ONE FOR THE POCKET

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Al­most the en­tire en­try-level dig­i­tal cam­era seg­ment has been wiped off by the im­prov­ing qual­ity of cam­eras in even the cheap­est of phones. No one is now buy­ing a com­pact cam­era that is priced un­der 5,000 be­cause it has just an 8MP sen­sor and very few features. BenQ is now of­fer­ing a 14MP cam­era for un­der 9,000 and it comes loaded with features. But re­mem­ber, for the af­ford­abil­ity there are some sac­ri­fices that you will have to make.

The BenQ LR100 is one of the most com­pact cam­eras avail­able at the moment and will eas­ily slip into your jeans pocket. It is ac­tu­ally as por­ta­ble as a phone and weighs just 100 grams. The LCD is 2.7 inches and 230k pix­els. This is the sort of cam­era you would get a teenager as a birth­day present. For it has ev­ery fea­ture they would want. There are dozens of modes to play around with the pic­ture, even be­fore you start click­ing. The zoom is just 5x, and con­sid­er­ing the qual­ity of the op­tics on the cam­era this is about the best it could do.

While you can really play around with shoot­ing op­tions and pre­set modes, the ul- ti­mate pic­ture is not all that im­pres­sive. In fact, the im­age qual­ity re­minded us a lot of the Canon A400 which was among the first dig­i­tal cam­eras to find mass base in In­dia. The pic­tures are good if you plan to share it on so­cial net­work­ing sites, but lack a bit of sub­tlety. Thanks to the 14MP you will be able to get de­cent sized prints from this cam­era. But low-light isn’t one of its strong points.

But the HD video with wa­ter­colour mode will keep a lot of users happy. Such set­tings are usu­ally seen for stills, rarely for video.

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