EISA Awards: Sony Wins 6 Photography Categories and 1 Home Theatre TV


Sony celebrates record haul of seven categories at the 2017 EISA awards

Aug 14, 2017 23:00 BST

Sony has been recognised by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) for delivering inspiring products to its customers that are redefining the boundaries of what is possible in the imaging and home theatre markets. This year, Sony was honoured with a record seven awards, more than any other manufacturer and more than Sony has ever won in a single year.

With 53 expert magazines from 25 countries across the globe, EISA represents the largest editorial collaboration in the world of consumer electronics, and has been celebrating the very best products for over 35 years.

EISA CAMERA OF THE YEAR 2017-2018: Sony α9

The Sony α9 is a groundbreaking mirrorless camera that in many ways surpasses traditional DSLR rivals. Thanks to an innovative design, the 24.2 million pixel full-frame image sensor captures up to 20 frames per second in full resolution with no EVF blackout and offers completely silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 1/32,000th second. The new super-fast autofocus system, with 693 phase detection AF points covering 93% of the image area, ensures that even fast-moving subjects are in focus. The 5-axis image stabilisation allows a 5-step slower shutter speed. The oversampling process and full-frame pixel read-out result in excellent 4K movie quality.

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EISA Awards: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Wins Professional DSLR Camera 2017-2018

Canon is still the preferred DSLR for professionals and consumers as judged by the editors of the EISA Awards 2017-2018. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV wins the Professional DSLR Camera award and the Canon EOS 77D wins the Consumer DSLR Camera award. The Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM lens wins the Professional DSLR Lens award.


Canon recognised as a class-leader by the 2017 EISA awards

London, UK, 15 August 2017 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, is honoured to today announce it has been awarded three prestigious accolades from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 5D Mark IV has been named ‘EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2017-2018’, the EOS 77D has been awarded ‘EISA Consumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018’ and the Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM has been awarded ‘EISA Professional DSLR Lens 2017-2018’.

Voted by a panel of editors representing over 50 internationally-respected magazines from across 20 European countries, plus USA and Australia, EISA celebrates new products that combine the most advanced technology and desirable features with class-leading performance.

“Canon has a long-standing reputation within the industry for delivering high-quality products that enable users to tell the best story of their lives through unlocking their creative shooting potential with the support, reliability and consistency needed,” commented Lee Bonniface, Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe. “Feedback on our products through award recognition such as EISA, is paramount as we strive to produce pioneering and class-leading solutions that enable photographers around the world to discover, capture and share their own unique stories through photography.”

In recognition of Canon’s award-winning products, the EISA judging panel commented with the following citations:

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Cameras Nikon

EISA Awards: Nikon D7500 Wins Prosumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018

The Nikon D7500 Digital SLR Camera Receives EISA Award

August 17, 2017

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that its Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera, the Nikon D7500, is the recipient of the EISA Prosumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018 award presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

The D7500 is equipped with the same EXPEED 5 image-processing engine and Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor as the D500, Nikon’s flagship DX-format digital SLR camera, which enables superior image quality with little noise throughout its entire ISO 100–51200 range of standard sensitivities. The same superior image quality and high-speed performance available with the D500 is packed into a slim and lightweight body, making it popular with a wide range of users, from beginner to experienced, although it is a mid-level model.

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Cameras Sony

The Prestigious EISA Awards 2017-2018: Sony A9 Is Camera of the Year

The following video presents Sony | α | α9 – Product Feature:
α9 goes beyond the norms of camera function and operation, offering new expressive potential for professional creators.
This is the E-mount full-frame interchangeable lens digital camera to feature a 35mm full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral memory. The sensor’s stacked structure and integral memory contribute to the unprecedented readout speed achieved by the sensor and image-processing engine.
High speed enables continuous shooting at up to 20 fps, blackout-free shooting, up to 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second, silent, vibration-free Anti-Distortion Shutter operation at up to 1/32,000 sec., and other capabilities that add up to an all-new shooting experience without interference from mechanical devices.

*[00:48] [00:54] Correction of annotation: At shutter speeds of 1/125 sec or higher.

The many photography experts of the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA Awards 2017-2018) have put their seal of approval on the camera that many of us already knew would win, hands down: The Sony α9 mirrorless camera is deemed “groundbreaking” and “in many ways surpasses traditional DSLR rivals,” and is therefore awarded the Camera of the Year award. At the top, while Canon edged Nikon for the third year in a row, it is not a race between Canon and Nikon anymore. Welcome, Sony.

It’s unfortunate we have only one camera per category. It would be interesting to see the runner ups in each category and the number of votes each got. For example, where does Olympus mirrorless cameras rate? They should be way up there.

Still prefer a DSLR?


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Cameras Fujifilm

EISA Awards: Fujifilm X-T20 Wins Consumer Compact System Camera 2017-2018

The following video presents Exploring Montana with Victoria Wright and the X-T20 (USA):
“Discover more and get inspired with X-Photographer Victoria Wright as she explores the beautiful nature of Montana with the compact and powerful X-T20. All video was captured with the X-T20’s 4K.”

Fujifilm X-T20 won the prestigious 2017 EISA (the European Imaging and Sound Association) award* as Consumer Compact System Camera 2017-2018.


2017 EISA Awards for FUJIFILM X-T20

August 15, 2017

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is delighted to announce the FUJIFILM X-T20 digital camera have been crowned at the recent 2017 EISA (the European Imaging and Sound Association) award* as Consumer Compact System Camera 2017-2018. (more…)

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FUJIFILM Canada Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of Annex Photo Concept Store in Toronto: Store Visitors Can Enter a Draw to Win One Instax® Mini 9 Instant Film Camera Every Hour + Fujifilm’s @annexphotostore Instagram Contest on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Annex Photo Concept by Fujifilm

Annex Photo Concept by Fujifilm

Annex Photo Concept by Fujifilm, located in Toronto, is celebrating their one year anniversary this Saturday, August 19. Annex Photo was created to be an immersive photo and brand experience store. Fujifilm Canada invites you to a FREE  all day event in the store with door crasher specials, caricature sketches, FREE gourmet ice-pops, an Instagram contest with prizes — plus, one Instax® Mini 9 instant film camera will be randomly given away every hour.

Fujifilm Instax® Mini 9 instant film cameras: More info about the camera at

Fujifilm Instax® Mini 9 instant film cameras: More info about the camera at

The following video presents Meet the new mini 9:
“The exciting new instax Mini 9… All new colors, added mirror for the perfect selfies and a close-up lens attachment.”

Annex Photo is located at 362 Bloor St. W., Toronto.

Good Luck! / Bonne chance!



Fujifilm’s hybrid brand experience store has welcomed more than 80,000 guests in its first year

Mississauga, ON, August 15, 2017 – FUJIFILM Canada will celebrate the one year anniversary of Annex Photo, Concept by Fujifilm, Store in Toronto’s trendy Annex district on Saturday, August 19 with an all day event planned in store.

Annex Photo, Concept by Fujifilm, Store in Toronto

Annex Photo, Concept by Fujifilm, Store in Toronto

As part of the one year anniversary celebration of the Annex Photo Concept Store, Fujifilm will give away one Instax® Mini 9 instant film camera every hour on August 19 at the store. To enter for a chance to win, visitors can come to the store, enter their contact information on a ballot and a winner will be randomly selected each hour. There will also be an instagram contest for an additional Instax Mini 9 camera when customers post a photo with a special hashtag and tag the @annexphotostore instagram account. There will be free gourmet ice-pops from @thepopstand, caricature sketches (1-4pm) and door crasher specials.

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Macphun Announces Aurora HDR 2018 for both Mac and Windows

Aurora HDR is a tool to create perfect HDR photos – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction and powerful luminosity masking controls. Aurora HDR 2018 will be available for the Mac and PC (Windows).

Aurora HDR’s Key Features:

  • Total HDR editing experience with the most complete set of tools available.
  • Fast, powerful RAW processing engine.
  • Tone-mapping algorithm to achieve both realistic and dramatic HDR images.
  • Over 70 presets that give photos an amazing HDR look in just one click.
  • Luminosity masking that automatically makes advanced selections within HDR images based on the Zone System.
  • Unique layer system that supports blend modes, custom textures and using original exposures as source images.
  • Image Radiance, brushes, masks, lighting, vignettes and much more help users achieve their artistic vision.
  • Highly versatile batch processing.
  • Works as a standalone app or as a plug-in to Photoshop and Lightroom
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What’s new in Aurora HDR 2018:

  • Lens Correction Tool – The new Lens correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel to pincushion, to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
  • New User Interface – Redesigned from scratch, the modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
  • Cross-platform version – Aurora HDR 2018 will be available both for Mac and PC users. Files are interchangeable and mixed-computer households can share the same product key.
  • Speed Improvements – Up to 4x improvement in RAW image processing, and up to 200% faster merging and masking performance means that Aurora HDR 2018 is dramatically faster than the last version.

Aurora HDR 2018 will be availabe for pre-order on September 12, and released on September 28.

Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC that can be activated on 5 devices.

– Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $49
– New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 at a special pre-order price of $89
– A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.

Retail price:
– $59 for current Aurora HDR users
– $99 for new users


Aurora HDR 2018 comes in September as the ultimate cross-platform HDR photo solution

Award-winning Aurora HDR, co-developed with Trey Ratcliff, brings major updates that will be available for both Mac OS and Windows users.

San Diego, CA – August 15, 2017 — Macphun, the California-based developer known for making complex photo editing software simple and fun, today announced the release of Aurora HDR 2018, the one-stop solution for HDR photography . To sign up for pre-order announcements and more, please visit

Before & After Images - Copyright Trey Ratcliff

Before & After Images – Copyright Trey Ratcliff

Aurora HDR, co-developed with the renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, made the complex task of HDR editing effortless and unintimidating. Aurora HDR became the industry standard for HDR photo editing on Mac and reached 1.7 million downloads since its launch in November 2015.

In less than 2 years over 100 million photos have been edited in Aurora HDR and 72% of current users have made Aurora HDR their primary HDR photo editor, switching from other software. Today, Aurora HDR is the go-to editing software for such well-known photographers as Trey Ratcliff, Serge Ramelli, Captain Kimo and many others.

Since the launch of Aurora HDR, Macphun has released more than 10 updates containing tons of new features and improved performance,” commented Trey Ratcliff. “Today, I’m very excited to announce the launch of Aurora HDR 2018. It’s completely new, significantly faster and has even more powerful tools. Plus the BIG news is that it’s now available for Microsoft Windows as well. It’s truly the best HDR software for both Mac and PCs”, concluded Ratcliff.

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What a Samsung Galaxy S5 saw falling 1000 feet from an airplane — and what it heard on the ground

Filming with your cell phone from the open window of a small airplane apparently is risky as this owner found out when his Samsung Galaxy S5 got sucked out of his hands and hurtled 1000 feet to the ground. In the picture above, you can see the plane at the bottom as the phone tumbles toward the ground.

It survived. It kept recording. Luckily, friendly people doing gardening found it lying in their yard. After checking that it was not their phone, they eventually contacted the owner and returned it. Well done!


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