TIPA 2016 Winners—Best Camera Category
Recently, the members of Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) revealed the awards for the best photo and imaging products launched over the last 12 months. The voting took place on 1 April in San Francisco, USA, and announcement was made on 18 April 2016. Better Photography, the only member of TIPA from India, was represented by Deputy Editor—Technical, Shridhar Kunte. The trophies for the 26th year of TIPA Awards will be presented to the winning companies during Photokina in Cologne, Germany on 20th September.
Following are the 21 winners in the Best Camera Category:
Best DSLR: Entry Level
The Sony α68 has a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with an ISO 100 -25,600 range. Its 4D FOCUS™ system uses a 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 15 cross points. It can deliver accurate focus in light as low as -2EV, plus constant AF tracking at 8 frames per second. For video fans the Sony α68 can record Full HD in XAVC-S format with a bit rate up to 50 Mbps and continuous autofocus with accurate focus tracking. Other attractive features include SteadyShot Inside image stabilisation, an OLED Tru-Finder™ with 100% frame coverage and an articulating 2.7-inch LCD monitor.
Best DSLR: Aps-C Expert
This Nikon DX format camera features a 20.9MP CMOS sensor teamed with the company’s Expeed 5 processor. ISO range is 100-51,200, expandable to 50-1,640,000. The D500 can deliver up to 10 fps shooting with AF and AE, with an enhanced buffer for up to 79 shots of uncompressed RAW (NEF) images.
Along with stills the D500 can deliver 4K UHD video at up to 30p and Full HD at various user-selectable frame rates. For viewing and shooting ease there is a tilting 3.2-inch 2,359K dot touch screen LCD. The camera can record on both XQD and SD card slots and is compatible with Nikon’s SnapBridge image transfer and sharing feature.
Best DSLR: Full Frame Expert
Pentax has entered the full-frame sensor field with the weatherproof and dust sealed K-1. The 36.4MP CMOS sensor has a “simulated” anti-aliasing filter achieved through minute sensor vibrations; this motion sensor also supports RICOH’s Pixel Shift Resolution system. The K-1 features 5-axis sensor shift image stabilization, a near 100% optical viewfinder and a 33-point AF system with 25 cross points.
The rear LCD, a 3.2-inch 1.04 million dot LCD, is highly flexible and allows for vertical, horizontal and diagonal movement. Current Pentax lens owners (APS-C) can utilize all their lenses via the K-1’s Crop mode; Auto mode will detect the lens mounted and set the crop accordingly.
Best DSLR: Professional- Action
Nikon’s Expeed 5 processor in the D5 delivers low noise and high-speed processing required for 4K UHD video and high still framing rates: the camera can shoot up to 12 frames per second with full AE and AF with an extended buffer that can capture up to 200 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW (NEF) files.
Utilizing Nikon’s first dedicated AF processor, the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module has 153 AF points including 99 cross-type sensors. The D5 can also record 4K time-lapse videos in-camera and allow the user to grab 8MP photos from videos. The camera has a “native” ISO range of 100 to 102,400 and its AF system can work in near darkness (EV-4).
Best DSLR: Professional- High Resolution
Rivalling the resolution of “medium format” digital cameras, the impressive 50.6MP full frame CMOS sensor of the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R (with low pass cancellation filter) can deliver 5fps full resolution still images, and Full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps.
They feature Dual “DIGIC 6” image processors and a newly developed Mirror Vibration Control System that utilises a miniature motor and cams rather than conventional springs, with a time-release lag setting to further suppress camera shake.
The cameras have a 3.2-inch 1.04 million dot, approx. 100% coverage ClearView II LCD and a 150,000 pixel RGB-IR metering sensor. AF performance is enhanced with a 61-point high-density reticular AF sensor and Canon’s iTR that utilizes information provided by the metering sensor.
Best DSLR: Photo and Video Professional
With a newly developed 20.2MP 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor, the EOS-1D X Mark II offers continuous shooting speeds of up to 14 frames per second and up to 16 fps in Live View mode. The Dual “DIGIC 6+” processors offer high-speed transfer for up to 170 RAW images and unlimited JPEGs per burst. The camera is also capable of shooting 4K 60p and Full HD 120p video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
Using the optional wireless transmitter, the camera supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard. Focusing speed and accuracy has been enhanced with an improved 61-point viewfinder AF and an improved AI Servo II+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy.
Best Medium Format Camera
The Phase One XF 100MP is a “full frame” medium format CMOS sensor camera (note: full frame in medium format is 2.5X larger than “full frame” in a DSLR). It features 16-bit colour depth and an unparalleled 15 stops of dynamic range, plus delivers an ISO range of 50-12,800 with no significant loss of image quality at the extremes.
The system allows for up to 60-second exposures in full 100MP resolution and Electronic First Curtain Shutter technology, which greatly reduces any adverse vibration effects on high-resolution images; it is automatically activated when shooting in Vibration Delay or Mirror Up modes.
Best C SC Entry Level
With many of the features of higher-end X-series cameras, the X-T10 is a viable option for hobbyists and creative photographers who want to become involved in quality imaging and extensive lens offerings at an affordable price. The X-T10 has a 16MP X-Trans CMOS II APS-C size sensor and Fujifilm’s EXR Processor II inside its magnesium alloy body. Native ISO is 200 to 6400, expandable to 100/51,200.
Viewing options include a 2.36 million dot OLED EVF and a tilting 3-inch 920k dot LCD. The camera can record Full HD videos and has a built-in stereo microphone, plus WiFi connectivity and the option for remote control operation from a smartphone or tablet.
Best C SC Advanced
This Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera features a 16MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor with an ISO sensitivity up to 25,600. The camera can deliver full-res framing rates of 8.5 per second that take advantage of its 81-point “FAST” AF system.
Viewing is via a 2.36 million dot OLED EVF with 100% field of view and 120 fps refresh rate. Other attractive features include Full HD video capability at 60 fps, an AF targeting pad that can be traced on the rear touch screen, a simulated optical finder that delivers a high dynamic range image, in-body 5-axis image stabilization and a 3-inch tilting and touchscreen LCD.
Best C SC Expert
This rangefinder style camera features an Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder that allows users to instantly switch between optical and electronic finders. The camera has a new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor that teams with a new X-Processor Pro to deliver an ISO range up to 12,800, extendable to ISO 100 and 25,600/51,200.
The X-Pro2 has a splash and dust resistant body with more than 61 points of weather sealing. The camera delivers Full HD video 1080p at 60 fps with a bit rate of 36Mbps plus various other framing rates for special effects and worldwide compatibility. For stills, phase detection AF and predictive AF aid in delivering continuous shooting up to 8 fps.
Best C SC Professional
The Sony α7R II has a 42.4MP “Full-frame” Exmor R™ CMOS sensor housed inside a full magnesium alloy body. It features a hybrid AF system with 399 on-sensor phase detection points and 25 contrast detection points that allow still shooting at up to 5 fps at full AF and AE.
The α7R II can deliver 4K video with in camera processing and recording and Full HD (1080p) video in either NTSC or PAL at 60p/30p/24p or 50p/25p using the high bit-rate XAVC S format. It offers fully customisable colour and gamma controls, including the same SLog2 and S-Log3 Gamma curves found in high-end Sony cinema cameras. ISO range is 100-25,600, with extendable ranges to ISO 50 to 102,400.
Best Easy Compact Camera
Canon continues to offer pocketable yet full-featured compacts that offer many more options and higher photo quality than camera phones. The IXUS 285 HS sports a 3-inch LCD and a 12x optical zoom lens with built-in optical Image Stabilizer.
Keeping connected is easy with a dedicated Wi-Fi button and NFC. The 20.2MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor deliver excellent quality even in low light. It captures 1080p Full HD video with the ability to create a “highlight reel” in camera.
Best Compact Camera Expert
The G5 X is a 20.2MP camera with a 1-inch High Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor that can deliver nearly 6 fps still images and Full HD video. The integral 24-100mm lens (equivalent) has a maximum aperture of f/1.8 that drops to only f/2.8 at the telephoto setting, a 9-blade aperture and close focusing of 5.08cm (2 inches).
The camera’s EVF has 2.36 million dots and 100% coverage, with a refresh rate of up to 120 frames per second. A built-in eye sensor switches from the EVF to the touchscreen on the 3-inch Vari-angle LCD. The camera’s hot shoe is compatible with all Speedlite flashes in the EOS system.
Best Full Frame Compact Camera
Sharing the same 42.2 MP sensor and BIONZ X image processor with Sony’s α7R II, the RX1R II has an integral ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens. The sensor has an impressive 399 phase detection AF points that work in conjunction with 25 contrast AF points to achieve fast and efficient focus.
The camera has the world’s first optical variable low pass filter that can be set to off, standard or high, with low pass filter bracketing also available. Viewing is via a four-glass element in-built EVF or a tiltable 7.5cm (3.0 type) 1.2 million dot LCD. The camera can deliver Full HD video with a choice of various framing rates.
Best Superzoom Camera
With an integral 25-600mm Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and splash-proof and dustproof construction, the Panasonic FZ300 becomes the ideal travelling companion for enthusiast photographers. The FZ300 offers a 12.1MP 1:2.3 inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor and a powerful image stabilisation system for both stills and HD video recording.
There are numerous still and video shooting and creative modes, including 4K video recording and RAW still modes. The FZ300/FZ330 sports a large 1440K dot OLED Live Viewfinder as well as a tiltable rear screen and features Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus (DFD) and AF technology that yields AF speeds up to 0.09 seconds and burst shooting with AFC up to 6 fps.
Best Rugged Camera
Appealing to photographers who want to make images and videos under the most challenging conditions, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 can be submerged up to 15 metres, withstand drops up to 2.1 metres and functions in temperatures as low as -10C. A 180-degree tilting monitor means images can be made with virtually any point of view.
The 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VII processor handles stills as well as full HD 1080/60p video, plus there is built-in WiFi and an upgraded GPS feature that can position in under 10 seconds. The TG-870 has numerous exciting shooting modes, including Nighttime Live Composite, Sportcam, TimeLapse Movie, and Sport Burst modes.
Best Premium Camera
This L-mount Leica has the classic form and ergonomics associated with the brand and a weather-resistant body made from two blocks of solid aluminium. It offers a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor (with no low-pass filter) coupled with Leica’s engine from the Maestro II series and delivers an impressive ISO 50-50,000 range.
The camera can shoot full resolution images at a rate of 11 frames per second and has a 2GB buffer that allows for up to 33 DNG or unlimited JPEG bursts. Viewing is enhanced via a 4.4MP EVF and a 2.95-inch LED touchscreen finder. It can also capture UHD 4K video at 30 and 25 fps and DCI 4K recording at 24 fps in Super35 mode.
Panasonic’s 4K Ultra HD Camcorder has an integral Leica Dicomar 20X optical zoom lens (4K 16:9– 30.8-626mm equivalent; still image 3:2—34.5-690.3mm) with 5-axis Hybrid Optical Stabilisation. It features 4K Cinema in-camera editing and effects, including Dolly Zoom, Slow/Quick Motion and 4K Post Cropping, plus can deliver 4K Photo stills from video frames.
It also offers in-camera downsampling for 1080p Full HD displays and built-in WiFi links up to three mobile devices to capture multiple scenes simultaneously with the Wireless Multi Camera function. The camcorder’s exclusive HDR mode helps handle high contrast conditions. Viewing is through a 1.5 million dot EVF or a 3-inch LCD monitor.
The Sony HDR-AS50 is a durable and highly portable POV video camera that weighs a mere 58g (2oz) and measures only 2.42 x 4.7 x 8.3 cm. (31/32 x 1 7/8 x 3 3/8 inches). It is supplied with an underwater housing that can be used down to 60 metres and can be linked with a new Live-View Remote with full camera command functionality that can be mounted virtually anywhere, including as wristwear.
The camera features SteadyShot image stabilisation, a must for action shooting, 4K Time-Lapse Capture, enhanced Full HD video capture, a built-in stereo microphone, and a ZEISS Tessar lens. To add to the excitement the angle of view can be varied between “Wide” and “Narrow” in two levels, plus zoom mode allows the user to zoom while shooting.
Best Camera Drone
The Typhoon Q500 4K comes with a “Personal Ground Station” remote control featuring 2.4 Ghz RC (10 Channels) and 5.8 Ghz Wifi transmission. Combined with a built-in 5.5 inch touchscreen display it offers a wide feature set to control the drone.
The setup includes an integrated 3-axis precision CGO3 4K gimbal camera that delivers 4K/30 fps as well as 1080p/120 fps slow motion capability. The unit can also deliver 12MB stills. A clever “Watch Me” mode can be set up to follow the photographer in action when he or she is on the go.
The ProAction SteadyGrip included in the set up plus the unit’s mobile app for mobile devices allow the handheld use of the camera on the ground.
The slim and wearable design of the RICOH THETA S matches its unique image capture system. The THETA S has a 14MP 1:2.3-inch sensor/processor that delivers stills or videos with a 360-degree spherical look. It can record Full HD videos for up to 25 minutes and offers manual control of shutter speeds for settings up to 60 seconds.
Its built in memory can store up to 8GB of images. The camera allows easy sharing with incorporated WiFi and can also be used for live streaming.Tags: Awards, best dslr of the year, better photography, Camera, entry level DSLRs, photokina 2016, TIPA, TIPA awards, TIPA Awards 2016