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Mark Peters : February 13th 2006 - 16:00 CET updated

DIWA Platinum Awards 2005

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DIWA AwardsDIWA Platinum Awards 2005 : DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organisation of collaborating websites, today has the pleasure of announcing the winners of the annual DIWA Platinum Award for 2005. DIWA members from Europe and America continuously test and review digital imaging products for their readers. For digital cameras, more than 200 details must be checked, tested and evaluated. Then, each review is carefully monitored and compared by DIWA to ensure error-free, reliable and comprehensive test results. The 12 member websites of the DIWA Awards organisation have re-evaluated all DIWA Gold Award winners from 2005 and selected the best of the best. Platinum Award winners are Nikon, Panasonic and Fujifilm.
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Nikon D50 was considered to be "Best Digital System Camera", Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ30 as the "Best Advanced Digital Camera", and Fujifilm FinePix F10 won the title of "Best Digital Amateur Camera" in 2005. Top ranked products will receive DIWA Awards in the value of gold, silver or bronze, based on summarized average scores. At the end of each year, one of the gold winners from each of the three digital camera categories is selected by the members as the best of the best, honoured by a "DIWA Platinum Award". For 2005, the DIWA group of experts has decided the following digital cameras to be worthy winners of these awards:

Nikon D50 DIWA Platinum Award 2005 for "Best Digital System Camera"
The competition in this prestigious product category has become extremely fierce during 2005. Many new models, both in the low-end and high-end market segment have raised the overall quality level to new heights. At the same time, prices have dropped considerably, making professional-like cameras available to a much wider public. A major contributor to this development was the Nikon D50, which proved that professional image quality may be achieved also in a budget-friendly camera. In many respects, the D50 matches many of it's considerably higher priced rivals, using the same Nikkor range of lenses that any other Nikon D-SLR. 6 Megapixel image sensor, fast response and stable, reliable automatic or manual controls make the Nikon D50 a wise choice for photo connoisseurs with limited financial funds.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ30 DIWA Platinum Award 2005 for "Best Advanced Digital Camera"
In team with one of the most renowned lens manufacturers in the world, Leica, the Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras meet the competition with confidence. The FZ30 is solid evidence of that. Reviewers from all over the world have praised the camera for its high quality and fast 12x Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens, plus a number of qualities normally associated with high ranked traditional camera brands. The DIWA Platinum Award is the ultimate proof of a user-friendly designed "mega-zoom" camera, indisputable 8 MP image quality, as well as full automatic, semi-automatic or manual controls. The FZ30 suits a wide range of users, from the dedicated wildlife watcher to the ambitious photo enthusiast. Considering the contents of this fairly compact package, it also comes with a very modest price tag.

Fujifilm FinePix F10 Platinum Award 2005 for "Best Digital Amateur Camera"
The F10 receives the DIWA Platinum Award for 2005 as the best gold winning camera in its category of "Digital Compact Cameras". DIWA camera testing experts have concluded that Fujifilm must have paid extra attention to public demands and wishes when designing the F10. Not only is it a beautifully designed camera in a robust metal casing, it is also comfortably small with a 3x zoom lens and a huge 2.5" LCD screen with instant full brightness control. Unlike most mini-compacts, it also features a comfortable, elevated grip for improved security feeling, as well as several other user-friendly and useful features. The core technology responsible for the F10's success is the 6.3 Megapixel Super CCD image sensor delivering low-noise images even at high sensitivity, a perfect combination for sharp, blur-free images in dark surroundings and extended range for the built-in flash. All in all, great value for money.

About DIWA - Digital Imaging Websites Association
The Digital Imaging Websites Association (DIWA) is a fast 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 for various product categories.

DIWA Awards - 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 an annual best of the year Platinum medal awards in all product categories.

DIWA Awards members:
- Canada: www.photoxels.com
- Czech Republic: www.fotoaparat.cz
- Denmark: www.digitalmagasinet.dk
- Germany: www.digitalkamera.de
- Netherlands: www.letsgodigital.org
- Norway: www.digit.no
- Poland: www.fotopolis.pl
- Slovenia: www.e-fotografija.com
- Spain: www.nuevafotografia.com
- Turkey: www.diginorm.com.tr
- United Kingdom: www.photographyblog.com
- United States: www.steves-digicams.com

DIWA Awards 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 - http://www.diwa-awards.com - or email at info@diwa-awards.com.

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