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BenQ's DC2300 digital camera. Courtesy of BenQ, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. BenQ announces two new digicams
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(Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 20:06 EST)

New choices at both the middle and high end of BenQ's digital camera lineup were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Benq DC2300 (described in the press release at the end of this news item) slots in between the CMOS-based 1.3 megapixel DC1500, and the CCD-based 3.3 megapixel DC3310. The new camera features a CCD imager, 2.1 megapixel resolution, and a fixed focus, fixed focal-length lens. The camera also has an AVI movie mode, 8MB of built-in memory, SD / MMC storage slot, 1.6" TFT LCD display, built-in flash, and power from AA Alkaline batteries.

The second announcement marks a new resolution high for BenQ. The DC 4500 has a 4.0 megapixel CCD imager (3.87 megapixels effective), coupled with a 3x optical zoom lens, CompactFlash storage, 1.5" TFT LCD and rechargeable AA batteries. As with the DC2300, the camera also has an AVI movie mode.

Both cameras are available immediately. The DC2300 costs $179, and the DC4500 costs $399; specifications follow:

BenQ DC2300
BenQ's DC2300 digital camera. Copyright (c) 2003, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Model
DC2300
Sensor Type
CCD
Pixel
2.1M (1.92 effective)
Resolution
2048 x 1536 (interpolation); 1600 x 1200; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480
Optical Zoom 1X (Free-Focus)
Digital Zoom 4X
Focus Range
Normal: 51.2" to infinity
Portrait: 31.5" to 51.2"
Macro: 7.1" to 9.8"
Continuous / Burst No
Movie Mode AVI
Audio Mode No
Storage Type Built-in 8M Flash Memory & SD / MMC card
Photos Depends on storage size
Flash Mode Auto / On / Off / Red eye reduction / Slow Sync
LCD Display 1.6" TFT LCD
Self Timer 10 seconds
Battery AA Alkaline X 2
Weight 4.9 oz. (without battery)
Dimension 3.7" x 2.6" x 1.6"
Bundled Software
DC2300 Driver;
ArcSoft PhotoBase;
ArcSoft PhotoImpression;
ArcSoft VideoImpression;
ArcSoft Photo Printer Pro
Accessories Pouch, Hand Strap
UPC Code 8400460-0251-0
MSRP $179
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BenQ's DC2300 digital camera. Copyright (c) 2003, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
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BenQ DC4500
BenQ's DC4500 digital camera. Copyright (c) 2003, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Model
DC4500
Sensor Type
CCD
Pixel
4.0M (3.87 effective)
Resolution
2848 x 2136 (interpolation); 2272 x 1704; 1024 x 768; 640 x 480
Optical Zoom 3X (Auto-Focus)
Digital Zoom 3X
Focus Range
Normal: 15.7" to infinity
Macro: 3.1" to 15.7"
Continuous / Burst Up to 16 Frames
Movie Mode AVI
Audio Mode No
Storage Type Compact Flash (16M included)
Photos Depends on storage size
Flash Mode Auto / On / Off / Red eye reduction
LCD Display 1.5" TFT LCD
Self Timer 10 seconds
Battery AA Rechargeable Battery x 2 (with charger)
Weight 11.2 oz. (with battery)
Dimension 4.3" x 3.2" x 1.9"
Bundled Software
DC4500 Driver;
ArcSoft PhotoBase;
ArcSoft PhotoImpression;
ArcSoft VideoImpression;
ArcSoft Photo Printer Pro
Accessories Hand Strap, Battery Charger
UPC Code 8400460-0237-4
MSRP $399
More Photos
BenQ's DC4500 digital camera. Copyright (c) 2003, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

BenQ Expands Line-Up of Digital Cameras

New DC2300 Offers Power Performance, Style and Affordability

LAS VEGAS (January 9, 2003) - BenQ, a leading manufacturer of digital lifestyle devices, today launched the DC2300 Digital Camera. The DC2300 is the latest addition to BenQ's line of digital photography solutions.

The DC2300 possesses several key power performance features, including 2.1 mega-pixels of CCD resolution, 3.1 mega-pixels of enhanced resolution, a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536, a 1.6-inch TFT color LCD with distinct preview/review images, dual storage mode (8MB of internal memory and SD/MMC compatible) and Histogram and Image Transformation (HIT) technology.

"With the introduction of the DC2300, BenQ now offers a wide range of digital cameras to match any lifestyle," said Wroe Cheng, product manager of Digital Imaging at BenQ. "We're able to put in a lot of features, options and power into this one camera and still maintain competitive pricing."

This snap-and-shoot digital camera provides more than two hours of power with the LCD on and boasts a 4x digital zoom and has an unlimited length of manual AVI recording.

The DC2300 is now shipping at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $169.00.

About BenQ
BenQ is the second largest LCD monitor manufacturer worldwide and an industry leader in digital lifestyle devices that encompass the display, storage, imaging, input, wireless and broadband markets. BenQ has earned a prominent position by being listed as one of the top 100 IT companies in the business world by BusinessWeek's InfoTech 100 and third in the "Best Shareholder Return" rating. The company recently won the top spot for innovation in response to customers' needs by the 10th annual survey conducted by ACNielson International Research.

BenQ has more than 12,000 employees worldwide, supporting a strong global sales marketing and service network across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. The company has manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Mexico, China and Taiwan. BenQ has research and development facilities in Taiwan (Hsinchu Lab) and China (Suzhou Software Development Center), and has amassed more than 900 global patents. For more information about BenQ, please visit our Web site at www.BenQ.com.

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