The Technical Imaging Press Association (TIPA) has just announced the winners of its 2022 World Awards. Even if you haven’t heard much about the association, you’ve probably seen its logo and “award winning” appear in advertising for camera equipment over the past 30 years.
What are TIPA awards?
The TIPA World Awards are presented by the Technical Imaging Press Association, a group of 26 independent photography magazines from around the world. (In the United States, Rangefinder and Digital Imaging Reporter are members.) The group has been awarding its prizes since 1991.
Of course, over the years, the categories have changed somewhat. Originally they celebrated film cameras and film stocks, before moving on to DSLRs and then mirrorless cameras. For 2022, for example, the aard categories have been updated to remove the “Expert” equipment level and combine the three APS-C categories into one, while adding the categories Best Rangefinder Camera, Best Micro Camera Four Thirds and Best Camera Innovation. , and dividing the best professional mirrorless camera into 4K and 8K subcategories.
While this kind of mixing and adding of niche categories can make it easier for companies to win awards (which is a fair criticism), we think the categories also reasonably reflect the state of the industry. . APS-C cameras simply aren’t as relevant as they were five years ago, but with Canon’s announcement of the R7 and R10, that might change.
Are these rewards important?
Of course, for camera makers who can now use “award winning” in their advertising, the TIPA World Awards are helpful, but we’re long past the point where this type of advertising could make or break a camera. It’s a fun legacy, but if you want to know if the Canon EOS R7 is the sports and action camera everyone’s been hoping for, you don’t wait for 2023 prices: you read things like our preview and check YouTube videos right now.
Our views on some of the winning cameras
MFT camera: OM OM-1 system
“OM Digital Solutions Corp says they’ve refocused on the adventure genre with this new release, and the features they’ve packed into this little camera are a testament to that. The improved autofocus and shooting speeds burst shots mentioned above will be great additions for adventure sports or wildlife photographers documenting fast-paced action. —Abby Fergusson
APS-C camera: Nikon Z fc
“On paper, the spec sheet looks like what you’d expect from a camera at this price point. The heart of the camera, a 20.9-megapixel DX-format sensor, is around 25% smaller than full-frame FX-format full-frame sensors. This choice makes sense for the camera’s $959 price tag, which is aimed squarely at the enthusiast market. The autofocus system covers around 85% of the frame in both directions and face tracking and other handy modes make mirrorless cameras appealing. —Stan Horaczek
Full frame expert camera: Sony a7 IV
“The a7IV brings some exciting updates, making it an excellent full-frame mirrorless camera suitable for many photographers and videographers, from sports and wildlife to portraiture and vlogging. This latest version comes with a grip new features and specs, including a new 33-megapixel sensor and improved body design.It also has even better video and improvements to the already impressive autofocus system, making it a capable camera. —Abby Ferguson
Professional full-frame camera: Nikon Z9
“Nikon decided it wasn’t interested in moderation when it designed the relatively absurd Z9. It is a mirrorless camera without any type of mechanical shutter. Its sensor reads super fast so it can capture huge 20fps bursts with full AF tracking and AE metering running all the time. It’s built like a tank with lots of waterproofing, so it’s supposed to last for years, even under severe punishment. If you can find one in stock and afford it, there is literally no situation where this camera body would be outclassed. —Stan Horaczek
Camera Innovation: Canon EOS R3
“Rather than trying to increase the speed of its high resolution cameras, Canon has designed a camera specifically for sports photographers. It has a super sturdy coating on the outside and a deep grip that makes it super easy to hold, even when there’s a huge lens attached to the front. The autofocus menus have customization pages and pages, but tracking people and objects works brilliantly right out of the box. The viewfinder is large and bright, thanks in part to the Eye AF system, which follows your eye to determine where to focus. If you are a sport shooter, I think this is the best camera you can buy right now. —Stan Horaczek
Rangefinder: Leica M11
“With the M11, Leica has created a camera for photographers. It handles just like you’d expect an M-series body to. It has no autofocus. He does not shoot video. It’s about as pure as it gets. But don’t be fooled into thinking it lacks advanced technology. The new 60-megapixel sensor inside offers three different resolution settings. You can capture the full 60 megapixels for maximum data, scale it down to 36 megapixels for increased dynamic range, or scale it down to 18 megapixels for maximum dynamic range and improved low-light performance. It’s a clever system that gives this camera a ton of flexibility. —Stan Horaczek
Professional 4K mirrorless camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6
“Last year’s announcement promised that the GH6 would be a video-centric Lumix G-series flagship designed to take the reins from Panasonic’s hugely popular GH5-series. The company is also committed to deliver this new camera at a price of around $2,500 With a body price of less than $2,200 and very impressive specs, the GH6 not only seems to have delivered everything it promised… but for even less money than we expected. Given the supply chain issues and inflationary woes the world has been facing lately, this is to be commended.mike tomkins
Medium Format Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50S II
“Previously, medium format digital cameras cost about the same as a family sedan, but Fujifilm’s GFX cameras have brought that price down dramatically. The GFX 50S II offers many of the features you’d expect from a professional full-frame mirrorless camera, including built-in image stabilization and advanced object tracking AF. —Stan Horaczek