The first week of a new year is an important time for every business, and DPReview is no different. As we reflect on the past year and define our goals for 2018, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. Some of you might know me from occasional forum posts and comments—usually to explain a new site feature, or some new style of advert. My name is Scott Everett, and I'm DPReview's new General Manager and Publisher, replacing Simon Joinson, who stepped down in October.
At its core, DPReview is a group of people. Those people are dedicated to investigating all of the latest developments in photographic imaging technology, and providing informed, unbiased analysis to our readers. We've been doing this in one way or another for almost 20 years; I joined DPReview in 2011, which feels like a long time ago, especially in such a fast-paced industry, but the site's essential mission hasn't changed in that time.
We are, of course, also a business. Traditionally, like most websites, DPReview has generated the majority of its income via conventional 'banner' advertising. But as advertisers increasingly move away from conventional ads and seek to position different types of content in as many channels as they can, we’ve faced an important question: how can we meet the needs of our advertisers while maintaining the trust of our readers?
Regular site visitors will have seen new kinds of content appearing on DPReview over the past couple of years—from long-form videos to occasional co-branded articles. Most of it has proven popular with our readers (thanks as always for the feedback), but we're not going to rest on our laurels. And we are most definitely not going to compromise the high editorial standards that brought you here in the first place.
|Simon Joinson, Barney Britton, and Allison Johnson listen politely as I attempt to explain something.|
You'll see some changes on the site in 2018 and beyond. We are in the middle of automating many of the tests we perform on cameras and lenses (yes, we plan to bring back lens reviews), which we hope will increase the consistency of our product reviews, and hopefully decrease the amount of time that some of them take. We are also working hard to re-think the user experience of the site on both desktop and—perhaps more importantly—mobile.
In an era when countless blogs offer up half-baked opinions on new products within minutes of their launch, DPReview with our labor-intensive method of testing might seem like something of a dinosaur. But we're OK with that.
While both the photography and publishing worlds have changed drastically since I bought my first digital camera (an Olympus E-1, if you were curious), DPReview in 2018 is what it always was: a website run by and for discerning photography and technology enthusiasts. And our readers are our most valuable asset. This site would not be what it is without the community of photographers that visit every day.
So hello, thank you for your support, and Happy New Year!
Scott Everett, Publisher and General Manager, DPReview.com
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The 250mm F4 is Fujifilm's longest lens for its medium-format system. It's equivalent to about 200mm on a GFX camera, and we put it to work on some portraits as well as some scenes around Seattle's waterfront – take a look.
Sony has removed the ability to download firmware version 2.0 for its a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras from its website.
Handing out awards for the best gear of the year is a big job, so we called in some reinforcements from Calgary to help us.
A new patent from Canon lays out the schematics for a speedbooster-style adapter for mounting Canon EF lenses onto EOS M cameras, but with a variable baffle to reduce the risk of flare.
The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board has started a campaign asking visitors to stop geotagging their specific locations when visiting Wyoming's national parks.
Film simulation app Filmborn has been updated with new presets, features, and overall improved support on Apple's latest mobile operating system and devices.
The Colorado Tripod Company has introduced what it claims is the world’s first titanium tripod system, with a funding campaign on Kickstarter.
We've been shooting with the LX100 II both in and out of the studio, as part of our ongoing review. We're pretty impressed, so far, with the revised JPEG color and addition of a touchscreen both noticeable improvements.
An upcoming Xiaomi smartphone might use a 48MP sensor for pixel-binning, high-quality digital zooming and other algorithm-powered imaging features.
It's not cheap, but you may soon be able to get your hands on peel apart film once again thanks to ONE INSTANT.
Skylum's Luminar 3 arrives on December 18 with the long-awaited ability to manage your photo library. However, it won't be a full DAM (digital asset manager); the company plans to roll out features throughout 2019 and won't charge for updates from Luminar 2018 during that time.
Hasselblad has released an update to its Phocus post-production software that brings new and updated tools, as well as updated native lens support.
Nikon's IPTC Preset Manager, a tool for creating predetermined sets of metadata, has received an update. Version 1.1.0 no longer uses Microsoft Silverlight, sheds the network connection requirement, adds extended language support, updates support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, and ends support for Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Insta360 has launched a software update for its One X 360-degree camera and announced a camera bundle exclusively available on Apple.com.
Xiaomi has laid out the details for its new AI-powered image processing platform DeepExposure.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset is expected to power most 2019 high-end Android phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S10.
Camera app developer Hipstamatic says it has found a way to use the depth data generated by the iPhone X to improve the way its TinType app works out which areas of a picture to render out of focus.
If you're looking for a high-quality camera, you don't need to spend a ton of cash, nor do you need to buy the latest and greatest new product on the market. In our latest buying guide we've selected some cameras that while they're a bit older, still offer a lot of bang for the buck.
The Verizon-owned social network platform Tumblr has announced it will be removing all adult content - including photos - from its platform starting December 17th, 2018.
Guests who would rather spend time actually enjoying their Swiss vacation can now do so while still maintaining a presence on social networks, thanks to Ibis Switzerland Hotels' new social media sitting services.
Two challenges to Apple’s claim that its iPhone X can shoot studio quality portraits have been turned down by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
We take a head-to-head look at the Apple iPhone Xs's bokeh effect versus a 58mm Nikkor lens on full-frame. The results? Well, we're pretty impressed.
The organizations and organizers behind Photokina have announced Photokina 2019 will be cancelled and postponed until May 2020.
Samsung Malaysia has been caught using a doctored DSLR photo to advertise the 'portrait mode' on its Galaxy A8 Star smartphone.
Lensrentals has shared a detailed analysis of the most-rented cameras and lenses of the year.
A dual-screen design on Vivo's upcoming flagship smartphones could eliminate the need for a front camera.
After years of development, Sony’s mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras offer among the most advanced autofocus technologies on the market. Here's how to make Sony's AF work for you.
It's that time again! This is your opportunity to make your voice heard by voting for your favorite photography products of the year. Polls are currently open in six categories but don't deliberate too long – they close December 17th.
This year, plenty of amazing cameras, lenses, accessories and other products came through our doors. As 2018 winds down, we're highlighting some of our standout products of the year. Check out the winners of the 2018 DPReview Awards!