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Nic Rossmüller : July 23th 2006 - 09:34 CET

American Photo Editor Choice Award 2006

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America PhotoAmerican Photo Editors Choice Award 2006 : American Photo Magazine have announced their eight annual Editor's Choice awards. Photography has always been an art based on science, as advances hurtle us along with startling speed. To produce this special section we turned to Executive Editor Russell Hart and a team of experts, this year including contributing editors Jonathan Barkey and Steve Pollock, Popular Photography & Imaging editors Dan Richards and Debbie Grossman, and writers Aimee Baldridge and Phil Ryan. In addition, Alexis Gerard, president of Future Image Inc., contributed an essay looking into photography's technological future. If the state of the art is this good now, just imagine what's coming down the road.
American Photo Editor Choice Award 2006Editors Awards 2006 - D-SLR camera
descended to a level at which it's no longer a leap for compact-weaned photographers to leave the point-and-shoot nest. That trend will continue, given this year's big D-SLR news: the foray of CE giants Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony into the field. Yet our choice for entry-level D-SLR of the year is one of the most expensive of this affordable lot.
• Editor's Choice 2006 Olympus E-330
• Best Buy: Samsung GX-1L
• Pentax K100D

American Photo Awards - Advanced DSLR
the year, the Nikon D200 would take that honor. Its combination of high-quality image capture, durability, speed, technology, and handling makes it best of class, and it can be had for way less than a "professional" model. This digital SLR defines its category: Advanced.
• Editor's Choice 2006: Nikon D200 Digital SLR
• Best Buy: Canon EOS 30D
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Photo Editors Choice Award - Professional D SLR
Our professional camera of the year is conventional in one familiar sense: Its image sensor is the size of an old-fashioned 35mm frame. But that's what sets it apart from almost all other D-SLRs, models with sub-35mm sensors that narrow a lens's expected angle of view. The big chip gives you the full wide-angle goodness of the largest AF lens selection in the optical world, at a price that redefines the category.
• Editor's Choice 2006: Canon EOS 5D
• Nikon D2x
• Leica Digital-Modul-R/Leica R9

Camera Phones - Nokia N93 Editor´s choice Award 2006
stuffing as many people as possible into a phone booth, but that's sort of what consumer electronics makers are doing these days to phones themselves. Flip open a cutting-edge cellphone and out tumble televisions, stereos, Internet-connected PDAs-and cameras. The models we like best offer three-megapixel resolution, autofocus, and even optical zooming. Oh, and photo-blogging tools.
• Editor's Choice 2006: Nokia N93
• LG 8300 Camera Phone
• PalmOne Treo 700w
• Motorola i580
• Nokia N73
• Sony Ericsson K790a
• Sony Ericsson W810i
• Samsung SGH-ZX20
• Sanyo MM-7500
• Nokia N80
• Kyocera K822

Wide-Format Printers - Canon iPF5000 American photo award
• Canon ImagePROGRAF iPF5000
• BEST BUY: HP Designjet 90
• Epson Stylus Pro 4800

Photo Editor Choice Awards 2006 - HP B9180 Fine-art Printers
• HP Photosmart Pro B9180
• Canon Pixma Pro9500
• Epson Stylus Photo R2400

Snapshot Printers - Samsung SPP 2040 Photo award
• Samsung SPP-2040
• Hi-Touch S400
• Canon Selphy DS810
• Olympus P-11

Editor´s Choice Award - Photo Storage & Display
the defining qualities of the latest devices for storing, viewing, and sharing digital images. Among them are a mini-switchboard that swaps memory card data, a DVD writer that prints labels, a hard drive that networks your home, and a storage viewer that can Wi-Fi with your camera.
• Kingston Technology U3 DataTraveler
• Epson P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
• SmartDisk NAS Drive
• Kingston Technology U3 DataTraveler
• SmartDisk NAS Drive
• LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive
• LiteOn EZ-DUB
• Lexar JumpDrive Secure II
• JOBO Giga Vu PRO Evolution
• Sony 8GB Compact Vault
• SanDisk 8GB CompactFlash Extreme III
• Kingston Technology SD Ultimate
• Lexar 133X WA CompactFlash and Secure Digital
• Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive
• LaCie Two Big RAID
• MediaGear Flash DVD with LightScribe
• Memorex TravelLink
• Sony VRD-MC1 DVDirect DVD Recorder

High-Res EVF Cameras - Sony DSC R1 Photo editor award
resolution cameras with electronic viewfinders and non-interchangeable lenses were dead ducks, soon-to-be victims of D-SLR price slashing. Then Sony created the Cyber-shot DSC-R1, a model that bridges the gap between EVFs and D-SLRs. The Sony R1 offers exceptionally low noise, a wide dynamic range, and (unlike most of its competitors) a fast, true wide-angle zoom. Ask yourself: Do you really need interchangeable lenses?
• Sony Cybershot DSC-R1
• Fujifilm FinePix S9000
• Kodak EasyShare P880
• Samsung Digimax Pro815

American Photo Editors Choice Awards 2006 - Superzoom Cameras
digital camera was a novelty: one- or two-megapixel models with tiny CCDs and compact electronic viewfinders that made zooming possible to 10X or better. Today’s best superzoom EVFs combine six megapixels or more with advanced metering, exposure, and AF options. Many have movie capability, and most are equipped with image stabilization-a necessity for sharp handheld shots at these cameras’ 400mm-plus focal lengths.
• Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5
• Olympus Stylus SP-500 UZ
• Kodak EasyShare Z612
• Canon PowerShot S3 IS
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

Fujifilm E900 Digital Compact Camera - Photo editor award
and-shoot that’s the size of a deck of playing cards (minus 26 cards), why would you buy a standard-sized compact camera? For one thing, its bigger, more ergonomic body is easier to hold steady, increasing image sharpness. It often has a more generous zoom range than an ultrathin model. Its lens is likely to be faster too, making for more adept low-light and action shooting. And for a given set of features, a standard compact is simply less expensive.
• Fujifilm FinePix E900
• Nikon Coolpix P3
• Canon PowerShot S80
• Leica D-Lux 2
• HP Photosmart R927
• Olympus Stylus 810

Photo Editor´s Choice Award - Kodak V570
Kodak showed us a camera that redefines what a compact can be. Cosmetically, the EasyShare V610 is the fraternal twin to our ultrathin compact of the year, the Kodak EasyShare V570, and while it's not quite as slim, it is the world's smallest camera with 10X optical zooming. (See Imaging Essentials, page 100.) The V610's dual-lens technology is brilliant, but for real-world shooting, we prefer the V570's blend of fixed wide-angle and traditional zooming.
• Kodak EasyShare V570
• Best Buy: Casio Exilim EX-Z600
• Pentax Optio T10
• Nikon Coolpix S6
• Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T9
• Samsung Digimax i6

American Photo Editors Choice Awards 2006 - Camera Lenses:
between those designed for full-frame 35mm coverage and optics specifically made for the smaller-than-35mm chips found in all but a couple of digital SLRs. Does this mean that 35mm film photography is alive and well? Or that lens makers are expecting us to clamor for full-frame digital SLRs?
• Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR II
• Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO DG HSM
• Pentax DA FISHEYE 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED [IF]
• Zeiss ZF Planar T* 85mm f/1.4
• Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/3.5 Full-Frame Fish
• Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR LD Di-II
• Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
• Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50 mm f/2.8-3.5 ASPH
• Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
• Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor

American Photo Editors Choice - Flash Light
the market for lighting equipment, perhaps a reflection of digital's increased mobility and improved high-ISO performance. While small-scale product photography is (thanks perhaps to eBay) still the driving force behind fluorescent, at least one of this year's winners brings new power to that cool-burning category.
• Nikon R1C1 Wireless Close-up Speedlight System
• Lowel Ego Light
• Quantum Qflash T5d
• Sunpak digitLITE 600
• American Recorder SIB-200 Photo Studio in a Box

Photo Editor Imaging Software award - Noisereduction
that correcting shooting defects with software is bad practice, the equivalent of compensating for a flawed negative in the darkroom. These programs make us beg to differ.
• Imagenomic Noiseware 4 Professional Plug-In
• Pixmantec RawShooter Premium 2006
• Vertus Fluid Mask 2.0
• onOne Genuine Fractals 4.1
• Bibble 4.7 Pro
• Corel Paint Shop Pro X
• Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0
• Nikon Capture NX
• Apple Aperture 1.1

Nikon Coolpix S4 digital camera - Photo editor´s choice award
More and more imaging devices defy categorization, yet can be just as indispensable as the familiar tools of the photographic trade. That's why you'll find them here, along with a late-breaking camera or two and a few good bags to put it all in.
• Nikon Coolpix S4
• Kodak EasyShare V610
• Logitech NuLOOQ Professional Series

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