DPReview is shutting down in three weeks

Mar 21, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

DPReview is shutting down in three weeks

Mar 21, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Unless this is an April Fool joke that somebody hit publish on a little too soon, it looks like DPReview will be shutting down completely as of April 10th. An announcement published on the site today states that DPReview will be closing as part of Amazon’s annual operating plan review. According to the announcement, DPReview will remain live but read-only from April 10th for a short period of time.

The company hasn’t said how long the site will remain online in a read-only mode after user interaction is disabled, but they have said that it’ll be visible “for a limited period afterwards”. It’s a very swift ending for a website that’s been around for 25 years and become one of the largest and most respected on the Internet.

[Related reading: Adobe: We are committed to not having company wide layoffs]

The complete announcement from DPReview General Manager, Scott Everett reads:

Dear readers,

After nearly 25 years of operation, DPReview will be closing in the near future. This difficult decision is part of the annual operating plan review that our parent company shared earlier this year.

The site will remain active until April 10, and the editorial team is still working on reviews and looking forward to delivering some of our best-ever content.

Everyone on our staff was a reader and fan of DPReview before working here, and we’re grateful for the communities that formed around the site.

Thank you for your support over the years, and we hope you’ll join us in the coming weeks as we celebrate this journey.

Sincerely,

Scott Everett
General Manager – DPReview.com

A statement from Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO, doesn’t mention DPReview specifically but states that they plan to eliminate 18,000 roles in the company. He says the roles will primarily be in Amazon Stores and People Experience and Technology (PXT) organisations. Presumably, DPReview falls under PXT. Amazon does say that they are working with those they are letting go to help them transition to other work.

S-team and I are deeply aware that these role eliminations are difficult for people, and we don’t take these decisions lightly or underestimate how much they might affect the lives of those who are impacted. We are working to support those who are affected and are providing packages that include a separation payment, transitional health insurance benefits, and external job placement support.

– Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon

DPReview was one of the first photography websites I discovered when I started getting serious with photography a little over 20 years ago. With as large and popular as it’s become… It’s the largest photography site on the web by a significant margin from its nearest competitor. It’s difficult to imagine a valuable site like DPReview being expendable.

We wish our friends at DPReview all the best for the future!

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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14 responses to “DPReview is shutting down in three weeks”

  1. TwiztedZero Avatar
    TwiztedZero

    @DPReview , even in light of this shutdown of yours. I still wish to make known that I will not be turning off my adblocker. You see, advertisers pushing their wares on my bandwidth is a form of freeloading. I won’t tolerate it on my home network resources on bandwidth I paid for. My adblock solutions will remain in place and fully active on all internet resources consumed in this home. Advertisers are welcome to reach out to me directly to make an appointment to discuss the matter.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      How does this have anything to do with the post?

    2. Jeebus Avatar
      Jeebus

      get over yourself

  2. Libby Sutherland Avatar
    Libby Sutherland

    Will be a huge loss for the photographic community. While I’m a casual visitor for news and reviews, I do make use of their comprehensive camera database at least a couple of times a week. I have a little GAS when it comes to “vintage digital”. With the DPR database, I can get features, release date, full specs. This sucks. The forums, even questions that go back years, can be of use as well for those oddball problems. This really sucks.

  3. Richard Wong Avatar
    Richard Wong

    It’s a sad news :(
    DPReview has been my no.1 camera website and forum since the internet existed

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      you know, the first thing I did was to verify it is not April’s 1st :( DPR has been a true companion in my journey with an incredible team.

      1. Richard Wong Avatar
        Richard Wong

        yes me too!! I can’t really believe it at all and thought it must be April fool’s joke. Unfortunately it was not a joke :(

  4. Michael Marcelletti Avatar
    Michael Marcelletti

    I gave upon DPR a long time ago.

    Too much fanboy vitriol and poor site management.

    I can get what I want and need photographically from other sites without all that negativity.

    1. Jeebus Avatar
      Jeebus

      and you moved on to where?

  5. Michael Marcelletti Avatar
    Michael Marcelletti

    I gave upon DPR a long time ago.

    Too much fanboy vitriol and poor site management.

    I can get what I want and need photographically from other sites without all that negativity.

  6. Adwb Avatar
    Adwb

    Why did Amazon buy them? What di they think they were going to gain from DPR? What have they asset stripped out that was worth what they paid or is like Google and the NIk software that google was going to throw away.

  7. Composition Life Photography Avatar
    Composition Life Photography

    Amazon sux! Corporate greed at its finest, the least they could do is keep it running and preserve the history.

  8. Aubry Pierre Avatar
    Aubry Pierre

    Pretty unuseable. Im not surprised its gone

  9. Vitor Silva Avatar
    Vitor Silva

    Very sad…a site with story…and great information about old cameras