BenQ IdeaCam S1 Pro USB Webcam & Magnifying Glass Review

The BenQ IdeaCam S1 Pro is a high-end webcam, offering lots of interesting capabilities including multiple shooting modes. The hand-held mode is ideal if you want to share documents or product details and there is also macro photo option with up to 15x magnification!

I first browsed the company’s background because I am interested in a brand’s origin and its products. It was created by ACER company as a separate branch, but soon enough, BenQ acquired the mother company! BenQ stands for Bringing Enjoyment N Quality to Life, which is a clever name, I guess!

The brand’s HQ in Taiwan was established 39 years ago, giving it plenty of time to produce various products in many consumer categories, such as TFT LCD monitors, digital projectors, digital cameras, and mobile computing devices. In this review, I will look into one of the company’s Webcam, Handheld camera, and Macro Lens with an embedded Noise Cancelling Microphone (all in one), the BenQ ideaCam S1 Pro, with a starting price of 187$.


Technical Specifications:
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, UVC
  • Photo Sensor Tech: CMOS
  • Photo Sensitivity Element: Sony 8 Million Pixels
  • Max Resolution: 3264 x 2448 30 fps
  • Flash Memory Type: NandFlash
  • Color: Anthracite Grey Metal Color
  • Special Features: Auto switch camera mode, 15x Macro lens, Noise-canceling microphone, Document mode, High Image Quality, Smart Auto Focus & Manual, Auto Exposure
  • FOV: 72.9°
  • Focal Length: 10cm ~ ∞
  • Auto Focus: Yes
  • Auto Exposure: Yes
  • Auto White Balance: Yes
  • Aperture: 2.2
  • Digital-microphone: Digital-microphone
  • Noise Reduction: Yes
  • Ring Light: 6 LEDs
  • Camcorder Type: Webcam, Intelligent Auto-Flip, Portrait, Desk View, Handheld Mode (no gimbal functions)
  • Rotation: 90 Degrees
  • Software App: Yes, EnSpire, no installation required, browser-based
  • Camera Cover: Magnetic Privacy Cover
  • 15X Macro Lens: Yes
  • Remote Control: Control Puck (Batteries included) – Only in the Pro Model
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 107 x 83.5 x 57 mm (4.21 x 3.28 x 2.24 in)
  • Weight: Camera 307 gr (0.67 lb), Puck 157gr (0.346 lb), Magnifying Lens 105 gr (0.231 lb)
  • Monitor Compatibility (thickness): 10mm ~ 75mm
  • Input Current: 450mA (Max)
  • Power Consumption: 2W (Max)
  • Warranty: two years
  • MSRP (excluding VAT):  189$ without the Puck, 209$ with the Puck

The warranty is two years, but only six months for the macro lens.

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