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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Kodak didn't get into cryptocurrency and bitcoin mining, "Kodak" did

A lot of people still have positive associations with the Kodak brand and its iconic logos, but it’s worth clearing something up: not everything with the Kodak name on it has much connection to a bunch of clever people in Rochester, New York.

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN for Micro Four Thirds impressions

We've got a pair of Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN lenses in the office: one for Micro Four Thirds and the other for Sony E-mount. In this article we have some impressions of the MFT version, as well as some other lenses in this class worth considering.

Panasonic Lumix GH5S vs GH5: What's new?

What kind of camera could the GH5 be if it was only focused on shooting video? The GH5S answers that question. Here's a breakdown of the key differences between the two models.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S vs Sony a7S II low light shootout

We shot the Panasonic GH5S against the Sony a7S II to see whether the video-centric Lumix can wrest the low light crown away from its full-frame rival.

2017 in review: a look back at November

November was, as it usually is, a fairly quiet time for the industry. Well, except for Leica, which always likes to set itself apart - the company launched a new model mid-month.

Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best?

The Nikon D850 appeared destined to tower over the camera world like some colossus until the Sony a7R III emerged like some rival kaiju. Now we've had a chance to shoot both cameras in a variety of situations, which wins the battle of the behemoths?

Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100

Even though (or perhaps because) 2017 has seen the release of some of the most impressive cameras he's ever used, Richard has ducked the difficult decisions and made an unexpected choice for his Gear of the Year. But, as always, he's going to argue his point.

Sony a7R Mark III review

Sony's a7R Mark III shoots 42.4MP files at 10fps and incorporates a robust video feature set, large battery, refined ergonomics and more. It certainly looks impressive, but what is it like to use, and how does it stack up against the rest of the market? Find out in our full review.

DxOMark republishes Pentax 645Z results and it's as good as we always suspected

DxOMark has awarded the Pentax 645Z 101 points, making it the second-highest scoring medium format camera it's tested (or the highest scoring from 2015 to now, based on the originally published results).

This is what happens when a 'weather sealed' camera encounters salt water

Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals shows us what happens when your camera (regardless of brand) takes a swim in salt water... and why 'weather sealed' does NOT mean 'waterproof.'