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GE A1255 12MP Digital Camera with 5X Optical Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD with Auto Brightness (Silver)
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- 12MP Digital Camera with 5x optical zoom and 5.7x digital zoom
- 2.7 Inch vibrant LCD with auto brightness
- 18MB internal memory with SD/SDHC card support up to 16GB
- Face detection, in camera red eye removal, image stabilization, smile detection, blink detection
- Uses 2 AA batteries so you'll never be stranded waiting for your camera battery to charge
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|Display Size||2.7 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.2 MP|
|Included Components||General Electric A1255 Digital Camera - Battery|
|Item Dimensions||1.11 x 0.95 x 3.65 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.95 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.29 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1 Watt Hour|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||1 Volt|
|Lithium Battery Weight||90 grams|
|Maximum Focal Length||175 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||4 seconds|
|Memory Storage Capacity||18 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||1 second|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||0.79 pounds|
Looking for a dependable and feature-rich camera for all occasions? The A1255 will enlighten your thinking about compact cameras. The A1255 has a spacious 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD screen with auto adjust brightness so you won't miss a thing. Featuring a generous 12.2-megapixel resolution, 5x optical zoom and 5.7x digital zoom. The A1255 also provides panorama photo stitching allowing you to take 3 images and create a seamless panoramic picture, face detection, in-camera red-eye removal, electronic image stabilization, blink detection, smile detection, and Quick Time Motion JPEG movie recording. Plus the impressive 18MB internal memory is expandable with an SD/SDHC card up to 16 GB. Additional specs include Focal length of 6.3mm (wide) to 31.5mm (Tele) which is the 35mm film equivalent of 35mm (wide) to 175mm (Tele), F number of F3.0 (Wide) to F4.7(Tele), Normal focusing range of 60 cm (Wide) to 80 cm (Tele), Macro of 5cm-80cm Wide and 60cm Tele. Shooting modes of Auto, Manual, ASCN, Image Stabilization, Movie, Scene (Sport, Children, Indoor, Leaf, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Glass, Museum, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait), Portrait, and Panorama, Auto ISO sensitivity of 1600. Pictbridge compatability,ExifPrint support, multi-language support, USB 2.0 and AV out (proprietary connector) jacks. This products ships with AA Alkaline Batteries, USB Cable, Wrist Strap, CD-ROM, Manual, Quick Start Guide, Feature Guide, Warranty Card.
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Excellent out of box exposure in auto mode
Useful scene modes, video, etc
ISO, macro, and other adjustments easy to find
Somewhat unintuitive menus
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I bought this to leave in my glovebox as a go-to "real" camera when my cell's won't suffice.
I was more than pleasantly surprised with its performance. I'm familiar with many point and shoot cameras under $200, and this is easily their equal in speed. Colors are neutral, it autofocuses well, and I don't see where the complaints come from. If you can get one for under ~$40, you can rest assured you're getting well over $100 of performance. Photos taken with this camera are equal to the A-class Powershot cameras and any Sony I've used at work.
I use this on my 10 month old and my 5 year old and its very speedy. It's not going to replace my Nikon D5000, but these prices are insane for a 12MP pocketable camera.
Indoor with lamp light and no flash produced some yellowish tinted shots, but colors looked natural when using the flash and/or plenty of overhead light. The closer you can get with the flash, the better, but slightly darker shots can be easily brightened up a little with editing software like Photoscape. (See notes below on Stabilization mode as a possible alternative to using flash.) You may notice some barrel distortion at the widest angle - a bit of zoom should cure it. 12 MP is nice, in that you can magnify the photos a lot on your computer screen and they still look clear.
Outdoor photos seemed pretty decent, in afternoon shadows or noon sun, with fairly accurate focus and colors. Of course, the sunny shots are best, especially if you go beyond optical zoom into digital. The video is SD (640x480), not fantastic, but should work okay in a pinch. Maybe it's about as good as my old DXG-571V SD camcorder, other than the audio seems rather weak on the GE and low-light may not be as good. (I have a better HD camcorder now, anyway, so the GE A1255 will be mainly for pictures.) You only have access to digital zoom while filming, and that degrades the quality if you use much of it. Better to set the optical zoom as desired before starting the video, and don't use the digital.
My first cat pictures had no red-eye, but I did get some of this later with the dog. In looking through the manual, it appears I may not have used the same flash mode for both, or perhaps the lighting conditions were different. The in-camera red-eye correction available during the review process didn't seem to help much. So, I tried again with the flash + red-eye correction mode on the dog. This gave no red, yet there was some flash glare. Next, I tried image stabilization with no flash, and this gave a surprisingly bright photo for a low light scene, but without the eye issues caused by a flash, and without the yellowing another non-flash setting gave. Basically, I just need to keep experimenting to get the best quality from the camera under varying situations.
Using Tenergy Centura AA Low Self-Discharge (LSD) NiMH Rechargeable Batteries, 1 Card 4xAA, I got less than 100 shots on the first try, but most of those were using flash and a slow SD card. The batteries may have also drained some while connected by USB to my computer, doing file transfers - it's likely preferable to just pull the SD card out and plug it directly into the computer's card reader.
In another test on fresh batteries, with a faster Class 4 memory card, I snapped about 30 photos and then pointed the camera toward a TV and began filming. 34:23 later, the battery indicator was down by less than 1/3 and my 4GB card was full. After briefly checking the video, I deleted it and started another, only changing the lighting a bit and running some sound tests. (The mic did pick up my acoustic guitar from two feet away and also musicians on TV when turned up loud, but not too impressively, and there was some mild hiss or static if you listened closely. Maybe at a concert that seems way too loud, it would come out about right, though I'll likely never try it out for that.) I noticed the battery indicator had jumped back to near the full charge status for the 2nd clip. 35 more minutes and the card was full again, with maybe 80 percent battery life supposedly still left. Round 3 - 34:18 and the indicator shows not much charge left. Waited awhile before the expected final clip, and the charge started out reading 2/3 full, but dropped quickly after filming started. 12:38 later and the batteries were finally dead. So, overall the camera got almost two hours of not so demanding video, plus a few photos, using the Tenergy AAs. Just get a 16GB card if you plan to film a lot.
This camera is good for a handy, cheap camera to just have around; you don't have to be super protective about it because it is so inexpensive. If you are not a professional photographer you don't need a professional camera. This one is great for anyone who is not super stuck-up about their photos, who doesn't shoot thousands of useless photos that no one wants to look at but instead thinks a few great photos is worth far more, who wants to capture the essence of the scene, and who remembers that a camera is a Tool which you have to use and not a machine that does it for you.
A few more things, don't plug it directly into your computer with the cable, I think that really chews through the batteries, but I'm not absolutely sure. The pictures are big, so if you don't need 12mp for printing, turn it down to 8 or 5. It feels solid and fairly well-built. Photoshop is great if you have it and know how to use it, just for some slight adjustments.
However, I did just notice that the price jumped to $63, when I bought it from Amazon it was only $37. This was a huge jump; I wrote my review for about a $50 camera so keep this in mind.