updated 01:35 pm EST, Fri December 14, 2007
BenQ high-ISO X835 camera
BenQ has introduced a new digital camera, the X835. The eight-megapixel compact is notable mainly for its high ISO sensitivities, which allow it to capture images with ambient light where it might otherwise need flash; although visual noise may increase dramatically, the camera can handle up to ISO 2000 in still mode, or up to 6400 when recording a movie. This contrasts with most compacts, which tend to limit themselves to ISO 800 or 1600. Video consists of 30fps MPEG-4 shot at VGA resolution.
The camera has a Pentax lens with 3x optical zoom, and previews images on a 2.5-inch LCD; storage consists of 16MB of internal memory, combined with an SD/SDHC slot that supports cards up to 4GB in size. Prices and release dates are unavailable, but the camera should be out soon in red and black colors.