BenQ’s releases their First-Ever Camcorder

By on February 4, 2010
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Highlights include Touch AutoFocus Lock, self-shooting ease with 270 degree swivel screen, Dual Display, and 3-Second Auto Pre-Record.


BenQ announced today their foray into the camcorder market with the launch of their first-ever model, the pocket-sized Full HD 1080p Camcorder M1 boasting the smart engineering and intuitive operation that have come to distinguish the BenQ brand. Highlighting this well-equipped value model are Touch AutoFocus Lock, self-shooting ease with 270o-swivel screen, Dual Display, and 3-Second Auto Pre-Record to ensure spontaneous moments are never missed, but always captured in the best possible clarity and brightness. Well-thought specifications will help even the most amateur of videographers effortlessly dazzle: Wind Cut to reduce wind noise, HDMI, Electronic Image Stabilizer, Fade In/Out effects, image gridlines, six lighting modes, and 5X optical zoom.

“With BenQ’s proven expertise in display innovation – in TVs, monitors, digital cameras, and projectors – our entry into the camcorder market is a very natural development,” said Manish Bakshi, General Manager of BenQ Middle East and Africa. “This new product line will be yet another manifestation of our commitment to bringing enjoyment ‘n’ quality to life through outstanding digital devices.”

Never Miss a Moment
Introduced as an affordable, entry-level camcorder, the M1 nonetheless impresses with many convenience and performance “extras.” Touch AutoFocus Lock, which is easily engaged on the 3” 16:9 touch screen, prevents the camera from continuing to autofocus throughout your recording. This function is ideal for action shots or scenes where lighting conditions might change during the recorded moment. Selecting AutoFocus Lock keeps whatever focus you have selected consistent throughout your recording, ensuring that the scene is captured exactly as is without the camcorder changing lighting or focus settings on you. Capturing unexpected events is also made more effortless with the Camcorder M1’s 3-Second Auto Pre-Record function. When this mode is engaged, the Camcorder M1 will continuously record and store three seconds of footage before the actual Record button is pressed. When the Record button is pressed, the 3 seconds of auto pre-recording will automatically be added to your clip. Since there’s often a slight delay in human reaction when pressing “Record” for unplanned moments, this useful function makes sure you never miss that crucial shot.

Made for Fun
Easy-use features on the Camcorder M1 make capturing life’s precious scenes as fun and effortless as the moments themselves. Dual Display enables preview and playback of clips to be shown on both the camcorder screen and on the TV (when connected). Preview and playback are also made versatile with up to 10X digital preview zoom and 8X digital playback zoom. To ensure that the user isn’t left out of the scene, the Camcorder M1 stands out from others in its category with a 270o swivel screen that enables the user to preview himself on the 3” screen while recording himself. A handy gridline option on the screen also helps users position their subject for still picture taking, ensuring the best 10 megapixel results. For cool opening and closing effects, users can engage Fade In/Out (available in black or white fade) prior to recording. And to counter the wobbliness of an unsteady hand, an Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS) function optimizes movie results for Full HD 1080p enjoyment. For outdoor scenarios like a seaside wedding, Wind Cut technology ensures wedding vows will be clearly recorded above the summer breeze for a lifetime of sweet memories.

The Camcorder M1 will be available in Middle East from February 2010. For more information, please visit


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