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Old Nov 29, 2005, 11:54 AM   #1
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Hi

i have been searching for hours on info about the Benq e53+

http://www.benq-eu.com/Products/Digi...fm?product=537

i cant find a review or any user info anywhere, im looking for a camera with these kind of specs and size and can get it for £100 so its really cheap

does anyone own one of these cameras that can help me decide?

thanks in advance

PS if not the Benq e520 if someone has that
http://www.benq-eu.com/Products/Digi...fm?product=545
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Old Nov 30, 2005, 2:23 AM   #2
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Maybe it's a knockoff, but it appears to me that this is almost identical to the Casio EX-Z55 and Z57 (http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/ex-z57.html) which in turn are sister models to the Pentax Optio S55 (http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_.../optios55.html). The lens appears to be the same, the design is very similar, and the technical specs are very close. These are pretty decent compact cameras. I have the Casio EX-Z40 and it is handy and takes ok casual shots, not great shots like my Panasonic FZ20 does. But if this is the same camera, which it appears to be the case, it seems to be a pretty good buy at 100 pounds. I bought my Casio EX-Z40 on ebay for $130 or so. For that price it's good, but I wouldn't spend more on it.
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Thanks for the reply

i will ordered it now and let you know in a couple of days if its anygood

if not ill send it back
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Old Nov 30, 2005, 11:24 AM   #4
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The first three pictures in this gallery of mine were taken with the Casio. Not too bad, eh? http://euromaninla.zoto.com/gallerie...sandsceneries/
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Old Nov 30, 2005, 12:21 PM   #5
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very nice

may i ask what its like indoors because thats where i will use it most
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Old Nov 30, 2005, 12:53 PM   #6
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The flash range is listed at 2.7m or about 9 feet. You will do fine indoors within that range. You won't do very well with any small camera indoors without the flash unless it has mechanical stabilization or good high ISO abilities.
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It has a very limited flash range which can expected from a small camera like that. Really it craps out beyond about 8 ft or so. Low light auto focus is pretty decent considering there is no assist light (at least not on mine). The built-in flash on my Panasonic FZ20 is at least 3 times as strong, but it's a different class camera. Here are a couple of shots taken indoors with my Casio EX-Z40 which I think is almost the same as the camera you ordered, other than the smaller pixel count. I applied some color and contrast correction as well as noise reduction to the first one. The second one is untouched. As you can see the flash doesn't light a lot of area.

http://groups.msn.com/dieduvefamilie...p;PhotoID=1425

http://groups.msn.com/dieduvefamilie...p;PhotoID=1423
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Old Dec 1, 2005, 7:26 AM   #8
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Thanks for the pics

i have just found out that this camera is the same as the Traveler range from aldi and its the same as the Rollei Prego dp5200

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2-5-MASSIVE-SC...QQcmdZViewItem

I have looked up what little reviews i can find and it seems to be a nice little camera so hopefully i wont be grumbling at getting it for £100

ill post pics of it when i get it later today or tomorrow for you
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Ok good. Yes, that's the identical camera. I don't think you can buy it here in the US. My dad bought a cheap, clunky digicam from Aldi in Germany, and while it was slow and the display was terrible, the image quality was pretty good. This one looksa lot more modern. I still think that it shares a lot with the Casio and Pentax cams. Anyway, enjoy and give some feedback after you get it.


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Old Dec 2, 2005, 8:07 AM   #10
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Well im shocked tbh

i never thought the camera would be this good, its the same size as a credit card and the screen is 2.5"

the recording mode is good quality as well at 640*480 resolution

heres some pics and a video

there all indoors in low light.

Video is the lowest setting 320*240 and it low light

http://rapidshare.de/files/8482713/ASF_0006.ASF.html

totally dark with flash




Theres with flash



without flash


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