BenQ recently announced a new 8 megapixel, 6x optical zoom lens point and shoot digital camera to replace the P500. Besides the impressive CCD and zoom lens, the P860 also comes with a roomy 2.5-inch LCD, and a manual mode for adjusting aperture and shutter settings, although things'll take a turn for the worse when you notice its paltry 18 MB of integrated memory; the maximum ISO setting is only 1000 too, which is a fair bit under the 1600 ISO modes that are starting to creep into middle of the pack shooters. This little number runs off AAs -- no rechargeables out of the box, boo -- and can also shoot 30fps video at 640 x 480. So far BenQ has said that the P860 will only available in Italy, Spain, Russian, and China at the end of March, although we wouldn't be surprised if that release gets an extension somewhere along the line.

[Via dcviews]

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BenQ announces P860 8 megapixel, 6x zoom camera