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BenQ's DC-C50 digital camera. Courtesy of BenQ, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. 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
BenQ's DC-C50 digital camera. Courtesy of BenQ, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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
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
CD-ROM drive
128MB free hard disk space
Available USB port
Windows XP/ME/2000/98SE/98
BenQ's DC-C50 digital camera. Courtesy of BenQ, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
BenQ's DC-C50 digital camera. Courtesy of BenQ, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

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.

About 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.

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