There are so many reviews out there focusing on cameras, lenses, accessories and various other photography-related devices. The prevalence of these items is so great that it can seem daunting for the casual photographer to decide on something. The best way to approach a possible purchase is by reading up on reviews and doing a bit of research. But, you still need a place to start. Don’t you think? This is where we come in with this post on the TIPA Awards winners. We use the awards ceremonies to tell you the best devices in the photography world.
Today, we’ve got the winners of one of the most, if not the most, prestigious award in the photography world. The TIPA Awards are the most popular and coveted imaging and photo awards in the world. Every year, the editors from TIPA vote for the best imaging and photo products that were introduced to the market during the previous year. The voters take into consideration design and ergonomics, innovation, the use of cutting edge technology, ease-of-use and price/performance ratio. TIPA’s experienced editors vote for the best of the best and whichever product gets the most votes, gets designated as the winner. Know that the categories for the TIPA Awards are regularly updated according to the latest tech trends. Let’s take a look at the winners of the TIPA Awards 2014.
One more thing before we begin. You will notice that some categories will seem to repeat themselves, such as the Best Digital SLR Camera, but it’s not really the case as the categories do slightly differ.
Best Technology & Design
For this category, the Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF came out as a clear winner.
Best Interchangeable Lens
The TIPA editors voted for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x as being the best interchangeable lens.
Best Digital SLR Camera
Canon EOS 70D was voted as the best digital SLR camera in 2014. This camera is also a bit pricey. It costs a cool $1,000. Ouch. If you have the means, many professionals will tell you it’s worth the high entry price.
Best Digital Compact Camera
In case you were wondering which digital compact camera to buy in 2015, you can try the pricey Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II.
Best Photo Software
Adobe Photoshop, beware! DxO ViewPoint 2 was voted as the best photo software by the TIPA editors.
Best Digital Projector
The best digital projector on the market is the Epson EH-TW7200. It is a upper mid-range home cinema LCD projector that has some cool features, such as vertical and horizontal image shifting, a high contrast ration and a brightness of 2000 Lumens. It is also capable of 3D playback, which for the price of $2,800 is great!
Best Photo Printer & Consumables
Everyone knows that Epson makes great photo printers, but now TIPA gave the 2014 verdict and it appears that the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 is the best.
Best Compact System Camera
The FUJIFILM X-T1 was voted as being the best compact system camera.
Best Photo Printer & Consumables
Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta 310 was also voted as being the best product in the photo printer and consumables category.
Best Large Display
The LG 21:9 UltraWide 34UM95 was voted as being the best large display available on the market.
Manfrotto New 190 collection
Best Lighting System
The Nissin i40 was voted best lighting system by the TIPA editors.
Best Mobile Imaging
Photosmith 3 got voted as the best mobile imaging. Have you tried it?
Best Storage Solutions
Choosing a memory card isn’t as easy as one may think, but now that TIPA has declared the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Card the best in 2014, you might have an easier time deciding on which one to get for your beloved camera.
Wondered what is the best camcorder you can buy at the moment? Well, TIPA decided that Sony FDR-AX100 was it!
Digital Compact Cameras
The two high-end digital compact cameras on our list, the Nikon AW1 (mirrorless) and the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II are very impressive cameras indeed. If you are interested in purchasing a digital compact camera, then let’s take a quick look at the key features and specifications that these cameras possess.
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II has a 12.8 megapixel 1.5″-type CMOS sensor and a Digic 6 processor. The 24-120mm equivalent F2.0-3.9 lens with optical IS is really amazing and the dual (customizable) control rings along with the tilting 3″, 1.04M dot touchscreen LCD make the picture-taking experience a great one with the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II. It is capable of 5.2 fps continuous shooting and maintains same angle-of-view at 4:3 and 3:2. It has Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication abilities along with remote control via smartphone. It takes 1080/30p videos and it has an optional XGA electronic viewfinder. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II costs $799.
The Nikon AW1 is a mirrorless waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof camera. The camera is freezeproof and could go unprotected in temperatures as low as 14F (-10C), it is waterproof down to 49 feet (15 meters) and shockproof from up to 6.6 feet (2 meters). It has a 14MP C-format (2.7x crop factor) CMOS sensor and an ISO of 100-6400. You can view all your photos on its 3-inch LCD that has a whopping 921,000 dots. The Nikon AW1 also has built-in GPS with compass, altimeter, and depth meter and an Action Control system for underwater/gloved operation. You can even do PASM shooting through the ‘Creative Mode’ menu. The camera shoots 15 fps in burst mode with continuous AF, 60 fps with single AF and it also takes full HD 1080p video. The Nikon AW1 is priced at $746.
If you have any questions about any product on this list, feel free to drop us a line in the comment section below and we would be more than happy to assist!