I first started getting into photography about 5 years ago. Back then I had a 10 MG pixels automatic digital camera. It took very decent picture; however, I wanted my pictures to have that extra look that professional photographs have. I tried different settings, but I couldn’t improve the quality of the picture beyond a given point. I thought maybe I’m not good at photography. But before I gave up, I started to do a bit of research online. I wanted to learn how to take cool pictures. Then, I learned right away, there’s so much I can do with an automatic digital camera. Automatic cameras come with predefined settings, eg: the camera decides for you. And that’s all the control you have (not a lot). I, also, discovered I needed to get me a camera with manual settings, so I would be able to manipulate the exposure of the camera eg: aperture, shutter, and iso.
I went on amazon.com and search for cameras with manual settings, I freaked out when I saw the prices on these cameras. What I didn’t know, those cameras were DSLR. And they usually cost above 400 dollars. So I kept looking, and I came across the GE Power pro x500 Digital Camera. This camera falls on the category of semi-automatic or semi-manual cameras. Which pretty much has the predefined settings of an automatic digital camera plus basic features of a DSLR camera (manual settings). After looking at different types of semi-manual cameras, I decided to buy the GE Power pro x500. After using the camera for a while now, I have nothing but good things to say about it. So here’s my review of GE x500 digital camera.
Specs: GE x500
Price ~ $149.99
Dimensions (WHD): 4 x 2.9 x 2.7 inches
Weight: 15.8 ounces
Megapixels, image sensor size, type: 16 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch CCD
LCD size: 2.7-inch LCD, 230K dots/Electronic
Lens (zoom, aperture, focal length): 15x, f3-5.2, 27-405mm (35mm equivalent)
File format: JPEG/Motion JPEG (.MOV)
Highest resolution size (still/video): 4,608×4,56 pixels/ 640×480 at 30fps
Battery type: AA (4)
Battery charged in camera: No
Storage media: SD/SDHC
Bundled software: Arcsoft Photo Impression 6 (Windows)
Great camera for the price at around 100 dollars. +/- depends where you get it.
15x wide angle zoom. This small camera packs a good enough zoom to take pictures of objects far away.
Lots of settings included in an SLR camera. (Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and Manual mode)
ISO settings in this Camera go from 80 to 3200 which is pretty good
Small and light-weight (under a pound)
It has a 2.7 LCD display.
Capable of taking black and white pictures.
Capable of taking panoramic view pictures.
Sample Picture Taken with GE x500. Downtown Miami.
Comes with 4 x (AA) batteries. I would preferred a single battery.
Shutter speed is not incredibly fast. If you try to capture an object in movement, it would be very difficult to freeze it.
It doesn’t come with a SD card. That can easily be fixed by buying a new one. I got this 32 Gb SD card, and it is more than enough for all the pictures I take.
Finally, the GE x500 camera is a great camera for its price. And if you are just getting into photography, this is a good starter camera. Before you go and spend 400 or 500 dollars in a full SLR camera, which is going to take a while for you to fully master, I advise you to spend around 100 dollars. You should start with a camera that will allow you to play around with the different settings without being worried about breaking it or how the picture is going to come out. One of the secrets of photography is to take lots of pictures while playing with the exposure (settings). And this is the right camera for this. I hope the review has being helpful and take plenty of pictures!