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Sony, Canon and Fujifilm win big at TIPA World Awards 2020

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) recently announced the winning products in its 2020 TIPA World Awards. Nominated by the TIPA Technical Committee and then voted on by the editors of the member publications around the world, the annual awards recognise 40 of the very best imaging products across a wide range of categories from cameras and lenses to imaging software and storage media.

In terms of cameras there were three awards each for Canon, Sony and Fujifilm, two for Nikon and one for both Panasonic and Sigma. Sigma, Nikon and Canon also had a couple of success in the lenses categories with Panasonic, Tamron, Tokina, Samyang and Laowa also scooping prizes for their optics. The remaining Accessories, Tech & Design and Services awards were more evenly spread with single companies sharing the remaining 16 awards.

The full list of award winners is at the bottom of this article, but here’s a selection of winners, along with the reasons TIPA gave for their success:

Best DSLR Expert Camera
Nikon D780

“Nikon has created an instant classic with the D780.The camera shares the legendary D750’s DNA plus incorporates many of the latest technologies found in Nikon’s Z mirrorless camera series. In terms of speed, image processing, video capability and autofocus performance, the results check every box on the photographer’s wish list, including Dual USH-II card slots and two readout modes, one dedicated to an expanded dynamic range and the other to higher gain for improved low-light performance.”

Best Full Frame Professional Camera
Sony A7R IV

“The Sony A7R IV has a 61.2MP CMOS full frame sensor that rivals medium format camera output in a more compact form factor, plus the camera’s 4 or 16 shot high-resolution pixel-shift modes can yield an amazing 240MP file size. Super-high res does not come at the cost of still of video image capabilities that include 10 fps burst rates and 4K video at full sensor width, plus incorporates Sony’s Real-Time AF Tracking system and dual slots for high-speed UHS-II cards.”

Best Medium Format Camera
Fujifilm GFX100

“The 102MP GFX100 may well become the camera of choice for location and wedding pros who want to work “off-tripod” to capture dazzling images for wall and display prints for their clientele. The versatility of the camera is expanded via a “twin grip” design, in-body 5-axis image stabilization, and continuous shooting at up to 5 fps. The high degree of image customization is easily controlled through a well-thought out menu setup, plus incorporation of twin batteries for more shooting endurance.”

Best Vlogging Camera
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

“The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a perfect step-up option for smartphone users who enjoy vlogging. It offers both Live Streaming services to YouTube and the capability to handle both standard and vertical format video, all made easy with a flip-up touch screen. True 4K cinematic quality can now be made in both live action and studio environments with the 1.0-Type sensor, wide aperture lens, and external microphone input. Still image quality is equally impressive, with a 20.1MP resolution, 20 fps burst rate and a 4.2X zoom lens with optical image stabilization. The Tripod Grip HG-100TBR is the ideal vlogging companion to the PowerShot G7 X Mark III, making it even more convenient to create great looking content.”

Best Mirrorless Standard Zoom Lens
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art

“Sigma set about to design a standard zoom lens that takes full advantage of mirrorless camera capabilities and has succeeded admirably with this large aperture zoom. Lens size and weight have been reduced plus uniform and high-resolution capture is delivered from the centre to the edges throughout the entire zoom range. The lens is also compatible with Eye-Detection AF, a feature often available in mirrorless models that can deliver high-precision focusing for portrait photography.”

Best Portable Flash
Nissin MG80 Pro
“The MG80 Pro is a fully featured flash that will prove to be a valuable addition to the kit bag of wedding, journalistic, and location photographers. The MG80 Pro scores highly in all respects, including a 1.2 second recycle time and approximately 360 flashes when used with 4 lithium, 14500 type, batteries with 1000mAh or 280 flashes when used with 2450mAh rechargeables. The unit can communicate with other units as radio commander or slave, and supports TTL, manual control and HSS. It is compatible with almost every hot-shoe camera on the market today. The MG80 Pro for Sony cameras has a metal hot-shoe for durability.”

The winners in full:

Best DSLR Advanced Camera: Canon EOS 90D
Best DSLR Expert Camera: Nikon D780
Best DSLR Professional Camera: Canon EOS-1DX Mark III
Best APS-C Camera Advanced: Nikon Z 50
Best APS-C Camera Expert: Sony A6600
Best APS-C Camera Professional: Fujifilm X-Pro3
Best Full Frame Camera Expert: Sigma fp
Best Full Frame Professional Camera: Sony A7R IV
Best Full Frame Photo/Video Camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Best Medium Format Camera: Fujifilm GFX100
Best DSLR Prime Lens: Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD
Best DSLR Macro Lens: Venus Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO
Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Tokina ATX-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF
Best DSLR Professional Lens: AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
Best MFT Lens: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH
Best Mirrorless Prime Standard Lens: Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct
Best Mirrorless Prime Wide Angle Lens: Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 RF
Best Mirrorless Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
Best Mirrorless Standard Zoom Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
Best Mirrorless Telephoto Zoom Lens: Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Best Professional Portrait Lens: Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM (DS)
Best Expert Compact Camera: Sony RX100 VII
Best Vlogging Camera: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
Best Premium Compact Camera: Fujifilm X100V
Best Inkjet Photo Paper: Hahnemuhle Natural Line
Best Portable Photo Printer: Fujifilm Instax Mini Link
Best Imaging Software: DxO PhotoLab 3
Best Imaging Storage Solution: SanDisk Extreme Pro CFexpress 2.0 Type B
memory cards
Best Portable Flash: Nissin MG80 Pro
Best Professional LED Light: ARRI Orbiter
Best Travel Tripod: Manfrotto BeFree GT Xpro
Best Tripod Head: Gitzo 3-Way Head
Best Professional Photo Monitor: BenQ PhotoVue SW321C
Best Professional Video Monitor: LG UltraWide 38WN95C
Best Photo Smartphone: Huawei P40 Series
Best Mobile Accessory: Godox R1
Best Colour Management Solution: X-Rite i1Display Studio / i1Display Pro Plus
Best Photo Lab: WhiteWall Masterprint
Best Photo Service: CEWE Photobook with leather and linen cover
Best Photo Innovation: Sony Real-Time Tracking technology

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