The Panasonic Lumix GH4 with interface unit, images taken using the GH4.
The Panasonic Lumix GH4, best hybrid photo/video camera

The big camera brands Panasonic, Canon, Samsung, Sony and Nikon all picked up multiple awards at the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) awards held this month.

TIPA is comprised of 28 leading photo and imaging magazines from 15 countries on five continents, the editors of which vote for the best new photo and imaging products on the market, making a TIPA endorsement a highly coveted accolade worldwide.

Taking into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as price/performance ratio, the editors cast their votes earlier this month in Vancouver, Canada and handed out 40 awards.

Panasonic snapped up two awards for its Lumix cameras.  The newly launched Lumix DMC-GH4 was awarded Best Hybrid Photo/Video Camera and the Lumix DMC-TZ60 earned the title Best zoom Camera. Doug Campbell product marketing manager Lumix, Panasonic Australia, said they were honoured to be recognised by the TIPA judges for the GH4, which offers 4K video recording and up to 12 frames-per-second still recording with burst rates of 40 when shooting RAW and 100 in JPEG.

Panasonic, DMC TZ60
Panasonic, DMC TZ60, best zoom camera

“Panasonic is also proud to receive a TIPA award for the DMC-TZ60. Panasonic set the standard for compact travel zooms with the TZ Series, and these models have always been incredibly popular with Australian consumers,” Campbell said.

Canon was also dominant, picking up four awards: Best Advanced Digital SLR for the Canon EOS 70D, Best Expert Compact Camera for the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, Best Professional DSLR Lens for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L and Best Imaging Innovation for the Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

Canon PowerShot G1X MkII
Canon PowerShot G1X MkII, best compact camera

Nikon equalled Canon’s four awards taking out Best Rugged Compact Camera with the Nikon 1 AW1, Best Entry Level  Digital SLR for the Nikon D3300, Best Professional Digital SLR for their D4S and Best Premium Camera was awarded to the Nikon Df.

Nikon D3300
Nikon D3300, best entry level digital SLR

Also at the top of the TIPA tally was Sony, picking up four awards: the Best CSC Professional for the Sony Alpha 7R, Best ActionCam for the Sony Action Cam HDR-AS100V, Best Camcorder for the Sony FDR-AX100 and Best Mobile Imaging Device for the Sony QX series.

In the compact system camera (CSC) category, Fujifilm X-T1 was best for experts, Samsung NX30 was the best advanced CSC and the Best Entry Level CSC was the Olympus OM-D E-M10. Samsung picked up a second award for Best Easy Compact Camera with the WB50F.

Olympus OM-D E-10, best advanced CSC

LG picked up gongs for best photo monitor for the 21:9 UltraWide (34UM95) and Best Photo TV LG Ultra-HD TV (UB980 series).

A full list of winners and product information is available online.