CJPC AWARDS CEREMONY – CAMERA GRAND PRIX 2016
Madrid, 14 June 2016
The winners of the Camera Grand Prix 2016, hosted by the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan (CJPC), received their awards in Tokyo on Wednesday, 1 June 2016. Thomas Gerwers, Chairman of TIPA, attended the awards ceremony.
The Camera Grand Prix, held since 1984, is a prestigious award whose winners are selected by a judging committee made up of the members of the CJPC, top editorial staff of the member publications, academic experts, technical writers, professional photographers and TIPA. The CJPC has a collaborative agreement with TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) whereby they vote on each other’s awards. The Camera Grand Prix is held annually under the sponsorship of the CJPC, which was founded in Japan in 1963.
There were four award categories in the Camera Grand Prix 2015. The “Camera of the Year” and “Lens of the Year” awards were selected by a total of 60 individuals who voted for the best products introduced to the Japanese market between 1 March 2015 and 31 March 2016. The “Readers’ Award” is selected by magazine readers. The “Editors’ Award” winners were selected by CJPC members from among all the cameras and photography-related products and equipment introduced in the Japanese market during the past year.
The winning products for the Camera GP 2016 are:
“Camera of the Year” SONY α7R II (TIPA Awards 2016 BEST MIRRORLESS CSC PROFESSIONAL)
The SONY α7R II is a highly compact and lightweight mirrorless camera with a back-illumination full-frame 35mm image sensor that has a total of about 42.4 megapixels. It also incorporates a 5-axis in-camera image stabilizer with a maximum effect of 4.5 shutter speed steps, a 399-point high-density phase-detecting autofocus sensor and a newly developed low-vibration shutter with a braking mechanism resulting in a highly advanced multi-pixel camera package. The camera is highly versatile because it accepts mount adapters to mount classic lenses and lenses of other brands.
“Lens of the Year” OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO
The OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO is a super-telephoto lens equivalent to a 600mm f/4 lens on a 35mm format camera. It features a highly compact design and an image stabilizer with a maximum effect of 6 shutter speed steps to contribute to improved mobility of a photographer. It also has high resolving power due to using three Super ED lenses, the new nano technology coating Z Coating Nano and a heavy-duty capability of dust-proof, water-resistant and low temperature characteristics suitable for professional use. It has a closest focusing distance of 1.4 metres (maximum magnification of 0.48X on a 35mm format) for ease of operation. The lens structure and finish are also excellent.
“Readers’ Award” NIKON D5 (TIPA Awards 2016 BEST DSLR PROFESSIONAL/ACTION)
The award was established in 2008 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Camera GP and the award is determined by the votes of the consumers at the dedicated web site. This year the Nikon D5 acquires the majority of the votes.
CANON EOS 5Ds/5Ds R (TIPA Awards 2016 BEST DSLR PROFESSIONAL / HIGH RES)
The CANON EOS 5Ds/5Ds R achieves an outstanding multi-pixel capacity of 50.6 megapixels as a full-frame 35mm SLR camera. It also employs a camera blur reduction mirror drive mechanism to support the multi-pixel photography and a high precision autofocus system, EOS iTR AF. It is developed as a multi-pixel camera that is easily used by the consumer and it expands the horizon of photographic expression.
SONY Cyber-shot RX10 II/RX100 IV
Sony’s high-grade compact camera series, the Cyber-shot RX series have shown sound and solid evolutions and among them the RX10 II and RX100 IV carry the technically epoch-making “memory integrated 1.0-inch laminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor”. The new technology gives a high performance in the high-speed shooting giving hope for the evolution in photographic expression and camera technology.
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (TIPA Awards 2016 BEST MIRRORLESS CSC EXPERT)
The camera shows the company engineers’ strong belief in its classical appearance that incorporates an unusual Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and a new film simulation mode “ACROS” that lets the user recognise the pleasure of B&W photography. The concept of the highly evaluated predecessor, the X-Pro1 is deepened in the X-Pro2 to satisfy high-level consumers, with a high quality appearance and feel.