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Benq G1 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 14MP 4.6x CMOS Oct 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Two industry awards
Good screen / viewfinder
Not easy to use the menus
34 Reviews + 2 Awards
f1cd.ru Recommended gadgetgear.nl Silver

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites liked this digital camera. This medium megapixel digital camera received a F1cd.ru "Recommended" award and the expert at website Gadgetgear.nl said that it was very good and gave it a "Silver" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, T3.com and agdlab.pl this camera has an overall expert rating of 65 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Average

Based on 17 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 72 out of 100. 0 reviewers (83% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Benq Only Has Unexceptional Digital Camera Reviews

Benq is one of the unremarkable camera manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Benq also has unexceptional reviews for its medium megapixel cameras.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two owners who bought it considered that it had a good screen.


Design

Not Easy to Use the Menus

Two customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was not easy to use the menus. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “This isn't obvious from the bios menu” in their review of this digital camera. Ed.f wrote on expert review site Amazon “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” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Product Quality

Three customers said in their reviews that the Benq G1 was good quality. Ed.f said four years ago “It's packed with an extremely nice leather carry case which feels very high quality and is quite useful” and scored it 80 out of 100. In the same month G. Wylie mentioned “Where plastic has been used it is of good quality and the swivel screen has a metal finish” in their review of this digital camera. John wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “The build quality is excellent” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5.

Robust

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was well made.

Nice Design

Two owners who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was retro. Amazon Customer scored it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Amazon “The look is stylishly retro and the clip on case is sumptuous”. Grev mentioned “The included camera case is stylishly retro”.


Price

Good Value for Money

Two owners who purchased the product thought it was good value for money. Four years ago website Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of the Benq G1 “It was very inexpensive”. Grev mentioned “Image quality is about average for a compact at this kind of price range and is perfectly adequate for the job” and rated it 80 out of 100.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was October 2012 when this medium megapixel digital camera was released.


Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq G1 does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to consider including the P600 (£204.99), or the S6800 (£189.46) both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS (£229.99).

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Benq G1 does not feature bluetooth, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Benq G1 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the FinePix F770EXR (£228), or the F660EXR (£181) both from Fujifilm or the Nikon S9300 (£229.18) which all of have better reviews.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Benq G1 has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels. At 920,000 pixels, the Benq G1 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The Benq G1 has a pretty average weight (195 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Benq G1 supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including the Fujifilm F660EXR (£181), or the Nikon S6400 (£219) both of which have better reviews; or the Nikon L610 (£185) which is cheaper.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Benq G1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the P600 (£204.99), and the S6800 (£189.46) both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS (£229.99) which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a Night Mode

The Benq G1 has a night mode. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a night mode.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Benq G1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Benq G1 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Benq G1 supports Full HD video. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera do not support Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS (£229.99), or the Nikon S6400 (£219) both of which have better reviews; or the Nikon L610 (£185) which is cheaper.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Benq G1 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that are a comparable age to this camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Benq digital camera. This digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Benq G1 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

The worst video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The Benq G1 has one of the bigger digital zooms (6 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age. The digital zooms of cameras of this spec and age range from 1x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm Finepix SL300 (£219) (6.7x) which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 0.34x to 65x. The Benq G1 has a quite small optical zoom (only 4.6 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 (£151.49) (5x and higher rated), or the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (£239.99) (5.8x and higher rated).

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera is 7.4, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.5 to 38. The Benq G1 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers (only 4.9) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera range from 18mm to 1,500mm. At only 110 millimeters, the Benq G1 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 4.5mm and the longest is 40mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Benq G1 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera is 1.7 and the largest is 22. At only 1.8, the Benq G1 has a very small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Benq G1 features smile detection, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Has a Custom Colour

The Benq G1 has a custom colour, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The Benq G1 features multi-shot function, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Benq G1 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly High Playback Zoom (max)

With a playback zoom (max) of 12 times zoom factor, the Benq G1 has one of the higher playback zoom (max) amongst digital cameras of this age. The lowest playback zoom (max) of medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 1x, the highest is 16x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 9.1x.

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Audio

Does Not Have a Built-In Microphone

The Benq G1 does not have a built-in microphone, unlike most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera which have a built-in microphone.

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Features Voice Recording

The Benq G1 features voice recording, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Picture Quality

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Benq G1 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Benq camera also has a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448. The worst still image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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Only 4320 X 3240 Pixels Image Resolution

The Benq G1 has a 4320 x 3240 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. Most medium megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera the image resolution ranges from 4288 x 3216 pixels to 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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14 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 14 megapixels camera.

Other 14MP digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Finepix SL240 (£177), or the S4500 (£153) both from Fujifilm which and both of have better reviews.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Nikon L610 (£185) (16MP and cheaper); or the Nikon S6400 (£219) (16MP and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (£159.99) (16MP and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Benq G1 has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Benq G1 supports PictBridge. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Benq G1 has a battery charger included. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Benq G1 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Benq G1 has a hand strap. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Benq G1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Memory

Quite Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of cameras of this spec and age range from 8MB to 8GB. The Benq G1 has one of the bigger internal memory (82 megabytes) amongst cameras of this age.

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Shutter

Fairly Slow Camera Shutter Interval

Across all the cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the camera shutter intervals range from 0.008s to 30s. With a camera shutter interval of 15 seconds, the Benq G1 has one of the slower camera shutter intervals amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00840046026196, 04718755039096, 04718755039119

Benq G1 Review Sources

To prepare this Benq G1 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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