Eisa Award 2005/2006 Photo Panel Winners

EISA, Europe’s biggest multimedia press organisation, has today singled out the most accomplished electronics equipment for 2005-2006, as voted by the Editors-in-Chief of 52 leading specialist magazines from 18 European countries. No less than 47 exemplary products, from 31 brands, were honored in today’s gala Awards ceremony held in Berlin’s Adlon Hotel.

Best European Camera: Canon EOS 305D

Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
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Canon’s EOS 350D digital SLR provides an excellent blend of speed, performance and features. It offers 8 MegaPixel resolution in a very compact, easy-to-use package, and delivers vivid images from its CMOS sensor. The Digic II imaging engine allows instant start up, imperceptible shutter lag, fast image processing and low power consumption. With great ergonomics and the provision for full manual operation, the EOS 350D is set to become a favorite for both beginners and advanced amateurs alike.

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Best European Pocket Camera: Fujifilm FinePix F10

Fujifilm Finepix F10 6.3MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
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The Finepix F10 is a consummate camera which impresses from the first sight of its elegant but sturdy exterior. Its beauty is not only skin deep however, since its 6 MegaPixel image sensor captures images with excellent resolution and color saturation. Reviewing pictures is a dream on the sharp, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen, and the very powerful battery has enough power for several hundred shots. Most impressive of all, however, is this camera’s performance at high ISO ratings. Noise is low enough at ISO 800 and 1600 to safely photograph in dim light conditions without using the flash.

Best European Compact Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

Olympus Camedia C7070 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Wide Zoom
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The Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom packages an optimal blend of impressive features, good image quality and easy handling. With a 7 MegaPixel CCD, and zoom lens corresponding to 27-110 mm in the 35 mm-format, this camera is a serious snapper. It’s also very easy to take great pictures: there is a flip-up, rotating 1,8” monitor, an extremely powerful battery, and a hot-shoe with TTL-contacts that accommodates an optional external Olympus FL-flash. Best of all, this flexible performer retails at a very reasonable price.

Best European Analogue Camera: Nikon F6

NIKON F6 SLR 35mm Film Camera Body
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The Nikon F6 is a fitting tribute to 35mm as the great era of analogue photography draws to a close. Continuing Nikon’s tradition of unveiling a new 35mm flagship every eight years, the F6 was announced in October 2004. Its great handling, fast 11-area auto focus, extremely accurate metering and advanced flash photography demonstrate, once again, Nikon’s devotion to professional photography.

Best European Scanner: Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 Scanner
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The Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II is a welcome development in 35mm film scanning. It scans the whole frame very quickly, and automatically eliminates defects as scratches, dust and fingerprints using built-in Digital ICE4 technology. It’s also easy to reduce grain and correct faded colors. The scanner works particularly well in multi-sampling mode, reducing noise and improving dynamic range.

Best European Memory Card: Sandisk Extreme III

Compactflash, 4GB Extreme III
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SanDisk’s Extreme III memory cards are fast, reliable and sturdy enough to meet the high demands of professional photography. For example, Enhanced Super Parallel Processing Technology (ESP) lets SD and Compact Flash variants sustain a write speed of 20 MB/s. And all models are proofed against shock, vibration and extreme temperatures (operating range is -25 to 85 Celsius). Professional digital photographers must be able to rely on their memory cards – the Extreme III range has proved itself more than equal to the task.

Best European Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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The Sigma AF 3,5-6,3/18-200mm DC super zoom is the ideal one-stop ‘lens to go’ for traveling digital SLR photographers. It is extremely compact and light, but offers the full range of zoom settings from wide angle to telephoto (equivalent to 28-300mm in a 35mm camera). A special lens coating minimizes flaring and ghosting, allowing this lens to deliver consistently high-quality images.

Best European Zoom Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 5MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom (Black)
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Small is not only beautiful but also powerful in the case of the Lumix DMC-FZ5. This very compact camera includes a fast 12x Leica zoom lens, which can be used with confidence at its maximum focal length and in low light thanks to Panasonic’s Mega OIS image stabilizer. A 5-Megapixel CCD assures picture quality, while the the Venus Engine II image-processor ensures swift operation and provides an enhanced range of creative options.

Best European Photo Printer: Epson Stylus Photo R2400

Epson Stylus Photo R2400 Ink Jet Printer (C11C603011)
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Epson’s Stylus Photo R2400 demands the attention of professionals and advanced enthusiasts seeking the highest standards of A3+ printing. This model’s eight-cartridge K3 Ultra chrome system (including three blacks) provides an extraordinarily wide color gamut, not only guaranteeing deep, saturated colors, but also improved black-and-white prints. Epson’s Micro Piezo print technology, with 3 Pico liter droplets, creates extremely detailed prints at resolutions up to 5760×1440 dpi – making the R2400 suitable even for fine art work.

Best European Mini Printer: Sony DPP-FP50

Sony DPP-FP50 Digital Photo Printer
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The Sony DPP-FP50 digital printer provides a quick, discreet way to generate instant prints from digital cameras, at home or on the move. Its dye-sublimation technology (YMC + lamination) allows rapid production of good-quality 10×15 cm prints at 300dpi resolution. There’s also a useful TV connection option, via which users can edit pictures, remove red-eye effects, prepare personal calendars and add text. It is possible to produce digital prints at lower cost, but not with the same levels of speed and convenience.

Best European Professional Camera: Nikon D2X

NIKON D2X SLR Digital Camera
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It is hard to imagine any digital camera rivaling the extraordinary performance of Nikon’s D2X. This rugged high-end model has been designed to satisfy the most demanding professionals, and includes every function and feature imaginable. It has first-rate metering and flash exposure to complement an image resolution of 12.4 Mega pixels, and an auto focus system distinguished for its accuracy and speed. Optics are first-class and the camera will shoots continuously at up to 8 frames per second. High-tech touches include a wireless data transmission capability and the ability to connect with GPS navigation systems. The Nikon D2X is a dream come true for those who constantly seek the best of the best.

Best European Portable Media Viewer: Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Viewer

Epson P-2000 Multimedia Storage Drive, Viewer, and Audio/Video Player (B31B174011)
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The Epson P-2000 describes itself as a multimedia storage viewer, but owners will swiftly start considering it their own personal cinema. This model has an extraordinarily bright, high-contrast 3.8-inch LCD screen with VGA (640×480 pixels) resolution and a generous viewing angle. The built-in 40 Gb hard-disk stores and plays audio (MP3/AAC), video (Motion JPEG/MPE4) and still images (JPEG, TIFF and RAW) downloaded via built-in SD and Compact Flash slots. The P-2000 also enables direct printing onto compatible printers and can display content on TV.

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