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Tipa Award: The Olympus E-5 is the best DSLR, the XZ-1 the best compact and the GH2 the best Mirrorless camera!


-> The full list of TIPA award winners can be seen here:

What a surprise! The Olympus E-5 has been voted as “Best expert DSLR camera” for the year 2010. It received the TIPA award for the following reason: “For a very reasonable price, the Olympus E-5 provides benefits that rival those found in some professional SLRs: complete weather-sealing, comprehensive functions, excellent responsiveness, 100% viewfinder, good noise control, dual CF/SD slots, built-in image stabilisation, all in a rugged magnesium-alloy body. Add to this Olympus’ Dust Reduction System, which has proven to be among the most effective solutions in the market. The 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor, combined with the ‘TruePic V+’ image engine produces images that rival competitors with substantially higher pixel counts.
To be onest we have to admit that the E-5 had almost no competition. The Nikon 7000 the price in the category “Best D-SLR Advanced” and Canon didn’t announce any high-end DSLR cameras in 2010.
Check out price and availability of the E-5 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

And that is certainly NOT a surprise. The Panasonic GH2 won the price as “Best Compact System Camera Expert“: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a true ‘hybrid’ photo and video camera, where video is no longer just an additional function. The DMC-GH2 features full HD 1920×1080, 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) smooth, high quality video recording with 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) output in addition to the high quality photo, a world’s first for cameras in this category. The DMC-GH2 can be operated through an intuitive touch control screen. For example, just tapping a subject on the screen will make the camera focus with a speed that rivals the best DSLR’s on the market.
Check out price and availability of the GH2 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

And the Olympus XZ-1 won the price as “Best Expert Compact Camera“: “The Olympus XZ-1 has one of the fastest zoom lenses in its class, the iZuiko f1.8-2.5 6.0-24mm (28-112mm equivalent angle of view in 35mm cameras.) Rather than succumb to the continuing Megapixel race, the light-reception area of each pixel of the 1/1.63-inch, 10 Megapixel CCD has been doubled. The XZ-1’s AF illuminator, Dual Image Stabilisation, Low-Light mode that automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity up to ISO 3200 and the compact size all add up to an exciting “candid” camera that also offers advanced manual controls.
Check out price and availability of the XZ-1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

The full list of TIPA award winners can be seen here:

  • Inge-M

    The is not, a surprise for me ;-)

  • spam

    Certainly good cameras, but I’d even trust Steve’s digicam reviews more than TIPA awards.

  • Ulli

    Congratulations Olympus with the award for the E-5;
    For the engineering team I think its rewarding and sad at the same time getting this acknowledgement for the final FT DSLR.

    • Per

      How can you know that?

      • Ulli

        yeah, i really thought this to be the final FT DSLR, but today’s FT5 news came as a surprise to me :-)

        • Inge-M

          No reason for be sad, Ulli :-)

          • Ulli

            haha I am not sad Inge, on the contrary !

          • Inge-M


  • PopScene

    I think they awarded the e-5 in order to support the 4/3system.

    • can you elaborate???

    • Neonart

      Thats what TIPA is all about. Supporting formats that they think need help. Or maybe someone from Oly slipped them a $20 and told them to award the E5… C’mon!

      It’s a great camera. That’s why it was awarded.

  • Paul

    They gave it an award because it’s a top class camera and anyone who has used one would vouch for the award.

  • Scott

    the e5 is the most under rated camera in the world

  • Nathan

    Hell, I’m critical of Olympus’ strategy and I’ve wanted an E-5 since the day it came out. It is impressive.

  • The Other Chris

    I cry BS! The E-5 has an E-PL1 sensor. Not even full frame. No way can it be a good camera.

  • Mar

    Well deserved for the E-5, plus it’s been selling very well, so there’s still hope for (high end) 43rds ;)

    The feature set in E-5 is really good, especially for the price, heck – CaNikon charges you 2k+ just for IS in one of their better lenses and IBIS in E-5 gives you 4-5 EV stops.

  • Martin Muehlemann

    “Canon didn’t announce any high-end DSLR cameras in 2010”

    I don’t agree, Canon launched the 60D which is in the class of D7000, E-5, A700


    • admin

      We should define “High-End”. The Nikon D7000 for example has been classified as High-end Amateur camera by TIPA. So it should be the Canon 60D.

  • I think this TIPAawards are kind of meaningless because they just create enough categories to have a price for almost any brand
    One thing that is very infuriating with the E5 is that this is the only DSLR with dual cF=sd that does not allow real use of the feature ( RAW on one card , jpeg on the other , or shooting both at the same time , etc..)
    add that a inferior sensor compared to aps c cameras and you got a camera which is not that appealing unless you already have oly lenses
    I am not talking about the size of the sensor and the noise at high ISO. I am saying that even at lower iso , the dynaci range of the camera is really average , because Panasonic sensors are not at the level of Sony , Nikon or Canon sensors

    • Harold a écrit:

      “I think this TIPAawards are kind of meaningless because they just create enough categories to have a price for almost any brand”

      You nailed it!!!

      • Inge-M

        Yes but, TIPAawards for Pro camera is the to much.

  • Scott

    Stop discussing the sensor and dynamic range and look at the freakin pictures!!!!!! The image quality is awesome. Who needs 100 stops of dynamic range. I use to shoot with slide film which had about 6-8 stops of dynamic range. If you get the exposure right 10-12 stops is all you need.

    Shoot with the camera and look at the images. You have to judge a camera system by the camera system not by just the sensor. I have shot with the Canon system and now I shoot with the olympus and I will never go back.

  • Oh God!
    Crazy mpix race nonstop

  • Rocky

    A+ for Oly

  • The E-5 is a delight to use and everything I will ever need. Nevertheless, its merits as mentioned by TIPA are too similar to the marketing language used by Olympus to be credible.

    • Yowmypancreas


    • Inge-M

      Marketing here in Norway, of E-5 is stillness ;-)

  • Sambob

    Say no more :)

  • doug nash

    All digital cameras are essentially just computers. They will be quickly replaced by superior and less expensive generations to come. No one will then argue that you are mostly buying into a family of lenses for terms in the magnitude of decades, to be sure. So it would seem difficult to imagine someone buying into almost any DSLR system other than Nikon or Canon. The competing models between those two are undoubtedly about the same as something like the Olympus E-5. But, with the exception of the current tragic situation in Japan, in a few years, there will be dozens of new Canon and Nikon lenses on the market, as well as substantially more advanced digital bodies. Can the same be said for Olympus?

    So, if you already own some Olympus gear, I guess you’re in a different boat. A small one. But who in the world is going to go out and buy any of that stuff from scratch???

    • Yowmypancreas


    • Canikon is lightyears behind Olympus when it comes to making lenses…. Unless you spend a fortune.

      You can buy a professional E5 with lenses for the same price as a 3d or 1d only, which will be out of date in 5 y as well.

      Sensorsize??? I don’t believe in that. The images from my E5 (which I use professionaly) are just gorgeous, and good enough for all my uses.

      • pdc

        The Panasonic 2008/2009 G 4/3 sensor is good, and the E-5 proves it. The 2009/2010 GH sensors are also good. So will the 2011 G3 sensor. The E-5, being a FourThirds configuration may have a slight edge over the Micro FourThirds configurations because of the greater focus registration distance, which reduces light fall off at the edges of the sensor.

        So don’t diss the Panasonic sensors, even if they are 3-year old technology. My guess is that Olympus will issue future minor reworks of the E-5, mostly to incorporate new sensors. Of course, one day, no-one will make DSLRs anymore, so enjoy your FT systems to the full.

        • Inge-M

          Yes, this is problem by sharp on all pancake lens for example.
          The need a more exact tolerance for smaller registration distance.

  • Great to hear that Olympus has made the cut. But you have to question the meaning of these awards. Like those photo competitions, awards and prizes can do heaps to support to budding photographer both financially and prestige wise. But what they don’t do is make you a better photographer.

    As for me, I carry my camera with me everyday. Yes, it is the Olympus E5 and a few Zuiko lenses. I also have a Canon EOS 550 D, a camera which comes with a few other names, now succeeded by the 600 D, also an award winner. I do not have any loyalty to any brand and why should I as I am not being sponsored by either brand to shout their name. What is important to me is my ongoing passion for people of the world and their stories. Photography is my way of documenting this. Here’s where a reliable camera comes in.


  • ctman

    “To be onest we have to admit that the E-5 had almost no competition”

    The Pentax K5 was the competition!

    Nice that the Olympus E-5, with it’s stunning IQ and quality of build, was choosen for the TIPA award, it was well deserved.


  • nickodaddy

    The E-5 really is a photographers camera. In all circumstances. Try it, and you’ll know.

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  • Richard

    The award was offered in 2011. Three years in the market is a long time feel like a century by DSLR-year.

    Can’t believe Pentax K5 was introduced at the same time as Olympus E5. The K5 was replaced by K5 II and K5 IIs last year. Wish Olympus would update e5 soon or Olympus users would all have bought Nikon D800E or 5D III/6D

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