Pros - very good camera for its price
- good image quality even in maximum optical zoom
- good in macro shots
- video quality is good although it's not HD
- small and light weight
- excellent for beginners!
Cons - sometimes it's hard to focus even in well-lit areas
- aperture must be adjusted to 8 and up.
- sometimes, the image on the LCD looks good but if you view it on a computer, you will see the noise and the low image quality.
Summary Best camera on its price range. If you're a beginner and looking for a non-DSLR camera, GE x5/x500 will be great for you. I must admit, image quality is not that good especially in low-light areas but using some software, you can enhance the color of the image. Good luck to those who want to buy this one! :)
Pros Excellent versatility (various modes (aperture, shutter, programmable, etc.)
High quality pictures (16MP)
Economical price for outstanding value
Cons Batteries don't last as long as I thought.
Summary For the price I think this camera is outstanding. There are areas where they could improve though. A video online would help with training to use all the various options. Battery life could be longer.
Pros - Extensive features found usually only in higher priced cameras
- Auto, semi, and full manual shooting modes
- Low cost!!
- Nice quality video
- Feels great in your hand ( Balance, weight from batteries, and textured grip)
- AA battery power
- Feels soli
Cons - Somewhat slow, but certainly tolerable
- Lack of a brand reputation
- No HD video and only mono microphone
- Low-light pictures aren't great
- No snap-on lens cap
- Plastic (Metal is just better, but it's a minor personal gripe)
- How long will it last
Summary I was ready to upgrade from my point-and-shoot, and wanted a longer lens, but wasn't ready to jump to dSLR level, I'm just an amateur. This led me to megazooms, and in looking I found this camera. I was very skeptical of a GE camera, this is not something that they are known for. However, I know they make quality products that I own and rely on daily. I did my research heavily and weighed the pros and cons in the reviews that I read from all over the web and took the leap. Let me say, I am glad I did! For the cost, this is a very nice camera, it is almost surprising how nice it is for the cost! It has auto, semi, and full manual shooting modes and a plethora of other application specific shooting modes. I haven't been able to test all of them yet, but the ones I have gone through work very well, and take very nice, clear pictures with rich colors that are, of course adequately lit. The lower lighting photos are not as nice, but they are still certainly acceptable. I use the camera for rail photography and it does very well for that application, many of my shots come out very well, I have some that are a little blurry, but again, I am an amateur who is still learning and practice on timing is critical, especially with any camera that is not a dSLR. I think for someone who is looking to become more serious in the photo hobby, primarily outdoor, and do not want to drop $300 - $500 for a comparable megazoom, this is a great choice for you. Do not expect dSLR performance, simply because it isn't, but you do get a camera that is better than a point-and-shoot and for a heck of a price!
Pros Very long AA battery life (especially when compared to other Digital point and shoot units) that need a special battery.
A wide rang of photo options available and a decent photo program on disc.
Great quality pics either printed or on the computer.
Cons ONLY a 15X optical Zoom. Many cameras now offer 40X or more. If you really NEED more, you ARE looking for a Digital SLR.
I had to find a nit to pick, it would be that it is not usable as a webcam connected to a computer. IS that REALLY a problem?
Summary I have purchased the full GE line it seems. First an X400, then and X5 (and the AGFA twin, the Selecta 14) and now the X500.
Soon, I hope to buy an X2600, which seems to have new plastic, probably a few new features and a longer mega zoom 26X lense.
I cannot see myself spending for the X550, seeing as it offers nothing compelling over the Selecta 14 and the X500 we still have (the AGFA is my Wife's)
As an aside, the AGFA and the GE cameras ARE the same camera, produced by the same factories, etc... The plastic detailing and coloring are the only difference, not the function.
Ok, the CNET tech experts are a bit of a spoiled bunch, just like the writers of any type of magazine, be it bikes, motorcycles, automobiles, etc... For the general population, those of us that buy only one and really do not have the opportunity to sample everything on the market, this camera is tremendous. I came up through the extrapolated 4 MP cameras (really2.3 MP) then to a Kodak 8.1 MP point and shoot to another Kodak, but this time a rechargeable battery V1003 camera.
I have to say that it IS nice to NOT have a special battery but that I have the option between rechargeable Batteries or alkaline AA batteries. So, I start out with rechargeable AA and I run out of power (I DO carry extras) I know that I can continue with my picture taking by just jutting out to the nearest store, as opposed to now having a useless paper weight until the dedicated battery is filled up at home.
The quality of pictures, as CNET rightly states, is above average. I call it nearly perfect. When I view the pics through my 42" plasma TV, there is no pixelation.
As for speed, I don not know what they are talking about. Again, I think this comes from the having tried everything on the market, but at this price, I can attest to the fact that the speed of this camera has not been an issue. It boots up and is ready in just a couple of seconds. I just now did a test to check it, and from hitting the on switch until I received the review of the picture, 3.3 seconds. If that is too slow, then forget about digital altogether!
All in all, I love these GE cameras and unless I win the lottery, and have the big bucks for a real digital SLR, I will keep on buying them for myself and my family!
I do NOT work for any type of business that realizes profits from the sale of these cameras, by the way. I have no motivation other than letting others know that it is a good buy to get one of these beauties!