Want to Know Which Mirrorless Camera to Buy? Look to the TIPA Awards
'The most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide' recognizes Sony, Canon, and Panasonic cameras this year.
When the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) started giving out its camera awards in 1991, the big winner for Best Camcorder was the Sanyo ES88P. Both the organization and the technology it promotes have come a long way. Now dubbed 'the most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide', the 2018 list recognizes 23 cameras and lenses and 17 accessories and ancillary items as the best products in the imaging business.
Particularly if you're looking to buy a new consumer camera, the organization prides itself on "important benchmark and guide for consumers in making their purchasing decisions." However, many of this year's award-winners are finding favor with independent filmmakers, as well. We tested out this year's winner for Best Mirrorless CSC Expert Full Frame, the Sony a7 III mirrorless 4K camera, just last month, and found its powerful autofocus to live up to the hype.
Other awards at the "expert" level included the Panasonic Lumix G9 (Best Mirrorless CSC) for its "state-of-the-art image quality paired with an astonishing frame rate" and the Canon EOS 6D Mark II (Best Full-Frame DSLR) for being a "full-featured DSLR aimed at enthusiasts, as well as pros who seek a second compact and lightweight body." In a true testament to how far the industry tech has come, all the camera bodies awarded at the expert level are available for under $2000.
It isn't just DSLR and mirrorless cameras that are acknowledged at the TIPAs. Prizes were also awarded this year to the DJI Mavic Air (Best Camera Drone), which shoots 4K, 30p videos at 100 Mbps in a surprisingly compact body, as well as the Samsung 360 Round (Best 360° Camera), which captures 4K with 17 cameras.
In the ancillary categories, the Manfrotto Camera Cage won for Best Accessory. The tripod company developed the cage with Wooden Camera and it is available for small, medium, and large mirrorless and DSLR cameras.
For the full list of 2018 winners, see the TIPA World Awards site.