BenQ never tires of whacking out svelte snappers from its secret HQ deep in Taiwan's Chung-yang mountain range. Or possibly some factory in Taipei.
Latest to emerge from the production line is the DSC X800. At a ridiculous 9.8mm it's the world's thinnest 8MP digital camera, ducking under the 1cm bar for the first time.
Somehow shoehorned inside is a 3x optical zoom, face recognition software and a respectably high ISO 4000 rating for low-light snaps sans flash. Like previous models, it also gets BenQ's Z-lighting function for dealing with backlit subjects.
Round the back, the 3in display does a mean job of screening MPEG-4 videos and playing MP3s, with the four-way rocker doubling as a media controller.
It'll be hitting stores in the first quarter of this year. Let's hope that doesn't mean March 31.
BenQ DSC X800
On sale: Q1 2008