Then I spotted it. There was one option missing from the program shooting modes list; panorama stitching assist. Now I’ve used hundreds of digital cameras to take tens of thousands of pictures (no exaggeration: I’ve got a 120GB hard drive that is completely full of digital photographs) and as far as I know I’ve used panorama stitching assist exactly once, so I really don’t think I’m going to miss it on the X600.
The only other difference between the X600 and the S6 is the supplied software. The X600 comes with a nice suite of Ulead software, including Photo Express 5SE, Photo Explorer 8SE Basic and VideoStudio 8SE VCD. In my opinion this is actually a better software package than the programs that come bundled with the Pentax.
Other than those few tiny differences, the BenQ DC X600 is identical to the Pentax Optio S6. If you can live without the option of an infrared remote control or panorama stitching assist, then you can save yourself a few quid and get one of these instead.
If you’re looking for an ultra-compact camera that can deliver good quality pictures with a minimum of fuss, the BenQ DC X600 should certainly be near the top of your list. It is well made, attractively designed, and is one of the smallest and lightest cameras on the market. It has enough options to cope with virtually any shooting conditions, and its excellent low light focusing and flash performance are a big bonus. Considering its very competitive price and the X600 is hard to beat.