Original Source Press Release:
BenQ 5mpix DC-C50: Specs, sample images|
(Monday, November 17, 2003 - 17:22 EST)
Taiwanese company BenQ (formerly known as Acer Communications and Multimedia), probably best known as the world's second-largest LCD display manufacturer, has announced a new digital camera in Europe and Taiwan - but not yet in the USA.
The BenQ DC-C50 is a five megapixel compact camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and four-mode flash, which may look familiar to readers. Compare it to cameras from other manufacturers, and you'll find quite a few that appear very similar - Toshiba's PDR-5300, Gateway's DC-T50 and Vivitar's Vivicam 3930. We believe all of these models, which have only minor styling differences, are actually manufactured by another Taiwanese company - Premier Image Technology Corp. - as the Premier DC5330 / DC5331 (not to be confused with BenQ's own DC5330 model, which is a three-megapixel camera interpolated to five megapixels).
Features include Secure Digital storage, a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, USB 1.1 and DC In connectivity, a choice of Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes, shutter speeds from 1/1500 to 8 seconds, center-weighted average and spot metering, auto and 6-preset white balance, ISO ratings from 100 to 400 and an AVI movie mode.
The DC-C50 has dimensions of 98 x 63 x 35mm, and weighs 180 grams. It is available immediately in Taiwan, with pricing set at TW$16,000 (roughly equivalent to US$470 / €400 / CA$617 / £278, ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties). European pricing doesn't appear to have been set at this time, but the BenQ Europe site does list two year product warranties for the camera in a range of different countries.
Courtesy of BenQ, full specifications and several product photos follow below. Three full-sized sample images can be seen on the BenQ Europe website, and six resized sample images provided by Taiwanese digicam website DCView.com can be seen on a site set up by Netad Digital Marketing Corp. Ltd., BenQ Taiwan's PR company.
|BenQ DC-C50 |
|Total pixels ||5.04M |
|Effective Pixels ||5.0M |
|Sensor ||1/1.8” CCD |
|Image Resolution || |
|2560*1920 pixels |
|2048*1536 pixels |
|1280*960 pixels |
|640*480 pixels |
|Lens ||F = 7.2 ~ 21.6 mm, F2.8 / F4.7 |
|Lens aperture ||F2.8 / F4.7 |
|Focusing Range ||TTL Auto focus. Macro: 9 cm; Normal: 80 cm to infinity |
|Digital Zoom ||3x |
|Optical Zoom ||3x |
|Shutter Speed ||8 ~ 1/1500 sec. |
|Exposure Control ||Program Auto, Aperture Pirority, Shutter Speed Pirority, Manual Explosure Compensate: +/- 2EV in 1/3 step |
|Shooting Mode ||Night Scene, Sport, Portait |
|Color Setting ||Standard, Vivid, Sepia, Monochrome |
|Metering ||Spot, Average Weight TTL AE |
|Flash ||Auto/ Red - eye reduction/ Forced flash/ Flash off |
|White Balance ||Auto/ Manual/ Cloudy/ Day light/ Incandescent/ Fluorescent 1 & 2 |
|ISO Equivalent ||Auto, 100, 200, 400 |
|View Finder ||Optical, true image |
|Movie Mode ||AVI format. Depends on memory size |
|Self-Timer ||2 sec, 10 sec, 10+2 sec, Interval, Delay |
|Storage ||SD card compatible (8 ~ 512 MB) |
|File Format || |
|Still image: JPEG (EXIF 2.2), DCF, DPOF |
|Movie clip: AVI format with wave sound |
|Connectivity || |
|Digital out: USB 1.1 |
|AV output |
|DC power input: 5V |
|Power Source ||Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery / DC adaptor |
|LCD Monitor ||1.5” Color TFT LCD |
|Weight ||180 gr. (Without battery) |
|Dimensions(W x H x D) ||98x63x35 mm |
|Battery charge ||Included |
|System Requirements || |
|Pentium 166Mhz or higher CPU |
|64MB RAM |
|CD-ROM drive |
|128MB free hard disk space |
|Available USB port |
|Windows XP/ME/2000/98SE/98 |
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|BenQ's new C50 Digital Camera *** So Stylish and Sophisticated, So BenQ|
Europe, 17th November 2003. BenQ proudly announces the C50 digital camera. A welcome addition to BenQ's line of stylish digital cameras, the C50 features 5.0 mega pixels, 3X optical zoom and PASM mode, offering advanced features and options for aspiring photographers.
"With the C50, we've developed a feature-packed product that is both portable and fun," expressed William Wang, BenQ Vice President and General Manager of Imaging Network Business Group, "The C50 with its stylish reflective metallic finish, allows everyone to brilliantly capture their most important moments with a user-friendly interface."
The pocket-sized BenQ C50 is designed with usability and performance in mind. It provides users with numerous options, including PASM (Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual) mode, which allows users to adjust both lens aperture and shutter speed for even greater photographic experience. Armed with a 12X zoom (3X optical, 4X digital), no detail will be missed. Additionally, the C50 features a video option and SD card photo storage for easy file sharing.
Superior performance combined with flexible operation. The C50 doesn't only show your taste of technology, but it also redefines fashion, in a pocket-sized outfit.
Seize the day. Enjoy your best memories with BenQ.
BenQ is an industry leader in networking lifestyle devices with an expertise that encompasses display, storage, imaging, wireless and broadband areas.
BenQ has manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Mexico, China and Taiwan. The company has 14,600 employees worldwide, supporting a strong global sales marketing and service network spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. BenQ has research and development facilities in Taiwan (Hsinchu Lab), China (Suzhou Software Development Center) and California, USA (Wireless Technology Center), and has more than 2000 research and development employees in Suzhou, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu and San Diego. BenQ has amassed 1206 global patents. 2002 revenues exceeded US$3.03 billion dollars. For more information about BenQ, please visit our website at BenQ-eu.com.