EISA (the European Imaging and Sound Association) has had a close relationship with photography since it awarded its first ‘Camera of the Year’ award in 1982. Originally formed by the editors of five of the top photography magazines of the era, the body has grown to cover multiple product categories, including many in photography.
Canon and Sony were the biggest winners across multiple product categories, although there were two awards each for Olympus and Panasonic and individual lens awards for Sigma and Tamron.
Canon’s 80D took home the top prize in the ‘DSLR Camera’ category, with the 1D-X Mark II – the camera of choice for many of this year’s Olympic photographers – named as the ‘Professional DSLR Camera’ of the year. The DSLR lens category went to the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L, a lens that has been praised widely throughout the photography community. Nikon also had one winner here, walking away with the ‘Prosumer DSLR Camera’ award for the D500, a camera that we loved.
The mirrorless categories, however, were dominated by Sony products. The overall ‘Photo & Video Camera’ award went to the Sony A7S II, with Sony also taking the ‘Prosumer Compact System Camera’ and ‘Premium Compact Camera’ awards for the a6300 and RX1R II, respectively. The ‘Professional Compact System Lens’ award also went to Sony, awarded to the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens, which we reviewed earlier this year.
Fuji, however, were the winners in the remaining mirrorless categories. The powerhouse X-Pro 2 was awarded ‘Professional Compact System Camera’, while ‘Compact System Zoom Lens’ went to the Fujinon XF100-400mm f.4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
Olympus picked up the ‘Consumer Compact System Camera’ award for the OM-D E-M10 Mark II, and also beat out competition from GoPro and Yi to take the ‘Action Camcorder’ category for their innovative TG-Tracker.
‘DSLR Lens’ went to Tamron for the SP 85mm f/1.8 DI VC USD, and ‘DSLR Zoom Lens’ went to Sigma for the excellent 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art.
You can find the full list of awards on the EISA website or below;
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL DSLR LENS 2016-2017 Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM
EUROPEAN DSLR CAMERA 2016-2017 Canon EOS 80D
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2016-2017 Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
EUROPEAN PHOTO PRINTER 2016-2017 Canon Image PROGRAF PRO-1000
EUROPEAN PHOTO SOFTWARE 2016-2017 DxO OpticsPro 11
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2016-2017 Fujifilm X-Pro2
EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM ZOOM LENS 2016-2017 Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
EUROPEAN PROSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2016-2017 Nikon D500
EUROPEAN CONSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2016-2017 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II
EUROPEAN ACTION CAMCORDER 2016-2017 Olympus TG-Tracker
EUROPEAN PHOTO INNOVATION 2016-2017 Panasonic DUAL I.S. System
EUROPEAN TRAVEL COMPACT CAMERA 2016-2017 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100
EUROPEAN SMARTPHONE CAMERA 2016-2017 Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge
EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017 Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
EUROPEAN PREMIUM COMPACT CAMERA 2016-2017 Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2016-2017 Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM
EUROPEAN PROSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2016-2017 Sony α6300
EUROPEAN PHOTO & VIDEO CAMERA 2016-2017 Sony α7S II
EUROPEAN DSLR LENS 2016-2017 Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD