Canon has picked up five TIPA awards this year, with the EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS 5DS & 5DS R, PowerShot G5 X, IXUS 285HS and the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 being selected.
Editors from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently met for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. The voting took place during the General Assembly that was held on 1st April 2016 in San Francisco, USA.
TIPA gives a short commentary on the products winning awards…
EOS-1D X Mark II – Best Photo/Video Professional Camera
With a newly developed 20.2MP 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor, the EOS-1D X Mark II offers continuous shooting speeds of up to 14 frames per second and up to 16 fps in Live View mode. The Dual “DIGIC 6+” processors offer high-speed transfer for up to 170 RAW images and unlimited JPEGs per burst. The camera is also capable of shooting 4K 60p and Full HD 120p video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Using the optional wireless transmitter, the camera supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard. Focusing speed and accuracy has been enhanced with an improved 61-point viewfinder AF and an improved AI Servo II+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy.
EOS 5DS & 5DS R – Best DSLR Professional / High Res
Rivalling the resolution of “medium format” digital cameras, the impressive 50.6MP full frame CMOS sensor of the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R (with low pass cancellation filter) can deliver 5fps full resolution still images, and Full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps. They feature Dual “DIGIC 6” image processors and a newly developed Mirror Vibration Control System that utilises a miniature motor and cams rather than conventional springs, with a time-release lag setting to further suppress camera shake. The cameras have a 3.2-inch 1.04 million dot, approx. 100% coverage ClearView II LCD and a 150,000 pixel RGB-IR metering sensor. AF performance is enhanced with a 61-point high-density reticular AF sensor and Canon’s iTR that utilizes information provided by the metering sensor.
PowerShot G5 X – Best Expert Compact Camera
The G5 X is a 20.2MP camera with a 1-inch High Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor that can deliver nearly 6 fps still images and Full HD video. The integral 24-100mm lens (equivalent) has a maximum aperture of f/1.8 that drops to only f/2.8 at the telephoto setting, a 9-blade aperture and close focusing of 5.08cm (2 inches). The camera’s EVF has 2.36 million dots and 100% coverage, with a refresh rate of up to 120 frames per second. A built-in eye sensor switches from the EVF to the touchscreen on the 3-inch Vari-angle LCD. The camera’s hot shoe is compatible with all Speedlite flashes in the EOS system.
IXUS 285HS – Best Easy Compact Camera
Canon continues to offer pocketable yet full-featured compacts that offer many more options and higher photo quality than camera phones. The IXUS 285 HS sports a 3-inch LCD and a 12x optical zoom lens with built-in optical Image Stabilizer. Keeping connected is easy with a dedicated Wi-Fi button and NFC. The 20.2MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor deliver excellent quality even in low light. It captures 1080p Full HD video with the ability to create a “highlight reel” in camera.
imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 – Best Photo Printer
Combining the ease of desktop use and a 17-inch wide cut sheet printer with many features from Canon’s higher-end pro printer models, the PRO-1000 uses 11-colour (plus Chroma Optimizer) LUCIA PRO inks. Inks are delivered via a FINE print head with a tubular ink delivery system that results in faster print speeds and enables stable high quality printing. There is a newly formulated Photo Black ink, both Photo and Matte black have their own channels so no ink swap is needed when changing papers. The vacuum paper feeding system keeps paper flat during printing, thus more accurate ink placement regardless of paper weight and type.