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I really give this camera 4 1/2 stars
on December 4, 2013
I used to to be very much into photography, my first "real" camera was a TLR (twin lens reflex) that used 120 film, after that I graduated to 35mm SLR's but some where overtime I lost interest in photography. But about three years ago I started to become interested in photography again, I looked into going back to a 35mm camera but from my research it looks like (most) film cameras are going the way of the dinosaurs so I looked at DSLR cameras and found they are way, way out of my price range so I looked at digital bridge cameras. Now to be honest I did not know that GE made cameras and when I first saw one I bypassed it and went to the name brand cameras that I knew such as Pentax but for some reason I decided to check out the GE Power Pro X550 camera I did my research and liked its features and the price.
Now the camera............the 15X zoom is equal to a 405mm telephoto lens for a 35mm SLR camera.
You can either use the digital screen on the back of the camera or use the viewfinder (like a SLR camera) which I Love to compose and then shoot your pictures.
The controls are easy to use, if I can figure them out anyone can.
The camera feels right in my hands.
The Camera is not overly heavy when I have it hanging around my neck.
The bottom line is you are getting a lot of camera at a very good price.
Is it better than a $1,000.00 DSLR? I can't answer that because if I had $1,000.00 I would buy new tires for my car and pay some bills.
On that I will tell you this, if you want a camera that has some of the features of a SLR and a DSLR camera at a very good price then check this camera out, it packs a lot of bang for the buck.
This is a follow up and what more I have learned about this camera.
The more I use this camera the more I love it and I do not understand why some of the reviews are not very good.
First off I figured out the fish eye setting and it is really cool, when you turn the wheel to SCN you will see on the display screen on the back of the camera 20 different scene modes the fish eye setting is on the bottom row, after you set it for fish eye then make sure you turn on the marco setting so you can get in real close and you are set.
I have tried to take some pictures of my Diva of a cat but when she sees the camera she takes off, what a spoiled brat she is but I love her just as she is.
Second is the panorama setting this one is a little tricky and you will need either steady hands or better yet a tripod. when you turn the wheel to the panorama setting (the stretched rectangle) you then have a choice of either panning the camera left to right or right to left but you only have a few seconds to decide of the camera will choose for you. After you have chosen your pan direction you will take your first picture, now this is where the steady hands or the tripod come in, after you take your first picture you will see on the display screen a circle with "crosshairs" in it, you will also see a line that runs from the circle to a box, your job is to move the circle by panning the camera into the box BUT the circle MUST stay on that line, if you did it right when the circle goes into the box the camera will automatically take a second picture and then you must repeat getting the circle into the box. Through trial and error I managed to do it right a couple of times and if you are going to pan the camera while holding it you are much better off using the display screen and not the electronic viewfinder.
Also you might consider buying a 2.7" glass LCD screen protector they sell them here at Amazon for between $5.00 and $6.00 just as another layer of protection. As well as a good quality camera bag such as the Zeikos medium size camera (which I have reviewed here also) it is a very good camera bag at a fantastic price.
If you are going to invest the money into this camera then (if you are like me...poor)
you want it to last a good long time. I am very, very happy with this camera it is loaded for bear with lots of features that a lot of cameras in the same price range or even more expensive do not have such as the EFV. Is it perfect no of course not but you can spend a thousand dollars on a Nikon or a Pentax or another big name camera and finds things you do not like either.
I do not see ever buying another camera so I want to make sure this one will be around for a long time.
Here is something else to consider, you can go out and spend a ton of money on a DSLR camera such as a Nikon, a Canon, a Pentax and you will find something or somethings about that camera that you will not like, you can go online and find plenty of reviews for (again) Nikon, Canon, Pentax or other big name cameras that are negative NO camera is perfect but for the money this GE X550 digital camera is in my opinion a very good deal.
There are very few cameras in this price range that have as many features that this camera has such as a EVF (electronic veiwfinder).
So read all the reviews (good and bad) go online and do some research and then decide but as someone who has been in photography to one degree or another for about 50 years I feel this is a very good camera and I am glad I own one.
I was hoping that I could add a couple of pictures that I took of "Big Gray" a cat that hangs around, I took some pictures of him while I was inside my place through my sliding glass door while he was laying on "Sammi" my Saturn VUE but I guess I am not able to add the pictures, I wanted you to see how good the focus is and how clear the pictures are and these pictures were taken at the lowest pixel setting which is 0.3m or as they call it the email setting.