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GE X5 Power Pro Series 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 15X Optical Zoom
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- 14MP Digital Camera with 15x 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, and face auto-exposure
- Uses 4 AA batteries so you'll never be stranded waiting for your camera battery to charge
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|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.39 fps|
|Display Size||2.7 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||14.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD, SDHC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Flash off, Forced on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|ISO Range||80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto|
|Item Dimensions||6.7 x 3.9 x 5.5 inches|
|Item Weight||1.56 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1 Watt Hour|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||1 Volt|
|Lithium Battery Weight||185 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||One Year Parts and Labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||3 - 5.2|
|Maximum Focal Length||405 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||640 Pixels|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Memory Storage Capacity||18 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||27 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||1.63 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Alkaline|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480|
|Zoom Type||Optical, Digital|
If you want it all, you want a power pro series camera from GE. The new X5 defines our Power Pro series with the latest in high-tech features all captured in a professional, easy to use design. The X5 has a spacious 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD screen with auto adjust brightness so you won't miss a thing. Featuring a generous 14.1-megapixel resolution, 15x optical zoom and 5.7x digital zoom. The X5 also provides panorama photo stitching allowing you to take 3 images and create a seamless panoramic picture, face detection, automatic face exposure, in-camera red-eye removal, optical 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 4.9mm (wide) to 73.5mm (Tele) which is the 35mm film equivalent of 27mm (wide) to 405mm (Tele), F number of F3.0 (Wide) to F5.2(Tele), Normal focusing range of 60 cm (Wide) to 200 cm (Tele), Macro of 5cm-200cm Wide and 200cm 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 3200. Pictbridge compatability,ExifPrint support, multi-language support, USB 2.0, and AV out (proprietary connector) jacks. This products ships with rechargeable 4 AA batteries, USB Cable, shoulder strap, CD-ROM, Manual, Quick Start Guide, Feature Guide, Warranty Card.
From the Manufacturer
If you want it all, you’ll want one of these cameras. The new X5 defines our Power Pro series with the latest intuitive high-tech features all captured in a professional, easy to use design. Optical image stabilization and a powerful 15x zoom put you closer to the action to take photos like a pro.
GE X5 Pro Series Highlights
Wide-view photos are produced by panning the camera across to create a seamless panoramic picture.
Face Detection automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant pictures.
Auto Scene Detection
Automatically determines the appropriate scene type and optimizes exposure for sharp, vibrant pictures.
Optical Image Stabilization
Automatically adjusts for unintentional camera shake, giving you clear, crisp pictures every time.
Blink Detection alerts you if a subject’s eyes were closed so you can immediately retake the picture.
In-Camera Red-Eye Removal
Remove red-eye immediately while viewing images on the LCD.
The shutter automatically releases when the smile appears so you can capture smiles the moment they happen.
High Dynamic Range
Adjusts the camera’s exposure providing more picture detail.
Arcsoft Photo Impression 6 Included
Simplify management of your photos, videos and music files on your computer and get creative with digital photos.
What's in the Box
- GE X5 digital camera
- Battery (AA Alkaline x4)
- USB cable
- Shoulder strap
- CD ROM Manual
- Quick Start Guide
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I ordered this camera from Amazon last Friday; it arrived today. We are using it to take on a cruise with us and I wanted something with a decent zoom to be able to take pictures at somewhat of a distance. I also needed to practice using it, so I took it out of the box right away. I looked at the user manual and went to work :-D. I also used the user manual on the enclosed CD. No problem!
Like another poster said, I, too, researched this camera a lot before buying it and I, too, found it comparable to a couple of the Fuji Finepix that I was looking at. I am in no way an expert on cameras (I don't know much about them at all), but, I did go try this one out at Sears prior to purchasing this one from Amazon (Amazon was cheaper). While there, I noticed that they also had the Fuji I was thinking about getting, too, and I tried it. I really do like the way the GE X5 feels in my hands better than the Fuji! And, with my not needing the camera for professional purposes, I just wanted to be able to take decent pics. And, the GE camera seems to be able to do that!
I am soooo excited about this camera. The pics are so clear and sharp! I am having to learn how to focus it, etc., but, so far I have gotten some good clear shots.
I wanted to address some common comments that I have seen about this camera, both on Amazon and other other sites that sell this camera:
1. Using Manual to Get Clearer Pics of People Up Close - Previous reviewers were saying that their pics of people up close were blurry. Other reviewers suggested to take the pics in Manual as opposed to Automatic. I don't necessarily agree with this. In fact, with my not knowing what I was doing :-), I took blurry pics in both Manual and Auto, but I took more blurry pics in Manual. What did, in fact, help me to not blur the pictures was to follow the instructions in clicking the button to take the pics. If you read the manual, it tells you to push the button half-way down to focus the pic. Once you do, you will hear a tone (unless you disable the sound feature, I guess). Once you hear the tone, press the button the rest of the way down until you hear a shutter click sound, which lets you know that the pic has been taken. Pressing it all the way down too soon caused my pics to be blurry.
2. Picture Quality is Poor - People have said that the pic quality is poor. I do not agree with that. But, what I did see (and, again, I have lived in the dark ages regarding technology for so long until it might be this way with many digital cameras that I don't know about), though, is that the pic as it appears on the LCD screen is VERY GRAINY. This is true when the pic is being taken. However, if you go back and review the pics, you will see that they are not grainy (if taken correctly).
3. This Camera is Not for Beginners/It is an Advanced Beginner Camera - As I stated earlier, I don't agree with that. Now, let me say that there are features that I do not know how to use on this camera and may never know how to use because I may never have a need to use them. But, you don't have to use the "advanced" features in order to be able to use this camera. I'm a living witness :-D.
I am glad that I purchased this camera on Amazon, even though it went up $10 in my cart on literally the day I had it in the basket :-). Overall (so far), I am quite pleased with this camera.
Oh, one more thing: At the time of my writing this, if you look at the What's in the Box? section, you will see that it lists 4 AA alkaline batteries are included with this camera. But, if you look at the Product Description portion, you will see that it lists 4 rechargeable AA batteries. I received the alkalines. The alkalines are doing well so far, but I will buy some rechargeables to take on the cruise with me. I have reported this discrepancy on the page to Amazon customer service and they may be fixing it soon.
UPDATE ON DECEMBER 17, 2010:I wrote a very positive review of this camera, but I am now seeing many negative reviews. When I bought my camera, it was sold and shipped directly from Amazon. Now I see that it is coming directly from Capital. I don't know if there would be a difference in the camera or not; shouldn't be. My camera did not ship from Capital and I have had no problems with it. I am adding this to my review because I don't want people to think that I am endorsing a camera that may not be of good quality.
One of the main reasons I gave this camera a shot is that not long ago I bought another GE camera ( 1486tw ) when I was looking for a pocket camera. I was very satisfied with that camera and the quality and value has continued with the X5. From the time I opened the box, I was impressed. The fit and finish was on a par with any of the best brands. If you have ever had a digital camera, you will not even need the instructions - It is that intuitive to use. So far, I have seen none of the problems complained about in those reviews I spoke of. In my opinion, you will not find a camera with this quality and features at even 1 1/2 times the price. I would recommend this X5 to anyone wanting a camera with the feel of an SLR and the ability to do everything that the SLR's are capable of. It is simple enough for the first time user and will challenge the artistic skills of the advanced user.
The video quality seems pretty good, audio quality is about what you'd expect from any camera but I'd say good overall. The zoom is quiet - on my Fuji you would not zoom under video as it captured the sound and it was super loud, and the GE does well there, though you will still hear it.
The aperture setting is disappointing - my Fuji really showed good depth of field on wide F stop (blurry background but subject in focus), but the GE seems to still get good focus on the entire image. If you like the aperture effect of the central image in focus but the rest blurred you might look elsewhere, if that isn't important it is fine.
Many of the various image modes work fine, for example black and white does a nice job of processing and the panorama mode works pretty well with some neat results.
Controls are overall intuitive with a few exceptions. Shot to shot times are fine but maybe a bit slow, but this camera is very low cost so I'll rate that acceptable.
If you want to play around with manual controls this is a fine starter camera, but it has limits. For the price a bargain - but don't expect a DSLR.
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