The annual Expert Imaging and Sound Association Awards were announced this week and Sony took home "Best Product" in multiple categories, including the Sony Alpha 1 that was named Camera Of The Year. See all of the Sony gear that won Best Product Awards under the Photography Group and more of what EISA had to say about each below, and read more on the 2021-2022 EISA Awards here.
Sony took home "Best Product" in six categories for the EISA Awards, including the Sony Alpha 1 that was named Camera Of The Year.
Camera Of The Year – Sony Alpha 1
“With the Sony Alpha 1, photographers no longer face a choice between high resolution or high speed. Instead, it delivers 50-million-pixel images at up to 30fps with an uninterrupted blackout-free view in its electronic viewfinder, thanks to its unique full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with integrated memory and a powerful BIONZ XR processor. The fast sensor readout enables accurate focus and exposure tracking during burst shooting, while the dual-driven shutter system allows flash sync up to 1/400sec and electronic shutter flash sync at up to 1/200sec. For videographers, the Alpha 1 offers up to 8K (7680×4320) 30p movie recording. This really is the one camera that does it all.”
Best Photo/Video Camera – Sony Alpha 7S III
"The Sony Alpha 7S III delivers 4K video without any compromise. At its heart is a new 12-million-pixel back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS image sensor that provides outstanding performance at high ISO sensitivities with minimal rolling shutter effects. Its full-pixel readout enables ultra-sharp and clean video without a crop. In 4K/60p mode the camera can record for more than an hour without overheating, while for slow motion, 4K/120p and Full HD/240p are also available. Internally, the camera records 10-bit footage with 4:2:2 color subsampling; it can also output 16-bit RAW data to a compatible recorder over HDMI. Other highlights include an extremely large, high-resolution 9.44-million-dot viewfinder and a fully articulated touchscreen monitor."
Best Wideangle Lens – Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master
"This extremely compact wide-aperture ultra-wideangle prime lens combines Sony’s latest optical design achievements and manufacturing techniques into a rectilinear 14mm f/1.8 lens that is as easy to carry in the field as it is to use in studio. The compact size and weight, however, do not compromise high image quality or weather-resistant build quality. Sporting careful optical correction, the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM performs impressively well for landscapes, nightscapes, and architecture. The 9-blade aperture and XA lens elements contribute to attractive bokeh, while the linear AF motors provide fast and accurate autofocus."
Best Wideangle Zoom Lens – Sony 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master
"Sony’s large-aperture ultra-wideangle zoom is a truly amazing lens, with remarkable optical performance that’s on a par with high-end primes. The sharpness is very impressive from edge to edge, even at maximum aperture. The lens is also astonishingly compact considering its 122° angle of view and bright maximum aperture of f/2.8. The high build quality includes weather-sealing and a water- and oil-repellent fluorine coating on the front element. Quick and accurate autofocus makes this lens a useful tool for both landscape photographers and photojournalists."
Best Standard Lens – Sony 50mm f/1.2 G Master
"This unique standard lens combines outstanding image quality and a very bright aperture with a remarkably compact and lightweight design. Its 11-blade circular diaphragm and XA lens elements together provide pleasing bokeh. In addition, the lens is equipped with an aperture ring that can be switched between clicked and clickless operation, a dust- and moisture-resistant design and four XD linear autofocus motors that deliver fast and precise autofocus and tracking. This lens offers Sony shooters a brilliantly performing tool for portraits, night scenes and general photography."
Best Multimedia Smartphone – Sony Xperia 1 III
"Sony’s Xperia 1 III introduces the first ever 120Hz 4K screen on a smartphone, plus a variable focal-length periscope telephoto camera, making this a genuine multimedia hero ideal for anyone who uses their mobile device mostly to create or to consume high-quality video and photo content. These capabilities are supported by Qualcomm’s latest 5nm Snapdragon 888 chipset and a full 12GB of RAM, a potent engine that ensures this smartphone also excels at mobile gaming and app multitasking. A high-end handset for demanding users, the Xperia 1 III wraps its pleasing functionality in a fresh design with an impeccable glass finish and IP65/IP68 water/dust-proofing."
Read more on the 2021-2022 EISA Awards here.