TIPA Unveils 2016 Photo-Imaging Product Awardees

TIPA Unveils 2016 Photo-Imaging Product Awardees

The Organization Also Makes Membership Changes


Madrid, Spain—The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) announced the winning products for the 2016 TIPA Awards. Editors from TIPA member magazines met for their general assembly on April 1, 2016 in San Francisco, California, to vote for the best photo-imaging products launched in the last 12 months. The trophies for the 26th TIPA Awards will be presented during photokina 2016 in Cologne, Germany, on September 20.

During the meeting, TIPA members voted to admit three new magazines to the organization: Photo District News and Rangefinder from the U.S. and Photo Solution from Canada. With these three new members, TIPA will now comprise 30 photo-imaging magazines from 15 countries on five continents. TIPA also has a cooperative partnership with the CJPC (Camera Journal Press Club), which represents top photography magazines in Japan.

Additionally, the four-year terms of three members of the board came to an end: the chairman, Thomas Gerwers; secretary, Johan Elzenga; and treasurer, Louise Donald. The first two were reelected by the members. As Louise Donald announced her retirement from the board, two candidates were named to fill her position: Alfonso del Barrio of FV/Foto-Vídeo Actualidad magazine (Spain) and Roland Franken of digit! magazine (Germany). Franken won the election and joins the board with Gerwers, vice presidents Giulio Forti and Jean-Christophe Béchet, and Elzenga.

Following are the 2016 TIPA Awards winners and what the board had to say about them.

2016 TIPA Awards Winners

2016-39Best Imaging Innovation: Nikon SnapBridge. SnapBridge camera connectivity offers a one-time setup and energy efficient Bluetooth Low Energy powered connection. Once installed, SnapBridge enables the continuous and immediate transfer of images from the camera as they are captured to up to five paired mobile devices. Images are transferred as 2MP JPEG with two types of embedded information, including copyright. Furthermore, the app’s remote shooting function allows the smart device to be used as a viewfinder and a control panel. nikonusa.com

Ricoh Theta S

Best Design: Ricoh Theta S. The slim Theta S has a 14MP, 1/2.3-inch sensor/processor that delivers 360º spherical stills as well as video. It records Full HD videos for up to 25 minutes and also provides manual control of shutter speeds for settings up to 60 seconds. Its built-in memory stores 8GB of images, and the Theta enables easy sharing with incorporated Wi-Fi and live streaming. ricohimaging.com

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Best Photo/Video Professional Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. With a 20.2MP full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, it offers continuous shooting at up to 14 frames per second (fps) and 16 fps in live view mode. Dual Digic 6+ processors are engineered for high-speed transfer for up to 170 RAW images as well as unlimited JPEGs per burst. Furthermore, the camera records 4K 60p and Full HD 120p video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. Focusing speed and accuracy were enhanced with an improved 61-point viewfinder AF and an improved AI Servo II+ predictive AF algorithm. The camera supports the high-speed IEEE 802.11ac transfer standard. usa.canon.com

Nikon D5

Best DSLR Professional/Action: Nikon D5. Built with Nikon’s Expeed 5 processor, the D5 delivers low noise and the high-speed processing required for 4K UHD video and 12-fps still bursts with full AE and AF. An extended buffer captures 200 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW (NEF) files. Nikon’s first dedicated AF processor, the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module has 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type sensors. The D5 also records 4K time-lapse videos and grabs 8MP photos from videos. Its native ISO range of 100–102,400 is expandable to ISO 3,280,000, and its AF system works in near darkness (EV-4). nikonusa.com

Canon EOS 5DS R and 5DS

Best DSLR Professional/High Res: Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R. Designed to rival medium-format resolution, the 50.6MP full-frame CMOS sensor (with low-pass cancellation filter) delivers 5-fps, full-res stills and Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps. Both feature dual Digic 6 processors and a new mirror vibration control system that uses a miniature motor and cams rather than conventional springs, with a time-release lag setting to further suppress camera shake. Also featured are: a 3.2-inch, 1.04M-dot, 100% coverage LCD; a 150,000-pixel RGB-IR metering sensor; and a 61-point, high-density reticular AF sensor. usa.canon.com

Pentax K-1

Best Full-Frame DSLR Expert: Pentax K-1. The weatherproof and dust-sealed K-1 boasts a 36.4MP CMOS sensor and a simulated antialiasing filter achieved through minute sensor vibrations. This motion sensor also supports Ricoh’s Pixel Shift Resolution technology. Other features include: a 5-axis, sensor-shift image stabilization (IS) system; a near 100% optical viewfinder; a 33-point AF system with 25 cross points; a flexi-tilt, 3.2-inch, 1.04M-dot LCD; and compatibility with Pentax APS-C lenses via crop mode. ricohimaging.com

Nikon D500

Best APS-C DSLR Expert: Nikon D500. This DX-format camera has a 20.9MP CMOS sensor teamed with Nikon’s Expeed 5 processor. Its ISO range of 100–51,200 is expandable from 50–1,640,000. The D500 delivers 10-fps bursts with AF and AE, and its enhanced buffer handles 79 shots of uncompressed RAW (NEF) images. It also records 4K UHD video at up to 30p and Full HD at various frame rates. Other features are a tilting 3.2-inch, 236M-dot, touch screen and support for both XQD and SD cards. nikonusa.com

Sony a68

Best DSLR Entry Level: Sony α68. With a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor, it has an ISO 100–25,600 range. Its 4D Focus system uses a 79-point phase-detection AF sensor with 15 cross points, and it can deliver accurate focus in light as low as -2EV, plus constant AF tracking at 8 fps. It records Full HD video in XAVC-S format with a bit rate up to 50 Mbps and continuous autofocus with focus tracking. Other features include: SteadyShot Inside IS; an OLED Tru-Finder with 100% coverage; and an articulating 2.7-inch LCD. sony.com

Phase One XF 100MP

Best Medium-Format Camera: Phase One XF 100MP. This camera boasts a full-frame, medium-format CMOS sensor (medium-format full frame is 2.5x larger than a DSLR’s), 16-bit color depth and 15 stops of dynamic range. Other features include: ISO 50–12,800; 60-sec exposures in 100MP resolution; and Electronic First Curtain Shutter technology to reduce adverse vibration effects. phaseone.com

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Best Professional DSLR Lens: Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art. This full-frame lens was designed to bring out the full potential of high megapixel DSLRs. It incorporates two FLD (“F” low dispersion) and five SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements. The design minimizes transverse and axial chromatic aberration, and super multilayer coating diminishes the effect of strong backlighting. Other features include: an optimized AF algorithm for accurate and smooth AF; Thermally Stable Composite compound material that adds to its temperature performance; a 9-blade, rounded diaphragm; and a brass bayonet mount. sigmaphoto.com

Sigma 50–100mm f/1.8 DC HSM|Art

Best DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens: Sigma 50–100mm f/1.8 DC HSM | Art. This constant-aperture APS-C zoom lens has an effective focal length of 75–150mm. It’s constructed with one SLD and three FLD elements and contains a updated, slimmer hypersonic motor (HSM) for accurate, fast AF. It also features a 9-blade, rounded diaphragm and works with the Sigma USB Dock for firmware updates and focus calibration. sigmaphoto.com

Best DSLR Wide-Angle Zoom Lens: Sigma 24–35mm f/2 DG HSM | Art. The world’s first full-frame f/2

Sigma 24–35mm f/2 DG HSM Art

(constant aperture) zoom lens, it’s constructed with 18 elements in 13 groups. It has a 9-blade, rounded diaphragm, FLD glass elements and seven SLD glass elements, two of which are aspherical lenses. Other features include: an f/16 minimum aperture; an 11-inch close focusing distance; an updated AF algorithm to deliver smooth, accurate, fast AF; super multilayer coating to control flare and ghosting; an 82mm filter diameter; and compact dimensions of 3.4×4.8 inches. sigmaphoto.com

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

Best DSLR Prime Lens: Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD. This full-frame lens is constructed with 10 elements in 9 groups and includes two molded glass aspherical elements with one LD and one XLD (extra-low dispersion) element, to reduce chromatic aberration. It has excellent resolution from corner to corner, no vignetting even at full aperture, Tamron’s VC (vibration compensation) system, and full-time manual focus override. tamron-usa.com

Tamron 18–200mm f/3.5–6.3 Di II VC
Tamron 18–200mm f/3.5–6.3 Di II VC

Best Entry-Level DSLR Lens: Tamron 18–200mm f/3.5–6.3 Di II VC. Constructed with 16 elements in 14 groups, this lens for APS-C-format cameras yields a 28–310mm equivalent focal range. It averages a compact 3.8 inches in its various mounts and is said to be the world’s lightest lens (14.1 ounces) in its class. It also uses Tamron’s VC system for steady images, particularly at its longer focal lengths. tamron-usa.com

Sony a7R II

Best Mirrorless CSC Professional: Sony α7R II. Its 42.4MP full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor is housed in a magnesium alloy body. A hybrid AF system has 399 on-sensor phase-detection points and 25 contrast-detection points that allow shooting at 5 fps with full AF and AE. It also records 4K video 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. Customizable color and gamma controls, including the same SLog2 and SLog3 Gamma curves found in high-end Sony cinema cameras, are provided. Its ISO range of 100–25,600 is extendable from ISO 50–102,400. sony.com

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Best Mirrorless CSC Expert: Fujifilm X-Pro2. This rangefinder style camera employs a hybrid multi-viewfinder that allows users to instantly switch between optical and electronic viewfinders. The X-Pro2 has a 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor that teams with an X-processor Pro to deliver an ISO range up to 12,800, extendable from ISO 100–51,200. It also features: a splash- and dust-resistant body; Full HD video recording at 60 fps with a bit rate of 36Mbps, plus various other framing rates for special effects; and phase-detection AF plus predictive AF to aid in delivering 8-fps continuous shooting. fujifilmusa.com

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Best Mirrorless CSC Advanced: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. The Micro Four Thirds camera features a 16MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor with ISO sensitivities up to 25,600. It delivers full-res, 8.5-fps bursts that take advantage of its 81-point “FAST” AF system. Viewing is via a 2.36M-dot OLED EVF with 100% field of view and a 120-fps refresh rate, or a 3-inch, tilting touch-screen LCD. Other features include: Full HD video capability at 60 fps; an AF targeting pad that can be traced on the rear LCD; a simulated optical finder that delivers a high dynamic range image; and in-body 5-axis IS. olympusamerica.com

Fujifilm X-T10
Fujifilm X-T10

Best Mirrorless CSC Entry Level: Fujifilm X-T10. With many of the features of higher end X-series cameras, the X-T10 houses a 16MP X-Trans CMOS II APS-C-size sensor and EXR Processor II inside its magnesium alloy body. Native ISO is 200–6,400, expandable from 100 to 51,200. Other features include: a 2.36M-dot OLED EVF; a tilting, 3-inch, 920K-dot LCD; Full HD video recording; and Wi-Fi connectivity. fujifilmusa.com

Fujinon XF100–400mm f/4.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR

Best CSC Telephoto Zoom Lens: Fujinon XF100–400mm f/4.5–5.6 R LM OIS WR. This water-resistant lens has a 52–609mm equivalent focal range with 21-element, 14-group construction. This includes five ED lenses and one super ED lens. A fluorine coating was added for further protection during outdoor shooting. The lens is designed for handheld shooting with a 5-stop IS system and twin linear motors for fast AF. It also boasts a rounded 9-blade aperture and is compatible with the XF1.4x TC WR teleconverter. fujifilmusa.com

 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7–14mm 1:2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7–14mm f/2.8 Pro

Best CSC Wide-Angle Zoom Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7–14mm f/2.8 Pro. Weighing less than 19 ounces, it’s constructed with three super ED lenses, one ED lens and two EDA (aspherical) lenses to minimize peripheral chromatic aberration. The constant-aperture zoom is weather sealed in 11 areas. Other features include” an L-Fn button with 27 assignable functions; a manual focus clutch with a built-in hyper focal scale; a close-focus distance of less than 8 inches; and the creative options an f/2.8 aperture affords. olympusamerica.com

Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Best CSC Prime Lens: Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM. This full-frame lens has an XA (extreme aspherical) element plus three ED elements that provide a combination of extremely high resolution of focused areas with a pleasing, soft background bokeh. Other features area: a circular, 11-blade aperture; Sony’s Nano AR coating to reduce ghosting and flare; a ring drive SSM (supersonic wave motor) to drive focusing; two position sensors for enhanced focus control; 11-element, 8-group construction; and dust and moisture resistance. sony.com

Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 Asph

Best CSC Entry-Level Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 Asph. This Micro Four Thirds lens (50mm equivalent) supports high-speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps. It works with the Lumix G’s contrast-detection AF system and DFD (Depth-from-Defocus) technology. Other features include: a close-focusing distance of 9.8 inches; a 7-blade aperture; plus two aspherical lenses and an ultrahigh refractive index lens. panasonic.com

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

Best Full-Frame Compact Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II. Using the same 42.2MP sensor and Bionz X processor as Sony’s α7R II, this P&S has an integral Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens. The sensor has an impressive 399 phase-detection AF points that work with 25 contrast AF points to achieve fast focus. It boasts 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 EVF or a tiltable, 3-inch, 1.2M-dot LCD. It also delivers Full HD video in various frame rates. sony.com

Leica SL

Best Premium Camera: Leica SL. This L-mount Leica has the classic form and ergonomics associated with the brand, and its weather-resistant body is made from two blocks of solid aluminum. It uses a 24MP, full-frame CMOS sensor (with no low-pass filter) and Leica’s Maestro II engine to deliver ISO 50–50,000. It shoots full-resolution images at 11 fps, and its 2GB buffer allows for up to 33 DNG or unlimited JPEG bursts. Viewing is via a 4.4MP EVF or a 2.95-inch LED touch-screen finder. It also captures UHD 4K video at 30 and 25 fps as well as DCI 4K video at 24 fps. us.leica-camera.com

Canon PowerShot G5 X

Best Expert Compact Camera: Canon PowerShot G5 X. With a 20.2MP, 1-inch High Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Digic 6 processor, it delivers nearly 6-fps images and Full HD video. Its 24–100mm equivalent lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.8 that drops to only f/2.8 at the telephoto setting, a 9-blade aperture and 2-inch close focusing. A 2.36M-dot EVF with 100% coverage and a 120-fps refresh rate uses a built-in eye sensor that switches from the EVF to the 3-inch, vari-angle, touch-screen LCD. The camera’s hot shoe is compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes. usa.canon.com

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330

Best Superzoom Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330. With an integrated 25–600mm Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and splashproof, dustproof construction, the FZ300 is an ideal travel camera. It employs a 12.1MP, 1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor and a powerful IS system for stills and video recording. Other features are: 4K video recording; RAW modes; a 144M-dot OLED live viewfinder; a tiltable rear screen; Panasonic’s DFD and AF technologies that yield 0.09-sec AF speeds and 6-fps burst shooting with AFC. panasonic.com

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Best Rugged Camera: Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870. This adventure P&S can be submerged down to 50 feet, is freezeproof to 14º F, shockproof from 7 feet, crushproof to 220 pounds of force and dustproof. A 180º tilting monitor means images can be made from virtually any point of view. Its 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VII processor handle stills and Full HD 1080/60p video. Other features are: built-in Wi-Fi; an upgraded GPS feature that can position in under 10 seconds; and numerous shooting modes, such as nighttime live composite, sportcam, time-lapse movie and sport burst. olympusamerica.com

Canon PowerShot Elph 360 HS

Best Easy Compact Camera: Canon PowerShot Elph 360 HS. The pocketable P&S sports a 3-inch LCD and a 12x optical zoom lens with built-in optical IS. Keeping connected is easy with a dedicated Wi-Fi button and NFC (Near Field Communication). The 20.2MP CMOS sensor and Digic 4+ processor deliver excellent quality even in low light. It also captures 1080p Full HD video with the ability to create a highlight reel in-camera. usa.canon.com

Sony HDR-AS50

Best Action Cam: Sony HDR-AS50. The durable, portable POV videocam weighs a mere 2.9 ounces and measures only 0.95×1.85×3.27 inches. A supplied underwater housing can be used down to 197 feet. The cam can be linked to a wearable or mountable live-view remote with full camera command functionality. Other features include: SteadyShot IS; 4K time-lapse capture; Full HD video capture; and a Zeiss Tessar lens. sony.com

Panasonic HC-WXF991

Best Camcorder: Panasonic HC-WXF991. This 4K UHD camcorder has a Leica Dicomar 20x optical zoom lens (4K 16:9 video, 30.8–626mm equivalent; still image 3:2, 34.5–690.3mm) with 5-axis, hybrid optical IS. It features 4K cinema in-camera editing and effects, including dolly zoom, slow/quick motion and 4K post cropping, plus its grabs 4K photo stills from video. It also offers in-camera down sampling for 1080p Full HD displays. Built-in Wi-Fi links it to three mobile devices to capture multiple scenes simultaneously using a wireless multi-camera function. Viewing is through a 1.5M-dot EVF or a 3-inch LCD. panasonic.com

DxO One on an iPhone
DxO One on an iPhone

Best Mobile Imaging Device: DxO One. Using an iPhone as its viewfinder, connected via the Lightning port, the 3.8-ounce, 2.65×1.9×1-inch camera is a portable imaging solution that retains the phone’s connectivity features. Quality images are rendered by the camera’s 1-inch, BSI CMOS sensor, built to deliver high dynamic range and superior low-light capability. A 32mm (equivalent) f/1.8 aspherical lens has a 6-blade aperture. The DxO One can be used alone, with images saved to its microSD card. dxo.com

Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

Best Camera Drone: Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K. The drone’s “personal ground station” remote control provides 2.4 GHz RC (10 channels) and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi transmission. With a 5.5-inch touch display, it offers a wide feature set to control the drone. The setup includes an integrated 3-axis, CGO3 4K gimbal camera that delivers 4K/30 fps and 1080p/120 fps slow motion capability. It also captures 12MP stills. A clever “watch me” mode can be set to follow the photographer in action. A mobile app allows the handheld use of the camera on the ground. yuneec.com

Canon imagePrograf Pro-1000

Best Photo Printer: Canon imagePrograf Pro-1000. Combining the ease of desktop use and a 17-inch, cut-sheet printer with features from Canon’s higher end pro printers, the Pro-1000 uses 11-color (plus chroma optimizer) Lucia Pro inks. Inks are delivered via a Fine printhead with a tubular delivery system for faster speeds and stable, high-quality printing. Both photo and matte black inks have their own channels, so no ink swap is needed when changing papers. The vacuum paper feeding system keeps paper flat during printing, aiding in more accurate ink placement regardless of paper weight. usa.canon.com

Phottix Indra360 TTL

Best Professional Flash System: Phottix Indra360 TTL. For studio and location work, the Indra360 TTL has a built-in Phottix Odin flash trigger/receiver for 330-feet radio coverage and 39-feet indoor optical coverage with Canon and Nikon systems. A Li-ion battery makes for an ideal setup for wedding and event photographers who have to move about. It comes in handy when doing daylight off-camera fill and lighting of other ambient lighting situations due to its high-speed synch capability. There are 8 stops of power adjustment, from full power to 1/128 with TTL exposure levels adjustable in +/-3EVs. phottix.com

Nissin i60A

Best Portable Flash: Nissin i60A. A shoe mount flash that can be used with Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm cameras, it has an integrated 2.4GHz radio receiver. The receiver is compatible with the Nissin Air System and Air 1 radio commander unit. Furthermore, the i60A has a guide number of 197 feet (ISO 100, 200mm) and can be zoomed to optimize coverage in a 24–200mm range. On the back is a color LCD as well as two control dials. The flash can be battery powered with a high voltage power pack port connection, and it also has a TTL optic wireless slave mode and settings for eight channels in A/B/C groups. nissindigital.com

Manfrotto 190 Go! Carbon Fiber

Best Tripod: Manfrotto 190 Go! Carbon Fiber. The full-featured tripod is light (2.9 pounds) and collapses down to a portable 18.7 inches. When fully extended it achieves a maximum height of 57 inches. It features twist-lock legs, a 90º center column that can be used for horizontal and macro work, a low shooting height of 2.76 inches, and it supports up to 15.4 pounds. manfrotto.us

Toshiba TransferJet SDHC Card

Best Storage Media: Toshiba TransferJet SDHC Card. The Class 10 SDHC card features a TransferJet system that enables any camera to become a wireless transmitting device. TransferJet is a close proximity, wireless transfer technology that offers a simple connection with high data throughput. Touching two TransferJet devices together automatically initiates transfer. In addition, TransferJet adapters are available for USB, Micro USB and Lightning ports. toshiba-memory.com

Serif Affinity Photo

Best Imaging Software: Serif Affinity Photo. An affordable, non-subscription-based software, it offers just about every option enthusiast photographers could need for image processing as well as creative effects. It includes RAW file editing, numerous color space options, compatibility with common file formats, and also live previews as effects are applied. Other options include photo stitching, new alpha selections, black point selection, advanced lens corrections, and high-end filters. serif.com

Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Fibre Gloss 310gsm

Best Inkjet Photo Paper: Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Fibre Gloss 310gsm. Made to match the look as well as feel of traditional fibre-based darkroom paper, it offers an ideal surface for black-and-white images and reproduces a wide color gamut. It is available in roll and also cut sheets, is made with 100% cotton rag with no optical brighteners, and has a crisp white and deep black response. The 310gsm weight means a durable surface for framing and presentation portfolio prints. The “Baryta-like” surface is akin to a subtle gloss look, and the paper can be used in dye-sub and pigment ink printers. ilford.com

BenQ SW2700PT

Best Photo Monitor: BenQ SW2700PT. This 27-inch monitor is aimed at photographers who want IPS technology as well as 99% Adobe RGB color space coverage. It offers a brightness level that exceeds 380 lux and high contrast for rendering deep blacks with uniformity. The monitor includes inputs and outputs such as display port, DVI and HDMI, with USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and a unique OSD controller. It can be hardware color calibrated and comes with a detachable hood. benq.us