Summer is a great time for digital photography and capturing images of vacations, trips and outdoor events. When you have photography questions check out Digital Photography Review, one of the very best informational web sites for photographers of all skill levels. Beyond just reviews, Dpreview.com contains a wealth of information on digital cameras, photo equipment, photography news, active forums and a wide range of other useful and helpful information.
After having used many product and technology review sites since they first began to appear on the web, I continue to be impressed by the scope and depth of information that Digital Photography Review provides. Even with the significant amount of information that dpreview.com delivers the web site is easy to navigate and find what you need. If you want to do any real research on digital photography products this is one site you definitely want to have on your short list.
Digital Photography Review – Features
There are many facets to the Dpreview.com site. Below are six topical highlights with information on what to find in each. If you enjoy photography you will find plenty in each section to dig into.
- Reviews / Previews – as their name implies there are a large number of well written and detailed reviews here. Reviews can range from high end digital SLRs to budget compact cameras. Digital camera information goes back to a primordial 1995 and the reviews can be sorted chronologically, alphabetically and by rating.
- Latest Photography News – There is a regular flow of digital photography news covering cameras, lenses, digital media, printers, photo editing software and accessories. Periodic news updates on key manufacturers and product lines can also be found here.
- Camera Database – Along with its substantial number of camera reviews, DPReview.com also has a significant camera database of specifications for models that were not reviewed. This database is sorted by manufacturer for easily finding a specific model.
- Buying Guide Section – This contains a couple of very useful tools. One is a utility for selecting and comparing multiple cameras’ features side by side. The other tool allows you to search for cameras that match your specific criteria including items such as format, effective pixels, zoom level, image stabilization, and many more features. Also include is a DSLR buying guide with an in-depth explanation of features, factors, items to consider and why they are important.
- Discussion Forums – These are not just a few forums for camera geeks to connect. These active forums range from news, open talk, and beginners questions to Pro Digital Talk, lighting technique and retouching and individual forums for specific camera manufacturers. Some popular camera models even have their own dedicated forums.
- Blog, Feeds, Newsletter – to make it easier to keep up with the significant flow of information at Dpreview.com they offer several alternatives: an email newsletter, a large number of RSS feeds including feeds from discussion forums, an editorial blog and a developer blog.
If it has to do with digital photography the odds are pretty good that you can find it at Digital Photgraphy Review. In addition to the features described above there are a number of other interesting aspects to the Dpreview.com site including a photo glossary and sample galleries. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself. For your older, non-digital photos, negatives and slides be sure to check out my earlier photography post on ScanCafe, an excellent resource for getting your photo treasures digitized.