Summary: I was tired of taking pictures with my Insignia 12mp 1080p camcorder for the last year or so, and wanted to step up some. Tho the pictures were absolutely fine, it is fully auto, period. It is a great Full HD 1080p camcorder that you can pick up for less than $100 most days on eBay, but very restrictive for photos. I wanted more control over the usual stuff and decided to go looking for a low cost used DSLR.
Summary: I have had point and shoot digital cameras for about 10 years now. They have all been good but I missed my old 35mm and all its settings. Well I didn't want to go for a full on professional digital camera but wanted something closer to what my old film camera was. The GE X500 fit the bill perfectly. I have used it for stills and action shots of fighter jets at a recent airshow. All the pictures turned out incredible.
Summary: I had one of these GE X-5 Digital cameras 2 or 3 years ago and got it locally. It worked very good, was speedy and took nice photos until I dropped it by mistake. So, recently I ordered basically the similar GE X-500 camera on Amazon for a decent price. This camera is slightly updated compared to my GE X-5 also sold here. I know this camera has a lot of good reviews and ratings on it...but this camera I got this time around is basically a piece of junk.