EISA is the unique association of 50 special interest magazines from 19 European countries that choose the best of the best in consumer electronics. The editors-in-chief from all EISA member magazines meet each June to decide which of products analyzed in their publications during the past year deserve the coveted EISA Award. There are six main categories, including Audio, Video, Home Theater, Photography, In-Car Electronics Electronics and Mobile Devices and then subcategories within that for various products. Historically, Sony does pretty well in this competition and 2010 is no different.
Sony won in five product categories in this year’s EISA awards, including 3D-LCD TV’s, photography/video products, and car audio. We have compiled some great pictures and videos of the winning devices for your enjoyment.
Let’s take a look at the products EISA said Sony was the best in European consumer electronics this year:
The EISA Judging Panel commented: “Although the Sony a NEX-5 is the smallest system camera in the world, by using a large APS-C CMOS image sensor it is still able to deliver excellent image quality. The camera is aimed at compact camera users and beginners who want to improve their skills, so Sony has made the user interface simple and straightforward. The extra-large, hinged, LCD screen makes viewing captured still images and Full HD videos a pleasure. Already equipped with Sony’s Sweep Panorama, this will be the first camera to offer a 3D Sweep Panorama mode as well.”
Here is some sample footage shot by Sony with the NEX-5:
The EISA Judging Panel commented: “The Sony KDL-52HX900 delivers tremendous video quality and hyper-realistic results with 2D and 3D sources. Sony’s magic touch is clearly visible in the huge contrast ratio, top-class movement compensation, the superb BRAVIA Engine 3, and the most efficient Direct-LED Backlight yet. Even standard 2D sources may be watched in thrilling 3D due to Sony’s conversion process. The Sony KDL-52HX900 is much more than a TV: it’s an amazing hub for all sources and is even equipped with a versatile Wi-Fi internet browser. This piece of modern art from Sony combines the beauty of a unique design with a maelstrom of technologies that bring the excitement of 2D and 3D cinema experiences to your living room.”
I couldn’t resist linking to the great BRAVIA design story video about the 2010 BRAVIA series, which explains the design element of the HX900/HX909:
The EISA Judging Panel commented: “If you are looking for a compact camera that packs a powerful zoom but still fits the pocket, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V should be at the top of your list. With its 25-250mm 10x zoom lens and features such as GPS, compass, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, long-lasting battery, 10fps shooting and Full HD-quality video recording, it is an ideal companion for travel as well as everyday events. Using Sony’s Exmor R CMOS sensor the camera is able to work well in low-light conditions, producing images with very little noise.”
Here is a video showing off the HX5V in further detail:
The EISA Judging Panel commented: “Never before has an advanced consumer camcorder been so similar to its professional counterpart. The HDR-AX2000E combines a complete range of easy to use manual functions with pro-style XLR connectors and a phantom power supply for external microphones. The lens is a 20X wide angle zoom and the three CMOS sensors deliver stunning pictures with great detail, even under extremely low light conditions. A hi-res viewfinder and touch-screen control combine with the convenience of SD and Memory stick recording to offer the enthusiasts the opportunity to make professional quality video at a price he/she can afford.”
Here is a video from Youtube of jump ropers in the incredible smooth slow recording mode on the HDR-AX2000:
The EISA Judging Panel commented: “Making in-car multimedia most enjoyable is what Sony’s XAV-70BT is designed for. Its 7”-screen provides lively pictures. To yield the best sound, signal paths and power supply are completely separated for sound and imaging – a true high quality design. Exclusive features like the “ZAPPIN” function make it easy to find the right song while “SensMe” software is able to analyze the music’s style and mood in order to play a tailored list. A clearly arranged user interface makes all the functionality easily usable – No more trading comfort for performance. This is the difference.”
This video goes over some of the functions found within the XAV-70BT: