It might have the look and feel of a cell phone, but you can't make any calls on the GE Digital HD video camera. What it can do, however, is take some very nice video at for a very affordable price.
With its rounded edges and compact design, the DV1 fits great in your hand and has straight-forward, easy-to-navigate controls, with one big button in the middle to make stopping and starting your shooting a breeze. Playback is equally easy, and you can view your video or photos while holding the camera horizontally or vertically.
We also like the Face Detection feature that works in both photo and video mode, where the camera automatically detects a face in the image. When it does so, a green square appears around the face and as you zoom, the box zooms along with it, keeping your subject in sharp focus.
The 2.5" LCD screen is certainly sufficient in size, and, since we use it primarily as a video cam, the 5.1 megapixels are fine for the occasional times we'll use it to take stills.
While we have yet to put it to the test for its waterproof capability--and don't really intend to--it's also shockproof, which we did discover after accidentally dropping it one occasion--and it has a built-in Li-ion battery. The software, meanwhile is is compatible with Windows 7 and all the stuff that came before it, as well as Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later).