Best camera and Equipment of 2018 according to TIPA

2019 will soon be with us and I thought I would take a quick look back at what have been voted as the best photographic products by TIPA in 2018 and pick out my personal favourites in terms of cameras.

What is TIPA

TIPA was Founded in 1991, TIPA stands for, Technical Image Press Association,it create publications in the photo/imaging field published in print and online, their publications include consumer, professional, business-to-business, and fine art photography and imaging publications.

TIPA’s Editors and staff are provide a true and dependable appraisal of photo and imaging products. As quoted on TIPA, “Their magazines and websites have built a loyal following among their readers. Each member publication is engaged in the selection and final vote in the TIPA WORLD AWARDS process to name the Best Photo and Imaging products of the year”.

The TIPA awards are broken down into a number of categories, cameras, lenses, accessories, services and Tech & Design. These are my 3 picks.


Starting with my favourite Best CSC Camera – Expert,  the Panasonic Lumix G9, this camera came out late 2017 and is Panasonic’s flagship Compact System Camera.

Panasonic quoted this camera as being the “perfect camera for wildlife photography. The Lumix G9 delivers state-of-the-art image quality paired with an astonishing frame rate. The mirrorless camera delivers up to 60 fps in both JPEG and Raw formats incorporating DFD-AF with only 0.04 second lock focus speed This camera is feature rich and its performance second to none! It’s on my list, I currently own a Panasonic GX8 which I love using.

When it comes to travel photography and travelling light, Panasonic Lumix TZ200 hs to be a great all round quality compact with a 20MP sensor and 15 times optical zoom

This camera would suit both pros and enthusiasts, it’s pocketable, has a wide-range zoom and like many new compacts is feature rich and offers excellent image quality due to its 1-inch 20.1MP High sensitivity MOS sensor and low light capabilities.

As a Lumix camera user I have come to trust the quality of Panasonic’s range of cameras and the quality of the images produced by their cameras. Of course, there are other camera manufactures with as equally good products but I have come to trust and like my Lumix cameras.

The only super zoom bridge camera in the TIPA awards appears to be the Sony RX10IV, this camera just shouts quality and functionality. If I had to choose just one camera for all my genral photogrpahic needs i.e. shooting casual sports, action and wildlife, travel, family vacations and  video as an all-in one solution I would choose the Sony RX10IV. One thing to note though for the more serious action and sports photographer used to zooming, whilst also maintaining focus on a moving subject, this cameras zoom speed my be too slow for your needs..

I have not personally used this camera and I do have a Panasonic FZ1000 packed in one of my camera bags. I was travelling a lot for work and reduce my equipment to only the essentials, my FZ1000 served my needs well. If I had to replace it, then I would probably go for the Sony RX10IV

Let’s see what 2019 brings!

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