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GE Power Pro X500-BK 16 MP with 15 x Optical Zoom Digital Camera, Black (OLD MODEL)
- 16 MP Digital Camera with 15X Optical Zoom
- 2.7 Inch auto LCD screen
- Built-in 14MB internal memory with SD/SDHC support up to 16GB
- Optical image stabilization, face auto exposure, auto scene, and 3200 ISO
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If you want it all, you'll want one of the GE Pro series of bridge cameras. The new X500 is as powerful as it is easy to use. All the latest digital camera technology is seamlessly built in to reflect your own powerful sense of style and capture those priceless memories that define our lives. Get closer to the action and take photos like a pro with the X500 from GE's Pro line of digital cameras.
16 Megapixels with 15x Optical Zoom
The X500's 16 MP lens means your images will be alive with detail, capturing every nuance. A 15x optical zoom (combined with a 6x digital zoom) lets you get close to the action without needing to get right in the middle of it. A vivid 2.7-inch LCD screen with Auto Adjust Brightness lets you frame every shot with ease, letting you see exactly what you're getting with each click.
Electronic View Finder
In addition to the 2.7-inch LCD screen, the X500 has an electronic view finder for more accurate shots in real time and better scene composition.
Shoot Video with Ease
Capture all of your videos with ease. The X500 takes MPEG-4 videos in .MOV format with G.711 monaural audio for simple, one-touch recording of those special moments. And they're easy to share using a USB connection or SD card reader.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Adjustment
An in-camera HDR feature adjusts exposure for more detail in light and dark scenes. Get the right balance of detail no matter the lighting conditions. A 3200 ISO improves pictures in low lighting condition for optimal exposure.
Optical Image Stabilization with Auto Scene
Correct unintentional camera movements with automatic image stabilization, giving you crisp, clear photos. The Auto Scene feature automatically selects and sets the correct scene type for the sharpest, most vibrant pictures possible.
Face Auto Exposure and Smile Detection
Face Auto Exposure enhances facial features detected by the camera for true subject highlighting, making your friends and family jump out of your photos. Smile Detection lets you capture the right moment by allowing the shutter to automatically release when the subject’s smile appears.
Automatic Brightness Adjustment
An in-camera auto-brightness feature adjusts the camera's LCD viewing screen for more detail in light and dark scenes. Get the right balance of detail no matter the lighting conditions.
Convenient, easy and no-hassle AA batteries keep you on the go. Get 300 shots from regular AA alkaline batteries, or up to 500 shots from AA NiMH batteries.
What's in the Box
GE X500 digital camera, 4xAA alkaline batteries, USB cable, shoulder strap, CD-ROM, manual, Quick Start Guide, Feature Guides, warranty card.
- Effective Image Sensor Pixels: 16 Megapixel
- Anti-Shake: Optical Image Stabilization
- Zoom: 15x Optical, 6x Digital
- ISO Sensitivity: Auto, ISO 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600/ 3200
- Recording: 640×480 pixels: 30 fps / 15 fps, 320×240 pixels: 30 fps / 15 fps
- Still Image: 16MP: 4608×3456, (16:9) 12MP: 4640×2608, 8MP: 3264×2448, 5MP: 2592×1944, 3MP: 2048×1536, 0.3MP: 640×480
- Image Compression: Best, Fine, Normal
- Movie Format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(MOV)
- Audio Format: G.711 Monaural
- Still Image Format: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
- Detection Features: Face Detection, Smile Detection, Blink Detection
- High Dynamic Range: Yes
- Internal Flash: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, No Flash, Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Reduction + Slow Synchro
- Battery: AA alkaline or NiMH
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.06" × 2.92" × 2.68"
- Weight: 12.3oz
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Top Customer Reviews
I was considering the Nikon L120 but really didn't want to shell out that kind of money so I kept putting the purchase off. Then I came across this GE x500 with its list of equally good features, great reviews and incredible price. I didn't even know GE made cameras so I have to say I was a bit leery about how good it would be compared to SLR style cameras with name recognition but I went for it and it has ended up being the perfect camera for my picture taking needs (vacations, special occasions, holidays, parties, pets, occasional on line classified ad or auction).
TIPS: I haven't had the camera that long and with all the features, figuring it out can be a little intimidating but I've played around with it enough to discover the setting I found easiest for starting out and I wanted to pass it on. When you turn the camera on for the first time it will lead you through the language and date set. (Super easy to do.) Once that's set up if you turn the wheel on the top of the camera to SCN, 20 little icons will show up along the bottom of the LCD screen. As you scroll through the icons it gives you a description of what each one is for. Some of the icon modes include: Sport (for fast moving objects), Beach (for strong sunlight), Fireworks (bright images against night sky), Glass (for shooting images behind glass), Sunset, Snow, Indoor, Portraits, Landscape, plus several more including a few special affect modes.Read more ›
Pros. The 16 megapixel sensor is great. Most entry level cameras of any type and brand start off at about 12 MP right now. GE has this model at 16. I think the other 16 MP cameras are over twice the price of this one. You can see the difference when you zoom in on your computer, the clarity is apparent.
The zoom on the X500 is awesome. This camera has 15X optical zoom and along with digital zoom (digital zoom takes away image quality as you zoom in so just keep that in mind when using it) it has a total of 60X zoom.
The X500 has a panoramic mode which I love because I wanted a panoramic film camera and now I don't have to buy one. This camera also has a setting for everything from fireworks to snow to fisheye. More than just night and outdoors.. there are 20 different presets and thats not including the different modes the camera has for shooting (it has manual, very important!)
So far I've taken 100+ pictures and the battery is still full on the display. The manual says it'll shoot 300+ pictures on a set of 4 batteries... thats pretty good.
Not a pro for some, but this camera is a bit hefty. I like it because its like you are actually holding onto something. But it is heavier than I thought it would be.Read more ›
> Superb picture quality for the price
> Myriad of features packed in one
> Super ZOOM to the rescue!
> Build quality feels legit (ergo, a real, solid camera rather than a cheap toy)
I'll go more in depth with the features. My favorite feature is the HDR conversion of photos. After you take a photo, you go to the photo you just took by hitting the > (play) button. Then hit menu and go all the way down. There's an option called "HDR" which converts your photo to "High Dynamic Range" quality. Simply put, it enhances the colors of the photo, making it brighter and more vivid. Another great feature is smile detection. Press the little smiling button right next to the "waving hand" (that's image stabilization which I always have on =]). If you press it once, it will be in face detection mode. Press it twice and you'll see a smiling face on your digital screen instead. Now, press the shutter button and you'll notice it won't actually take any pictures.. until someone smiles! =D My other favorite feature is the panorama mode, of course! I honestly imagined taking panorama photos to be much more arduous but it's quite simple. You start your photo from the left then you just move your camera to the right while lining up the crosses on the screen! Those are my favorite features so far but there are much, much more I personally haven't played with such as manual mode (more for experts where they set aperture and shutter priority).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
worked great for the first couple months. got back to using it to find that the focus is locked and every thing is fuzzy. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Roofi3
An excellent camera. Great photos taken.... :) So happy with this purchase.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good pics. Complicated instructions eats batteries should have a plug in power source.Published 2 months ago by Slayr
Bought this for our granddaughter - it turns out very professional pictures. It was a great step-up camera as she advanced her interest in photography and she still uses it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffrey Houseknecht
takes forever to power on and kills the batteries used only once not very good cameraPublished 7 months ago by denise wallace
In low light this camera is a piece of junk. Will not take pictures worth a flip. Don't try any at night without good lighting all will be be fuzzy and not worth keeping. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Gleason
[Updated 5/16/16] I originally purchased; August 24, 2011 & this camera still goes everywhere w/ me
takes pictures way better than your cell phone, although... Read more