Photographers were visibly shaken this week with the announcement that DPReview has been cancelled by Amazon, its parent company. The website will remain active until April 10, 2023.
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Many of you may be followers and avid readers of DPReview’s articles and viewers of its content on YouTube. The loss of a trusted information source in the photographic community is difficult for many folks to accept.
As we’ve noted in a few articles over the past number of years, the decline in sales volume of camera bodies and lenses does have a direct effect on camera-related media through the loss of click through commissions on sales. Apparently DPReview was no longer profitable and Amazon decided to close the enterprise down.
We are hopeful that many of the talented individuals who were creating content for DPReview will re-emerge on some of the remaining information sources that serve the photographic community. We certainly wish them every success as they continue moving forward with their careers.
A number of readers reached out with personal emails yesterday to express their disappointment with the closing of DPReview, and asked about the future of this website.
We’d like to apologize for not posting any new content for the past week or so. This may have inadvertently created a negative perception about the future here… especially in light of the recent news.
Quite simply we’ve been very busy working on a presentation that we’ll be delivering for a US university in early April, as well as moving forward with three new e-Books on a simultaneous basis. New article content will be forthcoming very soon.
Since the inception of this website in January 2015 our business model never hinged on earning revenues through click through commissions from related camera gear sales. As a result the sales declines in camera gear that have occurred over the past number of years have had almost no financial effect on us.
This website continues to be funded by donations from our readers and purchases of our various eBooks. We have no plans to change our business approach in the future.
We encourage readers who are supporters of specific individuals who created content for DPReview to monitor where these talented folks surface in the future, so you can continue to benefit from their contributions to the photographic community.
On our part, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support over the years. We plan to be with you for many years to come and moving forward with new article content and eBooks.
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