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With Photokina 2006 right around the corner, expect a plethora of camera announcements coming up, and here's a case in point: BenQ is rolling out a couple of compact digital cameras, the DC C540, and DC C740 (pictured above). Both have a 2.5-inch LCD finder, 3x optical zoom, Pentax lenses and image stabilization. The main difference between the two is the C540's 5-megapixel sensor compared to the 7-megapixel sensor of the C740.

Nothing special here, but you can be sure these two will be extremely low-priced cameras; pricing wasn't announced but to give you an idea, BenQ's 6-megapixel DC E600 is currently selling for around $120.

BenQ DC C540, BenQ DC C740 [Let'sGoDigital]