Canon today announces it has been awarded five honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – one of the world’s leading photo imaging and press associations. The TIPA Awards commend the most outstanding imaging products launched in the past year, and in 2013 Canon has again been acknowledged for the breadth, strength and industry-leading quality present across its product line-up. The following awards have been granted:
• Best DSLR Entry Level: Canon EOS 100D
• Best DSLR Expert: Canon EOS 6D
• Best Professional DSLR Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
• Best Expert Photo Printer: Canon PIXMA PRO-10
• Best Video DSLR: Canon EOS-1DC
The TIPA panel has a membership comprising of editors from 28 of the world’s leading photography and imaging magazines, spanning 15 countries across five continents. The panel meets annually to discuss the latest products and considers a range of factors, from innovation to design and overall product quality, when selecting and acknowledging the best imaging products.
“This is yet another strong showing from Canon in the TIPA Awards,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “Such recognition from TIPA clearly demonstrates the level of quality and innovation that is present throughout our product range, from our consumer and amateur models to our professional line. We constantly challenge ourselves to raise the bar at all levels of our product portfolio, and we’re happy and proud to see that has again been recognised by the TIPA panel.”
In honouring Canon’s award-winning products, the TIPA judging panel offered the following citations:
Best DSLR Entry Level: Canon EOS 100D
The Canon EOS 100D challenges the assumption that DSLRs need to be bulky and creates an attractive alternative to smaller CSC format cameras for those seeking DSLR handling, viewing and of course access to the entire range of Canon EF and EF-S lenses in a very portable and lightweight body. Its 18MP CMOS APS-C sensor has an ISO range of 100-12,800 for stills and 100-6400 for video. Hybrid CMOS AF II offers accurate focus tracking during Live View shooting, and video quality is enhanced with Full HD and Movie Servo AF capability. A 3-inch LCD Touch Screen provides ready access to camera controls and functions including numerous Scene and Creative modes.
Best DSLR Expert : Canon EOS 6D
The Canon EOS 6D melds consumer-oriented features with a very advanced set of photo options. It has a 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor and can record Full HD 1080p video; the full frame advantage here is excellent quality at its highest “native” ISO of 25,600 and beyond. The bright 104k 3-inch monitor offers high-resolution viewing for video and live view still shooting, as well as access to many creative controls. A “Q” button evokes a screen menu with the most used controls that, with other dedicated buttons and an 8-way toggle control, makes for a very pleasing and fast shooting experience.
Best Expert Photo Printer : Canon PIXMA PRO-10
The PIXMA PRO-10 is a wireless and AirPrint capable printer that utilizes Canon’s new 10-colour LUCIA pigment inks, plus incorporating a Chroma Optimizer cartridge that helps eliminate bronzing and metameric failure effects. The printer offers two paper feeds—a rear tray for a variety of papers and a manual slot feed for thicker and heavier weight inkjet substrates. Utilizing 7,680 4-picoliter-size nozzles, the unit can deliver up to 4800 x 2400 dpi in both colour and monochrome images in sizes up to 13 x 19 inches (A3+). Print speed for an 11x14-inch image on A3+ paper is 3mins 35 secs (5 mins for PT-101).
Best Video DSLR : Canon EOS-1D C
As the first Canon “hybrid” DSLR, the EOS-1D C has an 18MP full frame CMOS sensor that can capture 4K (4096x2160) or HD video as well as 18MP still images in JPEG and/or RAW format. Geared towards film and TV production, as well as specialty work, onboard 4K recording can be done at 24p or 25p and HD recording at frames rates up to 60p. Recording is done onto CF cards and all Canon EF-mount lenses can be utilized, The EOS-1D C also has all the features of a pro DSLR for still recording, making it an extremely versatile camera for today’s pro shooters.
Best Professional DSLR lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
This constant aperture Canon zoom is constructed of 18 elements in 13 groups and utilizes 1 Super UD lens element and 2 UD lens elements. Two types of aspherical lenses are combined to help reduce spherical aberration over the entire image area through the full zoom range, plus optimized lens coatings are used to minimize ghosting. The lens is equipped with a circular 9-bladed diaphragm and a ring-type USM and high-speed CPU with optimized AF algorithms to enable silent and fast autofocusing. It is constructed with improved dust sealing and water resistance with fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces.