The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has named its best DSLR cameras at its annual awards.

Canon?s EOS 7D was named Best Expert DSLR, the Pentax K-x the Best Entry-level DSLR and Leica?s M9 the Best Prestige Camera.

The Nikon D3s won the title of Best Professional DSLR camera.

Meanwhile, the Olympus Pen E-PL1 triumphed in the Entry-level Compact Camera System category.

Fujifilm’s FinePix HS10 won honours for the Best Superzoom Camera; the Casio Exilim EX-G1 topped the category for Best Rugged Compact Camera; and Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G2 was voted the Best Advanced Compact System Camera.

The award for Best Compact Camera went to Sony’s Cyber-shot HX5V.

The Best Professional Lens was deemed to be the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II.

The Impossible Project, which reinvented Polaroid camera-compatible instant film, scooped a special award in the TIPA Awards 2010.

The awards are voted for by publications across Europe.

However, industry observers have questioned whether the awards system is fair.

One of this year’s winners was Adobe Photoshop CS5 which was only announced ten days ago and is not yet available.

Amateur Photographer is not a member of TIPA.

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