AFFORDABLE CAMERA, BUT WITH QUIRKS
BENQ GH600 packs a 21X optical zoom with image stabilization. The GH 600 looks like a regular, largish, point and shoot. A mode dial on the top gives access to automatic as well as manual settings. Manual controls are easy to tweak using the arrow keys, but the options are limited, especially with the aperture values. To bring down the price, the GH 600 uses four dry cells and not a rechargeable battery.
The auto-focus is slow in manual modes and it takes time to lock on to subjects. Also you have to make sure the macro is not on while clicking anything else. The results in the 16MP are quite decent though. Even with the 21x zoom we felt the image stabilisation took away most of the shake giving clean shots. The colour reproduction is decent, but could have been vivid.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Good for first-time digital camera
BENQ GH 600
SPECS: Sony 16 Mega Pixels, 1/2.3 inch CCD, f = 25~525mm, F3.1, 1/2000, ISO 6400, HD 720p, 21x