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Benq G1 Digital Camera

$229.00
Compact Camera 14MP 4.6x CMOS Oct 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Two industry awards
Good size
Does not have a good battery life
34 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites endorsed this camera. The editor of review site F1cd.ru conluded that they would recommend this digital camera and gave it a "Recommended" award and the writer at review site Gadgetgear.nl gave it a "Silver" award and thought it was great.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, people who bought this Benq digital camera rated it as 72%. 0 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, T3.com and pcmweb.nl the average expert rating of this camera is 65 out of 100.

Benq Only Has Unexceptional Digital Camera Reviews

Benq is one of the unremarkable camera brands according to average expert and user reviews, and Benq also has unexceptional reviews for its medium megapixel digital cameras.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Benq G1 has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Benq G1 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Shutter

Fairly Slow Camera Shutter Interval

The Benq G1 has one of the slower camera shutter intervals (15 seconds) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Cameras that were released around the same time as this camera have camera shutter intervals of between 0.008s and 30s.

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Picture Quality

Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Benq G1 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this type and age. This camera has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448. Cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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Only 4320 X 3240 Pixels Image Resolution

The Benq G1 has a higher image resolution than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a 4320 x 3240 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras of a similar spec and age to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera the best image resolution is 4928 x 3264 pixels and the worst is 4288 x 3216 pixels.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq G1 does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support Wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the P600 ($429.31), or the S6800 both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS ($235.97) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Benq G1 does not feature bluetooth.

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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it did not have a good battery life. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “I wish I had bought the battery backup to go with it.”.


Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Benq G1 features voice recording. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also feature voice recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Microphone

The Benq G1 does not have a built-in microphone, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera which have a built-in microphone.

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Memory

Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 82 megabytes, the Benq G1 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. The average internal memory of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera is 220MB.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Benq G1 has a battery charger included. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Benq G1 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Benq G1 has a hand strap, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Benq G1 has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Benq G1 features smile detection, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Ten owners who bought it concluded that it was compact. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their Benq G1 review on expert website Ephotozine “The BenQ G1 originally interested us due to the compact size, bright lens” and gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100. Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com “The BenQ G1 is a compact camera with a fast f/1.8-4.9 lens”. Expert review site Stuff.tv wrote “The BenQ is more of an enthusiastic pretender than a genuine high-end compact”.

Four people mentioned in their reviews that it was thin. G. Wylie wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Slim with good range of specs!” . Zetan mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “The wiring of the A161P's is thin and I had my doubts that they would last very long”. I. Fairweather wrote “Attracted by the reticulating screen and the slim design”.

One owner wrote in their reviews that the product was a good body shape.

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Zetan wrote on Amazon.co.uk “I mainly listen to rock and heavy metal and these are amazing sounding, really punchy” but in spite of that they scored it 1 stars out of 5.

One customer who purchased the product said that it was a good size.

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Average Weight

The Benq G1 has a fairly standard weight (195 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Camera

Features Multi-Shot Function

The Benq G1 features multi-shot function. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also feature multi-shot function.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Benq G1 has a custom colour. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a custom colour.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Benq G1 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Quite High Playback Zoom (max)

With a playback zoom (max) of 12 times zoom factor, the Benq G1 has a fairly high playback zoom (max) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. The lowest playback zoom (max) of medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 1x and the highest is 16x.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Benq G1 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras of this age and spec is 430,000 pixels, and the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At 920,000 pixels, the Benq G1 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Benq G1 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the FinePix F770EXR, or the F660EXR both from Fujifilm or the Nikon S9300 which has better reviews.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Benq G1 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also support video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to consider including the Nikon L610 which is cheaper; or the Fujifilm F660EXR, or the Nikon S6400 which has better reviews.

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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 digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at include the P600 ($429.31), or the S6800 both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS ($235.97) which has better reviews.

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Has a Night Mode

The Benq G1 has a night mode. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a night mode.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Benq G1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x. The Benq G1 has a quite big digital zoom (6 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm Finepix SL300 (6.7x) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this type and age range from 4.5mm to 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The Benq G1 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 24 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only 1.8, the Benq G1 has one of the smallest minimum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age. The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of this spec and age is 1.7 and the largest is 22.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras of this type and age the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. With an optical zoom of only 4.6 times zoom factor, the Benq G1 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 ($189.99) (5x), or the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (5.8x) which is also higher rated.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 4.9, the Benq G1 has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera. The maximum aperture numbers of medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera range from 2.5 to 38.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this type and age range from 18mm to 1,500mm. The Benq G1 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 110 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Benq G1 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera which do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Nikon L610 which is cheaper; or the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS ($235.97), or the Nikon S6400 which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Benq G1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this 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 in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital 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 camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Support

Good Support

One person said in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Expert website Gadgetstouse.com mentioned “Seemingly high specification and manual controls is a great choice”.


Design

Good Product Quality

Five people who reviewed the Benq G1 concluded that it was good quality. Four years ago G. Wylie said in their review of this digital camera “Where plastic has been used it is of good quality and the swivel screen has a metal finish.I found it straightforward”. Ed.f wrote on Amazon “It's packed with an extremely nice leather carry case which feels very high quality and is quite useful” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Four years ago Zetan mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “I've seen better quality stock headphones, for example the Samsung Galaxy S3 are of a better build quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Reliable

Seven owners said in their reviews that it was well made. Five years ago Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The BenQ G1 is built around a 14-megapixel sensor”. Expert review site Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review of the Benq G1 “Still BenQ G1 attracted me with its slim design and appeasing build structure” . John mentioned “The build quality is excellent” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Two people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was strong and durable.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was reliable. Amazon.co.uk wrote “From day one, this storage adapter has been reliable and no drives have been dropped nor have any arrays been broken or corrupted” but they gave this digital camera a rating of 1 stars out of 5.

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Well Designed

Three people said in their reviews that it was well designed. Amazon.co.uk mentioned four years ago “Works as advertised Mini and handsome design” .

Three owners who bought the product considered that it was retro. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “The look is stylishly retro and the clip on case is sumptuous”. Ed.f said on Amazon “The camera itself is very retro looking and quite stylish with a style reminiscent of those Eastern European cameras of the 60 & 70s, I think it's pretty cool” and rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Grev said “The included camera case is stylishly retro” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was neat. G. Wylie said on Amazon “The BenQ G1 is a neat little compact with a fast, bright f/1.8 lens” in their review of this digital camera. One customer wrote in their reviews that it was smooth. Amazon.co.uk wrote “The install was very smooth” but despite that they only rated it 1 stars out of 5.

One customer who bought this digital camera wrote that it was good looking. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “And good looking, too No projection going on here (wink” yet they only scored the Benq G1 1 stars out of 5.

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Easy to Use

Four owners wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Amazon.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Linux driver is in the kernel now days, so it is easy to use and setup” . Amazon.co.uk also said “The Bios is clean and intuitive and the mere idea of CLI gives me hiv” in their review. G. Wylie said in their review of this digital camera “I found it straightforward and pleasing to use and got good low light results”.

One customer reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Zetan wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “They're comfortable and I often forget that I'm wearing them”.

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Good Video Capture

Three people who purchased it thought it was good for video recording. Four years ago G. Wylie said “The video was also very good”. John mentioned “It will also do full HD video with stereo sound” in his review of the Benq G1.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen. G. Wylie said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I particularly liked the clarity of the swivel screen and was very happy with the test photos I took”. John mentioned on Amazon “Colour saturation and reproduction even in low light is consistently good and the tilt/swivel LCD screen on the back is a good size”.

Good Quality Pictures

Eight people mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Techmagnifier.com said “Shunting aside the long held snobbery about the brand for developing bad cameras, G1 proves to be a good option for advanced photographers” in their review of this digital camera. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon four years ago “Although it doesn't have all the effects of the BenQ, I think that the Lumix pictures are slightly better”. Ed.f gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “It offers up to 14M pixels as image size and the resultant pictures are clear, crisp”.

Four customers considered that the product had a good picture resolution. G. Wylie wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It also offers a continuous shooting mode of 6 frames per second to catch that action shot”. G. Wylie also mentioned “It also has an interesting range of shooting modes which, among other things, allow for low-light shooting” in their review. John mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “There is a mid-range CMOS sensor and an adequate number of shooting modes that don't overly complicate or confuse”.

Three owners reckoned that it was good in low light. Two customers who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good image sensor. Ed.f mentioned on Amazon “The camera has a fast CMOS sensor and an f/1.8 lens linked to the usual point”.

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Good Quality Lens

Five customers who reviewed the Benq G1 concluded that it had a good lens. Four years ago expert review site Gadgetstouse.com wrote “Benq G1 comes with a fast f/1.8-4.9 lens and a swiveling rear LCD Screen”. Gadgetstouse.com also said “BenQ G1 due to the compact size, bright lens” in their review.

One owner who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good zoom. G. Wylie mentioned four years ago “It has a 14 megapixel sensor and the lens provides an equivalent range of 24-110mm; a reasonable zoom” .

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Released Over Four Years Ago

Benq released the G1 in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq 9ha2a0a8fe
Barcodes 00840046026196, 04718755039096, 04718755039119

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