EISA, the Expert Imaging and Sound Association, has announced the winners of its 2022-2023 awards. Headliner of the photography industry and claiming the title of Camera of the Year is the Nikon Z9. According to the EISA judges, the Z 9 “is the most advanced and capable camera you can buy right now” and “is a revolutionary and powerful tool”.
But as we’ve come to expect from the annual EISA awards, there are so many other categories that nearly every new camera and lens has received an award, so hardly any manufacturer “goes home” empty-handed. ..
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Best full-frame camera: Sony Alpha 7 IV
Can this really be the best full-frame camera when the full-frame Z 9 is the camera of the year? Either way, we digress. The judges were impressed with how the A7 IV “presents significant improvements over its predecessor, the Alpha 7 III, in almost every area.” adding that “the new 33MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and the latest BIONZ XR processor ensure brilliant image quality, while its articulating touchscreen makes work easier, especially for filmmakers and vloggers” .
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Best professional camera: Canon EOS R3
Another suspicious diplomatic choice here, given that the Z 9 “Camera of the Year” would also be the logical choice for this category. Either way, EISA awarded the EOS R3 the win on the grounds that it is “a truly professional tool for photography and videography” and is “tailor-made for a professional use at news and sporting events”.
Best APS-C Camera: Canon EOS R7
We cannot dispute this choice. The EOS R7 is undoubtedly the most exciting new APS-C camera of this year. The EISA judges evidently agree, declaring how “powerful yet affordable” it is, while also being impressed with “the highly responsive Dual Pixel CMOS AF and ‘excellent’ subject detection. The R7’s high burst rate and 5-axis IBIS systems were also commended.
Best Camera Purchased: Fujifilm X-T30 II
This category is for “photographers who want to buy a high-performance camera at an attractive price”. The X-T30 II takes the win because of how it “offers the same image quality as Fujifilm’s more expensive models, with particularly attractive JPEG color rendition straight from the camera”. Its updates over the original X-T30 were also appreciated, and the judges concluded that the X-T30 II is “a pleasure to shoot with and delivers excellent results”.
Best Camera/Video: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6
In this ‘mirrorless’ camera category, the GH6 takes top honors thanks to its ‘impressive still life photos’ while ‘creating compelling multimedia content’. User-friendly ergonomics with separate video and still controls, as well as “top-notch video creation tools” were also cited as reasons for the GH6’s victory.
Best vlogging camera: Sony ZV-E10
Another camera praised for its stills and video proficiency. According to EISA, the ZV-E10 is “an excellent camera for both stills and video, offering fast and accurate autofocus complemented by real-time eyepiece AF.” Plus, “the latest video technology, from 4K to live streaming, and plenty of features…make it super easy to create and share vlogs in all kinds of situations.”
Best Micro Four Thirds Camera: OM System OM-1
It’s not exactly the most hotly contested category, but it’s the first camera from the new OM System brand to receive the accolade. EISA said “Micro Four Thirds cameras have taken a big leap forward” with the OM-1, which is a “powerful camera [that] is built like a tank”.
Lens of the Year: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II
There are plenty of compelling contenders for this award, but we agree that the superb Sony 24-70mm G-Master II is a worthy winner. EISA was impressed with its image quality and autofocus performance, as well as its reduced size and weight compared to the original lens.
Best zoom: Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD
EISA rightly cited the 35-150mm’s potential to replace several prime lenses, thanks to its large aperture throughout the extended zoom range.
Best Standard Zoom: Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2
Here’s another slightly odd choice, given that the Sony 24-70mm GM II ‘lens of the year’ would also fall into this category. However, the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III VXD G2 is still a worthy winner in our opinion. EISA cites its high image quality, fast autofocus and improved ergonomics as reasons for the win.
Best telephoto zoom: Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II
Best superzoom lens: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports
The “surprisingly good” optical quality helped this E-mount and L-mount lens take the win in the superzoom category.
Best Travel Zoom: Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD
The second in a trio of victories for Tamron, which EISA considers a “fantastic lens” for users of Fujifilm and Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras who want to travel light.
Best standard lens: Fujifilm FUJINON XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR
“A lens with no real weak points” and “a perfect standard lens” – high praise indeed
Best wide-angle lens: Sigma 20mm F2 DG DN
The judges were impressed with the Sigma’s large aperture, compact build, solid weather-sealed construction, and high image quality.
Best telephoto lens: Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm F6.3 VR S
Unusually compact dimensions, low weight, excellent image quality and affordability are all factors that earned the Nikon Z 800mm victory in this lens category.
Best Macro Lens: Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S
Nikon’s recent Z 105mm macro lens takes top honors here as it’s “an almost perfect macro lens”
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