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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bluevellet: This sounds like a gold award recipient at DPR. The DPR staff already gave a pass to many potential/perceived weaknesses (IQ improvements, price, EVF/LCD upgrades) while lauding its obvious strenghts.

The only potential pitfall is AF performance. But considering how some other serious sites are already happy with this feature and how DPR tends to be rigorous with their tests, I get the feeling that the EM1II merely has to be competitive in this department rather than a D500-killer king-of-the-hill type of camera to secure that gold.

"The DPR staff already gave a pass to many potential/perceived weaknesses (IQ improvements, price, EVF/LCD upgrades) while lauding its obvious strenghts."

Did we?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 18:31 UTC
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KLinLA: This article comes across too strongly as a sales pitch, rather than an impartial comparison

You can blame Olympus for that, honestly. It's pretty hard to make the E-M1 II sound anything less than highly impressive.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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boinkphoto: It's true in this day and age that you can't tell astroturf advertising from reporting and it's also true that these show best condition photography. Still, they are very nice pictures.

I think calling out astroturf vs. non-astroturf is really up to DPReview and similar sites. They should take the time to find out, and specifically call out any cases where the artist and the manufacturer have a relationship.

I'm unclear on exactly what you're driving at (astroturf...?), but if you're suggesting that Michael or DPR were in some way paid by Apple, we weren't. I'm pretty sure they're doing well enough without our help...

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 23:09 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom (48 comments in total)
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davesurrey: Throwback Thursday started out as a great idea and was well received. Sadly the last few articles have been just a few paragraphs and nothing like the quality of the initial articles.
Judging by the comments from your readers this can be an interesting series. So please put back the effort you made in the initial articles.

Hey now - we still have some grizzled old salts on staff...

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 00:53 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom (48 comments in total)
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davesurrey: Throwback Thursday started out as a great idea and was well received. Sadly the last few articles have been just a few paragraphs and nothing like the quality of the initial articles.
Judging by the comments from your readers this can be an interesting series. So please put back the effort you made in the initial articles.

We're trying to find a line between light, quick to read (and crucially - quick to *create* articles and more personal, longer stories about some of the cameras we've covered in the past 18 years. We'll continue to experiment with the format.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 22:46 UTC
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tkbslc: I get a bit weary of these "largest ever" or "fastest ever" or "most megapixels ever" claims. It's pretty obvious that each year or two as technology advances that the new gear will be "the best ever". Claiming to have the "best ever" every single year, is a little much.

Something a bit less dramatic would be a lot better. Maybe, "Seagate increases portable drive capacity to 5TB".

We'll pass that note on to their marketing department ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 22:19 UTC
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dotyman: Darn, I was really hoping for a "Quasi-Pro" camera. Guess I'll have to wait until next year...

Oh, don't... categorization is enough of a nightmare at the best of times ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 19:45 UTC
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Marco Nero: The images aren't disappointing although the lens isn't f/1.2 ... and that's where the real magic of the 85mmL lens from Canon lies. I don't think I'll be buying this lens for two reasons: One is because, other than speed, I don't see it exceeding the capabilities of the Canon f/1.2L version. And the other reason is that this site has suddenly taken sides in the US election aftermath...

It disappoints me greatly that political statements are now being (obviously) endorsed by DPreview. Those Lens sample-photograph closeups of Anti-American/Anti-Trump signs (as well as the protesters themselves) are two very different things. One shows an affiliation between the photographer and the protest itself. The closeup of the hate-inspired Trump signs is disgusting to see on a review site. We don't need a socialist agenda here on a camera/tech review site. Disgusting. I'm sorry but I won't buy products when reviewers here use them to endorse political agendas.

Remember also that DPReview is editorially independent from our parent company.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 23:54 UTC
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Marco Nero: The images aren't disappointing although the lens isn't f/1.2 ... and that's where the real magic of the 85mmL lens from Canon lies. I don't think I'll be buying this lens for two reasons: One is because, other than speed, I don't see it exceeding the capabilities of the Canon f/1.2L version. And the other reason is that this site has suddenly taken sides in the US election aftermath...

It disappoints me greatly that political statements are now being (obviously) endorsed by DPreview. Those Lens sample-photograph closeups of Anti-American/Anti-Trump signs (as well as the protesters themselves) are two very different things. One shows an affiliation between the photographer and the protest itself. The closeup of the hate-inspired Trump signs is disgusting to see on a review site. We don't need a socialist agenda here on a camera/tech review site. Disgusting. I'm sorry but I won't buy products when reviewers here use them to endorse political agendas.

What @ Yake said.

DPReview is a photography site. We test cameras, and we test lenses. We're not photojournalists, but we do frequently go out into the world and take pictures of things, for camera and lens sample galleries. Where they are captioned or analyzed at all, it is for technical, not aesthetic content.

As such, had there been a major pro-Trump rally last week in Seattle, we
would most likely have wandered down the road to take pictures of it. Had there been an anti-Clinton rally we would have done the same. Had there been a rally in support of the Flying Spaghetti Monster last week in Seattle we would
DEFINITELY have taken a long lunch break and grabbed a few shots.

The idea that we're somehow advancing a 'socialist agenda' by posting a handful images from a public event that contain anti-racism messaging is completely absurd. There are more important things to worry about - move on.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (236 comments in total)
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edwooduk: Hi Dpreview - the link to explain 'What does this mean ?' in relation to Sponsored Content takes you to a handy FAQ.
But none of the entries actually relate to sponsored content - that I can see. There's an Ethics entry but that does not have any relevant info...
HTH !

My mistake - the link you want is this: https://www.dpreview.com/sponsored. I've updated this article with the correct link.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 18:40 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (334 comments in total)
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zakaria: I have a suggestion for Dpr staffs. Just review the gear without putting marks or rewards. Let readers judge by themselves. Put only the negatives and positives.

Weird approach for a camera review site to take...

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (386 comments in total)
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DavidNJ100: In the 1994 movie "Quiz Show" Dick Goodwin debates not calling Charles Van Doren to the hearings with his first wife Sandra. It concludes with Sandra saying "Quiz show hearings without Van Doren--it's like doing 'Hamlet' without Hamlet."

To paraphrase: "Doing a test of $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor cameras without the A6500--it's like doing 'Hamlet' without Hamlet."

Once we have a camera, and some samples from a production sample, it will be added to this roundup.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:41 UTC
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razadaz: Sounds like he was making up excuses as he went along. Also reminiscent of the late nineties when Apple stopped fitting their computers with floppy disk drives. Everyone had to buy plug in external drives just to be able to install their software.

2016 - brought to you by unfocussed rage.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
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razadaz: Sounds like he was making up excuses as he went along. Also reminiscent of the late nineties when Apple stopped fitting their computers with floppy disk drives. Everyone had to buy plug in external drives just to be able to install their software.

@randalusa What on earth are you talking about? Can you please explain how someone's political inclination in any way effects someone's choice of monitor? Because - I have to tell you - right now you sound unhinged.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:42 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (407 comments in total)
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Mk7: DL24-85 : Gold award.

?

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 17:08 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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aramgrg: What does this have to do with digital photography, btw?

"Of course it's pretty obvious that you get more money by putting Apples in the website, but that is a short time effect, because in the long run, you'll receive less attention from your target audience-photographers. Just my 2c as an economist."

Obvious to you, maybe, but absolutely nothing in that statement is true.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: My complaint here is valid: please don't review or do articles on non-photography-related gear. Yes, an argument can be made that the MacBook is related, but then we can say the same about a lot of things. The primary purpose of a Mac or any laptop is not photography. Plus, there are a LOT of laptops out there. Are we going to be seeing a lot of articles about them as well? I hope not.

Mike, calm down. This article took 2 hours to prepare, out of the 50+ I've worked so far this week.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 04:26 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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aramgrg: What does this have to do with digital photography, btw?

World's biggest computing company for creative imaging professionals creates new flagship computing devices, aimed at those professionals. World's biggest digital photography website covers it.

Simple.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 04:25 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2084 comments in total)
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palie: dear dpr reviewers: please please, I beg of you, stop using the phrase 'under the hood ...'

'Inside the cabinet' is - strictly speaking - how we *should* express that phrase but I think that sounds even weirder.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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Osa25: No SD card slow and no USB 2 or 3 port? Shouldnt DPReview - of all places - at least flag this up as a no-no for photography enthusiasts?

I did flag it up.

Although, I must say, I've never relied on the built-in SD reader in the Macs I've used that had it. Too slow, and rather unreliable. Good in a pinch (i.e. if I forgot my main card reader at a press event) but not something I'd call a 'must-have'.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 20:45 UTC
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