As DPReview celebrates its nineteenth anniversary, I’d like to wish each and every one of our visitors a very Merry Christmas (something I couldn’t have said last year, apparently) from all of us here in sunny Seattle, and to thank DPR’s amazing staff and contributors for all their hard work over the last twelve months.
In many ways 2017 has been another challenging year for the photo industry, with sales of cameras and lenses still sluggish and flagship phones from Apple and Samsung proving that if you put enough clever tricks in the image processing pipeline it’s possible to overcome many of the disadvantages inherent in such small sensors and to offer photo quality in a phone that is more than good enough for most casual users.
Of course, as Sony has shown recently with its Alpha and RX cameras, there’s still plenty of room for innovation in the traditional camera market, and – as I say pretty much every year – there’s never been a better time to be an enthusiast photographer. There may be fewer cameras launched every year, but anyone shopping for a new body, lens or premium compact is spoilt for choice, and there’s been an explosion of creativity in the accessory market, in part fueled by crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarte, giving us even more opportunities to feed our photography obsession.
DPReview had a very busy 2017 – we published over 2300 articles (the highest ever, and almost 70% higher than 2016), including 75+ product reviews, more than 100 standalone sample galleries, dozens of videos and a small number of our ever-popular ‘sponsored articles’ to help pay the bills.
Meanwhile, our engineers were beavering away behind the scenes on new features you’ll see appearing on the site in 2018, and in early autumn