Review: BenQ GH 600 Camera

Everyone aspires to be a photographer these days thanks to the photo uploading feature available in Facebook and other popular social networks! A Smartphone camera is what people casually take photos with, but some people want to take one more step and be assured of impressive quality photos.

With that said, a major hindrance in getting a great camera is the budget. Want a DSLR camera feel but can’t own one because of its high costs? Benq GH600 Pro-consumer Camera just proves to be a perfect answer!

With an amazing price tag of Rs. 9990, this masterpiece offers 16 Megapixel crystal clear image quality combined with 21x optical zoom and 25mm wide view with loads of advance features like shutter speed control, exposure, etc! Surprising isn’t it? Yes its true, this camera is specifically build for the professional touch in the consumers who are on a tight budget. The GH 600 is a good substitute for people who do not have the prowess of using a DSLR. With the GH 600, BenQ opts to have a breakthrough in the category of pro-consumer cameras. Let’s continue further with our detailed review of this super-zoom masterpiece.
BenQ GH 600

First Look & Feel:

Digital Cameras are around us almost everywhere and BenQ has been one of the prominent players in producing impressive cameras and digital display products. We were looking out for Superzoom cameras on a budget, and were surprised by the BenQ GH 600 with 21x Optical Zoom and 16MP sensor. These two specs are surely exciting for any photography lover and thus we agreed to review this amazing gadget. Ignoring the lens,this camera looks like a fully loaded DSLR. The most impressive part of this product by BenQ is its pricing; it’s way low than its competitors.

Specifications:

Dimensions:

Weight 355 g (without Battery and SD Memory Card)
Dimensions 112.5 (W) x 75.9 (H) x 63.4 (D) mm

Pixels:

Optical Sensor Resolution (in MegaPixel) 16 Megapixels

Zoom:

Optical Zoom 21x
Digital Zoom 5x (Preview) / 12x (Playback)

LCD:

LCD Display LCD
LCD Screen Size 3 inch
Image Display Resolution 460,000 dots
Video Display Resolution 1280 x 720, 30 fps
Supported Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
LCD Display LCD

Sensor:

Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch

Lens:

Focal Length 4.5 (W) – 94.5 (T) mm (35 mm Equivalent to 25 – 525 mm)
Color Filter Primary (RGB) Color Filter

Battery:

Battery Type AA Alkaline Battery

Picture Formats:

Audio Formats WAV
Image Sizing 4608 x 3456
Video Format MJPEG
Image Format JPEG, EXIF 2.3, DCF, DPOF
Audio Formats WAV
Image Sizing 4608 x 3456

Flash:

Flash Modes Auto Flash, Auto Anti Red-eye, Force On, Slow Sync, Forced Off

Shutter Speed:

Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec

Other features:

ISO Rating Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Shooting Modes Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Continuous Shooting, Panorama, Scene Mode, Smart Scene
Delete Function Yes
Metering Matrix, Center Weight, Spot
Macro Mode Yes, 2 cm (W), 60 cm (T)
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Picture Angle 25 mm Wide-angle View
White Balancing Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent L, Manual
Aperture Range F3.1 (W) – F5.8 (T)

Built and Features:

The GH 600 is ALMOST an entry-level DSLR camera with bulky built, strong grip and a large lens. It has a glossy Top and a big flash strobe with BenQ branding just like most of the DSLR cameras. The GH 600 which we reviewed is full black with matte finish and sports a pro camera feel.
BenQ GH600 Back
The rear of the camera features a 3-inch LCD monitor. A firm thumb grip is provided at the top right corner. The control panel starts to the right of LCD monitor and is equip with buttons for video recording and playback at the top followed by the 5-way D-pad, Menu and Function button. While shooting, the D-pad functions as a set of Hotkeys for Face Detection, Flash, Info display and Focus type (Macro, Infinity, Pan and Auto) The other shooting modes include Smart Auto, Scene, Panorama and Burst and Six preset scenes: Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night, Child and Backlight.

The feature set of the GH600 takes a good amount of time to explore. This camera has full and semi-manual modes. Shutter speed and zoom speed can be manually configured to minute step just like a pro camera. In M and Av modes, the aperture (f/3.1 to f/5.8) can be switched between the minimum and maximum values of focal length. The user can play with parameters such as Resolution, Quality, EV, White balance, ISO, etc to click the perfect picture. The color effect adds creativity and fun to shooting with more common ones like Sepia, Lomo and Black & White.

The ISO values extends from 100 to 6400. But, with higher ISO marks the image quality is relatively poor. Other features to explore are self-timer, sharpness, contrast and IS. The CCD image sensors will provide an amazing image sharpness and quality.

The Macro mode for taking close up pictures works brilliantly even for objects as close at 1-2cms from the lens.

This camera support HD video recording at 720p with fully functional optical zoom while recording. We didn’t find videos captured by the camera as good as the ones with HD recording capable camcorders when we use Zoom during the video. The audio quality is very poor in the recorded videos. Hence, we do not recommend this camera to shoot high quality professional videos, but a casual video of a family get-together can be shot with ease!

We are still not sure about the exclusion of Li-ion rechargeable battery is a blessing in disguise or not. BenQ claims that usage of 4 AA batteries to make this camera functional has lowered the cost of this product. But the negative effect of this is that AA batteries make this camera bulky and in this technology race, using AA batteries to power a gadget seems old school.

Pros:

  • 21x Optical Zoom works like a charm
  • 16 MP Lens
  • Very good Macro mode
  • Full Manual mode available
  • Mouth watering Price

Cons:

  • Bulky in nature due to 4 AA sized batteries
  • Average Audio recording quality
  • Zooming during video recording gives poor output

Price:

Best buy price from Flipkart: Rs. 9,990 (MRP is Rs. 13,999)

Conclusion Verdict:

If your budget is capped to Rs. 10,000 and you are looking for a feature set matching that of an DSLR, then BenQ GH 600 is for you. Note that, not all the DSLR features are present in this device. We rate this camera 3.5/5 (0.5 points more for its awesome pricing) and recommend it for buyers for its superb photography features and full manual mode.