Canon EOS 600dCanon?s EOS 600D has won the European Camera of the Year title at the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awards.

Judges lauded the 600D as a ?good-value camera that has a very strong set of features and customisable functions.

‘Its excellent resolution and low-noise characteristics, even at high ISO settings, make it an extremely desirable model to amateur photographers?.

Amateur Photographer (AP) is a founding member of EISA which the magazine rejoined in 2007.

AP is the only UK photography magazine to belong to EISA, which was founded in 1982.

The organisation is made up of around 50 special interest magazines from 19 countries.

Commenting on EISA, AP Editor Damien Demolder said: ?It does not exist to line the pockets of its members, to court those who might be in line for an award or to flatter those that do eventually win.

‘It exists to bring the best magazine technical departments from all over Europe together in one place to discuss, debate and then agree on which of the cameras, lenses and accessories, launched in that year, will best serve the needs and expectations of enthusiast photographers across the continent.?

This year’s honours list included Pentax’s 645D medium format digital camera, which clinched European Professional Camera 2011-2012.

?With the introduction of the Pentax 645D, the medium-format market has gained a much anticipated and highly competitive member that offers exceptional image quality and handling,? read the EISA citation.

Meanwhile, Nikon?s D7000 was voted top European Advanced SLR Camera. ?At the head of Nikon?s semi-professional line of cameras, the D7000 is packed with the high-end features it inherited from the company?s D300 and D300s models. The solid body offers high-speed autofocus, a bright 3in LCD, dust control, dual SDXC card slots and full HD video.?

This year?s top cameras also included the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 (European Compact System Camera); Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V (European Compact Camera); and Fujifilm FinePix X100 (Advanced Compact).

Sigma?s 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM scooped the European Lens title. ?Sigma has produced a telephoto zoom lens that offers professional features and exceptionally good image quality at a very reasonable price,? said judges.

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM won the Professional Lens category; Tamron’s AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD was voted European Zoom Lens 2011-2012; and Samsung?s NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED i-Function bagged the European Compact System Lens title.

Also claiming victory was Epson?s Stylus Photo R3000 which was awarded the European Photo Printer of the year.