EISA Award Winning Photography Products Announced

EISA has announced the winning cameras, lenses, features and smartphones for this year's awards.

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EISA has announced the winners of their 2019/2020 awards categories. The Expert Imaging and Sound Association pick winners in several different categories for photography equipment annually.


EISA 2019/2020 Awards Winners

 

Best Advanced Camera - Fujifilm X-T3

Fujifilm X T3 Black (3)

"With the X-T3, Fujifilm takes its popular X system to a higher level. The new 26- megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor does not require a low-pass filter and therefore delivers unusually detailed images. The camera features extremely fast autofocus and continuous shooting at up to 30fps, making it well suited for action photography. The video mode is equally impressive, offering 4K recording at 60fps along with professional features such as F-Log and Hybrid Log Gamma. Photographers who don’t need all of the X-T3’s advanced features should also consider its less-expensive sister model, the X-T30."

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Best Advanced Full-Frame Camera - Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R 

Panasonic Lumix S1R PP Hands On (13) (Custom)

"The Panasonic LUMIX DC-S1R is an extremely well built professional camera with significant protection against the elements. It combines speedy performance with very high 47.3-megapixel resolution, providing exceptional image quality that stands out from even the best of its competitors. In addition, the High-Resolution multi-shot feature provides huge 187-megapixel images with incredible levels of detail. Furthermore, the camera’s ergonomics are first-rate, with a large electronic viewfinder that sets new standards for detail and a three-way tilting touchscreen. Add in comprehensive video features, and you have a complete camera for professionals."

 

Best Buy Full-Frame Camera - Canon EOS RP

EOS RP

"With the EOS RP, Canon has delivered an impressively affordable entry into the full-frame mirrorless market. Based around a 26.2-megapixel sensor and the powerful DIGIC 8 processor, it’s capable of delivering excellent image quality. Another strong point is the very sensitive 4779-point hybrid autofocus system, which enables reliable focusing in extremely low light. The compact and lightweight body can be used with both the outstanding new RF lenses and with all existing EOS EF and EF-S lenses using Canon’s EF-EOS R mount adapter. The streamlined control layout and fully articulated LCD touchscreen also make the camera very easy to use."

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Best Buy Zoom Lens - Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC USD

35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD
 

"The Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD is a standard zoom lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs. Its somewhat unusual zoom range, combined with a minimum focus distance of 45cm, makes it particularly well suited for portraits, ranging from environmental studies to close-ups. Thanks to its compact size and light weight it is also a perfect travel companion. It offers an unusually fast aperture for such a range, from f/2.8 at wide-angle through to f/4 at the telephoto end. The lens incorporates Tamron’s Dual Micro-Processing Unit system, which assures optimal autofocus performance and effective vibration compensation, allowing for sharp handheld shots."

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Best Camera Innovation - Fujifilm GFX100

GFX 100 LeftObl+EVF+GF63mm
 

"With the GFX100, Fujifilm has made a 100-megapixel medium format camera that does not suffer from the restraints usually associated with large-sensor, high-resolution systems. As the first camera of this type with in-body image stabilization, it can be used for handheld shooting under a much wider range of conditions. The spring-mounted shutter mechanism is isolated from the sensor, minimising the risk of shutter vibration affecting the sharpness. The GFX100 is also the first medium format camera to offer on-sensor phase detection, which results in much faster autofocus. What’s more, it’s the first medium format camera to shoot 4K video with no field-of-view crop."

 

Camera of the Year - Nikon Z 6

Z6 24 70 4 Front
"With the Z 6, Nikon has made a superb camera with sensational handling and robust build quality that delivers excellent images in almost any shooting situation. Its autofocus system includes Eye-Detection AF, allowing accurate focus wherever the subject is placed in the frame. The large and sharp electronic viewfinder provides a truly accurate preview of how your images will turn out, while in-body image stabilisation helps keep your pictures sharp with every lens you can use, including F-mount DSLR optics. Quite simply, this is the best all-round camera that serious photographers can buy right now."

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Best Compact Camera - Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

1/30 sec | f/5.6 | 40.0 mm | ISO 3200

"The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI packs state-of-the-art photo technology into a very compact body that houses a retractable electronic viewfinder and an integrated flash. With a 24-200mm equivalent zoom lens, it offers all the flexibility you need, especially when travelling. The 20.1-megapixel sensor delivers plenty of detail, while for action the camera offers a burst mode of 24fps. With very fast and reliable eye autofocus, portraits are pin-sharp. The camera also offers impressive video features, including 4K recording and super-slow motion. With wireless technology like Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi it partners seamlessly with your smartphone or tablet."

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Best Lens Innovation - Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM

RF 28-70mm f/2L USM

"The Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM is the first standard zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras to maintain a constant aperture of f/2 throughout its entire focal length range. This allows photographers to limit depth of field to a degree previously only possible with prime lenses and allows faster shutter speeds in low-light conditions. The image quality and sharpness are excellent throughout the zoom range, while the USM motor provides fast and reliable autofocus. The lens is a spectacular demonstration of what can be achieved with the EOS R mount."

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Best Portrait Prime Lens - Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM

FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master
"The Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM is a truly remarkable lens. It’s extremely sharp from centre to corner, while at the same time its beautifully soft rendering of defocused backgrounds and bright highlights results in exceptional images. With dust-proof and splash-proof construction, it’s built to perform under challenging weather conditions, while the traditional aperture ring provides easy and intuitive handling. It’s good for close-ups too, with a minimum focus distance of 70cm providing a 0.25x magnification ratio. Last but not least, the high-performance autofocus motors offer speedy, accurate and silent focusing on moving subjects."

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Best Professional Standard Zoom Lens - Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

Z24 70 4 Angle1

"The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is a fast, professional standard zoom lens for the Nikon Z system. Solid and robust, it employs Nano Crystal coating and the new Arneo coating to reduce flare and ghosting, while the front and rear elements have a fluorine coating to repel dust, oil and moisture. Thanks to a customisable control ring the photographer can easily adjust the aperture or exposure compensation, while an OLED panel on the barrel displays aperture, depth of field, focus distance or focal length. With stunning optical performance that combines high resolution and attractive bokeh, this lens is the perfect partner for Nikon Z cameras."

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Best Professional Telephoto Zoom Lens - Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports

70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | S

"Part of SIGMA’s Sports line of telephoto lenses, the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports is the new flagship that meets the needs of professional photographers. The optical design provides excellent resolution from centre to corners, while eliminating chromatic aberration. The large aperture ensures smooth bokeh – ideal for portrait photography. Dust- and splash-proof construction means you can use the lens in challenging conditions. SIGMA’s Hyper Sonic Motor makes autofocus fast and quiet, while the Intelligent OS system provides sharp images when using longer shutter speeds. As with all recent SIGMA lenses, many settings can be customised via the SIGMA USB DOCK."

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Best Standard Prime Lens - Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Canon RF 50mm F1 2 (4)
 

"The Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM is a no-compromise, large-aperture standard lens that shows off the potential of the new EOS RF lens mount. Combining a very bright maximum aperture with impressive sharpness from f/1.2, the lens also renders attractive bokeh thanks to its 10-bladed aperture. The convenient lens control ring allows the photographer to adjust shooting parameters. The assembly of fine optics is built for heavy use and to withstand challenging shooting conditions while delivering amazing results across a wide range of subjects including portraits and wedding photography."

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Best Standard Zoom Lens - Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon RF 24 105mm (13)
 

"This high-quality all-round zoom lens is the perfect everyday companion for Canon’s new breed of EOS R full-frame mirrorless cameras. It offers an extremely versatile zoom range that covers everything from wide-angle landscapes to short-telephoto portraits while providing consistently high image quality at all apertures and focus distances. Canon’s Nano USM focusing provides silent and accurate autofocus for both stills and video shooting, complemented by the highly effective optical image stabilisation that keeps images sharp when shooting with long shutter speeds. Robust weather-sealed construction rounds off an impressively versatile package."

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Best Super-Telephoto Prime Lens - Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM

EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM
"Like its smaller sibling, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, this super-telephoto lens uses a completely new optical design to deliver outstanding image quality, along with magnesium alloy and titanium construction to reduce weight without compromising on strength or quality. The ultrasonic motor provides extremely fast autofocus, while the built-in image-stabilisation technology enables handheld shooting with shutter speeds up to four stops slower than normal. Thanks to the f/4 aperture, the lens can be combined with the Canon Extender EF 2.0x III to give a focal length of 1200mm while maintaining autofocus."

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Best Telephoto Prime Lens - Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS

FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS
"Sony’s first large-aperture E-mount telephoto prime is one of the lightest in its class, thanks to an innovative optical design with three fluorite elements and the use of magnesium alloy components. Thanks to the reduced number of elements at the front of the barrel, the lens is perfectly balanced. It combines outstanding image quality with extraordinary focusing speed and precision, thanks to two high-speed XD Linear Motors. The 11-blade circular aperture produces beautifully blurred backgrounds. The FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS is also compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x E-mount teleconverters for even longer reach."

 

Best Telephoto Zoom Lens - Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports

60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S
"The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports is a unique 10x zoom lens with a super-telephoto reach of up to 600mm. Its optical design delivers sharp images across the zoom range while ensuring maximum correction of chromatic aberration. It features an Intelligent OS system that delivers a reliable image stabilisation effect of 4 stops, allowing sharp images to be obtained handheld. In addition, the Hyper Sonic Motor provides fast, accurate autofocus. The weather-resistant construction incorporates magnesium alloy, which ensures durability and enhances portability. Should you require even greater reach, the lens can be combined with one of SIGMA’s teleconverters."

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Best Wide-Angle Prime Lens - Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM

Sony GM 24mm F1 4 Hands On (2) (Custom)
"The Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM is a top-quality prime lens that provides incredibly sharp images both in the centre and at the edges of the frame, even at the largest aperture of f/1.4. The optical design incorporates several special lens elements to ensure outstanding image quality, while the 11-bladed diaphragm produces a circular opening for beautifully blurred backgrounds. The high-power DD SSM motor ensures very fast, precise and silent focusing, while the 24cm minimum focus distance can be used for close-ups with spectacular perspectives. Impressively, it’s also the most compact and lightweight lens in its class and is extremely effective in suppressing sagittal flare when shooting starscapes."

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Best Wide-Angle Zoom Lens - Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD


"The Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD is an affordable large-aperture wide-angle zoom for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. Designed to complement the firm’s 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD, it features a similarly compact, lightweight design and weather-resistant construction. It’s a really strong performer in terms of image quality: resolution and contrast are excellent for its class, while the optical system assures outstanding colour accuracy with minimal chromatic aberration. The lens employs a silent and fast stepping motor for autofocus, making it very suitable for both stills and video recording."

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Best Smartphone - Huawei P30 Pro

P30 Pro
 

"With its quad-camera setup, Huawei has made yet another impressive advance in mobile photography. Low-light photos are by far the best you can currently get from a smartphone, while the ultra-wide lens, the portrait mode and the periscopic 5x telephoto lens surpass any of its competitors. The P30 Pro also impresses with its stunning water-resistant construction, excellent screen, fast under-display fingerprint reader and great battery life that’s supported by both wired and wireless charging. With raw format recording and up to 512GB storage, the Huawei P30 Pro is the perfect companion for dedicated photographers."

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Best Photo/Video Camera - Sony a6400

A6400 SELP1650 Front Black |
"For content creators who shoot as much video as stills photography, the α6400 packs an impressive array of tools into its compact, portable body. The highlight is undoubtedly Sony’s innovative Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF, that keeps your subject sharp and in-focus no matter how it moves around the scene. Other advanced video options include 4K high dynamic range recording, S-Log profiles for pro-level colour grading, a flip-up screen that can face forwards for vlogging and a microphone socket for high-quality sound recording. Meanwhile, photographers will appreciate the excellent quality of its 24-megapixel image files."

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