Held every year since 1991, the TIPA Awards recognize the best photo and imaging products announced during the previous 12 months based on such criteria as innovativeness, use of leading-edge technologies, design and ease-of-use. In 1992, Canon took home its first TIPA accolade for the EOS 100 SLR camera and, over 24 separate occasions since then, has been honored with TIPA awards for a total of 78 products and technologies.*
BEST DSLR PROFESSIONAL / HIGH RES
Canon EOS-5DS R
Rivalling “medium format” digital cameras, the impressive 50.6MP full frame sensor (no low pass filter) of the Canon EOS 5DS R can deliver 5 fps full-resolution still images and Full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps. It contains dual Digic 6 image processors and a newly developed mirror vibration control systems that utilizes a miniature motor and cams rather than conventional springs, with a time-release lag setting to further suppress camera shake. It has a 3.2-inch 1.04 million dot, 100% coverage ClearView II LCD and a 150,000 pixel RGB-IR metering sensor. AF performance is enhanced with a 61-point high-density reticular AF sensor and Canon’s iTR that utilizes information provided by the metering sensor.
BEST PHOTO/VIDEO PROFESSIONAL CAMERA
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
With a newly developed 20.2MP 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor, the EOS-1D X Mark II offers continuous shooting speeds of up to 14 frames per second and up to 16 fps in Live View mode. The Dual Digic 6+ processors offer high-speed transfer for up to 170 RAW images and unlimited JPEGs per burst. The camera is also capable of shooting 4K 60p and Full HD 120p video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Using the optional wireless transmitter, the camera supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard. Focusing speed and accuracy has been enhanced with an improved 61-point viewfinder AF and an improved AI Servo II+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy.
BEST EASY COMPACT CAMERA
Canon IXUS 285 HS
Canon continues to offer pocketable yet full-featured compacts that offer many more options and higher photo quality than camera phones. The IXUS 285 HS sports a 3-inch LCD and a 12X optical zoom lens with built-in image stabilizer. Keeping connected is easy with a dedicated WiFi button and NFC. Its 20.2MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor deliver excellent quality even in low light. It aptures 1080p Full HD video with the ability to create a “highlight reel” in camera.
BEST EXPERT COMPACT CAMERA
Canon PowerShot G5 X
The G5 X is a 20.2MP camera with a 1-inch High Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor that can deliver nearly 6 fps still images and Full HD video. The integral 24-100mm lens (equivalent) has a maximum aperture of f/1.8 that drops to only f/2.8 at the telephoto setting, a 9-blade aperture and close focusing of 5.08cm (2 inches). The camera’s EVF has 2.36 million dots and 100% coverage, with a refresh rate of up to 120 frames per second. A built-in eye sensor switches from the EVF to the touchscreen on the 3-inch Vari-angle LCD. The camera’s hot shoe is compatible with all Speedlite flashes in the EOS system.
BEST PHOTO PRINTER
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-500
Combining the ease of desktop use and a 17-inch wide cut sheet printer with many features from Canon’s higher-end pro printer models, the PRO-500 uses 11-colour (plus Chroma Optimizer) Lucia Pro inks. Inks are delivered via a FINE print head with a tubular ink delivery system that results in faster print speeds and results in much less clogging and much less frequent need for deep cleaning. There is a newly formulated Photo Black ink, and Photo and Matte black have their own channels so no ink swap is needed when changing papers. The Canon Air Feeding System virtually eliminates paper skewing, thus more accurate ink placement regardless of paper weight and type.
* Includes the EOS D2000, jointly developed with Eastman Kodak, winner of the 1998-1999 TIPA Best Pro Digital Camera award.