Hello everyone! With my first post, wanted to share some positive news. We (small team of DPReview members who are also experienced web-devs) were able to preserve all of the camera data, re-build the camera feature search and quick search are now fully functional.
The data/search is now live here digicamfinder.com/
I’ve already made the same post on dpreview, but will summarize it here (going to have to live on both forums until April 10 😄)
Our goal is to take over the data part of DPReview’s legacy and carry it forward.
Why is this important, if the data had already been saved on archive.org?
While Archive.org is great and ensures the data isn’t totally lost, it’s still very hard and slow to access. Also the site’s functionality (like search) often just doesn’t work at all. So our goal is to not only preserve the data, but also to keep it easily accessible.
A few more words on the effort.
Rather than just copying what DPR had in terms of tools and features, we aim to improve and modernize it (i.e. use the latest tech, make things mobile-friendly, fast, add AI, small things like that 😉).
The site is already mobile-friendly and loads quick! Please be patient if you find some bugs, we’re probably working on it as we speak ⚒️.
And finally, but probably most importantly, we made the decision to make all of the underlying data open-source, so that it belongs the the community, and you can contribute, improve, and keep it up-to-date — further reducing the chances that someone 🙄 will try to kill it again. If you want to contribute - welcome to the Open Product Data GitHub.
What’s coming next:
- 100% filters migrated from DPR
- Turning on Lenses
- Bug fixes
We'd love to know your thoughts. What features should we build next?
Peter & Daniel