GE Power Pro X500 Review

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GE Power Pro X500 Review

15 Comments to GE Power Pro X500 Review

  1. The extra megapixels do not “give it a leg up on the competition”. The more pixels you cram into such a small sensor, the more noise you get in the image.

    I wish reviewers would at least do a little research before barking out this annoying misconception that more megapixels = better camera. They do IF you have a larger sensor.

  2. Lionshooter

    Obviously an exact copy of the ever so popular Fuji Finepix S. Spend a few $$ more for the Fuji. You won’t be disappointed.

  3. I just got this camera and I love it, but each time I download my pics to my computer it saves an additional copy of each, which takes up twice as much space on the memory card and I have to go through and delete every other file. Is there a way to eliminate this duplication process?

  4. Question: Everytime I download pictures I get an additional copy of each frame with a .thm  at the end. It looks like a blank page. how do I eliminate this duplication.

  5. Gregory M. Larkin

    I am simply amazed at all the features of this camera. For $155 I got
    the camera, 8GB SDHC Memory Card(SanDisk is the recommended brand)and a
    small Zeikos Case which is waterproof/shock resistant. This is the
    perfect size for travel.

    Background on why I selected this camera:

    I am going to be living abroad for a few months on an internship
    and I wanted a compact camera with powerful Optical Zoom and
    Megapixles. I read reviews and countless buying guides. I originally
    bought the Vivtar T328 but as soon as I got it the touch screen stopped
    working so I returned it.

    Just by chance I came upon this GE X500 model. It is built on a
    Fuji S series camera(it really looks and feels like a Fuji) for a
    fraction of the cost. Don't let the GE/General Imaging brand name fool
    you. The founders of General Imagining retired from Minolta(which is
    now Sony) and Fuji. This goes to show you that they mean business for
    this price point.

    Professional Features:

    I like to be able to take photos in automatic modes for when I
    don't have time to plan my photo shoot. But when I have a day to film
    the big airplanes landing at San Francisco International Airport then I
    like to be able to set the manual modes.

    This camera allows me to set aperture and Shutter Priority as well
    as manual White Balance. I also like being able to set the ISO
    Settings.

    Furthermore I love the 27mm wide angle zoom with 15x Optical Zoom.
    Having only 5x of Digital Zoom says a lot of how professional this
    camera is. The more optical zoom you can get the better. I tried taking
    photos and let me tell you they turn out to be so professional just
    like the expensive Canons.

    I also like the different scene modes, portrait, panorama, Optical
    Image Stabilization and both an electronic viewfinder and an LCD screen
    with automatic brightness control. I like that you can see the menu
    functions in the Electronic View Finder.

    The ArcSoft looks like a good software and I will test that out. I
    recommend that you try it out before going on to the more advanced
    Adobe Photoshop. Be creative.

    In addition I like that I can record movies while I don't need an
    HD recorder as I have a camcorder its a nice way to record short films
    of the photos I took. This does not replace your separate camcorder.
    For avid videographers stick to a movie camera. A lot of the time
    people want high quality video from an all in one camera. As long as I
    can use the optical zoom for shooting video that is enough.

    I also like that the camera comes with a decent strap/lens cap. I
    highly recommend that you buy an 8GB SDHC San Disk Class 4+ Memory
    Card, Zeikos small carrying case as well as 4 AA rechargeable batters
    with a charger.

    I would much rather have AA Batteries over a rechargeable Lion battery as after that goes you have to spend $50+ for a new one.

    Setup:

    Setup was easy. I first turned on the camera and set the date and
    time. Having the World Time feature with a home and travel setting was
    another important feature that I want.

    After setting up the date please don't forget to format the SD Card
    and do this everytime you download the photos to your computer or get a
    new SD Card as it will optimize the saving to the card.

    If you need more space on the card lower the resolution to 10 Megapixles.

    Overall I cannot believe the quality and the price of this camera.
    When I saw the Fuji S camera today and tested it out I was amazed at
    how the GE Camera is so similar for the fraction of the cost. The Fuji
    Camera was $270 vs $155 for everything.

    Who is this camera good for:

    This Bridge Camera is good for those who don't want the extra
    weight of the DSLR and its interchangeable lenses. With airlines
    charging a lot for extra baggage this camera can be the 2nd included
    carry on item as you are allowed one backpack and one personal item.

    If you want the professional features of a DSLR with the ease of a Point and Shoot Camera this is your best choice.

    For a novice who wants the manual functions this camera is good for
    you too. Don't spend the $100 now for a basic point and shoot buy this
    bridge camera and you will be happy for years to come. Its light and
    durable. 

    P.S. If you will buy this Digital Camera I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listin...

  6. I agree with the review. I am using Rayovac rechargable batteries with a USB charger. You can get it at Walmart for around $6.00 and it comes with 2 batteries. Xtra batteries are not that expensive either. I used them in my point and shoot and now in the X500. They just keep going and have saved me a lot of money.

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