In the world of business projectors, Epson is unassailable in the minds of our readers. And for the 8th consecutive year, they’ve won Best Business Projector Brand for our Readers’ Choice category with 21% of votes. In October 2020, Epson announced that they’ve reached a milestone of selling 30 million units of 3LCD projectors globally. Besides focusing on high-brightness installation projection segment with their 30,000-lumen EB-L30000UNL, Epson also launched their first affordable laser projectors for small offices and classrooms, the EB-L200 series in 2020. Over the last three years, BenQ has also slowly increased their vote share in our polls, and this year’s results put them in second place with 16% of total votes, overtaking Canon (15%).
With 31% of the votes, Sony continues to be the Readers’ Choice Best Home Theatre Projector Brand. And in 2020, Sony launched their most advanced 4K home cinema projectors yet with the VPL-VW590ES, VPL-VW790ES, and VPL-GTZ380. These projectors feature Sony’s advanced 4K X1 image processing chip that can upscale Full HD and 2K content into 4K, and even enhance native 4K content further. If you’re building the ultimate home theatre, the flagship VPL-GTZ380 features SXRD technology, ultra-high brightness up to 10,000 lumens, and 100% of DCI-P3 colour gamut. It’ll cost you a pretty penny though, to the tune of S$130,000.
It may not be a surprising result that Samsung is once again the Best TV Brand in our Readers’ Choice polls. Samsung is always consistent year-on-year upgrading their TVs with the latest display technologies. In 2020, Samsung focused on expanding their QLED 8K offerings with the Q950T and Q800T line, while simultaneously upgrading all of their 4K models. In 2021, you can expect to see TVs featuring smaller Quantum Mini LED lights source from the brand too. What is surprising is local Singaporean brand Prism+ leapfrogging all the big names like Sony and LG to nip at the tails of Samsung with a whopping 27% vote share. Prism+ started out with affordable gaming monitors, and recently branched out to offer 4K Smart TVs as well. Their proposition is simple, offer extremely affordable 4K Android TVs. And it looks like their gambit is paying off.
With 38% of the votes, our readers have chosen Canon as this year’s Best Camera Brand, while Nikon and Sony hold on to their second and third spots with 19% and 18% votes respectively. Canon launched their high-end EOS-1D X Mark III early on in 2020, but we felt that the year was really punctuated by Canon’s mirrorless offerings. We saw two new full-frame mirrorless interchangeable cameras to beef up Canon’s EOS R line-up, the EOS R5 and EOS R6. And then there was the EOS M50 Mark II, which was catered more towards videography and livestreaming. Speaking of, almost all camera manufacturers, Canon included, started offering webcam utilities or functionality upgrades to cater to the fact that in a year of lockdown, a webcam became the most important function of a camera.