Is This the Best Camera Gear of 2020? Tipa Awards Results

tipa award results 2020

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has just announced its 2020 TIPA World Award results, which seeks to recognize the best photography-related gear of 2020.

TIPA announces its winners

The winners include a mix of cameras, lenses, post-processing software, tripods, flashes, and more, all honored in categories tailored to 2020 photography interests and needs.

Awards were determined by representatives of TIPA’s member magazines. Note that TIPA magazines are a diverse collection of imaging-related publications from across the globe, including:

  • Camera Australia
  • Practical Photography
  • Luminous Landscapes
  • Photo Life
The Fujifilm X100V

While TIPA awards are normally determined by an in-person body of magazine representatives, this year’s judging process proceeded differently (due to COVID-19 concerns). Instead of taking place in a Las Vegas assembly, voting was done online.

Canon 85mm f/1.2

The TIPA chairperson explained:

We believe that now more than ever our support of the industry and the people who work so hard, be it in production, distribution, or marketing, deserve credit and our thanks and appreciation for their efforts to continue to develop new and exciting products and grow into the future. Of course, while the process of nomination and selection of award winners had to adapt to the circumstances, we maintained our usual rigorous standards in our considerations.

Read on to discover TIPA’s choices for the best camera gear of 2020.

Canon 90D DSLR

You’ll probably notice quite a few familiar products. But you may also notice some new ones worth checking out.

And then, when you’re done, leave your thoughts in the comments section. Let us know how you feel about the winners!

Do you agree? Disagree? Are there any cameras, lenses, or additional gear that you’d like to have seen on the list? And what is your favorite camera, lens, photo editing software, and accessory of 2020?

2020 TIPA World Awards winners


Sony a7R IV

Best Full Frame Professional Camera: The Sony a7R IV

Best Full Frame Camera Expert: The Sigma fp

Best APS-C Camera Professional: The Fujifilm X-Pro3

Best APS-C Camera Expert: The Sony a6600

Nikon Z50

Best APS-C Camera Advanced: The Nikon Z50

Best DSLR Professional Camera: The Canon EOS 1D X Mark III

Nikon D780

Best DSLR Expert Camera: The Nikon D780

Best DSLR Advanced Camera: The Canon EOS 90D

Best Full Frame Photo/Video Camera: The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H

Best Medium Format Camera: The Fujifilm GFX100

Best Expert Compact Camera: The Sony RX100 VII

Canon G7 X Mark III

Best Vlogging Camera: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Fujifilm X100V

Best Premium Compact Camera: The Fujifilm X100V

Best Photo Smartphone: Huawei P40 Series


Best DSLR Prime Lens: Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD

Best DSLR Macro Lens: Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO

Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 CF

Best DSLR Professional Lens: Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E VR

Best Micro Four Thirds Lens: Panasonic Leica 10-25mm f/1.7

Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct

Best Mirrorless Prime Standard Lens: Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct

Best Mirrorless Prime Wide Angle Lens: Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 RF

Best Mirrorless Wide Angle Zoom Lens: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art

Canon RF 70-200mm

Best Mirrorless Telephoto Zoom Lens: Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Best Mirrorless Standard Zoom Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L

Best Professional Portrait Lens: Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Accessories and software

DxO PhotoLab 3

Best Imaging Software: DxO PhotoLab 3

Best Inkjet Photo Paper: Hahnemuhle Natural Line

Best Portable Photo Printer: Fujifilm Instax Mini Link

Best Imaging Storage Solution: SanDisk Extreme Pro CFexpress 2.0

Best Portable Flash: Nissin MG80 Pro

Best Professional LED Light: ARRI Orbiter

Best Tripod Head: Gitzo 3-Way

Best Travel Tripod: Manfrotto BeFree GT XPRO

Best Professional Photo Monitor: BenQ PhotoVue SW321C

Best Professional Video Monitor: LG UltraWide 38WN95C

Best Mobile Accessory: Godox R1

Best Color Management Solution: X-Rite i1Display Studio/i1Display Pro Plus


Best Photo Lab: WhiteWall Masterprint

Best Photo Service: CEWE Photobook

Best Photo Innovation: Sony Real-Time Tracking technology

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