About the Site
Digital Photography Review's mission is to provide the most authoritative reviews of, the fastest, fullest news reports about, and the most comprehensive database of consumer digital cameras in the world, and to provide an open, active forum and useful tools for its community.
Digital Photography Review was founded in December 1998 and over the years has grown to include a vast digital camera database, timeline, forum, image sample galleries, a glossary and articles section, lens, printer and software reviews, user galleries, photo challenges and much more.
Today DPReview is the world's most popular dedicated enthusiast digital photography site, with an audience of seven million unique visitors a month (around 20 million visitor sessions) reading over one hundred million pages. We believe in original content, unbiased content with as much detail as we can provide, we have been often copied but never bettered. In 2007 Digital Photography Review was acquired by Amazon.com.
Many thanks to all our regular visitors and warm welcome to new visitors.
Simon Joinson: Editor-in-Chief
Simon has spent pretty much all his working life in or around the photographic world, first as photography student, then as a photographer, graphic designer, retoucher, writer, editor, editor-in-chief, art director and even, briefly, a retailer. In early 1997 he launched what was probably the world's first consumer digital camera magazine, What Digital Camera (UK) from his spare bedroom. Since then he has launched and edited many magazines, written 7 or 8 books on photography, Photoshop and digital cameras and made numerous appearances in print (from industry titles to national newspapers) and on television and radio talking about digital photography and consumer technology in general. He joined dpreview.com in 2004 as reviews editor, and took over the day-to-day running of the site in 2010.
Barnaby Britton: Editor
Barney Britton joined dpreview when it was based in London in November 2009, after several years as a print journalist in the UK specialist photographic press. He moved from London to Seattle, USA, a year later and these days, Barney spends his days marvelling at how much sunshine there actually is in Seattle when you work in an office with large windows. After hours Barney can be found walking the streets of the Emerald City with a camera, or inside one of Seattle's many music venues. As well as having a hilarious name (apparently), Barney sees nothing wrong with cute pictures of cats – whatever Andy might say.
Shawn Barnett: Reviews Editor
Shawn started taking pictures early and hasn't stopped for over 40 years. Those who knew him in school aren't surprised that he's still working in photography, as there was seldom a day when he didn't have his camera in hand. Shawn has extensive experience writing about technology, covering mobile computing as managing editor of Pen Computing Magazine, and he started following the digital camera industry early, rising to editor of Digital Camera Magazine. Shawn joined Imaging-Resource.com in 2004, where as senior editor he worked with a team to write and edit hundreds of digital camera reviews before joining DPReview.com in 2012. Though his wife, two daughters and two sons now take first place, photography was his first love, and helping others find and explore this love is his passion.
Richard Butler: Technical Editor, US
Richard Butler was trained as a scientist but instead chose a career in communication. He has been a journalist and technical writer on a series of scientific and engineering magazines and has had articles published across a broad range of trade and technical publications. A long-term enthusiasm for design and graphics flourished with the purchase of his first digital camera. This interest in photography ran parallel with his work until he joined dpreview.com in 2007, allowing him to get paid to do what he most enjoys.
Jeff Keller: Senior Reviewer
Jeff's interest in digital photography began in the mid-1990s while a student at UC San Diego, when he began tinkering with early Apple and Casio cameras. In late 1997 he founded the Digital Camera Resource Page (dcresource.com), which was the first website dedicated to the subject. After fifteen years, over four hundred camera reviews, and thousands of news items, Jeff suspended work on dcresource.com and moved to Seattle to join the DPReview team in 2013. In addition to photography, Jeff enjoys traveling the world, gadgetry and volunteering.
Andrew Westlake: Lens reviewer and Technical Editor, UK.
A keen photographer for many years, and owner of cameras of many different shapes, sizes, and formats, Andy prepared for his role as lens reviewer by staring at the screens of obscure scientific instruments for more years than he would care to mention. After eventually deciding that spending the rest of his life in a succession of basement laboratories may not be entirely healthy, he served a brief stint in industrial creative writing, and very nearly became a spy, before caving in and joining dpreview’s basement studios. Andy does not believe that testing lenses is a sufficiently hazardous business to require the use of a white lab coat.
Erin Lodi: Editor (Connect)
Erin Lodi's career in photography and journalism started right in her small eastern Washington hometown of Moses Lake as a photojournalist at the Columbia Basin Herald. She became the managing editor of three different newspapers before leaving journalism to try her hand at public relations and marketing, technical writing, and as a freelance photographer and writer. She feels like she's found her first love again as the Mobile Imaging Editor at dpreview.com, where she can harness her passion for both photography and journalism as she explores the brave new world of connected mobile photography.
Lars Rehm: Technical Editor (Connect)
Lars hails from the land of Beethoven, Beckenbauer and the Bratwurst, where he earned his academic qualifications in business and supply chain. After working a number of years on research projects in Germany, Spain and the UK he eventually realized that optimizing the European Logistics industry was a futile task and joined dpreview as a writer in 2007. After the site's move to Seattle, WA in 2010 he substituted London's dark alleys and seedy back streets with the hiking trails of the Pacific Northwest but nevertheless, wherever he goes, there is still almost always a camera in his bag.
Kelcey Smith: Studio manager / photographer
Kelcey is a local Seattleite, so 8 months of rain and wind a year hardly faze him at all. Kelcey's first introduction into photography was when he helped his father build a darkroom in the garage. Since then he's been hooked on the magic of capturing the world around him and sharing it with others. After graduating from the University of Washington and spending some time teaching English in Japan, he returned to his town of origin to work at Amazon.com. When he heard that dpreview.com was moving in just across the street, he jumped at the chance to join the team. Kelcey now spends his days meticulously photographing the same studio comparison shots that he used to spend hours meticulously analyzing on dpreview.com.
Jan Zich: Senior Web developer
Jan joined dpreview in 2008 as a developer. He spends most of the time in the Seattle office working on new features for the site, to make it more relevant for this century. Sometimes he wishes he could start from scratch with a clean slate but then he realizes that millions of users every month can't be wrong, and remembers how fortunate he is to have landed a developers' dream job.
Adrian Godong: Ninja developer
Adrian has been doing programming since 13, that pretty much describes this nondescript ninja developer. Daily routine in the office consists of magically spawning code monkeys to build new features for the delight of both staff and users, fixing code error and bugs created by those monkeys and finally spending long hours figuring out how to get better monkeys to finally reach technological singularity. The weekends are filled with activity totally unrelated to monkeys; doing actual photography.
Richard Shih: Web developer
Richard joined DP Review from the Great White North as a web developer. After spending several years honing his abilities in program management, he discovered that sitting in meetings all day did not bring the same satisfaction as diving head first into code. Between banging his head on the monitor cursing web browsers for their inconsistencies, you'll find him escaping to the nearby mountains (there aren't that many on the east coast where he is from) or driving around looking for the next great culinary experience.
Josh Hays: Web developer
After a childhood spent playing with cameras and computers among the corn fields of Nebraska, Josh moved to the Pacific Northwest where he continues to play with cameras and computers, minus the corn fields. Joining DPReview in 2011 after several years in the IT industry, he is thrilled to be able to combine his interests while working for a website which he has long respected. When he's not at the office, he can be found hiking near Seattle or photographing the natural and artificial details of our world.
Scott Everett: Product Manager
Scott fell in love with photography in 2002 when his close friend Preslav took him shooting with an old Russian SLR, the Zenit. He has since accumulated over 20 cameras and 16 lenses, but the Hasselblad remains his personal favorite. He spent most of his 20s as a project manager, and before joining dpreview was a photographer and producer for a Seattle production company. Scott's main day-to-day work may all be behind the scenes these days, but his photography still appears regularly in our galleries and reviews.
Parinita Salian: Database manager / photographer
After juggling jobs as as a jewellery photographer, general freelancer and a brief stint at photojournalism back in Mumbai, India, Parinita joined the DPReview team in 2008. Despite her new database responsibilities, Pari continues to take a lot of photographs both for the site and in her free time. She likes being part of a small team, and despite being the only female, she hates pink cameras.
Although no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the site, Phil's influence still looms large and he remains a friend to the site and to the team. As well as defining the rigorous, consistent camera testing methodology that drives our reviews (including designing many of the tests and writing the proprietary analysis software), Phil single-handedly wrote all the site's code until we expanded our team 2007, and, along with his wife, Joanna, produced pretty much all the content in the first 5 years too. As his readership and reputation grew, the influence of his innovative in-depth reviewing style could be seen throughout the photographic industry, and it's fair to say his testing methods changed forever the way camera reviews were conducted both online and in print. His contribution to the understanding of and popularizing of digital photography was recognized in 2008 when he was named the PDMA Person of the Year. After over a decade working 24/7 at the helm of DPReview Phil left to pursue other interests in 2010. As well as running a website covering zero emission motoring (zemotoring.com) Phil is also developing Android and IOS apps, about which you can find more details here.
Support this site
You may appreciate that running this site is no mean feat, if you wish to help to support the site you can do so by (a) visiting the sponsors who may be of interest to you (clicking on banners), (b) if you work for a digital imaging related organization you may wish to contact us about advertising or (c) purchasing goods from our affiliates.
Here's what some people have to say about the site... (you can leave your own)
Thank you. I was assigned the task of "Pick a digital camera" for my company. Your site had the widest variety of models and most comprehensive camera reviews that I've found. Being able to compare several models' features side by side was a great help.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy and use your site. I find the information very good. I'm a professional photographer in Denver Colorado. I'm doing some digital imaging using photoshop, Live Picture software and I recently purchased an epson 1270 printer. I'm planning to buy a digital camera in the next 6-12 months. Please keep up the good work
Just a note to say that I find this quite the best digital photography site that I have come across!
Just wanted to say I'm very impressed by your thourough reviews and love your site!! Keep up this excellent work!!
By far the most informative digital cameras site I have seen on the net. All aspects and specifications are very well covered. Great site and I definitly will pass it on to friends and business associates. Thank you, your contribution has been extremely significant in helping me reach a decision on a camera suitable for my requirements.
Congratulations on creating the most informative and professional website for digital imaging. I'm a budding freelance writer interested in learning photography to support my writing. I've never really used traditional film cameras and I'm conseiering just starting off with digital imaging. It will obviously be the prevelent method in a few years. It looks like digital cameras will save me many dollars of film processing costs. You've made my search for information incredibly easy.
I just wanted to thank Phil Askey for his patient tone and attention to detail when writing his reviews and "Learn" topics. Lots of reviewers have an attitude that seems to say "I'm gonna talk about this and if you can't keep up, tough break!" I've learned a tremendous amount from you, Phil. You helped.
Images are provided for personal users comparison purposes only, no images found on this site may be re-used on any other online or print based magazine. All JPEGs have been reduced to BASIC quality (50% compression) for speed of download, to save space and to preserve copyright.