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BenQ's E1260 digital camera. Photo provided by BenQ Corp. BenQ E1260 offers in-camera HDR
(Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 21:37 EDT)

Taiwan's BenQ Corp. has today announced its new BenQ E1260 digital camera, featuring a built-in high dynamic range function.

The BenQ E1260 features a 4x optical zoom lens that provides focal lengths from a useful 28mm wide angle to a moderate 112mm telephoto. Behind this sits the E1260's twelve megapixel CCD image sensor. The E1260 lacks an optical viewfinder, instead opting solely for a 2.7-inch LCD display.

ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 1,600 by default, and can be expanded to as high as ISO 6,400. Other features of the E1260 include a Smart Scene mode that automatically selects one of twelve scene types, auto face tracking capability, smile shutter / blink detection / beauty enhancer functions, a self-portrait mode, and a G-sensor that's used both to orient images, and as an input device.

The BenQ E1260 goes on sale worldwide from May 2010, with two body color choices -- metallic gun-metal gray, or metallic blue. Pricing had not been announced at press time. For more, read or BenQ E1260 preview.

BenQ E1260
BenQ's E1260 digital camera. Photo provided by BenQ Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer BenQ
Model Number North America: E1260
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.7 in.
(92 x 58 x 17 mm)
Weight 3.5 oz (100 g)
Image Capture
Sensor Type Sharp CCD
1/2.3" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
12.53 megapixels (total)
12.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 12.0 megapixels
10.7 megapixels
8.0 megapixels
5.0 megapixels
3.0 megapixels
1280 x 720 (0.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.7 in. diagonal
230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)
Lens Type 4x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.1 - 20.2mm (actual)
28 - 112mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/6.3 (tele) - ???
Focusing Range Normal: 5" - infinity (12 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.9" - 41" (12 cm - 100 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200*, 6400* (3 megapixel or lower)
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent L, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto Flash, Auto Anti Red-eye, Force On, Slow Sync, Forced Off
Scene Modes Yes, including Landscape, Portrait, Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Macro, Sunset, Text, Foliage, Snow, Still Mode, Sports, Self Portrait, and Smart Scene (automatically selects one of first twelve scene types)
Digital Zoom Up to 5x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format MJPEG w/ WAV audio with audio
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (Exif v2.2)
Video Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary 700mAh
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary 700mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 11.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
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BenQ's E1260 digital camera. Photo provided by BenQ Corp. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

BenQ’s E1260 HDR Camera – Make Every Shot Amazing!

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, April 28, 2010 – BenQ announced the expansion of its digital camera lineup today with the E1260 HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera. With 12 Megapixels; 28mm 4x optical wide angle zoom lens; capability of shooting 720p movies; a bright 2.7” LCD screen; advanced smart scene mode; friendly user interface; G-Sensor application; and last but certainly not least the HDR image enhancement technology, E1260 aims to bring consumers more features, more fun!

BenQ’s HDR image enhancement technology is designed bring out the finest details in the darkest and brightest parts of an image – allowing you to generate stunningly faithful photos under even the highest contrast lighting conditions. It is built to be more than just a backlight solution, and is the perfect tool to overcome high contrast lighting condition challenges.

Be sure to never take shots of segment of a mountain, portion of a lake, part of a tall building, or even half a face again with E1260’s 4x zoom on the 28mm wide angle lens. The wide angle lens enables the users to take panoramic shots of scenic landscapes or bustling cityscapes, as well as great photos of friends and family – even close-ups. When faced with a situation hard to be captured into a still shot, those precious moments can be made into movies with the E1260’s ability to shoot 720p videos. Users can forget about carrying a separate video camera when true-colour high-definition movies are just a button press away.

The E1260 comes with an upgrade on the advanced smart scene modes compared to its predecessors, automatically detecting up to 12 different scenes: Landscape; Portrait; Backlight; Backlight Portrait; Night Scene; Night Portrait; Macro; Sunset; Text; Foliage; Snow and Still Mode. Another one of BenQ’s improvements is the intuitive and user friendly interface, which makes it quick and easy to access the camera’s features and settings. With helpful explanatory text matching clear icons, it makes using advanced functions incredibly simple. Whatsmore, all these are displayed on a clearer and brighter 2.7” LCD screen.

Other features which are included in the E1260 include: Auto Face Tracking; Blink Detector; Self/Love Portrait; Beauty Enhancer; Smile Catch; Smart Focus; File Management; Auto Rotation; 3 Second Prerecording and Super Shake-Free (S.S.F.). Taking the perfect shot with E1260 has never been easier!

The E1260 comes in “Metallic Gun-Metal Gray” and “Metallic Blue”, it will be available worldwide in May 2010. For more information, please visit www.BenQ.com

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