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EISA Awards 2020-2021: The best photo products

The product innovations from the last twelve months are used to award the EISA Awards. Only those devices that have passed the extensive product tests of the respective trade magazines and have thus been put through their paces are shortlisted. The editors-in-chief of all magazines represented in EISA usually meet at the end of June each year for the final selection of the EISA Awards, in order to choose the best products of the year based on the detailed tests of the individual magazines. Due to the corona pandemic, the election this year took place online over several zoom video conferences.

The EISA Awards winners are not determined by a single editorial team, but - and this is unique - by a total of 61 international experts in their field from 29 countries. As mentioned, the test reports of all specialist journals that are members of the EISA are available. In this way, an international jury of experts guarantees balance and the highest level of competence - and has done so for over 35 years.

These are the winners of the "PHOTO" category

EISA CAMERA OF THE YEAR 2020-2021
Fujifilm X-T4

The X-T4 from Fujifilm is an outstanding mirrorless camera, equipped with an X-Trans CMOS sensor with 26 megapixels. It combines a compact size with very high image quality, impressive speed (up to 20 fps at full resolution) and professional video functions such as 4K recordings at 60 fps. One of the most important innovations is the 5-axis image stabilization, which, depending on the lens, compensates between 5 and 6.5 f-stops and thus enables razor-sharp images even with long exposure times. The monitor can now be swiveled to the side, which simplifies self-portraits. With the X-T4, Fujifilm has undoubtedly developed the best mirrorless APS-C camera to date.

EISA CAMERA PRICE TIP 2020-2021
Nikon Z 50

With its attractive price and excellent quality, the Nikon Z 50 is the EISA price tip 2020-2021. This compact mirrorless camera with APS-C (DX) sensor is easy to use and perfect for travel, with a well-built and weatherproof housing. It delivers impressive image quality with a wide dynamic range that enables detail to be restored in both highlights and deep shadows. The Z 50 uses the same EXPEED 6 processor as the full-frame models from Nikon, which enables 4K video recordings at 30 fps or up to 120 fps in Full HD. The autofocus is fast and accurate, with a very useful eye detection AF function and (thanks to a firmware update) animal detection too.

EISA APS-C CAMERA 2020-2021
Canon EOS 90D

With the EOS 90D, Canon has shown that the DSLR is still alive. Its image sensor with 32.5 million pixels sets a new resolution record for APS-C, while the dual-pixel CMOS AF ensures fast and precise focusing for live view and video. Other advanced features are the silent electronic shutter, which enables extremely short exposure times of up to 1 / 16,000 s. The EOS 90D records 4K videos without a crop and in full HD it enables slow motion at up to 120 fps. The touchscreen monitor, which can be swiveled and folded out to the side, rounds off this outstanding DSLR camera.

EISA FULL FRAME CAMERA 2020-2021
Nikon D780

The D780 from Nikon is a full-frame DSLR with a CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 24 million pixels. In combination with the fast EXPEED 6 image processor, it delivers native sensitivities of up to ISO 51,200, which opens up many possibilities for creative photography. The swiveling LCD touchscreen helps photographers and filmmakers to take the desired picture from high or low perspectives. The successor to the Nikon D750 brings a number of upgrades, including optimized image processing, better video capabilities (up to 4K UHD with 30 fps and N-Log), slow motion and time lapse. In addition, the significantly improved hybrid AF system ensures fast autofocus when taking pictures and filming on the LCD screen.

EISA FULL FORMAT CAMERA FOR ADVANCED 2020-2021
Sony Alpha 7R IV

The Sony Alpha 7R IV is the first full-frame mirrorless camera with a sensational resolution of 61 million pixels. In addition, it is equipped with one of the best autofocus systems, including AI-controlled real-time tracking and Eye AF. With AF and AE, sequential shots with up to 10 frames per second are possible. In addition, the 5-axis image stabilization reduces blurred images due to camera shake to a minimum. With its sharp electronic viewfinder and the extremely fast BIONZ X processor, this camera is an extremely reliable and powerful tool that offers the versatility to master practically any photographic situation at the highest level.

EISA PROFESSIONAL CAMERA 2020-2021
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Canon has gone to great lengths to renew its high-end professional DSLR designed for news agencies, sports photographers, and wildlife photography. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III features cutting-edge technology, including a newly developed 191-point autofocus system that meets the demands of professional sports photographers for crisp action images. The video functions are also very advanced: 5.5K recordings are saved internally in 12-bit raw format. With the innovative connection options, the EOS-1D X Mark III is also tailor-made for instant delivery of images to news agencies for media.

EISA PHOTO / VIDEO CAMERA 2020-2021
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H

The hybrid camera Lumix DC-S1H was developed on the basis of the same technical architecture as the full-frame model Lumix DC-S1. However, it is more video-oriented and enables 6K recording at 24 fps and 4K recordings at 60 fps. The camera offers excellent image quality, especially in poor lighting conditions. Filmmakers can record in log mode, which allows for easy color correction and extended dynamic range. The camera also offers an attractive 4K anamorphic mode, a great feature for capturing widescreen movies with a cinematic look. In addition, it has an excellent electronic viewfinder, image stabilization in the housing and a beautiful touchscreen in a robust and versatile housing.

EISA COMPACT CAMERA 2020-2021
Fujifilm X100V

The Fujifilm X100V looks similar to its predecessor in the X100 series, but has been heavily redesigned and represents the state of the art for compact cameras today. It has the same sensor and brilliant optical-electronic hybrid viewfinder as the highly developed mirrorless Fujifilm X- Pro3 and their performance are in the same league. The camera has a new and improved 23 mm lens (f / 2) and a tilting screen that does not change the compact dimensions. There are also seals against weather influences. All of this can be found in a tiny camera that fits in a jacket pocket, making it ideal for travel and street photography.

EISA VLOGGING CAMERA 2020-2021
Sony Vlog Camera ZV-1

This innovative compact camera is aimed primarily at filmmakers and vloggers and offers great video functions such as 4K recording and S-Log gamma. Your high quality built-in microphone comes with an outdoor windscreen; alternatively, an external microphone can be used via the audio input or the multi-interface shoe. The ZV-1 is also a very good photo camera with a fast AF system and a versatile swivel monitor. Together with the optional handle, which comes with a built-in wireless remote control and doubles as a tripod, the ZV-1 is an excellent production tool that vloggers can use to easily create and share content.

EISA CAMERA INNOVATION 2020-2021
Canon EOS R5

As the first mirrorless camera capable of recording 8K video, Canon's EOS R5 receives the EISA Camera Innovation Award. This exceptional still / video hybrid camera is capable of capturing 4K footage at a remarkable 120 fps and capturing still images at 45 million pixels and up to 20 fps. EOS also claims the world's most effective image stabilization. With a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, a swiveling screen and professional-grade controls as well as an optional handle with professional Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, it promises to be the complete all-round package for discerning photo and video makers.

EISA LENS 2020-2021
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM

The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM sets a new standard for professional telephoto zoom lenses and is Canon's best yet. Its completely new construction is tailored to Canon's mirrorless RF system and, together with a new optical design, delivers impressive image quality in a very compact lens. It is also well sealed against dust and splashes and can therefore be used in challenging situations. In addition, the lens offers a very effective 5-level image stabilization. It is without a doubt the best zoom that the EISA jury tested over the past year.

EISA WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS 2020-2021
Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art

This high-speed, wide angle zoom for full frame mirrorless cameras offers excellent quality at a very competitive price. It is available with both a Sony E-bayonet and an L-mount for Leica, Panasonic and Sigma cameras. By optimizing the design for mirrorless cameras, Sigma has developed a lens that is significantly smaller and lighter than its DSLR counterpart while still offering fantastic optical quality. It also has a fast and quiet autofocus and is weatherproof sealed for outdoor use. The result is a great lens that is perfect for a wide variety of subjects, including architecture, landscape, and astrophotography.

EISA STANDARD ZOOM LENS 2020-2021
Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM

For many professional photographers, a 24-70mm f / 2.8 lens is the workhorse they cannot live without. The RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM combines a large aperture with a built-in 5-level image stabilizer and offers excellent image quality over the entire zoom range with exceptionally low distortion. The smooth and quiet nano USM motor ensures fast and precise autofocus and is perfect for video and still images. The RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM offers a robust, weatherproof construction as well as a fluorine coating on the front and back to protect against water and grease.

EISA TELEZOOM LENS 2020-2021
Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VXD

This Tamron lens is a classic telephoto zoom for mirrorless E-mount cameras from Sony with a continuous light intensity of f / 2.8. It provides excellent sharpness and contrast over the entire image section at all focal lengths, even with the aperture open. It is also characterized by a weatherproof construction that uses lightweight yet durable materials. The optical design uses several special elements and coatings, while a floating focus system ensures clear and sharp images even when the subject is close. With a very quiet but responsive autofocus mechanism, this lens is a bargain in its class for both photography and video.

EISA TRAVEL ZOOM LENS 2020-2021
Tamron 28-200mm F / 2.8-5.6 Di III RXD

This all-in-one zoom lens is the first in its class to offer a large aperture of f / 2.8 at the wide-angle end while being compact in size and light in weight. Thanks to a combination of special lens elements and intelligent software corrections, the Tamron 28-200mm F / 2.8-5.6 Di III RXD achieves an impressive optical performance that delivers clean and sharp images. In conjunction with the high light intensity, the low focus limit of only 19 cm allows close-ups with beautifully blurred backgrounds. The autofocus is fast, precise and quiet, which is beneficial for both photographers and videographers.

EISA SUPERTELEZOOM LENS 2020-2021
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS

This ultra-telephoto zoom will be appreciated by those who love nature and sports photography but don't want a heavy lens. It is affordable and light for its class, but still provides great sharpness even at the maximum aperture, which is very important with a lens that is often used between 400mm and 600mm. Its auto focus is very fast. The wide zoom ring is used to adjust very gently between 200 mm and 600 mm without changing the length or the balance of the lens, which makes handling the lens very comfortable. The focal length can even be extended with the Sony teleconverters 1.4x and 2.0x, while full compatibility with the autofocus is retained.

EISA PROFESSIONAL TELEZOOM LENS 2020-2021
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm F2.8E FL ED SR VR

This powerful telephoto zoom is suitable for professional use under difficult conditions. Its consistently high light output across the entire focal length range offers advantages in many situations, including portraits, indoor and outdoor sports, and nature photography. Even at the maximum aperture of f / 2.8, the NIKKOR delivers exceptional resolution for full-frame DSLR cameras with minimal chromatic aberration thanks to the new SR (Short Wavelength Spectrum) glass. The handling is also brilliant, with effective image stabilization and comprehensive weather protection. Compatibility with Nikon's 1.4x and 2x teleconverters brings additional flexibility.

EISA WIDE ANGLE LENS 2020-2021
Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G

The compact and lightweight Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G is an extraordinary lens that delivers really sharp images over the entire field of view even at f / 1.8. Its optical design features advanced aspherical elements and an ultra-low dispersion lens to deliver high quality corner-to-corner images with minimal distortion while suppressing chromatic aberrations. The aperture made up of nine lamellas enables the photographer to create wonderfully blurred out of focus areas. Two XD motors guarantee very fast, precise and quiet focusing, while the minimum focusing distance of 18 cm (in manual mode) can be used for impressive close-ups.

EISA PORTRAIT LENS 2020-2021
Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm F1.8 S

As an impressive addition to Nikon's mirror-free Z system, this is an excellent portrait lens with the classic focal length of 85 mm that stands out from some very tough competitors. As Nikon's best 85mm lens to date, it offers admirable performance at f / 1.8 with just the right amount of soft reproduction at the edge of the image that demanding portrait photographers demand. If you stop down a few steps, the optical performance is technically perfect. In addition, this lens has no distortion, offers fast autofocus speed, and is built to a high standard, including weather resistance, for use in all conditions.

EISA LENS INNOVATION 2020-2021
Canon RF 600mm & 800mm F11 IS STM

These two innovative ultra-telephoto lenses owe their unprecedented low weight to a novel design that combines a multiple diffraction element (DO) with a small, fixed aperture. They also have a retractable sliding tube that enables a remarkably short transport length. In addition, thanks to the optical image stabilization, they can be used hand-held without the need for a monopod or tripod. Taken together, photographers with mirrorless Canon full-frame cameras get light and inexpensive lenses with a very long focal length that were previously only available for cameras with smaller sensors. Hence, they are sure to become popular for subjects such as wildlife, sports, and aviation.

EISA CAMERA DRONE 2020-2021
DJI Mavic Air 2

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a compact drone that is very easy to use and can be conveniently folded up for transport. With its 1/2-inch CMOS sensor, the camera enables photo recordings with a resolution of 48 megapixels and in video mode the drone supports 4K at 60 frames / second. Both photos and videos are stored on practical microSD cards. The amazing gimbal suspension ensures that neither is shaky. The Mavic Air 2 has a lot to offer creative filmmakers, including HDR panorama, 8K hyperlapse mode and SmartPhoto mode with scene recognition that optimizes the image depending on the situation.

EISA PHOTO SOFTWARE 2020-2021
Nik Collection 3 from DxO

Nik Collection 3 from DxO is a suite of eight powerful image editing plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and DxO PhotoLab that photographers can use to take their images to the next level.Together, the plug-ins enable a variety of effects that can be quickly and easily applied to images, such as: B. great black and white conversions, attractive color adjustments and creative edits and - new in this version - extensive geometric corrections. A new non-destructive mode allows you to export images as TIFF files and optimize your edits, keeping your original images safe and your adjustments reversible.

EISA MONITOR OF THE YEAR 2020-2021
EIZO ColorEdge CS2740

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2740 is a 27-inch monitor with a 4K / UHD resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which is four times the resolution of Full HD. This high-quality monitor is ideal for creative tasks such as photo and video editing and offers a large color space with vivid and precise color reproduction in the Adobe RGB space. Thanks to its high pixel density, images are displayed very smoothly. It offers essential functions such as color calibration with the ColorNavigator 7 software as well as modern and versatile connection options such as USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort and, above all, USB Type-C connections.

These are the winners of the "HI-FI" category

EISA LOUDSPEAKER 2020-2021
SVS Prime Pinnacle

EISA WIRELESS LOUDSPEAKER 2020-2021
System Audio legend 5 silverback

EISA BEST VALUE BOOKSHELF LOUDSPEAKER 2020-2021
Monitor Audio Bronze 100

EISA BEST VALUE FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER 2020-2021
Focal Chora 826

EISA AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
ARCAM SA30

EISA SMART AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
NAD Masters M33

EISA HIGH-END INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
Musical Fidelity M8xi

EISA HIGH-END PRE / POWER AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
Michi P5 / S5

EISA TURNTABLE 2020-2021
Thorens TD 1601

EISA BEST VALUE TURNTABLE 2020-2021
Pro-Ject T1

EISA DIGITAL SOURCE 2020-2021
Volumio Primo

EISA BEST VALUE DAC 2020-2021
iFi Audio ZEN DAC

EISA PHONO PREAMP 2020-2021
Primare R15

EISA AUDIO ACCESSORY 2020-2021
Pro-Ject VC-E

In combination with the "Mobile" category

EISA HEADPHONES 2020-2021
DALI IO-6

EISA MOBILE AUDIO PLAYER 2020-2021
FiiO M11 Pro

EISA PORTABLE DAC / HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

These are the winners of the "Home Theater Audio" category

EISA HOME THEATER SPEAKER SYSTEM 2020-2021
Arendal Sound 1961 Series

EISA BEST BUY HOME THEATER SPEAKER SYSTEM 2020-2021
Triangle Borea Series

EISA SMART SOUNDBAR 2020-2021
Harman Kardon Citation MultiBeam 700

EISA PREMIUM SOUNDBAR 2020-2021
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage

EISA HOME THEATER RECEIVER 2020-2021
Denon AVC-X4700H

EISA HOME THEATER SUBWOOFER 2020-2021
SVS SB-2000 Pro

EISA HOME THEATER HIGH-END 2020-2021
Trinnov Altitude platform

EISA HOME THEATER HEADPHONE 2020-2021
JVC EXOFIELD XP-EXT1

EISA HOME THEATER AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
Emotiva XPA Gen3

EISA SOUNDBAR 2020-2021
LG DSN8YG

EISA BEST BUY SOUNDBAR 2020-2021
TCL TS9030 RAY DANZ

In combination with the category "Home Theater Video & Display"

EISA HOME THEATER MEDIA PLAYER 2020-2021
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR

These are the winners in the "Home Theater Video & Display" category

EISA 8K TV 2020-2021
LG 75NANO999NA

EISA BEST PREMIUM OLED TV 2020-2021
LG OLED65GX6LA

EISA LARGE SCREEN TV 2020-2021
Samsung QE75Q950TS

EISA BEST BUY TV 2020-2021
TCL 65C815

EISA HOME THEATER TV 2020-2021
Philips 65OLED935

EISA BEST BUY OLED TV 2020-2021
Philips 55OLED805

EISA PROJECTOR 2020-2021
Optoma CinemaX UHZ65UST

In combination with the category"Home Theater Audio"

EISA HOME THEATER MEDIA PLAYER 2020-2021
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR

These are the winners in the "Mobile Devices" category

EISA BEST SMARTPHONE 2020-2021
OnePlus 8 Pro

EISA ADVANCED SMARTPHONE 2020-2021
OPPO Find X2 Pro

EISA FOLDABLE SMARTPHONE 2020-2021
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

EISA MULTIMEDIA SMARTPHONE 2020-2021
Sony Xperia 1 Mark II

EISA SMARTPHONE CAMERA 2020-2021
Huawei P40 Pro

EISA IN-EAR HEADPHONES 2020-2021
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

EISA ON-EAR HEADPHONES 2020-2021
Bowers & Wilkins PX5

EISA MOBILE SPEAKER 2020-2021
LG XBOOM Go PL7

EISA BEST SMARTWATCH 2020-2021
Huawei Watch GT 2

In combination with the category"Hi-Fi"

EISA HEADPHONES 2020-2021
DALI IO-6

EISA MOBILE AUDIO PLAYER 2020-2021
FiiO M11 Pro

EISA PORTABLE DAC / HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

These are the winners of the "In-Car Electronics" category

EISA IN-CAR HEAD UNIT 2020-2021
KENWOOD DMX9720XDS

EISA IN-CAR SOUND PROCESSOR 2020-2021
Helix DSP ULTRA

EISA IN-CAR BEST VALUE DSP 2020-2021
Ground Zero GZDSP 4-8XII

EISA IN-CAR AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
MOSCONI GLADEN ATOMO 2

EISA IN-CAR DSP AMPLIFIER 2020-2021
Eton Stealth 7.1 DSP

EISA IN-CAR SPEAKER SYSTEM 2020-2021
ESB 8.6K3U LE

EISA IN-CAR SUBWOOFER 2020-2021
Hifonics ZRX6D2

EISA IN-CAR HIGH END COMPONENT 2020-2021
Audison bit One HD Virtuoso

EISA IN-CAR DASHCAM 2020-2021
KENWOOD DRV-A501W

EISA CAMPER VAN HEAD UNIT 2020-2021
Zenec Z-E3766