The winners of the Camera Magazine Imaging Awards 2015 were announced at a dinner at the Novotel Manly Pacific in Sydney on Saturday 1st November.
With awards sponsors Camera House hosting the evening, Camera magazine Editor Paul Burrows announced the winners across 10 categories, in advance of the Special Awards Issue of the magazine going on sale on November 13th.
"As always, all the eligible products in each category are judged on a wide variety of design, operational and performance criteria along with a consideration of just how effectively the design brief has been met,” says Editor Paul Burrows. “Pricing is taken into account too, but isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker because some products would still win even if they were twice or three times the asking price – they’re simply that good – some represent such staggeringly good value-for-money that there’s no contest.
"After we’ve arrived at a shortlist of high-scoring potential winners, we leave the objective behind and consider the subjective elements – i.e. the look, the feel and the experience – and then it’s a case of looking for that special ‘something’ that generally tends to separate a winner from the best-of-the-rest every time.
"None of the categories was a walk-over this year so all the winners had to be a little bit special to rise above their rivals, either by simply being a better conceived package all round or by possessing one element of design or performance that was discernibly better than anything we’d seen before. Either way, the winners of the 2014-15 Camera Magazine Imaging Awards are undoubtedly the cream of the crop.”
Let’s meet the winners...
Consumer Digital SLR: Pentax K-S1
The Finalists: Canon EOS 1200D, Nikon D5300, Pentax K-S1.
Enthusiast Digital SLR: Nikon D810
The Finalists: Nikon D610, Nikon D810, Pentax K-3.
Professional Digital SLR: Nikon D4S
The Finalists: Nikon Df, Nikon D4S and Pentax 645Z.
Consumer Compact System Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
The Finalists: Panasonic Lumix GM1, Olympus OM-D E-M10, Sony Alpha 5000.
Enthusiast Compact System Camera: Leica T
The Finalists: Fujifilm X-E2, Leica T, Nikon V3.
Professional Compact System Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
The Finalists: Fujifilm X-T1, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, Sony Alpha 7R.
Digital Compact Camera: Nikon Coolpix P7800
The Finalists: Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, Nikon Coolpix P7800, Panasonic Lumix TZ60, Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III.
The Finalists: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, Sony Alpha A7S, Zoom Q4.
Digital Photo Printer: Epson Expression Photo XP-950.
Digital Lens: Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM
The Finalists: Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 III EZ, Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM, Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4.
Innovative Imaging Product: Profoto B1
The Finalists: Profoto B1, Sigma dp2 Quattro,