Nikon’s D700 and Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II digital SLRs have won top awards at Japan’s Camera Grand Prix.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II was named Camera of the Year, while the Nikon D700 won the ‘Readers Award’ in a poll conducted at a recent photo show in Tokyo.

‘Users who voted for the D700 were extremely pleased, most notably with the camera’s extraordinary image quality, delivering outstanding low noise characteristics at high sensitivities, its excellent cost performance, as well as its great flexibility and operability,’ said Nikon in a statement endorsed by the awards’ judges.

The Canon camera was applauded for features including its full-frame, 21.1MP, CMOS sensor, Digic 4 image processor and Live View.

The Camera Grand Prix is hosted by Japan’s Camera Journal Press Club which is made up of photography magazine technical editors.