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DIWA Awards ceremonies during Photokina
Mark Peters : October 8th 2004 - 15:12 CETupdated
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DIWA AwardsLetsGoDigital, member and co-founder of the DIWA Awards organisation, was honoured to be part of the DIWA Awards ceremonies during the Photokina 2004. As a representative of the DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organisation of collaborating websites, together with Kai Thon, Norwegian co-founder and owner of the website DigIT and Eric Kaper, General Manager of the DIWA Awards we handed over several Awards to a number of key players in the Digital Imaging industry. During the press day of the Photokina, we have issued a DIWA Gold and two DIWA Silver Awards to Canon Europe. The Canon PowerShot Pro 1 was awarded with a gold medal, in recognition of its overall qualities, performance and value.
DIWA Awards ceremonies during PhotokinaTwo other Canon models, PowerShot S1 IS and EOS 300D, were both honoured with silver medals for outstanding performance. The PowerShot Pro 1 qualified for the prestigious DIWA gold medal in the Advanced Digital Camera category, thanks to 8 Megapixel resolution, a powerful and high performance L-Series 7x zoom lens, hybrid auto focus, and a multitude of user friendly features.

The 10x optical zoom with optical stabilizer and high f/2.8-3.1 lens speed puts the S1 IS in a class of its own. Add to this the same signal control functions as in more expensive Canon models, an advanced AF system, a flip-out LCD screen, numerous automatic and manual control options and fine 3 Megapixel image quality. Together this makes the S1 IS worthy of an honourable silver medal. The DIWA group of testers concluded that Canon EOS 300D, the price breaking D-SLR camera, also qualified for a DIWA award. The high combined scores were only just short of a gold medal, but well above the limit for silver. The EOS 300D was the first D-SLR camera to combine compatibility to a full range of interchangeable lenses, with a price tag that even budget-minded photographers could afford. Despite its low price, the Canon EOS 300D delivers professional quality images from a 6 Megapixel low-noise CMOS image sensor. Thanks to its traditional EOS layout, the Canon EOS 300D is just as suitable for professionals as for its targeted users, the serious amateurs.

Olympus
At the enormous Olympus stand DIWA handed over two DIWA Awards. Two excellent Olympus products, CAMEDIA C-8080 WIDE ZOOM and C-5060 WIDE ZOOM, were awarded with a DIWA Gold and DIWA Silver Award. Both cameras passed the rigorous DIWA test procedure with excellent results. The 8 Megapixel Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom scored well above the limit for a DIWA Gold Award, thanks to its fast 5x zoom lens with 28-140 mm zoom range, outstanding overall image quality, flexible handling and good value for money.

Similar qualities were noted for the 5 Megapixel Camedia C-5060 Wide Zoom and its 27-110 mm (35 mm film equivalent) 4x wide zoom lens. The average score from a number of DIWA testing experts rated this fine Olympus camera as a worthy winner of a DIWA Silver Award. According to Kai Thon, Test Manager of DIWA Awards: "Our testing methodology filters out the poor, the good and the excellent digital cameras in a cruel way. Only the best survive, and Olympus cameras are among the few that frequently pass our tests with dignity. Perfect harmony between construction, features, performance and price for its targeted audience may very well be the secret behind Olympus' success, in particular for these two awarded models".

Konica-Minolta
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 mega zoom digital camera was awarded with a DIWA Gold Award for its outstanding performance and innovative technologies. The DiMAGE A2 is packed with useful features for making photography comfortable and successful, even under demanding shooting conditions. From the long list of such functions and features, it is enough to mention the camera's excellent wide-angle to telephoto 28-200 mm. (35 mm film equivalent) zoom lens and the ingenious Anti-Shake CCD image stabilizer.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 users may also expect outstanding image quality and a multitude of creative options, all packed in a compact and robust camera body. Its attractive design and ergonomic layout further enhance the public appeal and adds value to its reasonable price tag.

Nikon
Two Nikon digital cameras have been awarded for outstanding test results. On all accounts, the Nikon D70 satisfied the DIWA testing experts, who honoured its overall performance with a DIWA Gold medal in the category of digital system cameras. Also another high-quality Nikon digital camera, the compact megazoom model COOLPIX 8700, has passed the rigorous DIWA tests with excellent results, qualifying for a DIWA Silver medal. The Nikon D70 took the D-SLR market to new heights by introducing exceptional features and qualities at a very reasonable price. Although the camera is targeted for advanced amateurs, also numerous professional photographers have found the D70 to deliver exceptionally good value for money. The DIWA testing team confirms this impression. Numerous individual reviews conclude that the Nikon D70 qualities are indisputable, regardless of the price issue.

The Nikon COOLPIX range of high-performance digital compact cameras is topped by the 8 Megapixel COOLPIX 8700. Several reviews, based on the comprehensive DIWA testing procedure, confirmed that the camera performs better than many of its rivals, with scores well within the DIWA range for a Silver medal.

Sony
The DIWA test experts honoured the Cyber-shot DSC-F828 with gold, accompanied by the Cyber-shot DSC-V1, which qualified for a silver medal. The awards are the results of comprehensive, independent reviews of different samples, made by a number of DIWA camera testing experts from Europe and USA. The Cyber-shot DSC-F828 proved its excellence by scoring extremely well on DIWA's unique evaluation scoreboard. Its 8x zoom Carl Zeiss lens and the top ranked 8 Megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor provided outstanding image quality. Besides, the unconventional camera design is met with enthusiasm both among amateurs and professionals.

Also the handy Cyber-shot DSC-V1 digital compact camera was very well accepted by the DIWA testing team. Not only did the robust body impress them, but also image quality surpassed their expectations for a compact camera with a 4x zoom lens. The well reputed Carl Zeiss lens brand, 34-136 mm zoom range and high speed f/2.8-4.0 attribuites, proved them wrong.

HP
And last, but not least, HP received a DIWA GOLD Award for its remarkable and excellent Photosmart R707 digital camera. For a compact amateur digital camera, the HP Photosmart R707 is equipped with a sensible array of user-friendly functions for beginners, as well as advanced modes for experienced or ambitious amateurs. The DIWA testing team also appreciated the camera's unique features, such as on-board "Tips & Tricks" Image Advice menu, automatic red-eye removal and in-camera panorama stitching.

Thanks to 5 Megapixels resolution and innovative HP technologies, like Adaptive Lighting, Adaptive Demosaic, Vignetting and Shading Correction, and Noise Filter, the overall image quality is very impressive for the camera's price tag.

About DIWA
A growing independent, authoritative, industry organisation: The Digital Imaging Websites Association (DIWA) is a growing group of independent Web-based specialist publications dedicated to digital imaging. DIWA harnesses the collective talent and expertise of its members, resulting in industry awards that command unparalleled confidence and value, both for consumers and the industry, alike. DIWA awards come in the form of bronze, silver and gold medals.

Unique bullet-proof test scoring procedure: DIWA product test awards are exclusively decided through the analysis of multiple test scores from different DIWA testers, testing different samples of the same product. A very detailed and comprehensive standardized scoring procedure is employed, tailored carefully for each category of product. Multiple testing eliminates the chance of an, isolated, unrepresentative product sample or test error, or even hidden bias, from affecting the trustworthiness of the overall result.

Awards throughout the year: DIWA is also unique in its policy in issuing awards for deserving products throughout the year, culminating in annual best of the year Platinum medal awards.

The DIWA multi-lingual Web site: At the heart of the DIWA organisation is its multi-lingual Web site, www.diwa-awards.com, where you can find links to the latest reviews published by DIWA member publications. The site also archives DIWA awards and is designed to aid consumers in their choice of imaging products. For further information about DIWA, please visit our Web site or email us at info@diwa-awards.com.
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