VALUE IN FO­CUS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The BenQ G1 is the world’s slimmest swivel cam­era. So what, you might ask. Swivel screens are noth­ing new, both DSLRs and com­pacts have them now. But not on bod­ies this thin. And yet, this isn’t the USP of this cam­era. That has to be the f1.8 aper­ture.

Firstly, the 3-inch swivel screen is very flex­i­ble and folds back on to the body with the screen fac­ing you. While the swivel screen is good for tak­ing shots at tricky an­gles, it is also a great way to pro­tect the LED. The 920K LED screen has good clar­ity. It’s only when we kept pok­ing icons on it that we re­alised it had no touch. But with Benq in­di­cat­ing which dial con­trols each value on the screen, life is not so tough.

Now for the f1.8, a set­ting that will nat­u­rally give you bet­ter re­sults in low light. But at this point, the lens is too wide for a point-and-shoot and you have to zoom in to frame a good shot. The 4.6x zoom is de­cent (it also has a so-so dig­i­tal 6x that has to be ac­ti­vated). The G1 has ev­ery­thing you would ex­pect of a 14-MP cam­era of this price range, even an ugly retro-look­ing cover. And when you see the crisp and vi­brant re­sults, it is hard to make out that all this was cre­ated by a cam­era that cost half as much as a smart­phone.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is fast though it takes a while af­ter­wards to save the pic­tures. The Fil­ter mode, in which you can click some kiosk-like, sketch fin­ish and oil paint­ing pic­tures, is good as it the HDR. We also thought that the back­ground de­fo­cus mode was a good ad­di­tion. How­ever, the wait time to get such im­ages pro­cessed was a damp­ener.

The video qual­ity is good too, with Ful­lHD at 30 fps. There is so video mode though and you just have to click the sep­a­rate record but­ton to start/stop film­ing. No, you can­not click pho­tos as you are record­ing a movie, but the zoom is one of the smoothest we have seen in a cam­era like this.

Benq has tried to bring a lot of pre­mium features to a very af­ford­able cam­era, the lat­ter be­ing the forte of this com­pany. With all the features, this cam­era has the po­ten­tial to be­come a one-stop imag­ing so­lu­tion for the fam­ily, com­bin­ing fun and qual­ity. Seems Benq has a win­ner here.

The f 1.8 gives good re­sults.

GG

BENQ G1

Price: ` 15,000 Specs:

14 MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS; f 24~110mm; f 1.8, 1/2000 ~ 2 sec; ISO 6400; Full HD 1080p /30fps; SD cards (up to 32GB).

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