TOKYO, August 20, 2009The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), composed of 50 special interests magazines from 19 countries focusing on photography, A/V products, home theaters, and mobile devices, has recognized three Canon products with prestigious "Best Product" awards: the Canon EOS 5D Mark II as European Advanced Camera 2009-2010; the Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i in other regions) as European SLR Camera 2009-2010; and the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II as European Photo Printer 2009-2010.
EISA awards are presented to products released in Europe within the past 12 months and deemed representative of their product category by a judging panel composed of editors of EISA-affiliated magazines specializing in that respective product division.
The EISA Photo Panel described the EOS 5D Mark II as a "worthy successor of the EOS 5D," praising Canon's achievement in increasing the pixel count of the model's 35mm CMOS sensor to 21.1 megapixels while delivering lower noise levels than its predecessor. The jury also lauded the model's dust and moisture protection, Live View shooting, sensor cleaning, and full High Definition recording capabilities.
The EOS 500D, which incorporates a Live View recording function and high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor, realizes high-quality images and low noise even in dark environments. The jury speculated that the 500D's high-quality High Definition video mode may be enough to inspire some users to pursue amateur film-making as a hobby.
The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II combines "accuracy, speed, and convenience" to produce prints with a high level of detail and quality using ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters. Judges highlighted the Pro9000 Mark II's ability to print RAW files directly from Canon's DPP RAW conversion software package.
In addition to the European Advanced Camera Award, the EOS 5D Mark II has also been declared Best Digital SLR Expert Camera 2009 by the European Technical Image Press Association and Grand Prix Camera of the Year at the Camera Grand Prix 2009 in Japan, receiving a total of three authoritative awards in the camera industry.