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Amazon closes DPReview.com... UPDATE: DPReview.com found a new home

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  • SFA
    Top Commenter

    That is indeed sad, although possibly not a surprise.

    My interaction with the site used to be much greater than it is these days - perhaps a few times a week whereas now it is a few times a year.

    If the viability of the site is mainly linked to the volume of sales in the dedicated photographic market its fate will be connected to market sales volumes. Those numbers peaked some years ago. So closing the site probably reflects the nature of the dedicated camera and its surrounding products in a time of mass acceptance of phone camera functionality and convenience. I have not looked recently but my guess would be that dedicated camera sales, which increased dramatically with the development of convenient digital technology 20 years ago, has now fallen back to something like the level of sales per capita of higher end film cameras in the pre-digital era.

    That's not the sort of volume of sales or, probably, site traffic that Amazon would consider adequate to keep the site operating.

    It might also suggest that there may be wider concerns for product viability in both the professional and enthusiast photography markets.

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  • Keith R
    Top Commenter

    I for one won't miss it.

    The reviewers were clearly, routinely, way out of their depth reviewing gear from a wildlife/sport photography point of view (which didn't stop them from posting utterly asinine, ignorant conclusions about the kit - like heavily criticising the Canon 1D-x Mk II because its AF worked as Canon described, rather than how they thought it should work); the anti Canon/pro Sony bias was palpable; the forums were toxic; and the forum moderators were often petty, prejudiced, and far too full of their own imagined self-importance.

    In short; it has been put to sleep for a reason - and to be clear, it had started rotting from the inside out, long before Amazon took over.

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  • John Friend
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    What will be primarily missed about DPR is the super smart people in the gear-specific forums and retouching forums.  The technical analysis done by individuals in the forums about everything from dynamic range to auto-focus to metering to noise and so on was pretty impressive.  I learned a lot in the Nikon forums from the regular (non-employee) people who spent their time there.  I don't know if this will be found elsewhere in other online forums.  When looking for alternatives, I have yet to find the same level of technical depth.

    I never paid any attention to the DPR product reviews so that isn't something I will miss.

    I did pay a lot of attention to what the more technically competent folks were saying about new camera releases in the forums.  That's where you learn what's really going on with a given new product.  Not from a reviewer.  Not from a YouTube video.  But, from a real photographer who uses the camera for real shooting.

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  • FirstName LastName

    I run website legit checker site and My opinion, I’m not sure where to go from here, Ken Rockwell isn’t really an option. DP review did such a great job and I have used them countless times over the years. How incredibly short sighted by Amazon, although I can’t say I’m surprised.

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