Three Nikon Products Win the 30th Edition of the TIPA World Awards


Nikon won three categories of the prestigious TIPA World Awards 2021.  The company is one of the many to have been bestowed with this honour. Each year, the award is presented to the best imaging products unveiled in the previous year.

Since 1991, TIPA has been working towards recognising the efforts of manufactures. Numerous member publications in the imaging field, both print and online, create a global panel of experts. Each editor of these publications is a part of the selection and final voting process of the awards.

Every year, TIPA members come together with the TIPA Board at the General Assembly to choose the winners through a voting process. However, on account of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, the board decided to set up an online voting procedure for members from around the world on 30 April 2021. The associations selected the best 40 products from numerous nominees. The panel of 26 jurors from Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America, along with a delegate from the Camera Journal Press Club. Better Photography, the only South Asian member of TIPA, was represented by Shridhar Kunte, Deputy Editor—Technical.

“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 our thanks and appreciation for their efforts to continue to develop new and exciting products that both expand imaging creativity and potential and point the way to new technologies in the future,” said Thomas Gerwers, Chairman of TIPA.

Here is a look at the categories: 

1. Best Full Frame Camera Advanced: Nikon Z 6II

Noted for its impressive low-light recording capabilities—native ISO range that stretches up to 51,200—the 24.5MP Nikon Z 6II also sports numerous creative modes, including multiple exposures, time lapse, and focus shift bursts. It also offers fast processing speeds of up to 14fps for 124 consecutive frames. The 4K videos can be captured at 1080p/60fps and offer slow-motion at 120fps. Dual card slots and Dual EXPEED 6 processors manage the data flow. The Nikon Z 6II owners can also enjoy the use of over ninety F-Mount Nikkor (with up to 360 classics with varying degrees of compatibility) through the optional Mount Adapter FTZ. And while Nikkor Z lenses sync at up to 5EV steps of onboard image stability, even adapted lenses can deliver 3EV (the level of support varies by F-mount lens specification and their onboard VR).

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2. Best Full Frame Camera Expert: Nikon Z 7II

Looking over the specs of the Nikon Z 7II, one can catch a glimpse into the many ways both professional and enthusiast photographers can use the camera’s capabilities to expand their creative potential and the way they record and interpret the world. It starts with the 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and dual EXPEED 6 processors that can deliver 10fps stills, up to 4K 60fps video, including 4K 120fps slow-motion clips. Dual card slots, one SD and the other CFexpress, handle the data flow from still or video recording with ease. Low light shooting is enhanced by a native ISO that stretches to ISO 25,600, with focus acquisition at -4EV and built-in 5EV stability. Eye- and face-detection AF, for both people and animals, is available in still and video.

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3. Best Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Nikon Nikkor Z 14–24mm f/2.8 S

Super wide angle lenses face particular optical challenges, including ghosting, flare, and coma. This smaller and lighter Z version of Nikon’s classic 14–24 mm super wide zoom takes full advantage of Nikon’s latest lens technology to help suppress incidental light from every direction. For example, Anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO coatings on lens elements, along with the use of aspherical elements and advances in Z mount technology, keep pinpoints of light sharp and clear and free from sagittal coma and flare, evident in photos made of city lights and starry nights. There’s a handy in-lens filter slot that is a great benefit considering the 112mm filter thread. There is an AF stepper motor that works in near silence. It is good for quiet video work and smooth for photography as well.

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