Best Digital Cameras 2008/2009

Last update (28 August’09)
– The list has been updated. Please see our Best Digital Cameras 2009/2010 page

eisa-tipa winnersGetting a hard time of choosing which digital camera to buy?

You might want to take a look at these award winning digital cameras for the year 2008/2009 chosen by EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association ) and TIPA (Technical Image Press Association)

TIPA Awards 2009

Best Digital SRL Expert: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark IIOverall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info
Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a full-frame DSLR camera with a newly designed 21MP Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4, ISO 50-25,600, Live view mode, HD Video Capability for recording video at full 1080 resolution at 30fps, 3.9 fps continuous shooting, 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points, GPS Compability, and a 3.0″ VGA clear view LCD.

See Canon EOS 5D Mark II Reviews & Sample Photos

Best Digital SLR Advanced: Nikon D90

nikon-d90Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info
Nikon has launched the D90 (27 August’08), the world’s first DSLR camera with movie function allowing you to shoot HD720p (1,280 x 720 pixels), 640 x 424 pixels or 320 x 216 pixels movies at the professional smoothness of 24 frames per second in motion JPEG format. This 12.3 effective Megapixels DSLR also features 12.3 effective megapixels newly designed Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor, Live View mode, IS0 200-3200, 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting, 11-point AF system, Image sensor cleaning, and a 3.0-inch 920,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD.

See Nikon D90 Reviews & Sample Photos

Best Digital SRL Entry Level: Olympus E-620

Olympus E-620Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info
Olympus E-620 is a 12.3 megapixels SLR digital camera features 7 Point Twin AF system, Live-MOS sensor, In-Body Image Stabilization, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Supersonic Wave Filter, TruePic III+ Image Processor, 4 frames per second continuous shooting, 13 Scene-Select Modes including two new underwater modes, dual memory slots, 96% field-of-view viewfinder, six in-camera Art Filters, Multiple Exposure Shooting, On-screen Autofocus with Live View, and a 2.7 inches swivel HyperCrystal LCD (transmissive TFT color LCD).

See Olympus E-620 Reviews & Sample Photos

Best Expert Compact: Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info
Canon PowerShot G10 is the successor of PowerShot G9 features 14.7 Megapixels CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm), DIGIC 4 for better Face Detection, capability to shoot RAW just like a DSLR camera, ISO 80-1600, and a 3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle.

See Canon PowerShot G10 Reviews & Sample Photos

Best Compact D-Camera: Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXROverall Rating: ★★★★½ | Check Availability
Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features Super CCD EXR sensor provides superior picture quality, enabling a “3-in-1” sensor combination of “Fine Capture Technology” (High Resolution), “Pixel Fusion Technology” (High Sensitivity & Low Noise), and “Dual Capture Technology” (Wide Dynamic Range). The camera has 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28 – 140mm on a 35mm camera), Face Detection 3.0, Newly Evolved – Film Simulation Mode and a 3.0-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor.

See Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Reviews & Sample Photos

Best Rugged D-Compact: Olympus mju Tough 8000

Olympus mju Tough 8000Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 3.6x optical zoom (28-102mm in 35mm photography) with dual image stabilization, shockproof up to 5 feet, waterproof up to 10 feet underwater, freezeproof up to (14F/-10C), on-screen manometer, Tap Control, smile shot, and a 2.7″ (6.9cm) HyperCrystalTM III LCD with Backlight.

See Olympus mju Tough 8000 Reviews & Sample Photos

More TIPA Awards 2009 winners

EISA Awards 2008

European Camera: Sony A350

Sony A350Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Sony Alpha A350 is a Digital SLR camera features a 14.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD, Live Preview of your subject, Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization, Scene Selection Modes, High-resolution thumbnails for PhotoTV HD viewing, Eye-Start Autofocus System, Anti-dust technology, 1200-zone evaluative meteringa tiltable, and a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen.

See Sony A350 Reviews & Sample Photos

European Professional Camera: Nikon D3

Nikon D3Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Nikon D3 features a 12.1 effective megapixels FX-format CMOS image sensor with 36.0 (H) x 23.9 (V) mm image size, Sensitivity range ISO 200 to 6400 at normal setting for exceptionally high-quality images; can be set to ISO-equivalent 25,600, Continuous shooting at up to 9 frames-per-second, Scene Recognition System, 2 LiveView Shooting Modes, and a High-definition (920,000 dots), 170˚ viewing angle, 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with tempered glass.

See Nikon D3 Reviews & Sample Photos

European Advanced Camera : Olympus E-3

Olympus E-3Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Olympus E-3 is a 10 megapixel professional DSLR (announced 16 October’07) features a built-in image stabiliser to stabilise all lenses, 5fps sequential shooting with 19 image RAW buffer, 5x/7x/10x magnified view for precise focusing – especially for macro shots, ISO 100-3200, Supersonic Wave Filter, Dual memory slot, pop up flash and a 2.5”/6.4cm pop-out LCD with live view.

See Olympus E-3 Reviews & Sample Photos

European Consumer Camera: Canon EOS 1000D

Canon EOS 1000DOverall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Canon EOS 1000D aka Rebel XS a 10.1 Megapixel entry level DSLR Camera features 7-point wide-area AF, Self-Cleaning Image Sensor, DIGIC III processor, SD/SDHC card slot, Picture Styles processing, and a 2.5” LCD with Live View mode. For DSLR, the EOS 1000D is very compact and lightweight, it measures only 126.1 x 97.5 x 61.9 mm and weighs approx. 450g.

See Canon EOS 1000D Reviews & Sample Photos

European Advanced Compact Camera: Casio EX-F1

Casio EX-F1Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 is a 6 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with the capability to shoot at an ultra fast 60 frames per second, rapid flash function up to 20 continuous shots at a speed of up to 7 frames per second, high speed recording at up to 1,200 fps and a 2.8-inch wide TFT color LCD.

See Casio EX-F1 Reviews & Sample Photos

European Super Zoom Camera: Fujifilm S100fs

Fujifilm S100fsOverall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Fujifilm FinePix S100fs is a 11.1 MegaPixel SLR-like digital camera features Fujinon 14.3X Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 28 – 400mm), ISO 100-6400, One-touch Face Detection Technology with Auto Red Eye Removal, Extended Dynamic Range, and a 2.5″ LCD Screen.

See Fujifilm S100fs Reviews & Sample Photos

European Compact Camera: Panasonic TZ5

Panasonic TZ5Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is a 9.1 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 10x Optical Zoom (35mm equiv: 28-280mm) with Image Stabilizer, Intelligent Auto Mode, 30 fps High-Definition Motion Images and HD Output, and a 3.0″ LCD with Intelligent LCD Function.

See Panasonic TZ5 Reviews & Sample Photos

European Ultra Compact Camera: Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

Olympus Stylus 1030 SWOverall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is a 10 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features built-in flash, shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof body, 3.6x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 28 – 102mm), ISO 80-1600, and a 2.7” HyperCrystal™ II LCD.

See Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Reviews & Sample Photos

3 Responses to “Best Digital Cameras 2008/2009”

  1. John says:

    This is really a great post..
    It helps amateur like me who’s about to buy my first DSRL camera.

  2. moayad says:

    god god god

  3. Mal says:

    Checkout the new Micro Four Thirds cameras which are inbetween compact cameras and DSLRs.
    E.g. Panasonic GF1 and Olympus E-PL1

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