The 10-megapixel BenQ E1000 features shake-reduction and full manual mode for just a little over £100.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

82%

BenQ E1000

Overall score:82%
Features:85%
Value:80%
Performance:90%
Design:90%
Image Quality:75%

Pros:

  • Eye-catching design, full manual mode.

Cons:

  • Slow and noisy zoom, slow autofocus, noise control.

Product:

BenQ E1000

Price as reviewed:

£120

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Fully Featured For Less

Cameras such as the 10-megapixel BenQ E1000, with shake-reduction and full manual mode no less, may have set you back more than £200 just a year ago. Now owning a stylish compact with said functionality is possible at just a little over £100.

Looks Aren’t Everything

The E1000 is a design-heavy compact – the rear is unquestionably sleek and minimal, and BenQ goes to great lengths to explain the effort that has been made to create the bespoke look and feel. However, eye-catching as the E1000 might be, in use it disappoints.

A power-up time of upwards of four seconds is accompanied by slow focusing and sluggish, noisy zoom. Image quality isn’t the best either, with exposures generally muddled, noise evident at the lowest ISO settings and image flaws evident throughout the frame.

Verdict

The E1000 is certainly eye-catching, but usability and image quality let down its sleek design.

Full Specification

ISO Range:
50-1600
White Balance:
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Tungsten / Fluorescent (H)/ Flouroscent (L)/ Custom

Metering System:
Center-weighted / multi / spot
Exposure Modes:
Auto. Program, 24 scene modes

Shutter Speeds:
1/2000 ~ 8 sec
File Formats:
PEG/Movie mode 48 x 480 (16:9) / 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 / 160 x 120 (30fps); M_JPEG movie format; Continuous recording with sound

LCD:
3in
Lens:
35-105mm

Sensor:
10mp
Flash Modes:
5

Memory Card:
SD / SDHC + 6MB internal
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Power:
Li-Ion
Dimensions:
96.1 x 28 x 22mm

Weight:
135g
Other:
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