Staff Profile

Richard Butler
Richard Butler
Technical Editor

Richard graduated as a scientist but had a lot more fun writing and shooting for his university magazine. A number of years spent variously as a reporter, writer and editor on science and engineering titles combined his knowledge of science with his interest in images and words. But it was spotting the connections between emission spectra, white balance and all the nonsense he'd taught himself playing around in Photoshop that helped kindle an interest in digital photography. Searching for a camera led to him discovering DPReview and Richard was recruited by Phil Askey in 2007. He's been combining his love of photography, communication and attention to detail (pedantry?) ever since.

He has unusually strong opinions about lenses for the APS-C format.

Editorial content

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 review

The Panasonic GH6 is the latest in the company's line of video-focused Micro Four Thirds cameras. It brings a new, 25MP sensor and 10-bit 4K capture at up to 120p. We've put it to the test, both in the studio and out in the field.

Making sensor sizes less misleading

After years of confusion, DPReview and a group of leading websites and YouTube channels are changing the way we talk about small sensors.

Canon EOS R7 added to studio scene

As part of our review of the Canon EOS R7, we've shot our standard studio scene to let you see how the new camera compares to its peers and predecessors.

What's the best way to describe sensor size?

The 'inch-type' naming system for sensors is inherently misleading. Help us find a more useful description.

Of course Nikon is getting out of DSLRs, the only question is: how far behind is Canon?

The Nikkei has reported that Nikon is planning a future away from DSLRs. The company itself made a partial denial, but it should be clear that the writing is on the wall for mirrored cameras. And that goes for Canon, too.

Camera makers, can you hear me? It's time to take audio seriously

Cameras keep adding video features, but after testing one too many video-oriented models without a complete set of audio ports, Richard Butler just had to rant. He also suggests an alternative solution camera makers could employ that doesn't require extra ports at all.

Sony ZV-E10 vs Nikon Z30: which is the best vlogging camera?

We take a closer look at how the dedicated vlogging / content creator models from Sony and Nikon compare for both video and photo taking.

Nikon Z30 initial review

The Nikon Z30 is the company's latest 'creator' focused mirrorless camera, a 21MP APS-C model made to be more vlogging friendly than ever. Find out what it offers and what we think so far.

Nikon announces Z30 vlogger and creator-focused mirrorless camera

Nikon has announced the Z30, a 21MP APS-C mirrorless camera aimed at vloggers and content creators. It has a lot in common with the existing Z50 and Z fc with a few tweaks and a lower price tag.

Sony a7 IV earns our 'Best for stills and video' recommendation

As we continue to update our Buying Guides with the cameras we've recently reviewed, we've selected the Sony a7 IV as our pick for the best video camera for photographers. It's not the best video camera we've tested but it offers the strongest balance of video and stills capabilities.