Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price £226.48

Acer CU-6530

I have to admit I was initially a little bit skeptical when I received this newly-launched camera from electronics and computer component manufacturer Acer. From past experience with other companies trying to break into the digital market, I assumed that it would be similar to many other low-cost Chinese import cameras bearing the logos of well-know electronics brands. I have seen a number of such cameras, and they have generally proved to be of extremely poor quality. I’m happy to report however, that I was pleasantly surprised when I unpacked the CU-6530.

The camera is being launched at a high street price of £199, which puts is well above the level that could be considered ‘budget’, although it is still towards the low end for an ultra-compact six megapixel camera, especially considering that the actual retail price will very probably be lower than that.
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In both style and price it’s competing with the likes of the Pentax Optio S6 and Olympus FE-140, both of which have an RRP of £229. That’s a pretty ambitious start for a company that’s relatively new to the digital camera market. Can this new camera really compete with such long-established brands?

The overall design of the CU-6530 is exceptionally good. The camera is comparable in size, weight and shape to the Optio S6, although it is actually 1mm thinner. The strong all-metal body has rounded corners and smoothly recessed controls, making it the ideal shape to slip into a shirt pocket or handbag. The matt grey finish and chrome details are stylish and durable, and the camera looks and feels a lot more expensive than it actually is.
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Some cheaper camera brands cut manufacturing costs by using inferior internal components, resulting in very slow start-up times and poor performance, but the CU-6530 powered up in a very respectable two seconds, faster than many more expensive cameras. The 2.5-inch LCD monitor is exceptionally clear and sharp, with a resolution of 230K pixels, again superior to many other more expensive cameras, and has a fast refresh rate and very little display lag. Certainly there are cameras with faster displays, but this one is by no means bad.

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