Every year the members of the Technical Image Press Association - representatives from 29 member magazines from 14 countries, plus the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan - gather together in some exotic location (last year it was Istanbul, this year they were sunning themselves in Cape Town) to thrash out what they think were the 'best' photo and imaging products released over the past year.
There are 40 different categories, ranging from best professional dSLR to best colour management programme (X-Rite i1 Display Pro), which is rather a lot of choosing. (And as a consequence, I've given you edited highlights; I don't want you falling asleep before the end.) But what do you think about their selections? Are these the best on offer by the photographic industry in each category?
Canon took the spoils for the high-end, but Nikon has had a good show generally. Fair?
- Best professional dSLR: Canon Eos 1D X
- Best expert dSLR: Nikon D800
- Best advanced dSLR: Sony SLT-A65
- Best entry-level dSLR: Nikon D5100
Canon all the way. Anyone surprised?
- Best video dSLR: Canon Eos 5D MkIII
- Best professional video camera: Canon Eos C300
Compact System Cameras (or EVIL, or mirror-less, or MILC...)
The love was well and truly shared out amongst the manufacturers here.
- Best professional CSC: Fujifilm X-Pro1
- Best expert CSC: Sony Alpha NEX-7
- Best Advanced CSC: Panasonic Lumix GX1
- Best entry-level CSC: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Another spread of manufacturers for compact cameras. Given the mahoussive selection out there, it's not that surprising.
- Best premium camera: Leica M9-P
- Best expert compact camera: Canon G1X
- Best superzoom: Fujifilm X-S1
- Best rugged camera: Pentax Optio WG-2 (I still think it's ugly, all manner of awards will not change my mind)
- Best general compact camera: Samsung MV800
A strong showing by the third-party providers for dSLR, and note the inclusion of mirror-less camera choices, after just two cameras - let alone their lenses - were up for awards last year.
- Best professional dSLR lens: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4.0 L USM fisheye
- Best expert dSLR lens: Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
- Best entry level dSLR lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM
- Best CSC fixed focus lens: Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
- Best CSC expert lens: Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm
Best of the rest
You know, mobile stuff, editing software, and tripods.
- Best photo software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
- Best mobile photo app: Snapseed (Yay! for the awesome Snapseed!)
- Best mobile imaging device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Best tripod: Gitzo New Systematic series
- Best professional flash system: Nikon SB-910
If you'd like to check out the rest of the TIPA winners, such as best camera bag and inkjet paper, it's on the TIPA website.