What has BenQ been up to lately? The company recently finished work on a new compact digital camera. And about time, since many people who love taking photos with specialized cameras instead of smartphones and tablets have become fed up with them. This device belongs to a special category: the rugged one. Which means that the company’s €110,00 LM100 is a great companion when it comes to using it outside in special conditions. We prepared an article which will explain what we liked and disliked while testing the latest BenQ creation for this review. So take a seat and enjoy the following.
A compact camera resistant to shocks
The BenQ is part of the manufacturer’s fresh LM line. Because it is made to offer protection against all sorts of inconveniences on the road, the mountain side, in the savanna and so on, this model is not exactly the most extraordinary-looking device. But we have to hand it to the BenQ team: they managed to design a compact camera which looks really good and not at all ugly, as some of the rugged cams tend to do. Picking the Benq LM100 up and using it is no big deal. Because its dimensions and weight allow for easy handling. This product comes in various colors for its front. And they are all fun to look at.
The back of the device is reserved for the screen. Which is a 2.7″ LCD. Its resolution varies. The user can choose from 4320 x 3240, 4320 x 2880, 3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1920×1080 and 640 x 480 pixels. That is a great pro to have. Because it means many more possibilities compared to what resolutions the other compact cams pack.
Some of the features offered by this camera are as follows: USB 2.0 (for fast data transfer), supported memory via SDHC card up to 32GB, via SD card (up to 4GB) and SDXC (up to 64GB). The internal memory is limited at 10.2MB. The rugged camera has included the “LOMO Effect” technology and is capable to offer full protection against freeze, dust, water ans shocks.
The features that this BenQ rugged camera sports are varied. Each of them does something different in a professional manner. For instance, there is a technology which bears the name of HDR. This means that the LM100 can be usable outside thanks to its following qualities: auto contrast and luminance adjustment. You also get different modes and settings for when you want to snap a pic in a certain type of environment. We played around with the ones called Fisheye, Panorama, LOMO Effect and Color Accent. They all offered great results in the end. The LOMO Effect, for example, delivered pics that had a vintage effect. The Color Accent, on the other hand, delivered pictures that sported a dramatic effect; everything looked highlighted.
If you want to know beforehand how a photo will look, this cam offers this possibility. That way, your photo will look like you want it to.
The Benq LM100 can resist all sorts of conditions. Throw it from a height of 1.5 m and it will still do its job very well. Throw it in the water and there will be no drop in picture quality or overall performance. Very high and very low temperatures did not damage this device when we tested it for this review. You can use it without worrying yourself even while you’re snowboarding.
The battery that this product should use is a Li-ion one. It is included in the shipping box. Speaking of which, the latter also includes the following items: software & UM CD, a USB cable, an AC adapter, a pouch, a hand strap and a quick guide.
The BenQ LM100 is, for us, among the top rugged compact digital cameras. It really is a device without major cons.