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 Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: No RAW photos so how can this be a serious tool for photographers?

@Angrymagpie - "Looking at how they responded to the comments now, I am getting the feeling that they realised they were been hyperbolic and are now trying to downplay this convergence claim."

No - we responded to the entirely reasonable request from some of our readers to explain in which respects the XC10 out-specifies cameras like the FZ1000. If you're looking for a definition of hyperbole, by the way, your comment above contains several examples.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 04:44 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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harcourtfenton: If this was written in the forums it would sound like fanboy worship. Reads like advertising copy from Canon.

If this is he new face of previews on DPR I'd as soon we had none.

We come to DPR for objectivity, comparisons and, to be frank, a more clinical examination of product that this was. Not gushing product evangelism.

@ harcourtfenton - we're not allowed to have any opinions about something before we've had direct experience of it? Are you joking? I'm genuinely asking. Because unless I'm radically misreading your comment, that's ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 04:32 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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rallyfan: The best part of the advertorial was the bit about "Even DPReview would benefit from this type of camera." Well, yes, if it sells via the site I suppose DPReview will benefit. Congrats.

Other than that though... Meh... Calling this some sort of revolution is unfounded, and the primary reason the author has to list for whom this device is intended is that it is ostensibly unclear for whom this device in intended...

Will Jackie Treehorn buy 20-30 cameras for his company? I doubt it. Skin tones are poor, and low light performance is unremarkable.

We've shot Canon since the first EOS 6x0 series. The following decade we got the Kodak/Canon hybrids. Then actual Canon DSLRs, and so on, and I'm sure many here have similar backgrounds. If Canon thought this device would be exciting, they've lost the plot.

"The best part of the advertorial was the bit about "Even DPReview would benefit from this type of camera." Well, yes, if it sells via the site I suppose DPReview will benefit. Congrats."

Well Amazon isn't stocking it, so far as I can tell, so bang goes that theory. Please at least *try* not to be offensive?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 04:24 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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Dale Baskin: Since there have been a lot of questions/comments about this camera relative to cameras like the FZ1000 we've decided to put together a small addendum to add to the article that may clarify the differences between cameras. (Which is why I'm not hanging out here responding to comments.) I'll post a message as soon as it's up.

You've lost me. 'Convergence' is a word that we use frequently to describe the principle embodied by devices like this and 'high-end video capture' is *four* words, none of which which we invented.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 22:02 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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random78: Unlike dpreview which thinks that XC10 is so much out of league of FZ1000 that it doesn't even warrant a mention in the article, filmmakers at EOSHD which actually use these hybrid cameras, are giving a far more lukewarm response to XC10:

http://www.eoshd.com/comments/topic/8343-canon-xc10-4k-camcorder/

Andrew Reid clearly doesn't think XC10 offers anything of signifcance over the FZ1000 and actually recommends getting an LX100 over the XC10. His final comment "This camera tarnishes the Cinema EOS brand."

Nice video from our old pals at What Digital Camera in the UK. As for Andrew Reid's comment, he knows his stuff for sure, but he hasn't used the camera yet (like us) and I'm not sure how a non-EOS camera can tarnish the EOS brand...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:44 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot Pro1 Review (5 comments in total)

First.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:39 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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Dale Baskin: Since there have been a lot of questions/comments about this camera relative to cameras like the FZ1000 we've decided to put together a small addendum to add to the article that may clarify the differences between cameras. (Which is why I'm not hanging out here responding to comments.) I'll post a message as soon as it's up.

Well not to reignite this argument again but when it comes to being an 'embodiment of convergence' we're literally talking about the body design, apart from anything else. This is the first camera we've seen with truly hybrid ergonomics for stills and high-end video capture.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: This is a two for the price of one deal: a great opinion piece and a hilarious thread to follow it.

DPR: It is now confirmed, if you want to crazy up the comments section just write something about Canon.

Oh we've known that for a while...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:08 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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gvfx: FZ1000 clone, but with lower rez stills.

Come on now. Even a cursory glance at the spec-sheet would tell you this is untrue.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: “The Canon XC10 may be the first true 'convergence' camera.”

If you have your head buried in the sand and don’t realize that the FZ1000 came out last year for 1/3 the price.

Biased to Canon? Tell that to the Canon fans - many of them are convinced we're biased *against* their brand of choice. Honestly I can't keep up with who we're meant to be biased towards on any given week. Maybe because we're not? Just a thought.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:05 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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harcourtfenton: If this was written in the forums it would sound like fanboy worship. Reads like advertising copy from Canon.

If this is he new face of previews on DPR I'd as soon we had none.

We come to DPR for objectivity, comparisons and, to be frank, a more clinical examination of product that this was. Not gushing product evangelism.

Canon USA hasn't even given us full specifications yet - trust me they're not bugging us for positive coverage...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:03 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: “The Canon XC10 may be the first true 'convergence' camera.”

If you have your head buried in the sand and don’t realize that the FZ1000 came out last year for 1/3 the price.

How many times are you going to leave some variation on this comment?

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 18:37 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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harcourtfenton: If this was written in the forums it would sound like fanboy worship. Reads like advertising copy from Canon.

If this is he new face of previews on DPR I'd as soon we had none.

We come to DPR for objectivity, comparisons and, to be frank, a more clinical examination of product that this was. Not gushing product evangelism.

See the word 'opinion' in the headline. Once we've had our hands on a camera we'll produce our usual range of studio and real-world tests and samples.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:56 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Native advertising makes its way to dpreview?

The comparison with the FZ1000 is a little weak. The XC10 is a considerably more pro-oriented 4K tool than the FZ1000, excellent though it is.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:55 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Native advertising makes its way to dpreview?

From our point of view it's a big deal because of what it represents - a true convergence product. As such it's partly interesting not for what it *is* but for what it signifies in the market, and may lead to in the future.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:23 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Nice PR piece for DP to publish...one question, How do use the touch screen with that primitive loupe mounted?

PR piece? Come on now.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: This is going to be a pathetic stills camera. Low resolution, small sensor, and less than stellar focal ratios. I really do not agree with this article at all.

Out of genuine interest (I promise) how would you describe the kind of photography you most often do?

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 16:56 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Native advertising makes its way to dpreview?

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Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 16:55 UTC
On article Canon XC10: What you need to know (237 comments in total)
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WACONimages: At last Canon offers something out of the box. And see all those comments here on dpreview. Bashing a product no one seen for real, no one touched or had the chance to use.

Give it break. I'm sure there is a market for and soon many website will show reviews from video customers and will tell if it up to do the job.

Just don't understand bashing products you never used or saw in real life.

OK OK I surrender! Everything is terrible! Canon is doomed! Nobody wants this camera!

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 15:56 UTC
On article Canon XC10: What you need to know (237 comments in total)
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The Squire: I do wonder what this is for.

It's not an enthusiast product at that price.

Maybe production companies need a decent 4k b-camera. But if drone mount is a big part of the story then perhaps they'd have been better off creating something more like a scaled-up GoPro but with a decent 4K codec and IS? IMHO there's a market for such a device, even at this sort of price.

But this... It's hard to justify it over a GH4 or FZ1000 and I suspect if Sony update their excellent RX10 to 4K, this will be dead in the water.

I think that reflects the average concerns of our core (active) audience more than it reflects the likely success of the camera in the market which it's intended to compete...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
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