TIPA awards…as usual everybody wins :)

I always find these TIPA awards a bit…strange (Click here to see them). As usual every company wins at least one price. They created so many categories that is is almost impossible to not win something :)

Look at the four(!) mirrorless categories:
Best CSC Entry Level (Olympus PEN E-PL3)
Best CSC Advanced (Panasonic LUMIX GX1)
Best CSC Expert (Sony Alpha NEX-7)
Best CSC Professional (Fujifilm X-Pro1)

Didn’t know a camera can be for “advanced” users, or “expert” users or “professional” users. Somebody can lighten me up the difference?

  • hexx

    “Somebody can lighten me up the difference?”

    by price i guess :D to me nex-7 and x-pro1 are the same category

  • Ranger 9

    Explanation: They just invented as many categories as they needed to allow each manufacturer to win one award. But oops, they forgot Nikon, Samsung and Leica! Let’s see, what other categories could they invent?

    “Best CSC for Oligarchs” — Leica M9
    “Best CSC for Munchkins” — Nikon J1
    “Best CSC for Koreans” — Samsung NXSXNXS200


    • hexx


      • hidden

        pentax Q lose the price to nikon J1?

  • The Uncensored Photographer

    Notice how they had to create a special category just so Leica could win something?

  • SonyFanBoi

    No pro would shoot exclusively with X-Pro1. It might be good as a secondary camera.

  • Vivek

    Admin: Priceless headline! :)

  • Sergio

    Real life is a mixed bag full of shades of gray. The elusive “pro photographer” cited in online forums as a means to support an argument is inferred skillful, knowledgeable, talented and born with a creative spoon in their mouth. In real life it can be mixed bag with degrees of each of those attributes.

    Not long ago I read the distinction between “expert” and “professional” photographer. IIRC, an expert is more the science behind the camera but not necessarily can take a creative or good photograph. And the “pro” more like the working engineer who needs to produce working results. But that is the human side. How that translates to the camera in the hands of each is a mystery to me.

    Another thing the article talked about was an enthusiast can often do things a pro cannot. And by that I mean an enthusiast is not under the constraints of time is money and can do things like shoot large format film, spend time with exotic, time-consuming printing process to create look and feel not seen much today. Whereas a pro often cannot do those things to be competitive, for example.

    • hexx

      to me a pro has always been somebody who does something for living, whatever that is. it brings responsibility and a pro must always deliver in order to get paid.

  • BornOptimist

    You would have understood it if Olympus told you.

  • Addrew

    Admin, Don’t forget to mention the other Mirrorless award winner:- Best premium Camera – Leica M9 P

    It is Mirrorless isn’t it?

  • Hubertus Bigend

    The difference:

    “Advanced/expert/pro camera” is not supposed to mean “camera for advanced/expert/pro users”. The categories simply stand for a certain tendency in feature set, price and style. That’s just about all, even if it still might imply different target audiences. But these cannot be labeled by those categories.

  • lucavascon


    TIPA awards are exactely what you think they are, some colorful logos to put on catalogues, commercials and boxes. Like many “features”. You need to! it is part of the game

    :-) I use “professionally” 5Dmk2, D700 and an unknown bunch of Canon Axxx cameras used for timelapses, many of them lost and dead in action. But the camera I stressed more, in the last years is my Oly EPL1

    And I use them “amateurely” also.
    I use them all in advanced way, and I’m an expert in my small niche of panoramic photography.

    And, being an expert, I professionally advance the entry-level concept that TIPA prize is bullshit.

  • J-Man

    100’s of categories how can you not win at least one when each company has multiple models.

  • Tristan

    These awards are completely meaningless, self congratulating awards given by the camera industry, to the camera industry. The manufactures might as well sit in a room together telling each other that they make nice cameras.
    Much like the BIPP!

    Unfortunately photography is full of this kind of “award” and it undermines the whole industry. Winning an award used to be something to be proud of to show your customers/clients, but how are people buying cameras/photography ment to have faith in awards like this,

  • 344343

    well for all the CSC crap has to be a category… i mean they release new crap, with minor improvements, every 6 month.

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