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EISA announced their 2006/7 product awards - EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association), Europe's biggest multimedia press organisation, has singled out the most accomplished electronics equipment for 2006-2007, as voted by the Editors-in-Chief of leading specialist magazines from all the major European countries.
The list of winners with the reasons why the products have won the awards and quotes from the manufacturers is as follows
HIGH-END PHOTO SYSTEM
Hasselblad have created a new standard for digital image quality for professional photographers with the introduction of the world’s first 39 million-pixel DSLR camera. The H2D-39 includes a wide range of revolutionary features, all designed to meet professional needs, including Digital APO Correction technology to compensate for any chromatic aberration. Additionally, this 39 million-pixel autofocus DSLR is supported by high-quality, specially-designed lenses.
Canon EOS 5D
The Canon EOS 5D is the first full-frame sensor digital SLR available for an affordable price. Its effective 12.8 million-pixels, in conjunction with the full-frame sensor, allows the user to make quite large digital prints without compromising image quality. Furthermore, users can take advantage of a bright viewfinder and shallow depth of field. It is an excellent camera for both professionals and semi professionals.
“The breakthrough EOS 5D and advanced direct printing PIXMA iP6600D (below) represent the ultimate consumer imaging devices, from image capture to printing,” remarked Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Photography is at the core of our business, and we strive to always push the boundaries of imaging technology. We are delighted to receive this recognition from the EISA members.”
The Nikon D200 is a semi-professional DSLR with a 10.2 million-pixel CCD that sets a new standard in this class of camera. The relationship between price and performance is extremely attractive. The Nikon D200 will satisfy both the advanced amateur and the professional photographer in most areas. The balance between noise, sharpness, dynamics and color reproduction is 100% optimized for professional photography and image processing.
Sony Alfa 100
With its 10 million-pixel CCD, the Sony Alfa 100 has taken a large leap into the market of digital SLRs. It has very useful functions like Super SteadyShot, (which reduces camera shake) and their Anti-Dust System, which operates every time the camera is turned off. Thanks to its Bionz image engine, it is now possible to reduce noise and improve colour and detail reproduction, and a Dynamic Range Optimizer function is provided for better backlight shots in difficult lighting conditions. The a100 is the first of a projected Sony DSLR system that includes a wide range of accessories and more than 21 different lenses.
The Samsung NV10 is the flagship of a new series of truly compact but robust cameras which including a groundbreaking new design concept called ‘blue ring’. It features offer the highest level of image quality on a compact camera, along with a new and practical interactive interface, providing user-friendly features. It’s equipped with a 10.1 million-pixel CCD sensor of 1/1.8-inch, a Schneider-Kreuznach 3x optical zoom and a bright, clear 2.5-inch LCD. All this is wrapped up in a slim, black aluminum body which incorporates an anti-shake system.
Mr Jake Kim – Managing Director, Samsung Cameras UK, says “The NV10, along with the rest of the premium NV series, is the result of two years hard work, and we are thrilled that it has been recognised by EISA and named European Compact Camera 2006/07. The award proves how the design, quality and technology of the NV10 can satisfy the specialists in the photographic industry. The NV cameras present a unique offering to users with new features not currently available on the market and we are proud to use this range as the cornerstone of our compact camera vision. We believe it will become the benchmark for quality and innovation that photographers of all levels can expect from Samsung.”
Olympus µ 720 SW
The Olympus µ 720 SW is a pocket camera that is designed to withstand the knocks of family use. Its shock-proof design means its body can withstand a fall from the table, up to 1.5 meters. Taking pictures underwater to a depth of up to 3 meters is also possible, without the aid of an extra waterproof body. Even as a pocket camera the µ 720 SW looks good: it offers a 2.5-inch display, 3x zoom and a resolution of 7.1 million-pixels. It is only the the size of a pack of cigarettes and weighing only 149g, it can be easily carried in the pocket of a jacket.
Michael Handa, Executive Managing Director, Olympus Imaging Europe: “We are very proud of these two latest EISA awards which again prove Olympus’ leading position in terms of innovation, design and performance across the board in the field of digital photography.”
Fujifilm FinePix S5600
The Fujifilm Finepix S5600 delivers a strong performance at an affordable price. The compact, SLR-style body is equipped with a fast fixed 10x zoom lens. Fuji’s Super CCD HR delivers excellent resolution, even higher than that expected for a 5 million-pixel CCD. The innovative Real-Photo-Technology reduces noise very effectively and allows ISO sensitivities up to 1600. For the enthusiast photographer the Finepix offers aperture- and shutter-priority metering, as well as fully manual.
Adrian Clarke, Fujifilm's Director of Photo Products, said, "Our mini-SLR style cameras have consistently won plaudits for their combination of high functionality with day-to-day convenience. The FinePix S5600 Zoom fits an incredibly powerful zoom lens into a compact body and is available at a very reasonable price. It's a camera that opens up new photographic possibilities for amateurs and enthusiasts alike, especially its ability to deliver incredibly crisp images in low light. At Fujifilm we believe increased sensitivity is the new benchmark for digital photography, and it is encouraging to receive an award that recognises our leadership in this area."
Olympus Digital Top Pro Zuiko Lenses
The Olympus Zuiko range of lenses for the FourThirds system now offer a Top Pro series which includes three zooms and two prime lenses: ED 7-14 mm f/4.0, ED 35-100 mm f/2.0, ED 90-250 mm f/2.8, ED 150 mm f/2 and ED 300 mm f/2.8. These compact and robust lenses are perfect choices for sports, event or nature photography. Enthusiasts and professional photographers can now reach top performance with this light and compact equipment range.
Tamron SP AF 17 - 50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD
Tamron’s latest lens brings a new level of performance in optical design. It is a very compact all-round lens for everyday use. It is very fast, providing an aperture of 2.8 at all focal lengths and yet it is still light and very easy to handle. It focuses quickly with no hunting. Furthermore, its low price makes it very attractive for enthusiasts on a budget.
Canon PIXMA iP6600D
The Canon PIXMA iP6600D is a high-speed photo printer with a excellent quality for a good price. It is based on bubble jet technology and makes use of six different inks. The ink droplets are 1 picolitre small, allowing good printing accuracy and a high resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi. This makes the PIXMA iP6600 a good choice for both enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers. Furthermore this A4 printer features a second paperfeed, plus an extra feed to print onto CD-R discs. Printouts can be made via Pictbridge directly from the camera or from the memory-card, via USB.
Samsung SPP-2040B is a very intuitive and easy-to-use 10 x 15cm thermal sublimation home printer. The bright 2-inch colour monitor gives you the ability to print in a fast way - directly from different memory cards, USB PictBridge or via Bluetooth - with a good colour reproduction, and without requiring a connection to a computer.
Epson Perfection V700 Photo/V750 Pro
Epson Perfection V700 Photo is an A4-size flatbed-scanner with professional performance for prints, negatives or transparencies. It is equipped with Epson’s exclusive Dual Lens System and Digital ICE technology, achieving maximum scanning resolution of 4800 dpi (prints) and 6400 dpi (film) with a 4.0 DMax. It will accept both mounted and unmounted slides, as well as 35mm, 120 and large format film up to 8 x 10-inch. The V750 Pro model is equipped with multicoated glass surfaces, ensuring better light transmission and better sharpness.
Barbara Kuhr, Head of Strategic Marketing, Epson Europe says, “Epson continues to develop highly innovative products for professional and amateur photographers that combine the best in quality with the best in value. At launch these scanners were, and still are, the world’s first flatbed scanners at less than £550 to offer these features. Therefore it is great that the features and quality of output has been rewarded with a ‘best in class’ seal of approval by such a prestigious collective of photo industry experts."
Adobe Lightroom features RAW conversion and high-speed handling of RAW files. The well-organized structure and the clear graphical interface makes working with large RAW files a breeze. The ease-of-use and the supreme quality of the output this software yields is unrivalled, and the expertise of Adobe in imaging is clearly visible in the end result.
SanDisk Extreme IV
The SanDisk Extreme IV is the fastest card available at the present time, some 20% faster (depending on the camera) than the previous Extreme III version. The card can withstand moisture, dust and shocks, making it the most reliable card for the semi-professional and professional user.
Jorge Goncalves, president of EISA, said, "The SanDisk Extreme IV is the fastest card available at the present time….The card can withstand moisture, dust and shocks, making it the most reliable card for the semi-professional and professional user."
Tanya Chuang, senior product marketing manager for SanDisk's high performance flash memory cards, said, "Once again, we are truly honored to win the prestigious EISA award for the SanDisk Extreme line and to be recognized by such a distinguished panel of imaging experts."
Jobo Giga Vu Pro Evolution
The Jobo Giga Vu Pro Evolution is a fascinating hard-disk back-up device that works very fast and very simply. The image quality of its large built-in LCD screen is excellent. The device has many useful functions like the possibility to view RAW images, a black-and-white viewing mode, and the dust detection. All for a very reasonable price in different capacity options from 40GB to 120GB.
U Point Technology Capture NX
The U Point technology by Nik Software, included in Nikon’s new imaging software Capture NX, gives photographers unique tools to control colour tone, hue, brightness and contrast. Without the need for any selections or masking, it is now easy to adjust individual colour areas in the picture, as required by the photographer. This powerful technology works with any JPEG, TIFF or NEF image files, allowing useful adjustments such as correction to layers, and leaving the original file untouched. The final results can all be exported in NEF format.
The InFocus IN76 is not the usual square box that you would want to hide from view, but a very fine design with a futuristic aesthetic, all finished with great precision. But more than that, it is a very high picture quality DLP projector that can bring into your room bright and vivid images up to 720p resolution, and bigger than that possible from any current flat screen technology. Thanks to its very precise factory setup, high-definition video has never been so accessible.
EUROPEAN MEDIA PHONE Nokia N93
A mobile phone can nowadays be much more than just a calling device and the N93 is a perfect example of a multimedia computer that can fit in your hands. The 3.2 MegaPixel camera can shoot high-quality still pictures as well as MPEG4 video, up to 30fps (640 x 480 resolution), and these pictures can be easily viewed or edited on a television or computer screen using the supplied TV-out cable and Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 software. Internet connection is possible through Wi-Fi or GSM EDGE and the internal 50MB memory can be complemented with the use of hot-swap miniSD cards. The digital music player with equalizer supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA, while the built-in FM radio adds to its convenience for everyday use. You can even directly print your pictures using the integrated WLAN/UpnP, PictBridge or Bluetooth capabilities.
“Nokia is delighted to have its advancements in digital imaging recognised by EISA for the second year running,” said Satu Ehrnrooth, head of Nokia Nseries Cameras, Multimedia, Nokia. “The Nokia N93 represents a new breed of mobile imaging device. Users will find all of the exceptional connectivity, communication and entertainment features you would expect from a multimedia computer whilst also providing always-with-you imaging facilities to match dedicated compact cameras or video recorders.”
EISA is the unique association of special interest magazines from 20 European countries. Internationally known for the European EISA Awards, EISA started 22 years ago (in 1982) when the editors-in-chief from five European photo magazines came together to select «The Camera of the Year» for the first time. They had no idea that out of this meeting EISA – the European Imaging and Sound Association – would emerge some years later.