Digital Photography Review

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Digital Photography Review
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Web address www.dpreview.com
Type of site Online digital camera reviews
Available in English
Owner Amazon.com
Launched November 1998
Alexa rank negative increase 1,315 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Online

Digital Photography Review, also known as DPReview, is a website about digital cameras and digital photography, established in November 1998. The website has comprehensive reviews of digital cameras, lenses and accessories, buying guides, user reviews, and very active forums for the individual cameras as well as general photography forums. The website also has a large database with information about the individual digital cameras, lenses, printers and imaging applications. Originally based in London, England, Digital Photography Review and most of its team relocated to Seattle, Washington in 2010.[2]

DPReview is one of the top 2,000 most visited websites on the Internet, according to Alexa Internet.[1] The website itself claims that "These days the site is one of, if not the, premium digital photography site with an audience of seven million unique visitors a month reading over one hundred million pages".[3]

Main site features[edit]

Camera reviews DPReview has been regularly publishing long, technically orientated camera reviews since the website launched in 1998. The content and scope of the reviews has changed over time, but the basic formula (extensive descriptions of controls and menus, consistent, repeatable studio tests, side-by-side pixel-level comparisons) have remained unchanged since the earliest days. In 2004 a shorter 'concise' review format was introduced for compact cameras,[4] and group tests were added in 2008.[5] The website's camera reviews have always offered side-by-side comparison images and test results from competing cameras. In 2010 an interactive comparison widget was introduced that allowed visitors to compare studio results from any camera in the site's database.[6] Later widgets added the ability to compare other test results (such as noise and dynamic range) between cameras. Extensive real-world sample galleries are available for all reviewed (and some unreviewed) cameras and lenses.

Until February 2010 DPReview did not score cameras numerically, but used an often controversial six-level rating system (from best to worst: Highly Recommended, Recommended, Above Average, Average, Below Average, Poor). The site now scores all cameras and lenses using up to 11 categories (which in turn are based on 'nearly 60 aspects of camera performance and specification').[7] Two new discretionary awards ('Gold' and 'Silver') were introduced at the same time as the scoring system.

Lens reviews DPReview introduced lens reviews in 2008.[8] The last full lens review was published in 2011.

Other reviews Although the vast majority of its published reviews are of digital cameras, DPReview also publishes occasional reviews of printers, software / apps, photography books, accessories and mobile imaging devices.

Product database DPReview features a comprehensive database of digital cameras, lenses, printers and desktop imaging software packages. Camera product pages contain full specifications, product and sample images, user reviews and links to other internal and external resources. The product database offers browse, search and compare features.

Forums and Community features DPReview's active discussion forums contain over 33 million messages. The website also features commenting (on some, but not all content types), user-created articles and product reviews, photographic challenges and free personal galleries. A simple personal messaging system is available to registered users.

Other features DPReview publishes occasional non-review articles, covering imaging science and technology, photographic techniques, interviews with photographers and industry figures, and buying guides. In 2012 DPReview.com added a Link Directory that allows registered users to view and subscribe to RSS and Twitter updates from external resources without leaving the site.

Ownership history[edit]

Digital Photography Review was founded in December 1998 in the United Kingdom by Philip and Joanna Askey.[9] On May 14, 2007, was acquired by Amazon.com.[10]

The original founder, Phil Askey, is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the site.[11] The company directly employs 14 full-time staff.[12] The current editor is Simon Joinson, who has held the role since 2010. Joinson joined the company in 2004 having previously founded and edited several UK digital photography magazines, including What Digital Camera.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dpreview.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "New beginners' guides and Site news: Digital Photography Review". Dpreview.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  3. ^ "About this site: Digital Photography Review". Dpreview.com. 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Just posted! HP PhotoSmart R707 review: Digital Photography Review". Dpreview.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Budget Compact Camera Group Test: Digital Photography Review". Dpreview.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Featured articles (2013-01-28). "Camera Scores & Ratings Explained: Digital Photography Review". Dpreview.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Dpreview launches lens reviews: Digital Photography Review". Dpreview.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Digital Photography Review - About Us". Dpreview.com. 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  10. ^ "Digital Photography Review news page". Dpreview.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  11. ^ "About this site: Digital Photography Review". Dpreview.com. 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  12. ^ "About this site: Digital Photography Review". Dpreview.com. 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 

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