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Four Canon products honored with prestigious Technical Image Press Association awards


TOKYO - Four Canon products were selected for “Best Product 2011” awards in Europe by the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 29 photography and imaging magazines across 14 European countries. The four award-winning Canon products are: the EOS 600D digital SLR camera, the PowerShot SX230 HS compact digital camera, the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens, and the PIXMA MG8150 multifunction inkjet printer.

Honored with TIPA’s “Best DSLR Entry Level in 2011” award, the Canon EOS 600D (Canon Rebel T3i in the Americas, Kiss X5 in Japan) digital SLR camera was recognized for continuing “the legacy of easy operation and high functionality.” The selection jury was “very impressed” with such features as the camera’s 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video and Live View shooting, saying the model “makes for a great first camera for those seeking to ’step up’ from compact cameras.”

The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS compact digital camera was selected as “Best Super Zoom Camera in 2011.” TIPA jury members said they were “impressed” with such features as the HS System, which combines a high-sensitivity 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with Canon’s high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, to deliver reduced noise levels in high ranges up to ISO 3200. Offering Full HD 1080p video and a new GPS function, the judges said the model’s 3-inch LCD screen with 100% frame coverage “makes for easy viewing and menu controls.”

Winning “Best Professional Lens in 2011,” the Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto lens was awarded for its improvements in autofocus speed, optical image stabilization and optical quality compared with its “legendary predecessor,” which the jury added was “no easy feat.” The lens was noted for its reduced chromatic aberration performance thanks to one fluorite and five UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements, while its “rugged, dust-proof and moisture-resistant design, for use under the most extreme shooting conditions” also garnered recognition.

Honored with the “Best Multifunction Photo Printer in 2011” award, the Canon PIXMA MG8150 (PIXUS MG8130 in Japan) inkjet printer earned kudos from judges for its “advanced printing technology in a beautiful black box design.” Additional features recognized by TIPA members included the printer’s new Intelligent Touch System and Canon Easy-WebPrint EX software, making photo prints “easier for all levels of photographers.” The jury called the new Full HD Movie Print function, which allows users to print photos from full HD movies, an “exciting feature that fits right in with camera trends.”

Winners of TIPA’s European Photo & Imaging Awards are selected annually from among the photo imaging products announced in Europe during the previous 12 months. Canon products were recognized for excellence with multiple awards spanning both input and output devices.


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