Nothing stays still in the imaging world. Manufacturers constantly strive for better performance, resulting in higher-resolution cameras, lenses with superfast apertures and more powerful lights. This progress is fabulous news for image makers, and recognising the achievements in our industry is what the PN Awards are all about.
We have categories covering every field of modern-day imaging, including retailers and service providers. Most importantly, the winners are decided by Photography News readers. Thanks again to everyone who made the effort to cast their votes. In an added twist this year, we’ve introduced the Editor’s Choice award.
“These awards add an extra dimension,” says Will. “While there’s only one winner in each category, there are so many outstanding products shortlisted. I’ve recognised more great products that help us realise our photographic vision.” Congratulations to our winners and commiserations to the other shortlisted products.
Fujifilm launched its GFX system to bring digital medium format photography to a wider audience. The GFX100 boasts a 102-megapixel resolution and is capable of pictures with incredible clarity and crisp detail. In-body image stabilisation with 5.5EV benefit, 4K/30p video skills and continuous shooting at 5fps are some of the GFX100’s key features. And with that kind of spec, it’s no wonder that it’s been winning awards since its launch, scooping another here.
BEST ENTHUSIAST MICRO
BEST TOP-END MICRO FOUR THIRDS CAMERA
BEST ENTHUSIAST APS-C
FOUR THIRDS CAMERA
SHORTLISTED: l Fujifilm GFX50R l Fujifilm GFX50S l Hasselblad 907X 50C l Hasselblad X1D II 50C l Pentax 645Z
BEST CAMERAPHONE WINNER Apple iPhone 12
WINNER Panasonic Lumix G100
WINNER Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II was a very popular camera, so when the Mark III appeared, it had big boots to fill. But fill them it certainly did, as a superb MFT camera with 18fps burst shooting, effective IBIS, a high-res shooting mode and several more tricks up its sleeve.
WINNER Nikon Z 50
By their very nature, smartphones are so much more than devices to chat on with your friends. The award-winning Apple iPhone 12 boasts a multitude of sensational features. Its 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display gives a stunning image and there’s superfast 5G. It boasts a dual-camera system, with the wide camera bringing in 27% more light. This makes shooting quality pictures in the dark a breeze.
This Micro Four Thirds camera proves the ultimate choice for content creators. It delivers great image and sound quality, thanks to its 20.3-megapixel MOS sensor for 4K/30p video and OZO Audio by Nokia. Its fully articulated LCD and a frame marker help accurately compose images for various social media formats.
It’s Nikon’s first APS-C mirrorless camera that uses the Z mount – and it’s a cracker. The 20.9-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor has partnered with Nikon’s highly respected Expeed 6 image processor, which is designed to deliver impressive image quality, ranging from ISO 100 to 51,200.
SHORTLISTED • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III • Panasonic Lumix G90
SHORTLISTED • Olympus OM-D E-M1X • Panasonic Lumix GH5S • Panasonic Lumix GH5
SHORTLISTED • Canon EOS M6 Mark II • Fujifilm X-S10 • Fujifilm X-T200
SHORTLISTED: l Google Pixel 4 l Huawei P40 Pro l Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
BEST TOP-END APS-C MIRRORLESS CAMERA
BEST ENTHUSIAST FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA
BEST TOP-END FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA
BEST DSLR CAMERA
WINNER Fujifilm X-T4
WINNER Nikon Z 6II
WINNER Canon EOS R5
WINNER Nikon D780
WINNER Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III The PowerShot G7 X Mark III has been designed completely with vloggers in mind. Without doubt, this model is a class act, packed with user-friendly features that include 4K video, 120fps Full HD and a 20.1-megapixel resolution.
The Fujifilm X-T4 strengthens the brand’s X Series even further. It is truly a class camera and boasts a dazzling skill set that supports its 26.1-megapixel sensor. While the in-body image stabilisation system gives up to 6.5EV benefit, 4K DCI and UHD video up to 60p and continuous shooting at 20fps with AF are among some of its other impressive features.
The Z 6II’s appeal stretches across stills and video shooting, not to mention its great value. Its back-illuminated CMOS sensor delivers output to dual SD card slots – the extra slot is one of the key upgrades from the Z 6. Besides that, it’s also gained a second Expeed processor.
The EOS R5 offers huge potential for stills and video shooters alike. Boasting an array of exciting features, it has a 45-megapixel sensor, 8K video, 100% coverage Dual Pixel AF and up to 12fps continuous shooting, thanks to its mechanical shutter.
While it’s true that more mirrorless cameras are launching these days, there are some pretty special new DSLRs. The Nikon D780 is a perfect example, with its 24.5-megapixel, back-illuminated sensor. It also boasts impressive autofocus, dual SD card slots and 4K/30p video.
SHORTLISTED • Canon PowerShot Zoom • Fujifilm X100V • Nikon Coolpix P950 • Panasonic Lumix LX100 II • Ricoh GR III • Sony ZV-1
SHORTLISTED • Canon EOS R6 • Leica SL2 • Panasonic Lumix S5
SHORTLISTED • Leica M10-R • Nikon Z 7II • Panasonic Lumix S1R • Sony A7R IV • Sony A9 II
SHORTLISTED • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV • Canon EOS-1D X Mark III • Nikon D6 • Nikon D850 • Pentax K-1 Mark II
SHORTLISTED • Fujifilm X-Pro3 • Leica CL • Sony A6600
• Sigma fp • Sony A7C
Photography News | Issue 86
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