JUDGES' CITATION: Travellers and outdoor photographers want a packable drone which enables them to make exciting videos of their adventures without hauling around heavy and cumbersome gear. The Mavic Air weighs a mere 430 grams and has folding arms and propellers which sit flush against its slender frame, making it comparable to the size of a modern smartphone. New HDR algorithms yield high dynamic range 12 megapixels stills; 4K video at 30 fps videos (and 100 Mbps), as well as 1080p slow-motion videos can be recorded to the on-board 8.0 GB memory and saved to a microSD card. Also new is a ‘Sphere’ panorama mode which stitches images to create amazing 32 megapixels panoramas.

Australian Camera magazine is Australia’s only member of the Technical Image Press Association. TIPA started in Europe back in 1991, and has been gradually expanding further afield so there are now members in the USA, Canada, India, China, Brazil and, of course, Australia. Australian Camera magazine was invited to join in 2010, so this year marks our eighth attendance at the awards judging.

These judges’citations have been sub-edited to conform with our house style for elements such as measurements  and numbers. In some cases, they’ve also been slightly amended to better suit the Australian market situation or enhance readability. Sensor pixel counts are the effective number rather than that the total (which is what we usually quote in this magazine).

For more information, visit www.tipa.com

To see all the winners of the TIPA WORLD AWARDS 2018, get the latest issue of Australian Camera magazine.