The prestigious EISA Awards has announced its picks for the top photography products of 2018-2019. Sony leads the pack with 5 prizes this year, Canon snagged 4, and Nikon landed 2.
For nearly 40 years now, the Expert Imaging & Sound Association (EISA) has been selecting the “most innovative, cutting-edge products” in consumer electronics, and Photography is one of the six categories of products covered. EISA is made up of technical experts from 55 leading specialist magazines and websites in 27 countries around the world.
Here are the best photo gear products of the year, according to the EISA Awards:
Camera of the Year: Sony a7 III
With the α7 III, Sony has set the standard for an all-round full-frame mirrorless camera capable of tackling many forms of photography. The new 24.2-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor provides outstanding image quality in a wide range of lighting conditions. The autofocus system covers almost the entire frame, making it easy to focus on and track moving subjects that are not in the center of the frame. With a burst speed of 10 frames per second and a 4K video mode, the α7 III is ready to capture fast action.
Pro DSLR Camera: Nikon D850
The Nikon D850 is an outstanding and powerful full-frame DSLR that can handle anything the user throws at it. Its 45.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor allows photographers to capture both high-resolution still images and full-frame 4K UHD video. The D850 can shoot seven frames per second at full resolution (nine with the optional battery grip) and has the same 153-point autofocus system as the Nikon D5, which allows it to track moving subjects reliably. The large and bright optical viewfinder makes it easy to frame your subjects.
DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a compact but powerful DSLR for the enthusiast photographer. The 26.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor work together to provide excellent image quality, even in low-light situations. The camera combines a fast and reliable 45-point autofocus system with Canon’s impressive Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system that is used for live view and video shooting. The vari-angle touchscreen – a first for Canon’s full-frame cameras – makes it easy to frame the subject and to operate the camera menu.
Pro Mirrorless Camera: Sony a7R III
The third generation of Sony’s high-resolution mirrorless camera, the α7R III has a 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that produces images with tremendous detail. At the same time it provides high shooting speeds of up to 10 frames per second with autofocus tracking, allowing it to keep moving subjects in sharp focus. The 5-axis in-body image stabilization system has been fine-tuned to support the high-resolution shooting capacity, meaning you can use the camera handheld in a wide range of conditions.
Mirrorless Camera: Fujifilm X-H1
The Fujifilm X-H1 is the new professional flagship in the X system. For the first time it incorporates in-body image stabilization, which is very effective. The ergonomics have been greatly improved over previous models with bigger buttons, a larger grip and a top LCD display. The fast hybrid autofocus is complemented by silent shooting up to 14 frames per second, while the new high-resolution viewfinder is one of the best on the market. Movie recording is enhanced with Cinema-4K resolution, F-Log gamma and a new Eterna film simulation. The X-H1 incorporates the excellent 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor giving high resolution with low noise.
Best Buy Camera: Canon EOS M50
This small, light and affordable mirrorless camera delivers the same image quality as its larger siblings. Thanks to the 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor it can capture both high-quality still images and 4K video. The Vari-Angle touchscreen makes it easy to frame your subject from any angle – high, low, and selfies and vlogs, with a simple tap-to-focus. The improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF allows for fast, accurate, and precise focusing across up to 88% of the imaging area in both photos and Full HD movies. With the built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth you can easily transfer images to a mobile device and share them on social media.
Superzoom Camera: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV
Sony’s fourth-generation ultra-zoom camera, the RX10 IV combines a versatile 24-600mm equivalent f/2.4-4 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a large sensor: namely a 1in, 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor. This combination allows the user to shoot sharp images across the entire zoom range from wide-angle to super-telephoto, without the need to change lenses. The Fast Hybrid autofocus system employs the same High-density Tracking technology as the Sony α series of cameras, which makes it easier to track fast-moving subjects such as birds in flight.
Photo/Video Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH5S
DSLR Zoom Lens: Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art
DSLR Telezoom Lens: Tamron 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD
DSLR Prime Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
Mirrorless Wide-Angle Zoom Lens: Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
Mirrorless Standard Zoom Lens: Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD
Mirrorless Telezoom Lens: Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS
Best Smartphone: Huawei P20 Pro
Photo Innovation: Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI
This Speedlite flashgun makes the life of the photographer much easier by taking the guesswork out of bounced flash. The 470EX-AI automatically fires a series of pre-flashes to determine how light can be bounced from a ceiling or wall, and rotates the flash head into the right position to provide soft and flattering light. Alternatively the photographer can manually position the flash head, and the unit will maintain this position even if the camera is rotated. With full E-TTL control the flash will automatically fire at the right intensity to give perfectly exposed images.