History HallView awards history

2013-2015

2013-2015

  • 2013

    • EOS 6DCamera Journal Press Award, Camera Grand Prix1Good Design Award2Best DSLR Expert, TIPA Awards4European Advanced SLR Camera, EISA Awards6

      The EOS 6D won three prestigious photo and imaging awards: an EISA award, which is influential in Europe, a TIPA award, which is globally influential, and a Camera Grand Prix award, which is influential in Japan.

      Camera Grand Prix1

      Reason for selection :

      Winner of the 2013 “Editors Award,” the Canon EOS 6D was launched in 2012, a year that the CJPC calls the “first year of the full-frame-sensor era.” According to the CJPC jury, the EOS 6D opened the door for photography enthusiasts to 35 mm full-frame sensor cameras at an affordable price. In addition, the camera was commended for its lightweight, compact body, and for incorporating such cutting-edge technologies as built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.

      1 The Camera Grand Prix awards are considered the most influential camera and lens awards in Japan.

      Good Design Award2

      Evaluation by the jury committee3 :

      The design of the EOS 6D represents a huge step forward in numerous areas, as Canon designed the world’s smallest and lightest digital SLR camera containing a 35mm full-frame image sensor. Magnesium alloy is used for the front and rear body panels. The side grip uses rubber materials and is shaped to give users a firm hold when a full-frame-compatible lens is attached. Because the camera does not have a built-in flash, the design of the pentaprism section has been kept simple. The 6D’s impression is characterized by the combination of its materials and form. It appears that the engineers and designers struck a perfect balance for the design of the rear panel buttons, which are small and primarily positioned on the right side for easy operation. The user interface clearly reflects the new attempts at integrated wireless LAN connectivity and GPS functionality.

      2 Good Design Award is a comprehensive and annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). By 2013, Canon had won Good Design Awards for many products, including cameras, camcorders, and copying machines, and had amassed one Good Design Grand Award, 14 Gold Awards, and one Long Life Design Award.
      3 Taken from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion’s website.

      TIPA Awards4

      Named “Best DSLR Expert in 2013,” the Canon EOS 6D was recognized by the TIPA jury for “melding consumer-oriented features with a very advanced set of options.” Employing a 20.2-megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, the 6D not only achieves the world’s smallest, lightest body among DSLR cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame sensor,5 but also delivers “excellent quality at its highest ‘native’ ISO of 25,600 and beyond.” Realizing superior ease of use, the 6D includes such functions as a “Q button” that, once pushed, opens a screen menu displaying often used controls, making for a “very pleasing and fast shooting experience.”

      4 2013 marked the 23rd edition of the TIPA awards, which began in 1991. As of 2013, Canon had picked up a TIPA award for 19 consecutive years, starting from the EOS 100 SLR camera in 1992. Overall, Canon has won awards in 21 years for 65 different products and technologies.
      5 As of May 1, 2013. Based on a Canon survey.

      EISA Awards6

      The approximately 20.2-megapixel EOS 6D, featuring the world’s smallest and lightest,7 body among digital SLR cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor, is the first EOS-series camera to feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS functionality. The EISA panel noted that the camera offers many of the features and benefits found in Canon’s professional-model full-frame lineup, but at a more accessible price. In particular, the judges were impressed by the EOS 6D’s fast and effective AF performance in low-light conditions. Other features that earned praise included the model’s low-noise imaging performance, expanded exposure latitude, high dynamic range, and continuous shooting speed of up to 4.5 frames per second. In summing up their assessment, the panel declared that the EOS 6D “makes a great choice for enthusiast photographers.”

      6 2013 was the 32nd edition of the EISA awards, which were first presented in 1982. As of 2013, Canon had picked up an EISA award for 25 straight years. Overall, Canon has won awards in 28 years for 59 different products and technologies.
      7 Among digital SLR cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame-equivalent image sensor. As of August 1, 2013, based on a Canon survey.

      More details

    • EOS 100D (Americas : EOS Rebel SL1, Japan : EOS Kiss X7)Best DSLR Entry Level, TIPA Awards1European SLR Camera, EISA Photo Awards2Good Design Award4

      TIPA Awards1

      The Canon EOS 100D, labeled “Best DSLR Entry Level in 2013,” features a “very portable and lightweight body,” creating an “attractive option” for users seeking DSLR operability and access to Canon’s wide range of interchangeable EF lenses. Supporting high image quality even in low-light settings, the camera’s APS-C-size approximately 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor offers an ISO range of 100-12,800 for still images and 100-6,400 for video, while the Hybrid CMOS AF II makes possible accurate focus tracking during Live View shooting.

      1 2013 marked the 23rd edition of the TIPA awards, which began in 1991. As of 2013, Canon had picked up a TIPA award for 19 consecutive years, starting from the EOS 100 SLR camera in 1992. Overall, Canon has won awards in 21 years for 65 different products and technologies.

      EISA Photo Awards2

      The EOS 100D is the world’s smallest and lightest3 digital SLR camera to be equipped with an APS-C-size sensor. Despite its diminutive size, the judges commented that the camera “offers a very high level of performance.” Praising the combination of compact size and exceptional image quality, the EISA panel went on to say, “The miniaturized body will appeal to those looking for a small, lightweight and portable camera that still affords the user the controls needed for creative photography. A collection of automatic modes, and touch-screen operation, make the camera very easy to use for those new to photography, but the 18-million-pixel sensor still produces top-level image quality.”

      2 2013 was the 32nd edition of the EISA awards, which were first presented in 1982. As of 2013, Canon had picked up an EISA award for 25 straight years. Overall, Canon has won awards in 28 years for 59 different products and technologies.
      3 Among digital SLR cameras equipped with an APS-C-size image sensor. As of August 1, 2013, based on a Canon survey.

      Good Design Award4

      Evaluation by the jury committee5 :

      The EOS Kiss X7 is an interchangeable lens camera with an astoundingly compact design, even among digital SLRs. The body, from which Canon has shaved off any excess from past APS-C models, produces a finely balanced silhouette. The camera is constructed with a minimal side grip, and the shutter button and mode dial have been moved closer to the center. The body has been finished with an overall rounded design to account for its depth, which mirrorless cameras lack. The camera has a round and compact impression, and it signals the intentions of a manufacturer that wants people to experience the world of SLRs in comfort. The grip design has a big impact on making a camera of this size fit the hand firmly even with a lens attached. Arriving at the perfect grip size must have been the result of countless studies.

      4 Good Design Award is a comprehensive and annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). By 2013, Canon had won Good Design Awards for many products, including cameras, camcorders, and copying machines, and had amassed one Good Design Grand Award, 14 Gold Awards, and one Long Life Design Award.
      5 Taken from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion’s website.

      More details

    • PowerShot NGood Design Award,1 Good Design Best 1002

      Evaluation by the jury committee3 :

      The PowerShot N is an exceptional and unique digital camera. The camera’s shape, which looks like a smartphone app icon, has been deliberately designed to work seamlessly with networks and social media. Its USB charging ability makes it very compatible with mobile devices and computers. Special mention must be made of the ring around the lens that can be used as a shutter button or zoom lever for greater ease of use. And since the camera can be held in one hand and the monitor flipped up and adjusted to different angles, it provides more shooting flexibility and makes it easier to check angles when shooting. The Creative Shot function is also an intriguing idea. Unlike filter functions on conventional camera apps, with the Creative Shot function the camera automatically generates five variations of each shot for the user to select from. This is one of the reasons why this camera is so fun to use.

      1 Good Design Award is a comprehensive and annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). By 2013, Canon had won Good Design Awards for many products, including cameras, camcorders, and copying machines, and had amassed one Good Design Grand Award, 14 Gold Awards, and one Long Life Design Award.
      2 The Good Design Best 100 are the 100 products that were especially highly evaluted by the Good Design Award juries.
      3 Taken from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion’s website.

      More details

    • EOS-1D CBest Video DSLR, TIPA Awards1

      Honored with the “Best Video DSLR in 2013” accolade, the EOS-1D C was recognized for its 35 mm full-frame approximately 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor that enables the capture of not only 4K (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) and Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video, but also high-quality still images, “making it an extremely versatile camera for today’s pro shooters.” Part of Canon’s Cinema EOS System lineup of cinematography products, the TIPA panel noted that the EOS-1D C is “geared towards film and TV production, as well as specialty work.”

      1 2013 marked the 23rd edition of the TIPA awards, which began in 1991. As of 2013, Canon had picked up a TIPA award for 19 consecutive years, starting from the EOS 100 SLR camera in 1992. Overall, Canon has won awards in 21 years for 65 different products and technologies.

      More details

    • EOS C300Silver Award, Design for Asia Awards1Jury’s Special Award, Machine Design Awards2

      Design for Asia Awards1

      The Design for Asia (DFA) Awards celebrate design excellence, honoring and acknowledging outstanding designs that have the potential “to increase the quality and vibrancy of life in Asia and create globally sustainable ideas.“

      1 Launched in 2003 by the Hong Kong Design Centre, the Design for Asia Awards aim to increase awareness in the business world and among ordinary consumers about the value of excellent designs as an essential factor for business success and in sustainable, high-quality lifestyles. Canon entered for the first time and won its first DFA award in 2013.

      Machine Design Awards2

      This award is given to excellent products in recognition of the design work and achievements and to products holding future promise, after judging entries on numerous attributes, such as marketability, social relevance, and safety, in addition to the product’s functions and exterior design.

      2 The Machinery Industrial Design Awards are a design competition created in 1970 with the objective of encouraging and developing the design of Japan’s industrial products. 2013 marked the 43rd edition of the awards. Canon won Machine Design Awards for a total of 10 products between 1981 and 2012.

      More details

    • EF Cinema Lenses1Jury’s Special Award, Machine Design Awards2

      This award is given to excellent products in recognition of the design work and achievements and to products holding future promise, after judging entries on numerous attributes, such as marketability, social relevance, and safety, in addition to the product’s functions and exterior design.

      1 The launch of the Cinema EOS System lineup of cinema cameras and lenses in January 2012 marked Canon’s entry into the motion picture production industry. The EOS C300 was the first Cinema EOS System camera introduced and combines exceptional imaging performance with outstanding mobility and expandability to meet the demanding production needs of the motion picture industry.
      2 The Machinery Industrial Design Awards are a design competition created in 1970 with the objective of encouraging and developing the design of Japan’s industrial products. 2013 marked the 43rd edition of the awards. Canon won Machine Design Awards for a total of 10 products between 1981 and 2012.

      More details

    • iVIS mini (Europe / Asia / Oceania : LEGRIA mini, Americas : VIXIA mini)Good Design Award1

      Evaluation by the jury committee2 :

      The iVIS mini’s design was well regarded for enabling stress-free “selfies,” which emerged from applications employing social media, a new communication tool, and YouTube. This product is the perfect embodiment of a design fully integrated with our networked society, which is one of the evaluation criteria of the Good Design Award, by virtue of its Wi-Fi support, remote operation from a dedicated smartphone app, and the development of a system enabling the uploading of movies from a smartphone to social media. The compact design lets users carry it anywhere. The double-hinged 2.7-inch LCD monitor lets users view themselves for taking selfies. The unit’s built-in stand, which can be adjusted up to an approximately 60-degree angle, greatly expands recording possibilities. The iVIS mini is also reasonably priced and the design more than effectively expresses this.

      1 By 2013, Canon had won Good Design Awards for many products, including cameras, camcorders and copying machines, and had amassed one Good Design Grand Award, 14 Gold Awards and one Long Life Design Award.
      2 From the Japan Institute of Design Promotion website.

      More details

    • EOS Remote Smartphone AppGood Design Award1

      Evaluation by the jury committee2 :

      The remote control is an approach to improve operability. However, having a dedicated remote control attached to the camera you are using and carrying around is unwieldy and ends up compromising the camera’s overall convenience. As a solution to this problem, Canon included wireless LAN connectivity on its cameras and developed an app that turns a smartphone, which people routinely carry, into a remote control for the camera. The app’s simple interface design is a definite evolution in usability. Today’s photos are not saved in personal photo albums but are often shared on networks or stockpiled as data. The design of this app takes advantage of the utility of smartphones to enable reading captured photos and sending them directly to social networks. As such, the design was very well received for eliminating some of the steps with conventional offline SLRs and making photography more efficient and user friendly.

      1 Good Design Award is a comprehensive and annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). By 2013, Canon had won Good Design Awards for many products, including cameras, camcorders, and copying machines, and had amassed one Good Design Grand Award, 14 Gold Awards, and one Long Life Design Award.
      2 Taken from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion’s website.

      More details

    • EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USMBest Professional DSLR Lens, TIPA Awards1

      The Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, crowned “Best Professional DSLR Lens in 2013,” delivers exceptional image quality as well as enhanced durability and reliability thanks to its improved dust sealing and water resistance. Comprising 18 elements in 13 groups, the lens utilizes a Super UD2 and two UD lens elements as well as two types of aspherical elements, making possible high-resolution, high-contrast imaging performance across the entire zoom range. The TIPA jury also commended the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM’s optimized lens coatings, which help to minimize the occurrence of ghosting, and ring-type USM3 and high-speed CPU with optimized AF algorithms, enabling “silent and fast auto-focusing performance.”

      1 2013 marked the 23rd edition of the TIPA awards, which began in 1991. As of 2013, Canon had picked up a TIPA award for 19 consecutive years, starting from the EOS 100 SLR camera in 1992. Overall, Canon has won awards in 21 years for 65 different products and technologies.
      2 UD: Ultra low dispersion
      3 USM: Ultrasonic motor

      More details

    • EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4xEuropean Professional Lens, EISA Photo Awards1

      The EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, heralded by the EISA panel as “a great sensation for the optical world [that] opens a new era for professional optics,” is the world’s first2 super-telephoto zoom lens to incorporate an internal extender. The built-in 1.4x extender allows users to quickly and easily extend the zoom range from 200-400 mm to 280-560 mm with the flip of a switch. Also, as noted by the EISA judges, since the teleconverting unit is integrated into the lens’s design, “it can be activated safely in harsh conditions without exposing the camera’s mirror and sensor.” The panel concluded that the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x’s “ultimate optical quality guarantees uncompromised results for sport and wildlife photography.”

      1 2013 was the 32nd edition of the EISA awards, which were first presented in 1982. As of 2013, Canon had picked up an EISA award for 25 straight years. Overall, Canon has won awards in 28 years for 59 different products and technologies.
      2 Among interchangeable lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras (SLR and compact-system cameras), based on a Canon survey.

      More details

  • 2014

    • EOS 70DBest DSLR Advanced, TIPA AwardsCamera Journal Press Award, Camera Grand Prix3

      TIPA Awards

      Named “Best DSLR Advanced” by the TIPA jury, the Canon EOS 70D features an APS-C-size approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5+ image processor, making possible a fast continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 7 frames per second and a maximum standard ISO of 128001, which can be extended up to ISO 25600. The camera is also equipped with a 19-point all cross-type AF system. Earning special praise, however, was the EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which the judges called a “breakthrough.” The innovative autofocusing technology makes possible improved tracking capabilities when shooting video to ensure smooth focusing performance similar to that achieved by video camcorders, and fast autofocusing performance when capturing stills during Live View shooting. Other features mentioned by the TIPA jury were the camera’s Vari-angle touch-screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II, which offers approximately 1.04-million-dot resolution, and built-in Wi-Fi, which allows image-sharing via CANON iMAGE GATEWAY as well as the transfer and saving of images to a smartphone using the EOS Remote application2.

      1 Maximum ISO speed of ISO 6400 when shooting video.
      2 While available for both iOS and Android systems, performance cannot be guaranteed for all models.

      Camera Grand Prix3

      Reason for selection4

      Winner of the Camera Journal Press Award, the Canon EOS 70D was lauded by the CJPC jury for its newly developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which delivers significantly improved autofocus performance during Live View shooting, making this type of shooting with an SLR camera more practical. The camera was also noted for incorporating a Vari-angle Touch Screen LCD monitor, which enables Live view shooting at a level of speed and convenience on par with that offered by mirrorless cameras, in addition to an optical viewfinder allowing users to capture moving subjects.

      3 The Camera Grand Prix awards are considered the most influential camera and lens awards in Japan.
      4 Based on an announcement by the Camera Journal Press Club executive committee.

      More details

    • EOS 1200D (Americas : EOS Rebel T5, Japan : EOS Kiss X70)European Consumer DSLR Camera, EISA Photo Awards

      Named European Consumer DSLR Camera 2014-2015, the compact, lightweight Canon EOS 1200D realizes enhanced ease of use, making it an ideal entry-level digital SLR camera for both “newcomers to photography and experienced users on a budget.” Featuring an approximately 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor, the camera delivers “high-quality images with good dynamic range and low noise up to ISO 1,600 and beyond.” About EOS Companion, the company’s free dedicated smartphone application for the European market, the EISA jury panel noted it helps users to “get the most out of the camera.” Additionally, according to the judges, the EOS 1200D offers “exceptional value for money” thanks to such additional features as a 460,000-dot LCD screen, a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor, in-camera lens correction and a range of creative filters.

      More details

    • EOS 5D Mark IIIiF Product Design Awards, iF Design Awards 1

      Canon products have been awarded prestigious product design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.

      1 Established in 1953, iF Design Awards are recognized as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design.

      More details

    • EOS 100D (Americas : EOS Rebel SL1, Japan : EOS Kiss X7)iF Product Design Awards, iF Design Awards 1

      Canon products have been awarded prestigious product design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.

      1 Established in 1953, iF Design Awards are recognized as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design.

      More details

    • LEGRIA mini (Americas : VIXIA mini, Japan : iVIS mini)iF Product Design Awards, iF Design Awards 1

      Canon products have been awarded prestigious product design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.

      1 Established in 1953, iF Design Awards are recognized as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design.

      More details

    • EOS M User InterfaceiF Communication Design Awards, iF Design Awards 1

      Canon products have been awarded prestigious communication design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.

      1 Established in 1953, iF Design Awards are recognized as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of

      More details

    • PowerShot NBronze Award, IDEAiF Product Design Awards, iF Design Awards1

      IDEA

      Canon developed the new-concept PowerShot N for users looking to enjoy various ways of capturing and sharing photos via social networking sites using smartphones, tablet PCs and similar devices. Featuring an all-new design and novel operability, the camera includes such features as a Creative Shot mode, which automatically adjusts composition, color and lighting to produce five unique images along with the original photo, as well as a shutter ring that shifts vertically to snap photos. In addition, a Mobile Device Connect Button allows the camera to easily connect to a smartphone or other device with a single touch of a button.

      1 IDEA:International Design Excellence Award in the Entertainment category by the Industrial Designers Society of America. Considered the preeminent international design awards competition, the International Design Excellence Awards, launched in 1980, aim to foster business and public understanding of the importance of industrial design excellence to the quality of life and the economy. Products are reviewed based on not only their functions and aesthetic quality, but also such factors as level of innovativeness, as well as benefits to users and to society as a whole. The awards program recognizes the best product designs from a wide range of sectors, including industrial products, consumer electronics and household goods, along with vehicles, sports items and furnishings.

      iF Design Awards

      Canon products have been awarded prestigious product design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.

      More details

    • PowerShot N100Good Design Award1

      Evaluation by the jury committee2

      Although it has the shape of a camera and of course can be used as a conventional digital camera, the PowerShot N100 is an image-recording device that is essentially equipped with a completely different function. Amid [Japan’s] declining birth rate, family ties, as well as the recorded images that that serve as proof of such connections, carry greater value than ever. In order to do this more casually, this award-winning product, in addition to making use of a conventional compact camera interface, lets users embed video in a way that surpasses their intentions and incorporates a movie-editing function, making it a device that transforms recorded family moments into richly produced content.

      1 Good Design Award is a comprehensive and design evaluation and commendation system operated by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). As of 2013, Canon has won multiple Good Design Awards for various products, including cameras, camcorders and copying machines, and had amassed one Good Design Grand Award, 14 Gold Awards, and one Long Life Design Award.

      2 From the Japan Institute of Design Promotion website.

      More details

    • PowerShot G1 X Mark IIGood Design Award1

      Evaluation by the jury committee2

      The weight of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II fits comfortably in the hand, promptly inviting the user into a shooting frame of mind. The screen dialog, essential when operating a compact camera, features graphics and layouts that are well-organized, and employs conscientious and concise Japanese notations that provide a sense of comfort. While allowing users to customize the operating system is one of the camera’s characteristics, it also includes various features that make use of its large-screen high-resolution monitor that visually convey its capabilities. The operating system, employing buttons and rings, is unpretentious and matches the simple body shape, creating a balance between hardware and software deserving of high acclaim.

      1 Good Design Award is a comprehensive and design evaluation and commendation system operated by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). As of 2013, Canon has won multiple Good Design Awards for various products, including cameras, camcorders and copying machines, and had amassed one Good Design Grand Award, 14 Gold Awards, and one Long Life Design Award.

      2 From the Japan Institute of Design Promotion website.

      More details

    • LEGRIA mini X (Americas : VIXIA mini X , Japan : iVIS mini X)European Lifestyle Camcorder, EISA AwardsBronze Award, Design for Asia Awards1

      EISA Awards

      Reason for selection:

      Winner of the European Lifestyle Camcorder 2014-2015 award, the diminutive Canon LEGRIA mini X takes its predecessor’s “original innovative concept even further.” Called “multi-talented” by the EISA jury panel, the digital creative camcorder was recognized for its rotating touch screen display, “ideal for taking video ‘selfies,’” as well as its adjustable stand enabling placement on any surface and ultra-wide-angle 170-degree lens that “captures all the action.” Incorporating an f/2.8 lens and 1/2.3-type 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, the LEGRIA mini X delivers Full HD video in both AVCHD (50i) and MP4 (25p) codecs while an internal microphone allows the recording of uncompressed stereo LPCM audio. The camcorder enables the easy transfer of files thanks to its “generous” connectivity options, including a 3.5 mm jack for an external microphone, a headphone terminal, plus mini HDMI and mini USB, as well as support for Wi-Fi, which also enables operation from a smart device. Concluding its assessment of the LEGRIA mini X, the EISA jury said, “Genuinely flexible, this is a perfect partner for your everyday adventures.”

      Design for Asia Awards1

      Evaluation by the jury committee

      The Canon LEGRIA mini X video camcorder features a simple, compact body design that is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. The camcorder employs a wide-angle lens delivering widespread coverage even when shooting at close range, and includes a built-in stand. Supporting a wide range of shooting styles, the LEGRIA mini X facilitates hands-free shooting and self-shooting—both video-shooting styles that have grown in popularity alongside the spread of Social Networking Sites and video-sharing sites.

      1 The Machinery Industrial Design Awards are a design competition created in 1970 with the objective of encouraging and developing the design of Japan’s industrial products. 2014 marked the 44rd edition of the awards.

      More details

    • EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4xBronze Award, Design for Asia Awards1

      Evaluation by the jury committee

      The Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is the world’s first interchangeable super-telephoto zoom lens to employ an internal extender. With the simple flick of a switch, the internal extender enables the lens’s focal length range to be increased, a capability that normally would require the attachment of an external extender. The EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x brings together various Canon optical technologies, making possible exceptional versatility through its built-in extender, which does away with the need to attach an external extender, thus eliminating the risk of dust or moisture entering the lens or camera during lens changes.

      1 The Machinery Industrial Design Awards are a design competition created in 1970 with the objective of encouraging and developing the design of Japan’s industrial products. 2014 marked the 44rd edition of the awards.

      More details

  • 2015

    • EOS 7D Mark IIEuropean Prosumer DSLR Camera, EISA AwardsBest DSLR Expert, TIPA AwardsCamera Grand Prix

      EISA Awards

      Calling the EOS 7D Mark II “one of the best APS-C DSLRs ever made,” the EISA jury was impressed by the features it offers that are normally only made available in professional full-frame models. The judges noted that the camera’s 65-point AF system achieves “fast and responsive focusing in a wide range of conditions” and also highlighted its 10-frame-per-second continuous-shooting capability and large buffer capacity, even when capturing RAW images. With “superb” build quality and full weatherproofing that “can cope with almost any conditions,” the jury declared the 7D Mark II “perfect for sports, action and wildlife photographers who like to capture the most fleeting moments.”

      TIPA Awards

      Selected for this year’s “Best DSLR Expert” award, Canon’s APS-C-size flagship-model EOS 7D Mark II offers impressive specifications that, according to the TIPA jury, “appeal to photographers who know what a DSLR is capable of delivering.” The camera is equipped with an approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual DIGIC 6 image processors, all housed within a weather- and dust-resistant magnesium alloy body. In addition to realizing a fast continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second, the EOS 7D Mark II employs a 65-point (all cross type) AF system and viewfinder providing an approximately 100 percent field of view. The jury highlighted such “exciting” features as HDR (High Dynamic Range)3 and Multiple Exposure4 modes, as well as an intervalometer and a bulb timer for long exposure capture. Furthermore, the camera incorporates dual card slots for both SD and CF cards, is capable of capturing smooth, highly responsive Full HD video thanks to its Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and is equipped with a dedicated stereo microphone and built-in headphone jack ports.

      Camera Grand Prix

      Reason for selection1 :

      Selected for the prestigious Camera of the Year award, the EOS 7D Mark II was lauded for its fast continuous shooting speed of 10 fps, 65-point all cross-type AF system, and other advanced features that, according to the committee, befit a flagship-level digital SLR camera. The camera was also recognized for bringing these high-level features together into an easy-to-use design, enabling users to effortlessly capture not only moving subjects, but any type of subject. Furthermore, the jury members highlighted the camera’s “revolutionary” anti-flicker function, which ensures optimal exposure when shooting in environments lit by fluorescent or mercury-vapor lighting. The EOS 7D Mark II was said to be the only digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C-size sensor that made its presence felt and, thanks to its telephoto effect, continuous shooting speed and other features, once again brings new value to the APS-C-size sensor format.

      In addition, the committee noted that Canon’s promotional efforts in Japan were successful in generating buzz for the camera, lauding the Company’s marketing materials, which included seven catalogues that each focused on a different photography genre, as appealing and easy to understand.

      1 Comments from Camera GP Japan 2015 Executive Committee.

      More details

    • EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS REuropean Professional DSLR Camera, EISA AwardsGood Design Award

      EISA Awards

      About the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R digital SLR cameras, the EISA jury noted that the two models, described as “the highest resolution full-frame DSLRs on the market,” provide photographers with a choice: the 5DS, equipped with an optical low-pass filter that suppresses digital imaging artifacts, and the 5DS R, which cancels the effect of the low-pass filter for the sharpest images possible. The cameras’ 50.6-megapixel sensor, Dual DIGIC 6 processors, reduced mirror vibration and reliable metering deliver “superb image quality” while the 61-point High Density Reticular AF with 41 cross-type AF points ensures “reliable and fast AF performance.” In summing up their choice, the judges called the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R the “perfect choice for professional photographers for whom ultimate image quality really matters.”

      Good Design Award

      Evaluation by the jury committee1

      At first glance, although the exterior of the camera body looks the same as before, like the newly added Fine Detail mode, increased emphasis has been placed on the details. For example, the pentaprism hood on which the company name is engraved features a sheer drop and the label on the mode dial has an embossed quality. Advances were also realized in terms of performance with a USB 3.0 port, which looks like a conventional USB terminal. To these details is added ultra-high resolution comparable to that of a medium-format (film) camera, making for a camera worthy of its position as the highest-resolution flagship model within the series.

      1 From the Japan Institute of Design Promotion website.

      More details

    • EOS M3Good Design Award

      Evaluation by the jury committee1

      Marking a departure from the preceding model, which conveyed an impression similar to a digital compact camera, the EOS M3 makes a dramatic change of course, assuming a shape approaching that of an entry-model SLR. Representing an altogether different product featuring an expanded operating system that includes an additional dial and a body with increased size and weight, the new camera expresses the continuity of the series through such aspects as its coloring, its silhouette when viewed directly from the front, the shape of the shutter button, as well as the placement of such major elements as the record button and four-way control key. Additionally, in accordance with the new direction, the new elements have been crafted with great care, creating a nice balance. Despite being larger and thicker than the earlier model, it does not convey a negative image, but rather convincingly has the persuasive power to gain acceptance as a natural compact-model camera.

      1 From the Japan Institute of Design Promotion website.

      More details

    • IXUS 160 (Americas : PowerShot ELPH 160 IS, Japan : IXY 150)

      IXUS 165 (Americas : PowerShot ELPH 165 IS)

      IXUS 170 (Americas : PowerShot ELPH 170 IS, Japan : IXY 170)Best Easy Compact Camera, TIPA Awards

      With the introduction of the IXUS 160, IXUS 165 and IXUS 170, the TIPA judges said, “Canon has gone against the tide that supposedly swept away the possibility of new and exciting entrants in [the compact] camera category.” Named “Best Easy Compact Camera,” the three “compact and very affordable” IXUS-series cameras provide both “long-range optical zoom and stunning image quality,”

      features that, according to the jury, camera phones lack. In particular, the IXUS 170 was recognized for being an “exceptionally slim camera … with a very long-range [12x] optical zoom,” and for employing an approximately 20.0-megapixel image sensor and Intelligent IS, an optical image stabilization system that analyzes camera movement and applies the optimal correction method for shake-free stills and 720p HD video. The judges noted that “users can rely on the Smart AUTO mode,” a function that automatically chooses the optimal camera settings based on the scene being captured. The IXUS 165 also comes with Intelligent IS, while both the IXUS 165 and IXUS 160 each incorporate a 20.0-megapixel image sensor and an 8x optical zoom lens.

      More details

    • PowerShot G3 XGood Design Award

      Evaluation by the jury committee1

      While the PowerShot G3 X has attained a unique position for itself as a high-end digital compact camera equipped with a 1.0-inch large-scale sensor, is also equipped with an ultra-high-magnification 25x zoom. In addition, although its specs, which include dust and moisture resistance, may convey the air of a rather Spartan form, the camera, in fact, features a slim design. Its form, characterized by straight lines, and the area near the front of the lens, which incorporates a band of fine ridges, convey an air of elegance uncharacteristic of a digital compact camera. Despite conveying an attractiveness that allows it to be shown off when not being used as a camera, the G3 X packs an array of truly impressive specs.

      1 From the Japan Institute of Design Promotion website.

      More details

    • XC10Good Design Award

      Evaluation by the jury committee1

      This all-in-one 4K video camera, which even includes a tilting LCD monitor, has a truly innovative form that, at first glance, gives the impression of a still camera. Aside from the tilting LCD monitor, another distinctive feature is its rotating handgrip, and with the included viewfinder, the standard features alone support flexible and diverse shooting styles. Its shape and light weight of less than 1 kg are not only innovative, they also offer growth potential by attracting SLR camera users and enabling use with drones.

      1 From the Japan Institute of Design Promotion website.

      More details

    • PowerShot N100iF Product Design Awards, iF Design Awards

      Canon products have been awarded prestigious product design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.

      More details

    • XF205/XF200iF Product Design Awards, iF Design Awards

      Canon products have been awarded prestigious product design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.

      More details

    • EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4xiF Product Design Awards, iF Design Awards

      Canon products have been awarded prestigious product design awards from iF International Forum Design GmbH.

      More details

    • EF11-24mm f/4L USMEuropean Professional DSLR Lens, EISA AwardsBest Professional DSLR Lens, TIPA AwardsLens of The Year, Camera Grand Prix Good Design Award

      EISA Awards

      The EISA judges found the EF11-24mm f/4L USM to be “one of the best wide angle zooms ever made,” going on to describe it as “an absolutely outstanding piece of glass.” In addition to delivering “class-leading image quality with exceptional sharpness at all settings, even [for] high-resolution sensors,” the jury lauded the lens’s “superb” construction, featuring weather sealing for protection during outdoor use, and its fast and silent autofocusing capabilities. For full-frame users who specialize in landscape, architectural or interior photography and demand exceptional optical performance, the judges said, “Look no further [than the EF11-24mm f/4L USM].”

      TIPA Awards

      Earning TIPA’s “Best Professional DSLR Lens” title, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens provides users with access to the “widest angle of view5 yet achieved for a rectilinear full-frame DSLR zoom lens.” In addition to boasting an impressive minimum focal length of 11 mm, the lens makes possible “minimally distorted images throughout its range.” It employs 16 lens elements in 11 groups, and incorporates four aspherical lens elements that help “minimize distortion from the center to the frame edge,” as well as an optical array that “provides straight lines with minimal curvature throughout the entire [zoom] range.” The lens also features super UD and UD lens elements that, according to the TIPA jury, “significantly reduce chromatic aberration,” as well as Canon’s SWC coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The EF11-24mm f/4L USM offers a body design that is “well sealed for dust and water resistance,” and allows for manual focusing even when in AF mode.

      Camera Grand Prix

      Reason for selection1

      Winner of the 2015 Lens of the Year award, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens was recognized by the committee for achieving the world’s widest angle of view starting at a minimum focal length of 11 mm, without any of the image distortion unique to fisheye lenses. The committee also noted that, thanks to the generous use of cutting-edge optical technologies and lens-coating technologies, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM effectively corrects for aberrations commonly associated with ultra-wide-angle lenses, delivering a level of image quality capable of supporting use even with cameras with high pixel counts. Concluding, the committee said that the lens offers specifications and a perspective that are “truly unique.”

      1 Comments from Camera GP Japan 2015 Executive Committee.

      Good Design Award

      Evaluation by the jury committee:

      Making possible a never-before-seen world of photography, this zoom lens, with a minimum focal length of 11 mm, achieves the world’s widest angle of view, enabling the single-shot capture of almost the entire field of view realized by the human eye. Emphasizing this distinctive feature, the lens’s shape narrows from the front lens toward the mount area while the leather-tone coating accentuates its extraordinary presence. While it is easy to hold and offers easy ring operation, as an SLR camera lens, the smoothness with which its 16 elements, including the world’s largest aspherical lens, in 11 groups moves during autofocus is awe inspiring.

      More details

    • EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USMBest Expert DSLR Zoom Lens, TIPA Awards

      Winner of the “Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens” award, the Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM was designed for full-frame SLR cameras, but is “equally beneficial” for APS-C digital SLR camera users who want to gain even more zoom range. In addition to 4-stop image stabilization and a USM (Ultra-Sonic Motor) delivering fast, near-silent AF performance, the lens employs 21 elements in 16 groups, including fluorite and super UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements, making possible “high image quality across the frame.” Furthermore, Canon’s ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology offers advanced anti-reflective properties to achieve reduced ghosting and flares, while the lens’s nine-bladed circular aperture enables background blur that, according to the TIPA jury, is “smooth” and “impressive.” The judges also focused on the lens’s rear focusing design, with a floating element that “enhances AF speed and ensures uniformity in image quality at all focusing distances.” Other features mentioned by the TIPA jury include the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM’s adjustment ring, which enables users to fine-tune the zoom ring’s torque based on user preferences, and an independent-construction tripod mount that can be detached even while the lens is attached to a camera.

      More details