by Sony".

If they fail to do this, readers will believe (many obviously already do, from comments in these forums) that EVERYTHING that DPR writes about Sony is biased in favour of their sponsors, and DPR will lose its reputation for honest reviews.

Oh yeah, looking forward to dealing with trolls is the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning... ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 00:08 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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mxx: So in the last few days we had:
1. Sony Xperia XZ camera review
2. Five reasons to buy the Sony RX100
3. Shooting dogs with the Sony a6300
Are DPR's salaries being paid by Amazon, or Sony? I'm confused.

@ Fujica - we've been making these videos for more than two years, and they're labeled in the same way.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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Speedicut: Count me as one of those that finds the sponsored content hurting the credibility of the site. Didn't Amazon, the parent company, recently put an end to "sponsored" product reviews for credibility reasons? It's a fluff piece (heh) and as this becomes a bigger revenue stream it follows that DPR will pull punches in their reviews. The pieces are, "commissioned by the sponsor in conversations with our marketing team, and the sponsor paid for it to be produced." So it's a commercial, Sony hired them to do a commercial. Can a business be ad man one day and objective reviewer the next? It's fine to say "it's business, have to pay the bills". Well, this makes Sony a customer and isn't the customer always right? You don't bite the hand that feeds you.

And a big hurray for Motley Zoo and all no-kill shelters. Check out the great looking basenjis at 6m25s!

Speaking of being a critical reader... in quoting from our FAQ, which makes clear that this content is "commissioned by the sponsor in conversations with our marketing team, and the sponsor paid for it to be produced"

Speedicut has conveniently omitted the second part of that sentence, which begins with 'but'...

"the DPReview editorial team produced and edited the content, *and had final veto*."

This is the difference. This is what distinguishes this content from being 'an advert'. Let me know if you're still unclear.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 18:19 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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Fun 4 all: So how does this work? I see a lot of people are curious about it.
Barney (not the dog) said, "The a6500 was actually only announced the day before we started filming this video". - So DPR made the video.
Whose idea is the video? Does Sony pay DPR to make a video on the subject of their choosing? Or does DPR work with Sony on the video that Sony is making?
I understand this is a business, and if Sony is handing out cash, it would be silly to decline.

This is a DPR staffed and crewed operation, supported by Sony and (our parent company) Amazon. Sony supplies gear, Amazon pays our wages and we have control over the concept, execution and edit.

https://www.dpreview.com/sponsored

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 17:52 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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mxx: So in the last few days we had:
1. Sony Xperia XZ camera review
2. Five reasons to buy the Sony RX100
3. Shooting dogs with the Sony a6300
Are DPR's salaries being paid by Amazon, or Sony? I'm confused.

It's important to realise that Amazon doesn't run DPReview as a charity...

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 01:08 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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zeratulmrye: Funny that when DPReview published the Fuji sponsored video three weeks ago I didn't see so much "sponsored polices".

Oh, you meant *policing*?

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 22:23 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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Oldbike: Just curious, wouldn't it have made more sense to highlight the newer a6500?

The a6500 was actually only announced the day before we started filming this video ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 22:23 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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entoman: Let's get this straight - I have no objection whatsoever to DPR using promotional videos from Sony or any other manufacturer.

The problem here is that DPR should make the Sony sponsorship much more obvious, by extending the title to "Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 - a video sponsored by Sony".

If they fail to do this, readers will believe (many obviously already do, from comments in these forums) that EVERYTHING that DPR writes about Sony is biased in favour of their sponsors, and DPR will lose its reputation for honest reviews.

Sony is probably the most trolled brand on DPR. They produce a lot of gear, a lot of people are interested in reading about it, so we write about it. And as soon as we do, all the usual suspects come out of the woodwork with the usual tired old allegations of editorial bias.

Plus ça change.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 21:18 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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entoman: Let's get this straight - I have no objection whatsoever to DPR using promotional videos from Sony or any other manufacturer.

The problem here is that DPR should make the Sony sponsorship much more obvious, by extending the title to "Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 - a video sponsored by Sony".

If they fail to do this, readers will believe (many obviously already do, from comments in these forums) that EVERYTHING that DPR writes about Sony is biased in favour of their sponsors, and DPR will lose its reputation for honest reviews.

A message that this video is supported by Sony and Amazon is the first thing you see on screen when you start the video player, and it's clearly called out in this article (the one you're commenting on). Space limitations prevent us from putting this exact wording on our homepage, but we will be introducing a category tag which should put your mind at rest.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 19:47 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (172 comments in total)
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zeratulmrye: Funny that when DPReview published the Fuji sponsored video three weeks ago I didn't see so much "sponsored polices".

You mean you didn't see any labeling that it was a sponsored video? Because both that video and this one (and every video of this kind that we've posted since 2014) were labeled in the same way.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 19:41 UTC
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