TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) has announced the results for 'Best Photo Products in Europe' from the European Photo & Imaging Awards 2002-2003. Best Digital Prosumer camera went to the Olympus E-20, Best Design went to the Minolta DiMAGE X, Best Digital Consumer camera went to the Canon PowerShot S40, Best Digital SLR went to the Canon EOS-1D, Best Lens was the Canon 400 mm F4 DO IS, Best Innovative Technology was Foveon's X3 chip.

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Digital Imaging related results:
(Note opinions below are those given by a group of magazine editors, not dpreview.com)

  • Best Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
  • Best Innovative Technology: Foveon X3 chip
    ...Foveon has exploited this property to create a chip that separates the light into red, green and blue at each pixel site, promising far greater colour accuracy than conventional masked chips. The first images indicate that it will deliver exceptional image quality. Development of the Foveon X3 chip is a major breakthrough in digital imaging technology...
  • Best Design: DiMAGE X
  • Best Digital Consumer Camera: Canon PowerShot S40
    ...High resolution digital output is complemented by a versatile zoom lens and excellent graphic display on the in-built LCD panel. Sophisticated focus and metering systems refined over many years by Canon help to ensure first-class results in the widest range of situations...
  • Best Digital Prosumer Camera: Olympus Camedia E-20
    ...The importance of speed of operation has been recognised and successfuly addressed (? - Phil). The high-quality zoom lens ensures crisp, clear images while a wide range of operating modes allow maximum flexibility in all conditions...
  • Best SLR Digital: Canon EOS-1D
    ...The speed and image quality are backed up by very efficient software and top-grade costruction, with components based on Canon's top professional film camera, the EOS 1V. With the introduction of this camera, Canon set a new standard in digital capture...
  • Best Digital Professional Product: Kodak ProBack 645
    ...Designed for use with Mamiya and Contax 645 cameras, the ProBack 645 integrates fully with both systems, requiring no special considerations from the photographer. This ease of use is backed up by the highest resolution currently available, captured on Kodak's well-proven 16 megapixel sensor...
  • Best Photo Printer: Epson Stylus Photo 2100
  • Best Consumer Software: Apple iPhoto 1.1

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