DPReview Shutting Down on April 10: All Archives to be Deleted
DPReview, one of the best photography websites, and communities, is closing on April 10th. This is sad news for the entire photography community, as DPReview has been a gold standard for photography gear reviews, and a source of inspiration and knowledge for many photographers for over 25 years, since it launched back in 1998.
DP Review’s Closure: What We Know
DPReview’s parent company, Amazon, has decided to terminate a number of their employees, and apparently DPReview had to suffer the consequences. The closure of DPReview is a significant loss to the photography community, as the website has been a go-to source for gear reviews, camera comparisons, and photography news for many years.
Chris and Jordan, the two hosts of DPReview TV, have also announced the news of the website’s closure on their YouTube channel. In their announcement, they shared their sadness and disappointment about the closure, and acknowledged that this is a big loss for everyone who loved the channel and the community.
Impact on the Photography Community
DPReview has been one of the best photography resources available online. Its gear reviews and camera comparisons were thorough, detailed, and informative, and the website’s forums were a great place for photographers to connect, share their work, and learn from each other.
DPReview TV, the website’s YouTube channel, was also a great source of entertainment, education, and inspiration for all kinds of photographers.
The closure of DP Review is a significant loss for the photography community. They will surely miss the community that DP Review had built over the years, as well as the some of the stuff they had learned from fellow photographers.
All Archives to Be Deleted
One of the most significant sources of frustration for the DPReview community is the fact that all of the videos they have ever created and articles published on their website are set to be deleted without being archived, meaning that their entire 25-year catalog will be permanently erased from the internet.
What’s Next for Chris and Jordan?
Chris and Jordan, the two hosts of DPReview TV, have not yet announced their next steps. However, they expressed their appreciation for their viewers and fans and promised to continue making articles and YouTube videos until April 10th. They also hinted that they will be making more nostalgic videos as opposed to gear reviews.
The Future of DPReview
DPReview’s future is uncertain following the announcement of Amazon’s decision to shut down the site, particularly given the website’s struggle to maintain the necessary staff to continue producing the content for which it is well-known.
Despite having open positions as recently as August 2021, DPReview was having difficulty finding suitable candidates due to the strict skill requirements of the job and the need for staff to be based in Seattle.
This staffing challenge is a major hurdle for the website, particularly since the lab is the basis of their detailed reviews, and without enough employees, it may be challenging for DPReview to maintain the level of quality that readers have come to expect.
The closure of DP Review is a sad loss for the photography community, and it will be missed a lot. However, we should not forget the legacy that DP Review has created over the years, and the impact it has had on the photography industry.
While this is all we know for now, we will make sure to keep you updated on all developments as new information becomes available.