EISA award winners announced|
(Tuesday, August 15, 2006 - 14:37 EDT)
The European Imaging and Sound Association will soon make official the results of its 2006 - 2007 EISA Awards official at a gala event scheduled for September 1st.
Although the award show (which is timed to coincide with the start of the world's largest Consumer Electronics tradeshow, IFA Berlin) is still a couple of weeks away, today marks the lifting of embargoes on award winners announcing the news themselves. We've yet to see a complete list of awards given (indeed, EISA hasn't updated its awards site since last year), but given the embargo lifting, a flurry of press releases have gone out from manufacturers announcing winners in a number of areas.
In the digital camera field, Canon picked up the title of "European Professional Camera of the Year 2006-2007" for its Canon EOS 5D digital SLR, with EISA judges praising the high 12.8 megapixel resolution, full-35mm frame sized imager, bright viewfinder, and potential for shallow depth of field. With its FinePix S5600 digital camera, Fujifilm took the "European Zoom Camera of the Year 2006-2007" award, gaining praise for high resolution, low noise / high ISO sensitivity, manual control possibilities, and affordable pricing. Olympus's µ 720 SW digital camera (known in the USA as the Stylus 720 SW) was praised as a capable camera with good shock and water-proofing, grabbing the award for "European Pocket Camera of the Year 2006-2007". Finally, Sony wrapped up the "European Consumer Camera of the Year 2006-2007" award with its Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 digital SLR. EISA praised the Bionz image engine, dynamic range optimize function, Super SteadShot image stabilization, and anti-dust system.
Outside of the digital camera realm, Canon took the "European Photo Printer of the Year 2006-2007" title for its PIXMA iP6600D photo printer, lauded for its pricing, high resolution and accurate print quality. Epson's Perfection V700 Photo / V750 Pro scanners captured the "European Scanner of the Year 2006-2007" award, while JOBO's GIGA Vu Pro image storage / viewing device is now the "European Image Tank of the Year 2006-2007". Olympus took its second award for the ZUIKO DIGITAL Top Pro lens range - "European Professional Lens of the Year 2006-2007". SanDisk achieved "European Memory Card of the Year 2006-2007" with its Extreme IV CompactFlash line, described as the fastest and most reliable card choice for pros and semi-pros alike. Sony continued to excel as it took the award for "European HDV Camcorder of the Year 2006-2007", the Sony HDR-HC3E HDV camcorder standing above the crowd with a small, light and affordable body, offering ease of use, good video quality, and HDMI connectivity.
Other awards announced so far have included three for LG Electronics (LG 42PC1RR - Plasma TV; LG RH200MHS - Digital Video Recorder; LG flat wall mounted projector - Home Theater Innovation), Nokia (N93 - Media Phone), Philips (Cineos 37PF9731D - High-End LCD TV; 42PF7621D FlatTV- 'Green' TV) and Sony (LocationFree TV LF-PK1 - Streaming Concept; VPL-VW100 - High-End Video Projector; KDL-32V2000 - LCD TV)