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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
BenQ DC C-50

10. Conclusion

Conclusion - Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good Value for Money
  • Compact design - though not an ultra-compact
  • Good build quality
  • Effective AF assist lamp
  • Effective White Balance and many factory presets and a Manual WB option
  • Many manual settings and priority modes to suit every need
  • Simple menu provides access to advanced settings
  • Well thought out controls and dials, but needs getting used to by people with big hands as do most cameras in this category
  • Included Li-Ion battery, quality pouch and charger/external PSU
  • Effective Red-Eye reduction

Conclusion - Cons

  • The TFT monitor doesn't provide 100% frame coverage in record mode
  • Finest quality JPEG setting is still over-compressed
  • The On/off button's response could be better
  • Videos are short duration and of less than average quality
  • Battery life could be better
  • Images look soft and require in-camera adjustment or post-processing
  • Some buttons and dials could be larger to suit people with big hands
  • Slow operation compared to newest 5MP models

Overall Conclusion

The camera is a nice addition to the "stylus digital compact" market, providing a pretty design, good value for money and satisfying image quality, though it cannot match the top 5MP in terms of resolving power and detail. It should more than satisfy the average user upgrading from a basic 2 or 3MP digicam which had no manual settings, by letting him explore more advanced photographic techniques. The overall responsiveness is good. AF speed and shutter lag is also satisfying considering the camera's pricing, a feature clearly lacking in this type of prosumer level compacts. At least the AF assist lamp does a pretty good job and it's far more effective than the one on a Canon G5, The lens isn't bright, though on par with similarly sized compacts, so no complaints here.

Small prints should come out nice, with brightly saturated colours, but the 5MP sensor cannot be utilized fully without any post processing, so time to shine your unsharp mask skills!

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