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Awards were determined by representatives of TIPA’s member magazines. Note that TIPA magazines are a diverse collection of imaging-related publications from across the globe, including:
While TIPA awards are normally determined by an in-person body of magazine representatives, this year’s judging process proceeded differently (due to COVID-19 concerns). Instead of taking place in a Las Vegas assembly, voting was done online.
The TIPA chairperson explained:
We believe that now more than ever our support of the industry and the people who work so hard, be it in production, distribution, or marketing, deserve credit and our thanks and appreciation for their efforts to continue to develop new and exciting products and grow into the future. Of course, while the process of nomination and selection of award winners had to adapt to the circumstances, we maintained our usual rigorous standards in our considerations.
Read on to discover TIPA’s choices for the best camera gear of 2020.
You’ll probably notice quite a few familiar products. But you may also notice some new ones worth checking out.
And then, when you’re done, leave your thoughts in the comments section. Let us know how you feel about the winners!
Do you agree? Disagree? Are there any cameras, lenses, or additional gear that you’d like to have seen on the list? And what is your favorite camera, lens, photo editing software, and accessory of 2020?
Best Full Frame Professional Camera: The Sony a7R IV
Best Full Frame Camera Expert: The Sigma fp
Best APS-C Camera Professional: The Fujifilm X-Pro3
Best APS-C Camera Expert: The Sony a6600
Best APS-C Camera Advanced: The Nikon Z50
Best DSLR Professional Camera: The Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Best DSLR Expert Camera: The Nikon D780
Best DSLR Advanced Camera: The Canon EOS 90D
Best Full Frame Photo/Video Camera: The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Best Medium Format Camera: The Fujifilm GFX100
Best Expert Compact Camera: The Sony RX100 VII
Best Premium Compact Camera: The Fujifilm X100V
Best Photo Smartphone: Huawei P40 Series
Best DSLR Prime Lens: Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD
Best DSLR Macro Lens: Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO
Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 CF
Best DSLR Professional Lens: Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E VR
Best Micro Four Thirds Lens: Panasonic Leica 10-25mm f/1.7
Best Mirrorless Prime Standard Lens: Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct
Best Mirrorless Prime Wide Angle Lens: Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 RF
Best Mirrorless Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
Best Mirrorless Telephoto Zoom Lens: Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Best Mirrorless Standard Zoom Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art
Best Professional Portrait Lens: Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM
Best Imaging Software: DxO PhotoLab 3
Best Inkjet Photo Paper: Hahnemuhle Natural Line
Best Portable Photo Printer: Fujifilm Instax Mini Link
Best Imaging Storage Solution: SanDisk Extreme Pro CFexpress 2.0
Best Portable Flash: Nissin MG80 Pro
Best Professional LED Light: ARRI Orbiter
Best Tripod Head: Gitzo 3-Way
Best Travel Tripod: Manfrotto BeFree GT XPRO
Best Professional Photo Monitor: BenQ PhotoVue SW321C
Best Professional Video Monitor: LG UltraWide 38WN95C
Best Mobile Accessory: Godox R1
Best Photo Lab: WhiteWall Masterprint
Best Photo Service: CEWE Photobook
Best Photo Innovation: Sony Real-Time Tracking technology