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 Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (295 comments in total)
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AndroC: I have noticed that DPR appears to have almost no digital photography news to report on as late, and have resorted to general film photography articles and are now promoting clickbait (does DPR get revenue from this?) with juvenile and destructive content. How this website has deteriorated. Anybody who finds crushing beautifully crafted cameras funny or entertaining needs to revise their sense of humour. But I suppose a million followers all have this childish, immature and destructive outlook. Sad and melancholy times we live in today.

This took me about ten minutes to write on a day when I also spent several hours with Fujifilm, talking about the new X-T2 and interviewing senior executives. I'm sorry you absolutely hated it, but I promise - no core content was harmed.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 21:13 UTC
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (295 comments in total)
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Balooziggy: Please can someone put DPR under that press, crap like this is not news or even worthy of being reported on. If the DPR staff need amusement maybe they should treat themselves to a comedy show or something that appeals to their childish BS.

This took me about ten minutes to write on a day when I also spent several hours with Fujifilm, talking about the new X-T2 and interviewing senior executives. I'm sorry you absolutely hated it, but I promise - no core content was harmed.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 21:12 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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drummercam: Recent review titles: "Benchmark Performance": "Nikon D810 review; Setting new standards": "Nikon D5 Review; Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review."

Why am I not surprised at the slightly pejorative question mark in "Special K? Pentax K-1 Review"? Riffing on a cereal brand for a title is cute, but just a little off-key, given the innovations and ergonomics of this camera, IMHO.

Of all the things to get upset about and read too much into - a breakfast cereal pun? Really?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: Hi, a couple of comments. Firstly, I don't have the figures for word-wide DSLR sales but in Japan Pentax is currently 3rd with 6.7% of the market, up almost 2% point since the previous year. Not bad for such a small company (who has a $22b annual sales Ricoh giant behind it). Secondly, I would not count on a single site for camera reviews. There are other reputable sites on line worth consulting to minimize bias. BTW, again in Japan Olympus (another small firm) has switched position with Sony for mirrorless sales coming in 1st with 34%+ of the market. On this site, the Oly E-M5II received a silver award too, which is quite amusing considering that it is the EISA 2015/16 Best Product in the Prosumer Compact System Camera category. Moral: you can't let anyone else make up your mind.

Gold and Silver Awards reflect the editorial team's opinion of product, and while typically they follow our % scoring system pretty closely (for obvious common sense reasons) there is no intrinsic connection between a product's score and it's award (if any).

It is perfectly possible for a product to score higher than one of its competitors but not be given a gold or silver award. It is also entirely possible (albeit less likely) for a low-ish scoring product to be given an award if the editorial team believe it warrants our recommendation.

The basic logic behind Silver is that this is a product which while very good, falls short of greatness in one or more key areas. A Gold Award is commonly given to products that ether push the state-of-the-art forward in some significant way, or simply that the editorial team like a lot, and would recommend to friends - potentially even over higher-scoring models.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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pentaust: More argumentation isn't necessary. I encourage everyone having access to a Pentax K1 to do the test himself and publish the results online. And there are already plenty of examples online showing Pentax K1 tracking capability, but, one review ignore them all. Interesting.

Fast jets, cars racing around a track etc., are often positioned at infinity, more or less, and when you're tracking them, you're essentially tracking them from infinity, through infinity, towards infinity. An iPhone with a long enough lens could do a pretty good job of that - it isn't hard. And if you're just panning, the AF system has even less work to do.

Our bike test is designed to stress the system, by requiring the AF to track from somewhere around infinity, and drive the lens's focusing elements quickly through their focus range towards closest focus. This allows us to get a proper impression of how adept the system is when it comes to tracking in depth as well as along the x-y axes.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 13:43 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: Pixel-shift is the killer app for me, and it's a technology that undoubtedly will be improved. Even with current subject movement issues, I find it to not be a big problem: just combine a shifted and non-shifted image in Photoshop, and use a layer mask to remove problem areas. The results are stunning for a sub $2k camera.

When Pixel Shift works, it's incredible. The frustration (inherent to the concept) is subject movement, but for still life, (some) macro and specialist things like art reproduction, it's a killer feature.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Thematic: http://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/2896376384/IMGP1036.jpeg

WOW!

Appart from landscapes and architecture - has anyone tried pixel shift on portraits? Do models have to be "super" still for it to benefit? Waste of time?

Thank you.

This feature isn't designed to work for portraits or any subject where movement within the scene is an issue. The interval of time between exposures is short, but not short enough to negate the effects of subject movement.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:59 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (416 comments in total)
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FencerPTS: I miss the 19 page reviews that used to be published.

Our goal is to continue to include this information, but present it in a different way. Hopefully our recent reviews (the T6 review is an unusually short one, but this reflects its market position and specification) are easier to digest.

It's easy to miss (and a lot of people do) but our studio test widget stands in for several standalone 'middle' pages, that we used to create laboriously in the past. Shooting a single test chart allows us to demonstrate noise, sharpness, resolution, Raw/JPEG differences, dynamic range and high ISO image quality, for example.

Point being - those middle pages that made us 'unique' were severely underperforming in terms of traffic, and took an age to put together. And as with the new (ish) suite of studio tests that you'll see in current reviews we're committed to finding ways of speeding up the entire process while continuing to deliver value.

The most consistent reviews feedback we get from readers is they want more of them. Reviews. Not pages.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 23:04 UTC
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sebastian huvenaars: Concerts... uhu... And within 5 years politically inconvenient situations, demonstrations, police violence?

@ Sebastian - I think given Apple's recent history of (non) co-operation with the FBI, you're safe for now.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 22:51 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (416 comments in total)
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FencerPTS: I miss the 19 page reviews that used to be published.

Given that those middle pages took forever to write (and compared to introduction and conclusion they were barely read) we've moved away from this format for future reviews.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 18:34 UTC
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Jim Salvas: Publicity stunt. He could easily have developed a random sample of rolls to see if this is worthwhile. The few images he has shown look like rank amateur snaps. On the other hand I recently saw a gallery show of similar quality.

"With so few images processed, there is no evidence that this is worth the time or money."

I think that's precisely the point - time and money will be required to prove the point one way or the other. Personally (bearing in mind that despite sierranvin's considerable confusion this is *not* my project) I am intrigued to see more, based on the images that have so far been developed. Crowd-funding is a relatively new option available to artists and creators, to get projects off the ground that previously would have foundered for lack of resources. Support such projects or don't - it's up to you. And it's not my job to tell you what to think.

@Jim - thanks for being respectful, and writing a thoughtful response to this article. These are interesting questions, and they come up whenever someone finds, or decides to in some way exploit a trove of 'lost' images.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
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Jim Salvas: Publicity stunt. He could easily have developed a random sample of rolls to see if this is worthwhile. The few images he has shown look like rank amateur snaps. On the other hand I recently saw a gallery show of similar quality.

I realise that unfocused rage is basically the theme of 2016, but with respect, you're reaching pretty far, here and reading a lot into a single throwaway comment.

If you don't think this story is worthy of attention, or even (apparently) of mature, critical discussion, that's absolutely fine by me. You're welcome to your opinion, however manically you're committed to expressing it. Personally, I'm fascinated by 'found photo' projects and I know from personal experience the huge time (and consequently monetary) investment required to restore the resulting images.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 01:13 UTC
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Jim Salvas: Publicity stunt. He could easily have developed a random sample of rolls to see if this is worthwhile. The few images he has shown look like rank amateur snaps. On the other hand I recently saw a gallery show of similar quality.

@Sierranvin - are you feeling OK? I'm confused about your level of anger here.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 00:00 UTC
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Jim Salvas: Publicity stunt. He could easily have developed a random sample of rolls to see if this is worthwhile. The few images he has shown look like rank amateur snaps. On the other hand I recently saw a gallery show of similar quality.

So much love in this room.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: Flickr reduction, what's the use?

Shooting continuous bursts under flickering artificial lighting.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (450 comments in total)
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dansclic: Try to shoot oranges and apples, this test will show you had bad the Colors are coming straight out the camera as jpegs.....

You want us to compare apples and oranges?

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 16:26 UTC
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photofan1986: Those samples look really soft on the GX8. Then again, shooting at supid apertures like f/16 doesn't help either...

Sunstar test.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 23:00 UTC
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SETI: Don't wanna be rude but taking pictures with MFT camera at f/16 looks strange for me

Shooting at F16 was a sunstar test.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 23:00 UTC
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PKDanny: Great but this isn't waterproof!??!

That's where the waterproof housing comes in...

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
On article Raw capture coming to iPhone in iOS 10? (43 comments in total)
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eno2: This will be another nail in the coffin for the camera manufacturers.

That particular coffin is getting very heavy.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
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