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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What does the EOS R tell us about Canon and the RF mount's future?

Having shot with the camera, spoken to Canon and read the tea leaves, here's what DPR Technical Editor Richard Butler thinks the EOS R tells us about Canon and the RF's mount's future.

Fujifilm X-T3 First Impressions Review

When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.

The Canon EOS R isn't a mirrorless 5D IV, but it's a start

With the dust only just settling after the recent launch of Nikon's Z7, what should you take away from Canon's new full-frame mirrorless ILC? Read on for some initial thoughts, and a closer look at the EOS R's key features.

The Nikon Z is a big step for Nikon but they need to keep being brave

The Nikon Z is a brave and important step for Nikon and, while it might not have got everything right first time, it shows enough promise to encourage existing users to commit themselves to the system. However, to deliver the system's full potential, Nikon needs to continue being brave, according to our own Richard Butler.

Nikon Z7 First Impressions Review

Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.

What's the Nikon Z like with adapted lenses?

The new Z-mount may be the big story for Nikon's new Z6 and Z7 cameras, but there's over 100 million F-mount Nikkor lenses floating around the world. Nikon's FTZ Adapter gives those old lenses a new lease on life, and we've had the chance to give it a go and see how it performs.

Panasonic DC-LX100 II First Impressions Review

We got some hands-on time with a pre-production LX100 II to get a better feel for the improvements Panasonic's brought to the table. Here's a rundown of what's new – and what we think.

Why I'm delighted to see an LX100 II

Technical Editor Richard Butler is a longtime fan of the original LX100, a camera that he feels strikes an ideal balance between size and control. Here's why he's so eager to get his hands on the LX100 II.

Sony claims top spot in full-frame interchangeable lens camera market, launches 'Be Alpha' campaign

In a press release issued this morning, Sony announced it has sold more full-frame cameras than any other brand in the US over the past six months, measured both by units sold and by value.

Micro Four Thirds: 10 years on from the birth of mirrorless

Ten years ago this month Panasonic and Olympus announced a new concept called Micro Four Thirds. We're now on the brink of full-frame mirrorless from at least one major player, so perhaps it's a good time to take a look back at where it all started – and how far we've come.