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Photo-Imaging Awards and Honors : Technical Image Press Association Announces Winners of XXII TIPA Awards

April 16, 2012
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Madrid, Spain—TIPA released the results of the Technical Image Press Association ( annual meeting to vote on the best photographic and imaging products of 2012. This year at the assembly, which was held March 24, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa, 29 member magazines and the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC) of Japan voted for the best product in each of 40 categories.

Following are the winners of the XXII TIPA Awards for 2012 and what the TIPA panel had to say about them.

Best Imaging Innovation: Nokia PureView Technology. Implemented in the pioneering Nokia 808 PureView, a comparatively huge sensor—both in terms of physical size (1/1.2 inch) and resolution (41MP)—serves as the key to real-world photographic performance in a cameraphone. PureView technology also uses smart pixel oversampling for lossless digital zooming and noise-free photos and videos.

Best Video Digital SLR: Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Changing the landscape of digital photography, with the EOS 5D Mark III still and video are no longer separate worlds shot with different systems. Now users can decide whether to shoot stills or video (or both) on the spot, carrying one camera. The DSLR employs newly designed 61-point AF and 63-zone metering systems and a 22MP sensor with an incredibly high ISO sensitivity. Movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe and interframe methods supported.

Best Digital SLR Professional: Canon EOS-1D X.
Canon’s top-of-the-line pro DSLR combines the creative advantages of a full-frame sensor with high-speed, high-sensitivity technology to serve the needs of news, sports and wildlife photographers. With an 18MP CMOS sensor and powered by dual Digic 5+ image processors, camera offers shooting speeds as high as 14 fps. A standard ISO 100-51,200 range can be expanded to ISO 50 and 204,800. Its newly engineered 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors is the fastest and most accurate in an EOS, enabling the camera to detect and track fast-moving subjects even in low light. Full HD video recording and built-in Ethernet are also featured.

Best Digital SLR Expert: Nikon D800. Dubbed a “multimedia” camera, the D800 offers a 24x36mm (full-frame) 36MP sensor that produces file sizes that begin to rival medium-format digital camera back output, allowing photographers to print images in large-format sizes. Its Full HD video mode will also appeal to advanced photographers. Well-built, but not too heavy, it’s equipped with all the essential functions, including stereo sound, ISO 6400 (expandable to 25,600) and 4-fps bursts.


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