TIPA Announces Winners of the 2022 TIPA World Awards
Posted on May 19, 2022
Madrid, Spain, 19 May 2022: The Technical Image Press Association has announced the winners of the 2022 TIPA World Awards. Along with exciting cameras and lenses that cover a wide range of categories, from expert to professional, the 40 TIPA World Award winners represent the wide range of products and services that make up the imaging industry today, including cameras, lenses, inkjet papers and printers, imaging software, video, lighting, monitors, cameraphones, and more.
Said Thomas Gerwers, Chairman of TIPA, “Each year we have more and more products and new and exciting technology that continue to fuel growth in our industry. We believe that now more than ever our support of the industry and the people who work so hard, be it in production, distribution, or marketing, deserve our thanks and appreciation for their efforts to continue to develop new and exciting products that both expand imaging creativity and potential and point the way to new and exciting technologies in the future.”
The Award Process
Beginning in late 2021 and through April, 2022, nominations were gathered by the TIPA Technical Committee, composed of members from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, and the United States. New categories that incorporate emerging trends and technology were considered, editors from member magazines were consulted, equipment was tested and evaluated, and evaluative discussions were held right up until the General Assembly meeting in late April, 2022.
Finalists were voted on at the TIPA General Assembly on April 29, 2022, held this year at Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany, and attended by representatives from TIPA member magazines from around the world, including a delegate from the Japan Camera Press Club, with some members attending online due to travel restrictions.
TIPA World Awards Winners
TIPA World Award honorees this year include long-time industry companies as well as new entrants who represent emerging trends in the photo/imaging industry. While the pandemic and supply chain issues naturally had an adverse effect on sales this past year, many companies brought forth new and exciting products in the camera, lens, software, monitor, video, lighting, smartphone and printer/paper categories.
New full frame mirrorless, MFT, APS-C and medium format cameras all offered higher megapixel counts, special features for tracking, greater sensitivity and speed, and wider dynamic range, all while being more compact, lightweight and portable. The influence of vloggers and content creators made for new categories in both cameras and accessories, while the continued growth of AI made for exciting new processing software capabilities. The lens category in particular displayed special vigor, with both specialty and classic focal length ranges being brought forth. Of special note in this year’s TIPA World Awards are three new cameraphone categories, indicating the growing influence of this mode of imaging on all levels of the marketplace.
In all, the TIPA World Awards encompass a wide range of new and exciting photographic goods and services while reflecting the advance of technology and changing needs of the consumer and professional photographer. Exciting new developments in AI, sensors, and connectivity point the way towards even greater creative potential for image makers and content creators in the years ahead.
BEST MFT CAMERA
OM SYSTEM OM-1
The OM SYSTEM OM-1 is equipped with a new sensor paired with a processing engine that’s 3x faster than its predecessor. This new flagship camera is ideal for recording images in low light, with a native ISO as high as 102,400, as well as capturing action with ultra-high-speed sequential shooting modes and high-speed tracking. It includes AI Detection Autofocus recognition for cars, motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters, trains, and birds, as well as animals (dogs and cats). TIPA editors were especially impressed by how steady shots are assured by its remarkable 8.0EV image stabilization system, available with select lenses. Outdoor photographers can rest easy that inclement weather will not hinder working with the OM-1, thanks to the splash- and dustproof sealing of the lightweight magnesium alloy body.
BEST APS-C CAMERA
Nikon Z fc
Combine classic design and controls with modern technology and you have a good picture of the Z fc’s appeal. The design is a conversation-starter, especially among cognoscenti photographers who admire a retro feel, while the tech is right up to date with a 20.9MP CMOS sensor, an EXPEED 6 image processor that can deliver 11 fps stills and UHD 4K at 30p video, and native ISO capability up to 51,200. The Z fc fits right in with the latest live streaming and vlogging action, with a fully articulating touchscreen LCD, connectivity and sharing options, compatibility with external mics, and a large 3” LCD with a vari-angle design. One factor that the TIPA jury appreciated very much was how younger users whose parents (or grandparents!) were Nikon SLR photographers can mount older generation’s F-series lenses with an FTZ Mount Adapter, making photography part of the family legacy.
BEST FULL FRAME EXPERT CAMERA
Sony Alpha 7 IV
TIPA editors felt strongly that photographers who are ready to grow and expand their creative options in both still and video work will find a lot to like in the A7 IV. The 33MP Exmor R full-frame sensor’s back- illuminated design delivers low noise and vivid colour images, with low light performance enhanced by a native ISO up to 51,200, plus there’s a remarkable 15-stop dynamic range at the lowest ISO settings. The BIONZ XR processor is fast and can handle 10 fps for up to 800 consecutive raw + JPEG images, while the video side is equally impressive, with long continuous recording times of up to one hour at 4K 60p and with the editing flexibility brought by the possibility to record in 10-Bit 4:2:2. Numerous connectivity options include a built-in HDMI port, an enhanced connection to smartphone via the Imaging Edge application via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and numerous live streaming options.
BEST FULL FRAME PROFESSIONAL CAMERA
Nikon Z 9
Combine the instincts and reflexes of a pro photographer with the imaging tools available in the Nikon Z 9 and you have a combination that’s hard to beat. Delivering 45.7MP stills via its Stacked CMOS sensor, images hold up even when cropped, making it an ideal camera for wildlife, landscape and portraiture work. One major design change of great interest to TIPA members is the elimination of a mechanical shutter, which makes this a very fast camera, with up to 30 fps shooting in JPEG and 20 in Raw, plus it can buffer up to an incredible 1000 RAW images in a burst. A wide variety of resolutions and frame rates, including 8K/30p video for a bit over two hour continuous shooting time, makes it a very viable video camera as well. Numerous firmware updates, such as 12-bit Raw 8K/60 in-camera capability, will continue to add to this camera’s appeal.
BEST CAMERA INNOVATION
Canon EOS R3
The Canon EOS R3 adds a new stage in focus point selection development, Eye Control AF, a method of choosing a subject or object as the focus point merely by looking at it through the viewfinder. Previously, focus points could be chosen in Canon cameras via the touch panel screen or multi-controller to move focus throughout the entire frame. TIPA members who tested Eye Control AF were intrigued and impressed by how rapidly focus point was attained and displayed in the camera’s OLED EVF (electronic viewfinder). They noted how the AF system could then continue to keep focus on the subject via the R3’s AF tracking technology – including humans, animals, and vehicles – due to its deep learning, AI autofocus system and the camera’s very fast and responsive back-illuminated stacked sensor and DIGIC X processor.
BEST RANGEFINDER CAMERA
Traditional design meets advanced technology in the Leica M11. Befitting a rangefinder, there’s an optical finder that incorporates automatic parallax compensation with built-in frame lines, plus there’s a rear 2.95 inch 2.3m dot touchscreen LCD. While the TIPA jury admired the simplicity and elegance of design, they were very impressed by its 60MP full-frame CMOS BSI sensor that allows for Triple Resolution Technology, a pixel-binning process that offers a choice of three resolution dynamic range/resolution capture modes, all of which provide 14-bit color and use all the pixels in the sensor. A new Maestro III processor delivers a native ISO range of 64-50,000, plus can deliver up to a fast 4.5 fps advance, with an electronic shutter option for speeds up to 1/16,000 sec.
BEST PROFESSIONAL 4K HYBRID CAMERA
Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH6
When it comes to playing in the imaging game these days, TIPA members know that a versatile camera that can handle every position on the field is a distinct advantage in today’s media environment. The GH6 does so by enabling both pro-level video and high-res stills. On the still side, the GH6 camera can synthesize eight images into a 100MP file, all without use of a tripod, offers subject tracking as specific as eye recognition, a wide dynamic range, 7.5 stop image stabilization and continuous shooting up to 75fps. On the video side, its Venus processing engine supports 5.7K 30p in the high-quality Apple ProRes 422 HQ/ProRes 422 codecs for virtually lossless, high bitrate footage with 4K, allowing for super slow-motion capture, and AF available up to 200 fps. Extended clips are no problem due to a fan-driven active cooling design that draws heat away from the sensor.
BEST PROFESSIONAL 8K HYBRID CAMERA
Canon EOS R5 C
Whether it’s sport news, documentary, nature, or wedding still and video capture, TIPA editors saw the R5 C as a “do-everything” camera for photographers who want to carry one camera to cover all their pro video and stills creators needs. Featuring 45MP still and 8K Cinema Raw Light video, with a full host of resolution and format options, the Vari-Angle Tilting Touchscreen LCD makes for complete compositional and POV freedom, further enhanced with an incredible low-light AF sensitivity of -6EV. Connectivity and storage capacity are designed for easy after-shot download and editing, with audio and video I/O, Bluetooth/Wi-Ficonnectivity and dual card slots for both CF Express and SD cards. Unlimited shooting times can be achieved due to the active cooling system on the back of the camera.
BEST PROFESSIONAL VIDEO CAMERA
Panasonic LUMIX DC-BS1H
Mobility and modularity are two key watchwords for today’s content creators and videographers, especially those who thrive on location access and the ability to take their camera wherever the assignment leads. The BS1H’s small size (3.7×3.7x 3.1 inches/9.3×9.3×7.8cm) holds a 24.2MP sensor and accepts Leica L mount lenses. It can record video in numerous framing rates, formats, and up to 5.9K resolution. The unit offers an incredible 14+stop dynamic range and works very well in multi-camera environments. What was quaite impressive to TIPA members was its versatility, with drone-mount capability, an internal cooling fan for long clips, mains or rechargeable power supply, numerous input and output connectivity options and mounting threads, on-board tally lights, WiFi and Bluetooth functionality and more make this the choice for mobile camera productions.
BEST MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA
Fujifilm GFX 50S II
Larger sensors offer the benefit of enhanced light gathering capability along with smooth color and tonal transitions, giving images what’s come to be characterized by many TIPA magazines as a special “medium format” look. This latest in Fujifilm’s medium format line holds a 51.4MP sensor and includes an in-body five-axis image stabilization system offering an impressive 6.5EV compensation, allowing for expanded low-light or slow shutter speed capture. For compositional freedom there’s a high resolution EVF and a 3-way tilting rear 3.2” 2.36m dot touchscreen LCD, plus numerous aspect ratio options ranging from 1:1 to 16×9. There’s 3 fps advance as well as Full HD 1080p video at various framing rates, plus a 117 point AF system with subject tracking, plus an improved algorithm for face and eye recognition.”
BEST VLOGGER CAMERA
Ideal for influencers and all those seeking a perfect solution for creating blogs or presenting live online, the Sony E10 checked all the boxes for TIPA members for design, features and shooting modes, making it ideal for single-person productions. Features such as a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD, a directional 3-capsule mic with a dedicated windscreen for crisp and clean audio recording, and shooting modes such as Background Defocus make the E-10 a highly practical and attractive choice. The ISO range of 100-3200 allows for work in a wide range of lighting conditions, while numerous ports, including a digital audio interface, eliminate cable clutter and the need for external power when working with compatible shoe-mount microphones. Live streaming from the camera to a mobile device is made easy via a USB connection. The compatibility of the E-mount with more than 60 different lenses makes the ZV-E10 a very versatile camera prepared to tell any type of story.
BEST MANUAL FOCUS LENS
Laowa Argus FF II 35mm F0.95
This f/0.95 maximum aperture lens is suited for many creative applications, including astrophotography, candid still and video imaging, very shallow depth of field portrait and nature studies, and, of course, use in very low light conditions. Another exciting feature for TIPA editors is its 15-blade aperture, which can be used to create remarkable bokeh effects. This manual focus lens offers both a clicked or de-clicked aperture ring for smooth video exposure transitions, with precise focusing control via 300-degree barrel rotation that virtually eliminates the distraction of changes in view when moving focus from one subject to another. Optical build is another plus, with one ED, one aspherical, and four high-refractive-index glass elements.
BEST APS-C PRIME LENS
Tokina atx-m 56mm F1.4
With an equivalent focal length of 85mm on a full-frame camera, considered by many photographers as the prime “portrait” lens, this fast 56mm is also well suited to landscape, nature and candid street photography. TIPA editors remarked about how the F1.4 maximum aperture maximizes potential for low-light work, with the added bonus of the 9-bladed diaphragm yielding very pleasing bokeh effects, especially when images are made at the slightly under 2 ft (.60m) minimum focusing distance. For video, the lens provides very fast and silent AF operation, with a click-less aperture control. Another aspect of the lens that impressed the TIPA jury was how well it matches up with the size and weight of APS-C camera bodies, weighing about 11 oz (315g) and 2.6 x 2.8 inches (65 x 72MM) in length, making it an excellent field companion.
BEST APS-C ZOOM LENS
SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary
When photographers ask TIPA editors about their recommendation for a lens for their travel camera bag, they point to a versatile wide to normal zoom that’s lightweight and compact. TIPA’s choice in this category this year is the SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN | Contemporary, which weighs in at just 290g/10.2oz. and is relatively small at 65.4×74.5mm/2.6×2.9in. Yielding a full-frame equivalent 27-75mm focal length range, it is ideal for compositional versatility without having to change lenses. Perfect for both still and video, its stepping motor provides smooth and quiet AF performance, plus the balance of three high precision glass molded aspherical lenses and a low dispersion lens element makes for excellent optical quality without excessive weight. Expanding imaging options even further, the lens maintains the fast F2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, and features a minimum focusing distance of 12.1cm/4.8in. at the wide end.
BEST FULL FRAME PRIME WIDE ANGLE LENS
SIGMA 20mm F2.0 DG DN | Contemporary
A fast, wide prime lens is an excellent addition to any photographer’s kit, be it for creative points of view and depth of field effects for a wide variety of scenes as well as for video plus vlogging and video streaming use. TIPA members were impressed by the versatility this lens affords, including its wide maximum of f/2 aperture that brings expanded low-light capabilities for low light, night and even astrophotography. Composititonal flexibility is also expanded with its f/22 minimum aperture, minimum focusing distance of 8.7 inches (220mm) and 9-bladed diaphragm. An integrated stepping motor insures quiet and smooth AF, ideal for video, and an on-lens full-time manual focus control makes for smooth and easy subject focus change. The all-metal body has a dust and moisture-resistant mount, and the incorporated SLD, FLD, and three aspherical elements reduce both weight and size plus enhance image quality.
BEST FULL FRAME PRIME STANDARD LENS
Voigtländer NOKTON 50mm F1 Aspherical VM
The TIPA jury was very impressed by the lens-making craftsmanship entailed in creating this fast and handsome M-mount lens. The aspherical front element is heated, ground and polished (known as a GA, or “Ground Aspherical”) rather than mold-created, resulting in a simplified configuration and high-quality performance, even when shooting wide open. It features all-metal constriction, positive aperture stops from f/1.0 to f/16 and a very smooth and broad focusing ring, making it a pleasure to use for a wide variety of lighting conditions and subjects. While the f/1.0 maximum aperture is of course a boon to night and low light photographers, combining the wide maximum aperture with the 12-bladed diaphragm and close focusing capability of 35.4” (90cm) results in stunning bokeh effects.
BEST FULL FRAME PRIME TELEPHOTO LENS
NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S
When TIPA members looked at the field of prime telephoto lenses aimed at pro sports, wildlife, and all photographers who want to enjoy the benefits of a fast, vibration-reduction telephoto, the NIKKOR Z 400mm was a clear choice, especially when the bonus of a built-in 1.4X teleconverter for easy and instant switching to 560mm at f/4 was considered as well. The lens incorporates rubber gaskets to protect against the harmful effects of dust and moisture and is constructed with ED (extra-low dispersion), Super ED, lightweight fluorite, and SR elements for virtual elimination of chromatic/comatic aberrations and color fringing, important attributes for location work. Smooth and quiet AF is assured with the “Silky Swift” Voice Coil Motor (VCM), with full time manual override available. The NIKKOR Z 400mm also offers an impressive 5.5EV VR compensation.
BEST FULL FRAME WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS
Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM
Wide angle zooms offer unique and flexible compositional capabilities that have strong appeal to landscape, nature and architectural photographers and videographers. TIPA members felt that Canon’s RF 14-35mm earns its L-series designation, known for its tack sharp, accurate color rendition images. Weather resistant, with fluorine coating, the lens incorporates an optical image stabilizer that compensates for up to 5.5 stops and an incredible 7 stops when used with a Canon R-series camera with In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS). The Nano USM (ultra-sonic motor) results in fast and quiet focusing action, thus ideal for videography as well, plus there’s full-time manual focus control when using one-shot AF mode. A very handy and configurable on-lens control ring can be used for aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation settings.
BEST FULL FRAME STANDARD ZOOM LENS
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II
The TIPA jury considered this lens as thoroughly designed to respond to the changed needs of today’s still, video and hybrid content creators. This second generation lens comes six years after the original G Master 24-70mm zoom. It is smaller and lighter, has enhanced (2X) AF tracking speed driven by four of Sony’s XD linear motors, plus an all-new new optical construction that includes three aspherical elements, of which two are unique XA (extreme aspherical) for high resolution, two extra low dispersion elements, and two Super ED elements, plus Nano AR Coating II. Video enhancements include extremely smooth and quiet AF, reduced focus breathing and shifts when zooming, and Linear Response MF, for newfound manual focus control, plus support for the breathing compensation function in compatible Alpha series cameras. Other new features include an updated lens hood for working with variable filters, an 11-blade diaphragm, and improved dust and moisture resistance.
BEST FULL FRAME TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II
The 70-200 focal length is perhaps the most popular tele zoom range, considered essential piece of kit for expert and professional alike. The TIPA jury agreed that the Sony 70-200mm ups the ante on this classic focal length by incorporating a brand-new AF system with 4X the speed and a weight reduction of almost 30% (under 1 kilo/ 2.3 lbs) from previous models, plus incorporates improvements that dramatically limit the effects of focus breathing and focus shift, essential to quality video production. Enhanced optics, including a Sony unique XA (extreme aspherical) element offer corner-to-corner sharpness, even wide open, and a newly designed 11-blade diaphragm helps create soft and pleasing bokeh. The supporting AF system sports 4 XD Linear motors for improved focus tracking, 30fps continuous shooting, and near-silent AF. Multi-mode on-board Optical SteadyShot image stabilization insures steadiness at even the longest focal length settings.
BEST FULL FRAME ULTRA TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS
TAMRON 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057S)
Users of ultra-telephoto zooms understand the benefits of a compact sized lens with image stabilization and a weather resistant housing, which is very useful for any kind of wildlife, sports, birding, and landscape photography. Along with special lens elements and coatings that reduce flare and ghosting in high-contrast scenes, this Sony E-mount lens incorporates a VXD linear focus motor that delivers very responsive performance, plus offers tracking and focusing benefits with Sony Hybrid AF and Eye AF feature cameras. It measures 11.1 inches (283 mm) at the 500mm focal length and weighs 60.8 oz (1.7 kilos), which TIPA members agreed make it a comfortable field lens for handheld shooting. A VC mode selection switch allows for choice of three modes for panning or “framing priority.” Users of Sony APS-C cameras can mount the lens to attain a 225-750mm zoom.
BEST MACRO LENS
Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM
While this lens bears the “Macro” designation, and offers up to 1.4x life-size magnification, the TIPA members commented that it could serve double-duty as an excellent portrait lens as well. On the portrait side, and equally applicable for macro work, a spherical aberration control ring allows for the creation of images with a soft-focus look. On the macro side, the close focus design allows for working with subjects as close as 10.2 inches (260mm) away, which, when combined with its 9-bladed diaphragm, can yield dramatic bokeh effects. Tripod-free macro work potential is greatly enhanced by the 5-stop shake optical image stabilisation in the lens, which becomes an 8-stop advantage when used with a Canon EOS R camera featuring In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS). The Dual Nano USM yields smooth, fast and quiet AF, plus the lens is dust and moisture resistant for protection when working in the field.
BEST TRAVEL ZOOM LENS
TAMRON 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058S)
TIPA jury members selected this fast TAMRON for its strong appeal to travelers on weekend jaunts or extended vacation who like to pack only one lens for all their photo ops, thus allowing for spontaneous shooting and a wide variety of points of view without having to change lenses. Designed for Sony E-mount full frame cameras, this versatile lens fits easily into a camera bag, measuring 3.5 x 6.2 inches (89 x 158mm). Unlike many other zooms, there is no great loss of light capture when going from wide to tele (here, F/2 to F/2.8, when zoomed out). A VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) AF system provides quick, quiet and precise operation for still and video shootings. With the new TAMRON Lens Utility Software users can customize many lens functions and update the firmware by connecting the lens with a computer via the USB-C port of the lens.
BEST PHOTO PAPER
Hahnemühle Canvas Metallic
Those who create images for home and office décor, public display such as airports and welcome centers, or who simply want to make truly impressive prints will welcome the addition of this exciting new inkjet canvas. Available in rolls, for use in commercial labs and custom ateliers, the canvas has a silver/shimmering look on a finely woven surface that yields eye-catching, bold colors. TIPA members commented that the combination of canvas and metallic gloss heightens the visual impact of the image, with images showing movement, reflections and bright colors being especially impressive. The 350 gsm canvas is bright white, acid- and lignin free, age resistant and flexible, making it perfectly suitable for do-it-yourself stretcher frame systems.
BEST PHOTO PRINTER
Canon PIXMA MegaTank G650
Printing and archiving photographs has become a major activity during the past few years, and Canon’s G650 makes it easy and economical to make prints for albums and sharing. TIPA members were impressed with its economical aspects in terms of ink/output ratios and its built-in WiFi that links with smartphone and home systems via Canon’s free software and Easy Photo Print Editor app, which include numerous editing options. The Megatank concept saves on ink, with an approximate 3800 4×6” prints per ink set using Canon’s ChromaLife 100 6-color dye inks, the 100 branding referring to a claimed 100-year life in album storage. Print sizes range from 4×6” to 8.5×11”, with a special Canon 5×5” square paper also available. Easy loaders in the rear tray allow for 20 sheets of 4×6” or 10 5×7” sheets in a batch.
BEST IMAGING SOFTWARE PROFESSIONAL
Capture One 22
Long a mainstay software for professional photographers, both in the field and at the editing table, TIPA jury members continue to be impressed by how Capture One continues to expand its capabilities to keep abreast with today’s connected functionality and digital image file editing and organization challenges. This latest version includes numerous upgrades to an already impressive suite, including multi-directional stitching to create very high resolution panoramas, a great start for display print creation an impressive HDR Merging tool that handles high-res RAW files to create seamless expansion of multi-shot dynamic range images wireless tethering with select Canon cameras an AI-driven Auto Rotate function, their first but we’re sure not their last in the AI realm and a new and enhanced Catalog image organizer, an absolute must for dealing with high-fps and high-res camera output.
BEST IMAGING SOFTWARE EXPERT
DxO PhotoLab 5
RAW file data from today’s high-res cameras makes greater demands on the photographer’s image processing program than ever before. TIPA jury members understand that with more data comes the potential for greater creativity via more nuanced controls, nimbler image management, and more speed to handle large-file image processing tasks, all areas in which DxO PhotoLab 5 proves up to the task. This latest version of PhotoLab incorporates a further refinement of U Point algorithm, a unique control for advanced masking and fine tuning of RAW images over a wide range of parameters, all while offering a nondestructive workflow. Image volume management, a real issue with today’s high-frame rate cameras, is addressed with improved keyword and metadata management. And, a faster version of DxO’s AI DeepPRIME, which provides exceptional quality for “de-noising” and demosaicing RAW images, with a much improved quality gain especially on high ISO images.
BEST IMAGING SOFTWARE ENTHUSIAST
Skylum Luminar Neo
A growing trend in imaging software is the incorporation of artificial intelligence in creative imagery. TIPA members were impressed by the feature sets in Luminar Neo and how they help photographers invest more of their time in visual creativity than struggling with often complicated adjustments. Whether it’s combining images with multiple layers, “relighting” backlit or foreground subjects, background removal via masking, clearing sky of power or phone lines, enhancing bokeh, sky replacement, and, for those of us who neglect to clean their sensor prior to an important shoot, an amazing tool dubbed “Dust Removal AI”, Luminar Neo unlocks a host of tools that will make it easy to explore new paths of digital photo editing and expression. The software can be used as a standalone or plug-in and handles RAW files with ease.
BEST LED LIGHT
Aputure LS 1200d
Wireless control, weather- and dust-resistant, and with output comparable to 1600W HMI, the TIPA jury selected the Aputure 1200d because of its proven ability to be ready for any pro-level production, both indoors and out. This daylight-balanced fixture (5600K) features numerous wireless control connections, including Bluetooth, DMX, and WiFi that can handle full scale dimming options and apply a host of special effects such as paparazzi, fireworks, lightning, “faulty bulb” and more. Optimized output can be obtained by using any of the three included Bowens Hyper Reflectors that supply varying beam angles, from narrow to wide, with Narrow creating an output of 83,100 lux at 10 ft. (3 meters). In addition, numerous soft light modifiers, including light domes and lanterns, can be attached via the Bowens mount.
Godox Macro Flash MF12
TIPA editors are always on the lookout for any product that can open up a whole new world of imaging exploration and expression, and that’s certainly the case with the Godox Macro Flash 2 and associated kit accessories. The flash heads, mounted on the included adjustable stands make for quick setup, plus there’s an included setup for direct lens mounting as well. An Extreme Close-up Positioning Adapter with a special slope angle structure allows for inward angling of the heads toward the lens, and each head can be rotated to a different angle for just the right lighting effect. The built-in lithium battery can deliver about 500 full power flash with a rapid max 1.7 second recycling time, plus the flash can be fired remotely and wirelessly. As an added bonus the kit includes Color Effect and Color Temperature Adjustment gels.
Benro Induro Hydra 2 Waterproof Carbon Fiber Tripod
Dedicated outdoor photographers who work in all types of environments know that inclement weather and unique points of view often involve less than ideal working conditions. The TIPA jury were impressed by the Hydra 2 as built to handle challenging terrains and conditions. It’s a compact-carry, lightweight, waterproof and fully extendable tripod that actually encourages adventurous photography. Its reverse folding design compacts down to 16 inches (@41cm) yet extends to 60 inches (@152cm) with center-column rise. The fully waterproofed leg locks protect the workings in the snow, on shore or on a stream bank, and even in low water, so there’s no hindrance to getting great points of view. The five section leg supports can hold rigs up to 37.5 lbs (17k), plus the three stop adjustable legs locks and independent leg spread functionality allow for excellent compositional flexibility.
BEST ENTHUSIAST PHOTO MONITOR
LG 32” UltraFine Nano IPS Black 32UQ85R
TIPA members are always on the lookout for a high-quality monitor for today’s enthusiast image creators that will bring out the best color, sharpness and tonal spread for their image editing sessions. With plenty of screen real estate, numerous connections, and a self-auto calibration setup via the LG Calibration Studio SW, this monitor’s Nano IPS Black panel provides deeper and higher contrast (2000 to 1), including excellent performance with a wider viewing angle. It covers a DCI-P3 98% color gamut, rendering rich color depth and nuance, enhanced even further with the VESA DisplayHDR 400 screen. Numerous connectivity options are available, as well as 2-channel 5W speakers with Waves MaxxAudio.
BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTO MONITOR
LG 27” UltraFine OLED Pro 27EQ850
Aimed specifically at professional image editors and video and still photographers, this OLED display delivers an impressive 1 million:1 contrast ratio with no trace of halo or blooming effects, plus True 10 bit color depth. Image accuracy is guaranteed with 99% AdobeRGB and DCI-P3, along with support for standard industry color managed picture modes. Hardware calibration allows for direct adjustments of the 14-bit LUT to enhance color accuracy with the LG Color Calibration Studio SW. Connectivity options provide support for a USB-C, two Display Ports, three USB ports and an HDMI. TIPA editors especially appreciated the tilt and wall mount options that provide for a flexible and comfortable viewing experience when using this exceptional pro monitor.
BEST VIDEO MONITOR
ViewSonic VP3881a 38 ColorPro 21:9 WQHD+ IPS Monitor
Immersive is the word that came up among TIPA members when discussing this curved 38 inch monitor that sports an impressive WQHD 3840×1600 resolution screen. Engineered to deliver exceptional color accuracy and wide dynamic range, it can decode HDR10 video signals for richly colored and fine-detailed playback, with ViewSonic’s ViewSplit workspace allowing for the setup of customized multiple viewing windows, an ideal workspace for video editors, content developers and those performing critical color tasks. Connectivity options were also included in the TIPA member considerations, and this model offers USB-C, DisplayPort and HDMI, with HDCP 2.2 content protection across all ports to provide secure 4K content playback. Providing an impressive DeltaE>2 value color accuracy, the 14-bit 3D LUT generates a smooth palette of a very impressive 4.39 trillion colors. Hardware calibration is available with the optional ViewSonic Calibration kit.
BEST PHOTO SMARTPHONE PROFESSIONAL
Sony Xperia PRO-I
The Xperia PRO-I brought Industry-leading Imaging Technology to Sony’s Advanced Smartphone. Along with numerous connectivity options and a remarkable 512GB internal storage, TIPA jury members were impressed by it being the world’s first smartphone with a 1.0-type sensor with phase detection AF and 4k video recording capability at 120 fps, plus Eye AF and Object tracking for use in both still and video modes. PRO-I boasts three Zeiss rear camera lenses, all with T* coating, for capturing 12MP images, a 24, 50 and a 16mm focal length, and an 8MP front lens. The brilliant 6.5 inch OLED display with 3840×1644 pixels, protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, can also be used as a vivid monitor for video capture. Xperia PRO-I also contains the BIONZ X Processor, which delivers enhanced noise reduction.
BEST PHOTO SMARTPHONE EXPERT
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Increasing numbers of photographers, both pro and advanced amateurs, are turning to smartphones for their still and video work. The S22 Ultra combines features of their Samsung Note Series, with included S-pen stylus, and pro-grade camera features. It offers bright and sharp viewing, even in low light, on its 6.8-inch rectangular screen, thanks to its 2um pixel sensor and Super-Clear Glass lens. TIPA members were impressed by the incorporation of numerous AI supported features and the company’s free Expert Raw app for comprehensive editing options. The Dynamic AMOLED 2X display delivers 100% Mobil Color Volume in the DCI-P3 range that enhances color regardless of different brightness levels. Lens choices include a choice of two fast wides (ultra and wide) and two teles (3x and 10X optical zooms) and, of course, a selfie front camera.
BEST PHOTO SMARTPHONE ADVANCED
OnePlus 10 Pro 5G
Co-developed with Hasselblad, the 10 Pro offers a bright 6.7-inch AMOLED 1440p screen and three rear cameras, standard, ultra-wide, and tele, the fastest being the standard f/1.8, which like the tele, features OIS. Video options include 8K at 24p and 4K up to 120p. Raw Plus still shooting, accessible via the smartphone’s Hasselblad Pro Mode app, captures 12-bit RAW on all three cameras and outputs a DNG format file. The 32MP front camera readily adapts to various lighting conditions and makes selfie single and group shots easy to get just right. TIPA jury members especially appreciated the numerous creative shooting options and effects, including multi-frame HDR, modes that emulate the eye of Hasselblad Masters, long exposure stills, a special fisheye emulation, and manual exposure override when shooting videos. An included fast charger can supply a day’s power needs with a 15-minute charge.
BEST PHOTO RETAIL SERVICE
Kodak Moments LittlePix
LittlePix sets the new standard for the retail photo experience. This innovative new printing solution allows customers to print the popular mini retro format instantly in store. The print station features a modern, contemporary design and intuitive web-based software that makes it a seamless experience aimed at attracting a younger target audience. LittlePix’s trendy, pocket-sized prints are perfect for sharing with friends, decorating or gifting with stylish gift boxes. Kodak Moments LittlePix—elevating the in-store photo experience.
BEST IMAGING STORAGE MEDIA
ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type B 1700 Cobalt
Today’s high MP still and video cameras routinely put out high framing rates and data-heavy video, and TIPA editors recognize that cards that can handle the feed and load are essential imaging tools. The ProGrade Type A Cobalt cards have a 160 GB storage capacity and a remarkable maximum read speed of 800 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) and a maximum write speed of 700 MB/s, with a guarantee that minimum write speed will not drop below 400 MB/s. It is built to handle Raw 4K and 8K, 6K and 4K ProRes video. The card’s metal enclosure is designed for temperature control with built-in “Thermal Throttling”, which means it protects the card and its contents in the event of overheating. It is built for heavy use and is shock, vibration and even X-ray proof.
BEST PHOTO SERVICE
CEWE PHOTOBOOK Personalised Slipcase
Developed to give most precious memories an even more premium home, the personalised CEWE slipcase is the ideal, surprising addition to upgrade a CEWE PHOTOBOOK. This was also recognised by the TIPA jury. When ordering a CEWE PHOTOBOOK XL, customers can choose this high quality, form-fitting, matt-laminated cardboard case with the same cover design as their photobook itself or custom design their own, allowing for a personalized dedication to each individual receiving it or marking it as being presented on a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or simply as token of love on any special day.
Version 1, 12 May 2022
Version 2, 13 May 2022: revisions for Canon cameras and lenses
Version 3, 13 May 2022: revision for Sony Xperia PRO-I
Version 4, 17 May 2022: revision for SIGMA 18-50mm
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