updated 11:35 am EST, Tue January 15, 2008
BenQ has revealed a new extra-slim camera it hopes will appeal to those for whom even most point-and-shoot models would be too thick. The X800 produces 8-megapixel shots but measures just 9.8mm (0.39in) thick courtesy of a prism-based 3X optical zoom lens that lets it fit in tight pockets. In spite of this, the camera can shoot macro images at roughly the same distance and contains a large 3-inch LCD for live previews. Its image processor allows face detection and includes modes to use high sensitivity (up to ISO 4000) to compensate for fast movement or dark scenes without using flash.
The camera also doubles as a video capture and playback device that can support up to 640x480 video at full speed; it also works as a music player and includes earbuds, though BenQ does not say which audio formats it supports on its SD card storage. BenQ ships the X800 in red and silver color options and expects the camera to be available worldwide during the first calendar quarter of the year, though whether this release will include North America as well as Asia and Europe has not been revealed.