Excerpt: The G1 ($150 street price) is one of the first digital cameras from GE, a company
more famous for light bulbs and jet engines than digital cameras. GE isn't
actually designing or producing these cameras -- rather, they've licensed their
brand to General Imaging, a new company founded by a former...
Pros: Compact, stylish metal body, Good continuous shooting mode, In-camera panorama stitching, Live histogram in record mode
Cons: Photos are soft, with fuzzy/mushy details (due to noise reduction), color casts, and vignetting, Useless ISO 800 and 1600 settings, Redeye a big problem, in-camera removal tool didn't help much, Camera feels very "cheap" in your hands, Stiff, uncomfortable zoom controller; plastic tripod mount; p...
Excerpt: Can a conglomerate that sells everything from nuclear submarines to network sitcoms bring anything new to the point-and-shoot camera market? Apparently, yes. Say hello to G1, the low-end debut model from GE’s new camera division, which manages to stand out in a crowded compact digicam market.
Pros: Sharp images. Smart exposure calculations. Pocket-friendly. Well-designed control layout. Effective automatic white balance. Handsome glossy black or steel grey case choices.
Cons: Flash is rather wimpy. Only 3x optical zoom. Black case is a real smudge magnet.