The much anticipated What Digital Camera awards have been announced. So what products made the grade in 2009?

With 2009 now drawn to a close, we’ve been scratching our heads as to which of the numerous products that have passed through the WDC office during the past 12 months are worthy of our most prestigious of awards.

It’s very much been the year of DSLR video, innovation and the year when, quite possibly, megapixels have finally ceased to be crammed onto overpopulated little sensors too – at least, if Canon’s culling of the G11’s megapixel count is anything to go by. It’s also been the year of ultra-high ISO counts, with the Nikon D3s being the first camera ever to offer up the sky-high sensitivity of ISO 102,400 – well and truly trouncing the capabilities of analogue film of old.

2009 has definitely seen mirrorless, interchangeable lens Micro System Cameras – most notably the Micro Four Thirds system of Olympus and Panasonic – lay out their claim to market domination. They are here to stay and will continue to push the technology forward. Yup, it’s been quite the year
all round and 2010 looks set to be just as exciting. 

With all of this in mind, and after many hours of debate and multiple shortlists, eventually, between the occasional friendly argument, the results came in and the best of the best came to the fore. So, without further ado, drum roll please, the 2009 WDC Award winners are…

 Panasonic FX550 review product image - front left

Best Consumer Compact 2009:

Panasonic Lumix FX550


Canon PowerShot G11 front_2 | Reviews | What Digital Camera

Best Advanced Compact 2009:

Canon Powershot G11


 Sony Cyber-shot HX1

Best Superzoom Compact 2009:

Sony Cyber-shot HX1


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1C product shot with 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens

Best Micro System Camera 2009:

Panasonic Lumix GF1

 Samsung ST550 review product image children mode front LCD screen on

Innovation Award 2009:

Samsung ST550



Nikon D3000 front

Best Entry-level DSLR:

Nikon D3000


Canon 500D product shot

Best Mid-range DSLR:

Canon EOS 500D


Canon EOS 5D Mk.II

Best Advanced DSLR:

Canon EOS 5D MkII


 Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM lens review

Best Lens 2009:

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM


 How to Shoot... Black & White - Gear, Photoshop Elements 8

Best Software 2009:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8


Rosco gels

Best Accessory 2009:

Rosco The Strobist Collection


Canon EOS 5D Mk.II

Product Of The Year 2009:

Canon EOS 5D MkII


For more details and the runners up, see our January 2010 issue