Happy Holidays
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Happy Holidays

As we celebrate our eighteenth anniversary (the site officially launched December 25th, 1998, when some of our staff were still in elementary school) I'd like to wish each and every one of our visitors a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Season's Greetings/Happy Hanukkah/Merry Festivus* (*delete as required).

As you can might be able to spot from the picture above, I wasn’t personally able to attend the ‘put on a festive hat and pose for a portrait’ session due to the fact that some of us have actual work to do (or to put it more accurately, some of us had already left for two weeks of eating, drinking and being merry). And besides, there were no hats left. And I really, really hate being on the other side of the camera.

And, whilst I may not be sure exactly which of the various bearded guys in the picture above is which, I can tell you that I’m incredibly proud of the work the entire team has done this year, and excited to see what they achieve in 2017. I wrote my first camera review 20 years ago (when working on the launch issue of the world’s first dedicated digital camera magazine), yet I still learn something almost every day by working with these talented, dedicated (and, yes, often bearded) people. It is their ideas (which, naturally, I steal and present as my own) and their boundless enthusiasm that keep our audience growing year on year, in the face of the continuing decline in camera sales (and the competition from viral cat videos and an unpresidented amount of twittering from high profile US political leaders.)

2016 might have been a year many of us will be glad to see the back of, but I’m genuinely excited about what we have planned for 2017 here on DPR. You’re going to see some significant changes to our homepage, with much more photographic content and faster reviews. We’ve got big plans for the mobile site, and we have some cool new features that we think you’re really going to enjoy. Actually, let’s be honest, what I should say is that we have some cool new features that we hope you don’t hate…

I can hear the mulled wine and mince pies calling, so I’ll just add my thanks to you, our loyal audience, because (as I say every year), there would be no DPReview without you. You keep us honest, you challenge us, and you often surprise and inspire us. We’re thankful that we’ve been able to continue bringing you reviews, videos, how-to's, news coverage and much more – it’s a privilege and we’re always striving to do the best we can for our readers. We're grateful for your contributions to our galleries, photo challenges, forums and spirited discussions, and hope that you've taken some photos you're proud of this year.

Have a fantastic holiday, and raise a glass with me to a pleasant, prosperous and peaceful 2017. 

Merry Christmas!

-- Simon