"Better than first impressions would lead you to believe"4.0 starson by kkorie01
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!