The European Imaging and Sound Association, or EISA for short, recently announced its photography winners, and Canon picked up awards in several "Professional" categories, viz. Professional DSLR Lens, Professional DSLR, and Prosumer DSLR, for the 11-24/f4 L, 5DS/R, and 7D, respectively.
What is notable is that Sigma, Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony have also picked up multiple awards.
Sony expectedly got an award in the Professional CSC (aka mirrorless or EVIL) category for the fabulous α7 II, as well as awards in the CSC lens and Compact Camera categories.
Sigma was awarded the best DSLR Lens for its 24mm/1.4 ART lens, and best DSLR Telephoto Zoom for its acclaimed 150-600mm/f5-6.3. The reviews for both of these products have been overwhelmingly positive.
Olympus bagged the Professional CSC Lens for the 40-150/f2.8 lens and "Prosumer CSC" for the OM-D E-M5 II.
Fujifilm's X-T10 won the best Consumer CSC, and the 16-55mm/f2.8 won the best CSC Zoom.
Nikon (and I use their gear) only managed to secure the Consumer DSLR award for the D5500. I hope they're paying attention, for that's probably the most boring category to possibly win an award for.
The LG G4 took the award for the best smartphone camera. I would have expected that to be the iPhone 6, but the G4 apparently has a faster lens, a colour spectrum sensor, laser autofocus and most importantly- manual controls and RAW output! That puts it leagues ahead in terms of features, at least.
Honestly though, I think that Canon and Nikon really need to be doing more than just upgrading yesteryear's DSLRs. It is quite ominous that neither company won anything in non-DSLR categories, and complacency will very likely cause them problems.
While the DSLR isn't 'dead' like a lot of people proclaim, the technology has certainly become dated, and professionals are getting tired of a lack of choice. Some have even made the switch to Sony. While I'd rather wait for the mirrorless market to mature a little before taking that step, I can sympathise.
There are fewer and fewer arguments for having a large, mechanical mirror that flips up before you take a photo.
Here's the full list of awardees:
PROFESSIONAL DSLR LENS 2015-2016
Canon EF 11-24mm F/4L USM
PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2015-2016
Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R
PROSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2015-2016
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
PHOTO INNOVATION 2015-2016
COMPACT SYSTEM ZOOM LENS 2015-2016
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
CONSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2015-2016
PREMIUM COMPACT CAMERA 2015-2016
EUROPEAN SMARTPHONE CAMERA 2015-2016
CONSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2015-2016
PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2015-2016
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40‑150mm F2.8 PRO
PROSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
PHOTO & VIDEO CAMERA 2015-2016
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7/G70
DSLR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS 2015-2016
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports
DSLR LENS 2015-2016
SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
TRAVEL COMPACT CAMERA 2015-2016
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90/V
COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2015-2016
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2015-2016
Sony α7 II
DSLR ZOOM LENS 2015-2016
Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD