Kind of like a hall of fame, the Nihon Camera Foundation selects annually a series of cameras that can be regarded as “meaningful in terms of historical significance, being particularly popular in the market, or meaningful in terms of technology histories”. The “historical camera review committee” consisting of experts and academics experts that examines and selects all new products launched in a year.
I just saw that in 2016, the Sony A99ii was selected into this honoured group. The A9 made it in this year. I imagine the A7Riii will be in next years’ group.
The list can be found here: (Google translation of Japanese site)