Want a new TV or camera? Make it an EISA award winner
Want TVs, cameras and Blu-ray players that have been handed prestigious awards by technical experts? Check out our EISA award winners…
EISA stands for the European Imaging and Sound Association. Every year the organisation holds its awards to honour what it considers to be the best TVs, cameras, Blu-ray players and other tech. EISA has been awarding tech for over 30 years, so it really knows how to pick a winner. It is made up of experts from 50 special interest magazines across Europe.
Here we take a look at some of the winners from our range...
1. European Ultra HD Blu-ray player
Winner: Panasonic DMP-UB900
In a nutshell: Combine with a 4K HDR TV for a picture that’s ‘overflowing with detail’.
The arrival of Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray discs earlier this year was seen as a major development in bringing 4K TVs to our living rooms. Experts say it’s the best way to watch a 4K TV – in the same way regular Blu-ray was for Full HD TVs, and the guys at EISA have picked the Panasonic DMP-UB900 as the Ultra HD player of the year.
The latest 4K TVs can handle a video format called HDR, which delivers better contrast and brighter colours – and this Panasonic Blu-ray player can get the best from that. Add the HDR benefits to the 4 times greater resolution than regular Blu-ray and you’re onto something pretty special.
‘Combine this player with an HDR 4K display and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear,’ say the judges.
2. European TV
Winner: Samsung UE55 KS9000
In a nutshell: Samsung TV the ‘perfect partner for HDR, 4K and HD’ with Quantum Dot technology and more
The Samsung KS9000 is one of the high-end 2016 TVs that combines 4K resolution with HDR compatibility. HDR is a new video format that delivers better contrast and colours – Netflix and Amazon Prime are already showing 4K HDR content. Combine this TV with 4K HDR Netflix and you can enjoy 4 times the detail of Full HD, as well as the improvements in contrast an colour – think every shade between black and white, detail in shadowy scenes and over one billion colours.
Of course, most content isn’t HDR, or even 4K. When watching regular HD content the picture is up-scaled to look much sharper than a regular TV. The screen can create incredible levels of brightness too with Quantum Dot technology – a layer of tiny crystals that help make up the display– and 1,000-nit brightness.
This Samsung TV is the ‘perfect partner for HDR, 4K and HD sources,’ says the EISA. With ‘rich, subtly-blended colours, dazzling peak whites and a robust black level’.
3. European Travel Compact Camera
Winner: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100
In a nutshell: ‘Class-leading image quality’ from the original travel zoom camera series
Increasingly powerful technology is now being squeezed into much smaller cameras. Take the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ-100. This is what’s known as a travel compact – small, portable cameras that offer large optical zoom lenses and manual controls. The Panasonic was actually the first of this type of camera – TZ stands for travel zoom, so it’s no surprise the latest model has impressed the judges at EISA.
It has a much larger sensor than you would typically find in a travel compact – and a bigger sensor means better photos. Its 1-inch sensor is made of 20.1 megapixels and offers ‘class leading image quality’ alongside its zoom lens, say EISA judges. It’s some lens too. At the push of a button it extends out from the camera body to get closer to your subject. This is known as optical zoom and is much superior to digital zoom on your smartphone. It offers x10 optical zoom.
Beyond photos you can even shoot 4K video on the camera, with a clever feature that allows you to take still photos from video too.
4. European prosumer compact system camera
Winner: Sony A6300
In a nutshell: Sony improves on the ‘immensely popular’ a6000 camera with the world’s fastest autofocus
The Sony A6300 is a compact system camera. These cameras are known for delivering DSLR-like image quality and controls in a more portable package. They can be lighter and smaller because, unlike DSLRs, they do no use a mirror to take a photograph.
What’s so special about the a6300? Well it has a large Exmor CMOS sensor with 24.2 megapixels. Larger sensors have bigger pixels which means more light gets in. More light means better quality photos. EISA judges say you can enjoy ‘excellent image quality even in poorly lit situations’.
The camera has the world’s fastest auto focus too – focusing on your subject in as little as 0.05 seconds. This makes it great for wildlife photography. Capture fast-moving scenes like a bird in flight with sharp, defined detail and minimal blur.
It has 425 auto focus points spread across the entire image, so no matter where in the frame the action is you can lock on.