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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm quite impressed with this Camera, 25 Feb 2013
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Ed.F "edz314" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: BenQ DSC G1 Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Camera)
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I've only had this camera for a couple of days but I'm already impressed with the technical capabilities and build quality. BenQ is a growing name in the camera market and whilst it is perceived to lack some of the cutting edge reputation of some of their competitors it is a very solid brand.

This casual use camera feels great in the hand. It's packed with an extremely nice leather carry case which feels very high quality and is quite useful. The camera itself is very retro looking and quite stylish with a style reminiscent of those Eastern European cameras of the 60 & 70s, I think it's pretty cool. It's perfect for the average hand size and bills itself as the slimmest camera with a lens and LCD screen of this spec. The camera has a fast CMOS sensor and an f/1.8 lens linked to the usual point and click options and a large swivelling LCD screen as viewer/view finder. It offers up to 14M pixels as image size and the resultant pictures are clear, crisp and have an excellent colour balance. On a standard 4Gb SD card (which doesn't come with the camera, you have to provide you own) you can fit about 3000 Jpeg images which is enough for most holidays. Optical zoom is a little mean at only X4.6 which is a lot lower than comparable models which can have up to X12 and X16 in some cases but I think as this is more of a casual use camera, aimed at indoor and people photography that lack of zoom may not be as much of an issue as for a professional camera/lens combo. There is a decent burst/continuous use mode and a surprisingly effective night use mode which I rather liked. Again there are far too many options and ways of using it from (point and click up to very specific modes and settings) for me to detail, or even use often.

The camera now lives alongside my laptop as a quick way to get great shots in more intimate settings, given the lack of zoom it's less good for nature and landscape photography but it's size/weight and excellent carry case make up for that for some uses. Overall I'm quite impressed and I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro case belies a hi-tech camera..., 9 April 2013
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John "John75222" (Leeds, Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: BenQ DSC G1 Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Camera)
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When I first got this camera out of the box I was immediately drawn to the expensive looking sand brown leather press stud case that reminded me of my grandfathers Halina camera which I played with as a child. My initial impression was that this was a distraction piece to give the camera a high end look whilst covering its deficiencies. It is true that there are limitations with this camera compared to similar cameras within a broadly similar price range; obvious examples of this for me is the limited zoom facility and the low rate continuous shooting mode given the fast CMOS sensor the G1 carries. It's almost as though BenQ are going for an image rather than focussing on a good mid-range camera.

However, the build quality is excellent. Mostly metal and well finished. The f/1.8 Panasonic lens is a serious piece of kit for a camera in this price range and produces very little edge distortion and noise. There is a mid-range CMOS sensor and an adequate number of shooting modes that don't overly complicate or confuse and cover most situations in which the camera is likely to be used. Colour saturation and reproduction even in low light is consistently good and the tilt/swivel LCD screen on the back is a good size and folds back into the camera to protect the screen. It will also do full HD video with stereo sound. Within the effects section there are the usual filter effects plus a 360 degree panoramic mode which gives a quite spectacular result once mastered.

All in all it's a good point and shoot camera for the money but... 1) Yet again a stingy manufacturer doesn't even provide a basic SD card and once again if you're shooting HD video then a minimum of a class 6 preferably a class 10 with a write speed of 30 - 45 Mb/S is what you'll need, 2) It doesn't shoot in RAW mode - which admittedly won't be that much of an issue for most people, and, 3) I did find that unless you completely detach the lens cover of the leather case it potentially gets in the way of both the LCD screen and the lens - which then begs the question of where do you store the other half of your case whilst you're shooting stuff?

There are alternatives out there some slightly more expensive than others, the
Samsung EX2F Digital Compact Smart Camera - Black (24MM F1.4, 3.3 Lens, 12.4 MP) 3 inch AMOLED is probably for the more serious type of amateur photographer/enthusiast wanting a compact, the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR Camera - Red (16MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD is a reasonable alternative as is Panasonic DMC-FT4EB-A Rugged Compact Camera - Blue (12.1MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD or if you use the camera in all sorts of hazardous conditions then the Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-2 Digital Compact Camera - Black (12MP, 4x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch OLED.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter camera, lots of settings to fiddle with, 10 May 2013
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Grev (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: BenQ DSC G1 Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Camera)
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If you're a novice interested in fiddling about with F numbers and shutter speeds then the BenQ DSC G1 is as good a place to start with as any (and a lot better than some) as it lets you fiddle about with both settings to your heart's content.

In manual mode shutter speed is very easily altered via a convenient dial on the back of the camera. Altering the F numbers is slightly more fiddly but still not that difficult.

As an added bonus you can, to an extent, alter the focus manually. In practice this mainly means that when focusing on a close object you can control how out of focus the background is without having to mess about with F numbers if you don't want to or having to settle for the default macro setting.

One of the main selling points on the box - the swivel-screen - is in practice a bit of a gimmick more than anything else. The included camera case is stylishly retro but a bit fiddly. Image quality is about average for a compact at this kind of price range and is perfectly adequate for the job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice camera - maybe wait until the price comes down?, 24 April 2013
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Fraser the Frank Fish "paul m" (Benfleet) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: BenQ DSC G1 Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Camera)
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Overall a very nice bit of kit. The look is stylishly retro and the clip on case is sumptuous. The build quality is good and it has some good in camera functions - blurring etc, that may be useful for those who don't photoshop.

On the downside, it's a bit pricy. I compare this to my Lumix which I bought the model which was the latest and got for a fair bit less than this one. Although it doesn't have all the effects of the BenQ, I think that the Lumix pictures are slightly better. My advice would be, wait for the price to come down if you are going to by this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slim with good range of specs!, 23 Feb 2013
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G. Wylie "george11171" (Scottish Highlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: BenQ DSC G1 Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Camera)
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Billed as the World's slimmest camera in its class, the BenQ G1 is a neat little compact with a fast, bright f/1.8 lens and a swivelling 3 inch rear screen. It has a 14 megapixel sensor and the lens provides an equivalent range of 24-110mm; a reasonable zoom. It also offers a continuous shooting mode of 6 frames per second to catch that action shot and allows the user to shoot in full HD video. It also has an interesting range of shooting modes which, among other things, allow for low-light shooting and snapping panoramic views.

It is small and light in the hand and, although minimalist in design and a little dated looking, is well finished and feels quite solid with the grip areas having a rubberised finish which affords confidence in handling. Where plastic has been used it is of good quality and the swivel screen has a metal finish.

I found it straightforward and pleasing to use and got good low light results. I particularly liked the clarity of the swivel screen and was very happy with the test photos I took. I liked the colours and the clarity of the snaps. The video was also very good. It does not offer shooting in RAW.

It is well priced on Amazon and a good value buy considering the excellent range of technical specifications on offer. The only reason it fell short of full 5 stars was due to its slower response than other cameras I have. I would, however, recommend it as a serious point and shoot compact!
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