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 its onions. 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. Best Buy Ultra HD Blu-ray player
Winner: Panasonic DMP-UB300
In a nutshell: ‘Well-priced’ compact player with ‘crowd-pleasing visuals’.
Panasonic added this entry-level player to its Blu-ray repertoire for those seeking an affordable Ultra HD upgrade. Paired with a 4K HDR TV, it delivers in spades, with clear, crisp images that are more lifelike than ever before.
HDR is a video format that gives you better contrast and brighter colours. You can watch the latest blockbusters in 4 times greater resolution than regular Blu-ray, and stream 4K movies from Amazon and Netflix.
Panasonic's 4K High-Precision Chroma processor uses technology from Hollywood to fine-tune the picture in intricate detail. Even your older films will look sharper.
The EISA judges praised the winning Blu-ray player for its ‘crowd-pleasing visuals’, and were impressed by its capability to ‘double as a network media player, supporting hi-res music playback as well as video-on-demand’.
2. OLED TV
Winner: LG OLED65E7
In a nutshell: LG’s premium smart TV offers ‘superb contrast with absolute blacks’, alongside Dolby Vision and more.
This high-end 2017 model from LG elevates OLED TV to another level, with even deeper blacks contrasted with crisp, vibrant colours. Pictures look incredibly realistic, giving you a truly immersive experience.
OLEDs are top-of-the-range TVs, delivering the absolute best in picture quality. Amazing for movie nights in or watching the big match to feel like you’re actually in the stadium.
This LG combines 4K resolution with HDR compatibility for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. Add Dolby Vision and you get a complete cinematic experience in your own home.
The judges said: ‘LG’s OLED technology gives viewers a superb contrast with absolute blacks and bright highlights, plus vibrant colours that don’t diminish at wide viewing angles.’
3. Consumer DSLR camera
Winner: Canon EOS 77D
In a nutshell: ‘Fast and smooth autofocus’ and continuous shooting from the camera specialists
Canon has a great reputation for delivering quality cameras, so it’s little surprise that the EOS 77D caught the eye of the judges. It’s a DSLR – which basically means it has a bunch of features to help you take your photography to the next level. It’s what the professionals use.
What’s so special about the EOS 77D? The EISA team were impressed by the 24.2 megapixel CMOS-sensor, which they say achieves a ‘better dynamic range’ than its predecessor, the EOS 80D. CMOS sensors do the heavy lifting to capture images in intricate detail.
The judges said a big advantage is that the CMOS AF enables a ‘very fast and smooth autofocus’.
The new DIGIC 7 processor delivers enough power for fast continuous shooting (6 frames per second), making it easier to capture a moving image. With built-in WiFi and Bluetooth too, it’s easy to stay connected and share images on social networks.
4. Prosumer compact system camera
Winner: Sony a6500
In a nutshell: A Sony star offering ‘professional performance’ and ‘excellent image quality’.
The Sony a6500 is a great all-rounder. Compact system cameras are known for delivering DSLR-like image quality and controls in a more portable package.
The a6500 stood out from the crowd because it’s a ‘very small compact camera offering professional performance’ and ‘excellent image quality’, whether you’re a video or stills photographer, the judges said.
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
Its 5-axis image stabilisation for shooting steadier images works with Sony E-mount lenses as well as A-mount lenses with adapters. You can choose focus points with your finger, and the screen can also tilt, enabling you to shoot at unique angles.
The camera has super-fast autofocus too. This makes it great for wildlife photography. Capture fast-moving scenes like a bird in flight with sharp, defined detail and minimal blur.
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