The stylish BenQ X725 compact digital camera features a 7-megapixel sensor and is unquestionably thin at just 12.5mm.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

81%

BenQ X725

Overall score:81%
Features:80%
Value:85%
Performance:75%
Image Quality:80%
Design:85%

Pros:

  • Slim body, price.

Cons:

  • Menu system, AF speed, soft images.

Product:

BenQ X725 Review

Price as reviewed:

£130.00

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Compact Dimensions

At just 12.5mm, the X725 is unquestionably thin, however that hasn’t led to BenQ sacrificing specification for slimness, as the X725 manages to squeeze in a 7MP sensor and 2.5in LCD screen. The Pentax lens provides a 3x optical zoom (38-113mm equivalent), and the maximum ISO 1250 is adequate.

Rough Edges

The design of the X725 is much like its touch-screen T700 brother. A robust metal body belies the price tag at first, but on further inspection the plastic buttons and the odd rough edge give a touch more away.

Performance Issues

In use the X725 disappoints with a frustrating start-up time of a little over three seconds, whilst the menu system is prohibitively slow.

Images produced have a tendency to be soft at the centre of the frame, gradually falling off further towards the edges, and noise becoming intrusive around ISO 320.

Verdict

An affordable and slim compact that disappoints in use.

Full Specification

White Balance:
Auto / Sunny / Cloudy / Tungsten / Fluorescent / Manual
ISO Range:
80-1600

Metering System:
-
Exposure Modes:
-

Shutter Speeds:
1/2000 – 1 sec (Scene mode 4 sec)
File Formats:
JPEG/Movie Mode MPEG4 / 30fps, 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 / 160 x 128; Continuous recording with sound Continuous recording with sound

LCD:
2,5″ LTPS LCD / 232.000 pixels
Lens:
37.5-112.5mm

Sensor:
7MP
Flash Modes:
5

Memory Card:
SD + 12MB Internal memory
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Power:
Li-ion
Dimensions:
91 x 60 x 14.7mm

Weight:
120g
Other:
-