BenQ launches digital camera in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (03/26/2004) - BenQ Corp. has launched the S30 digital camera into the local market. The company says that with up to six million pixels resolution, the BenQ S30 provides sharp prints even at A3 sizes. It adds that the three megapixels CCD, 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom provide excellent image quality, while the swivelling 1,5 LTPS monitor moves through 180 degrees horizontally, making self-portraits easy, conserving power and enhancing color depth and saturation.

The BenQ S30 also has a built-in speaker and microphone, and, by selecting the voice over photo option, users can record 20 seconds of voice for each image.

The camera offers 75 minutes of continuous movie capture with sound with a single 256MB card. BenQ says that the Q-Link perfect compression format for storage makes file sharing between users easy, while Vivid Movie offers 30fps (320 X240) with sound. According to the company this is around twice the recording capacity achieved with the AVI format.

The camera, BenQ says, can play 85 MP3 songs, with a single 256MB SD card providing 2,5 hours of MP3 music playing time. The Q-Music feature converts music into MP3 format in seconds and a built-in FM radio stores 10 channels, it notes.

BenQ says the MRSE (Metal Resonance Sound Effect) combined with the British Wolfson 8751 DAC ensures superb audio quality. The camera is also equipped with an original DRM (Dual Recharge Mode), allowing for easy recharging by adapter or USB Port, according to the company. It needs only 2,5 hours for a full recharge, making it an ideal power solution for travellers.

BenQ furthermore stated: The Nokia 8-series cell phone Li-ion battery can be used with the S30 and the camera incorporates 14MB (up to 42 pictures in normal resolution) built-in memory - useful when the SD memory card is forgotten.

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