BenQ G1 Review

December 24, 2012 | Gavin Stoker |


It’s fair to say that BenQ probably won’t be most photographers’ first choice of camera - not even those trading up from a mobile phone or looking to update an older snapshot model, both of whom would potentially be the ideal audience. And, while the G1 won’t be mounting a strong challenge to the bigger name brands - it would have to be utterly exceptional to do so - the advantage of features such as the tilt and swivel screen help command the attention and set it apart from the crowd. Then there are the other key features to draw interest, such as that ultra bright f/1.8 maximum aperture lens, customisable ‘Q’ button, automatic background defocus option, handheld night shot mode, plus digital filter effects, not to mention manual control alongside fully automatic shooting.

Compared to BenQ cameras we’ve seen in the past the G1 is a marked improvement. The fact that it isn’t wholly exceptional however means that this brand will continue to be a hard sell, especially to a casual customer who isn’t too bothered about the dual benefits of a pocket sized camera with a swivel and tilt screen.

That said a £279 asking price is undeniably a lot cheaper than another comparably sized camera with a swivel screen in the Samsung EX2F at £429. So unless you really are after a bigger sensor and that extra oomph in the imaging department that comes with it, here is a chance for the less demanding user to spend less.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3