By Andrew Liszewski
Believe it or not, HDR techniques weren’t originally developed to produce gaudy monstrosities like you’ll find in this well known Flickr pool. They can actually be used to produce an overall well-exposed image when the lighting conditions at the time of the photo being taken weren’t ideal. And that’s exactly what the ‘HDR Image Enhancement Technology’ in Ben-Q’s new E1260 P&S digital camera does.
Now given the average P&S user probably doesn’t have the best camera technique (ie holding it perfectly steady) I’m going to assume the E1260 doesn’t use an exposure bracketing technique, but instead does an internal processing of the RAW data from the sensor to produce a well-exposed image from a shot with high contrast lighting. Other features include a 12MP sensor, 720P ‘HD’ video recording (the site seems to indicate it’s actually 640×480 interpolated) a 28mm wide-angle lens with 4X optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD display and a G-sensor that will automatically rotate images or allow you to shake the camera to advance through a slideshow. Available sometime in May, pricing currently unknown.