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Sony Takes Leadership Position In DPReview 2017 Gear Of The Year Awards

The Sony α7R III tops the annual DPReview Gear Of The Year Awards taking home Product Of The Year honors. Overall Sony dominated this year’s awards with winner or runner up (or both!) in Best Zoom Lens, Best Prime Lens, Best Compact Camera, Best Consumer Stills/Video Camera, Best High End Interchangeable Lens Camera and 2017 Product Of The Year.

Here’s a quick summary:

DPReview Product Of The Year, 2017

Winner: Sony Alpha α7R III

“[O]ne of the last cameras released in 2017 ended up taking the top spot. The Sony α7R III is a truly impressive camera, which combines advanced stills and video features in a body designed to satisfy the needs of professionals and enthusiasts alike.” See more.

Best Zoom Lens

Winner: Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

“Sony's pro-grade 16-35mm F2.8 is built to an exceptionally high standard and offers excellent sharpness, making it an ideal companion to Sony's new α7R III. For many years, Sony was criticized for offering a relatively small lineup of high-quality lenses, but products like the new 16-35mm F2.8 GM prove that the company has what it takes to make world-class optics.” See more.

Runner-up: Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G

“To say the Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G is an excellent wide-angle zoom would be an understatement: it's optically as good or better than far bigger lenses weighing nearly twice as much. For the sort of edge-to-edge sharpness this lens provides in such an immensely small and lightweight package, the 12-24mm could easily have won in this category.” See more.

Best Prime Lens

Runner-up: Sony FE 85mm F1.8

“Sony's FE 85mm F1.8 takes the runner-up spot for its combination of excellent image quality, speedy autofocus, attainable price and compact size. For anyone looking to get into portraiture using Sony's full-frame lens ecosystem, we wholeheartedly recommend the FE 85mm F1.8.” See more.

Best Compact Camera

Winner: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

“[I]t's impressively capable for both stills and video, and this combined with the razor-sharp 24-600mm stabilized zoom lens makes for an unbeatable combination. As such, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV earns our award for the best compact camera of 2017.” See more.

Best Consumer Stills/Video Camera

Runner up: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

“For its combination of versatility, portability and (relative) affordability, runner-up in this category goes to the ultra-versatile Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV.” See more.

Best High-End ILC

Joint-winner: Sony Alpha α7R III

“The Sony α7R III is a technological tour-de-force, incorporating a tweaked version of the 42MP sensor used in the α7R II, now with even more dynamic range, and one of the best autofocus systems we've yet encountered in a mirrorless camera.” 
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