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The best photography gear of 2020 according to the TIPA World Awards

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Canon, Nikon and Sony are the big winners in this year’s TIPA World Awards which have just been announced by the Technical Image Press Association. Canon heads the list of awardees with wins in five categories, with Nikon and Sony following closely with four each, while Sigma and Fujifilm have each won three categories.

In all, awards have been presented in 40 categories of imaging products, recognizing excellence in the areas of design, technical innovation, capabilities and performance.

The annual TIPA World Awards are judged by the Association’s member magazines which currently number 26 titles from around the globe, including Future's very own Australian Camera

Judges usually meet at a predesignated location to discuss the awards. However, as magazine representatives were unable to travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time in the Awards’ 29-year history, judging was conducted online. Consequently, TIPA’s Technical Committee – which includes Australian Camera’s editor, Paul Burrows – was tasked with drawing up a shortlist of potential candidates for members to consider.

Canon achieved wins with the EOS-1D X Mark III (Best Professional DSLR Camera), EOS 90D (Best Advanced DSLR Camera), RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (Best Mirrorless Telephoto Zoom Lens), RF 85mm f/1.2 USM DS (Best Professional Portrait Lens) and the PowerShot G7 X Mark III (Best Vlogging Camera).

Nikon’s winners are the D780 (Best Expert DSLR Camera), Z 50 (Best Advanced APS-C Camera), Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct (Best Mirrorless Standard Prime Lens) and AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR (Best DSLR Professional Lens).

Other notable winners in the 2020 TIPA World Awards are the Sigma fp (Best Expert Full Frame Camera), Sony A7R IV (Best Professional Full Frame Camera) and Fujifilm X-Pro3 (Best Professional APS-C Camera).

Perhaps not surprisingly, Fujifilm’s GFX 100 was judged Best Medium Format Camera and the X100V won the award for Best Premium Compact Camera, while Sony’s Real-Time AF Tracking technology has been judged the Best Photo Innovation.

For more information about the 2020 TIPA World Awards visit the organization's website.

2020 TIPA World Awards Winners

Best Advanced DSLR Camera – Canon EOS 90D

Best Expert DSLR Camera – Nikon D780

Best Professional DSLR Camera – Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Best Advanced APS-C Camera – Nikon Z 50

Best Expert APS-C Camera – Sony A6600

Best Professional APS-C Camera – Fujifilm X-Pro3

Best Expert Full Frame Camera – Sigma fp

Best Professional Full Frame Camera – Sony A7R IV

Best Photo/Video Full Frame Camera– Panasonic Lumix S1H

Best Medium Format Camera – Fujifilm GFX 100

Best DSLR Prime Lens – Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD

Best DSLR Macro Lens – Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO

Best DSLR Wide-Angle Zoom Lens – Tokina ATX-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF

Best DSLR Professional Lens – AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR

Best MFT Lens – Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH

Best Mirrorless Standard Prime Lens – Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct

Best Mirrorless Wide-Angle Prime Lens – Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 RF

Best Mirrorless Wide-Angle Zoom Lens – Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art

Best Mirrorless Standard Zoom Lens – Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art

Best Mirrorless Telephoto Zoom Lens – Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Best Professional Portrait Lens – Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 USM DS

Best Expert Compact Camera – Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

Best Vlogging Camera - Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Best Premium Compact Camera – Fujifilm X100V

Best Inkjet Photo Paper – Hahnemühle Natural Line

Best Portable Photo Printer – Fujifilm Instax Mini Link

Best Imaging Software – DxO PhotoLab 3

Best Image Storage Solution – SanDisk Extreme Pro CFexpress 2.0 Type B memory cards

Best Portable Flash – Nissin MG80 Pro

Best Professional LED Lighting – ARRI Orbiter

Best Travel Tripod – Manfrotto BeFree GT XPRO Carbon

Best Tripod Head – Gitzo 3 Way Fluid Head

Best Professional Photo Monitor – BenQ PhotoVue SW321C

Best Professional Video Monitor – LG 38WN95C-W UltraWide

Best Photo Smartphone – Huawei P40 Series

Best Mobile Accessory – Godox R1

Best Colour Management Solution – X-Rite i1Display Studio/i1Display Pro Plus

Best Photo Print Service – Whitewall Masterprint

Best Photo Book Service – CEWE Photobook leather and linen cover

Best Photo Innovation – Sony Real-Time AF Tracking technology

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