Summary: The zoom, does not work for subjects up close. No images came out clear. I am a 'read the manual' type person, played with it for over a week and still not able to get the zoom to work up close. I even took it to a camera specific shop for pointers and the professionals laughed at me for getting a GE. For zooming at a distance in daylight you can pull a crisp picture 40% of the time.
Summary: The camera takes great photos in all the different settings I have tried. The only bad thing is the delay from when I press the button until the picture actually takes. There is anywhere from a 0.5 second to a 1.5 second shutter delay depending on the lighting or settings being used.
Summary: Thought I'd try it since the photo quality was rated on par with better cameras on CR. But actually, it is lousy picture quality as compared with my little Panasonic and Fujifilm point and shoot cameras. Lense is poor quality, as I suspected it might be, but for the price and having a viewfinder, decided to try it. For casual use, it's o.k., but expensive for the low quality results. Also agree that screen and viewfinder imagery is poor.
Summary: THIS CAMERA WAS DISAPPOINTING. IT LOOKS GREAT! HOWEVER, IF YOU DON'T HOLD THE CAMERA SUPER STILL, THE PHOTOS WILL BE BLURRY. RUINED A HONORARY CELEBRATION WITH THIS CAMERA. MOST OF THE PICTURES ARE TERRIBLE! A $139 BUCKS FOR NOTHING! MY OLD CAMERA TAKES BETTER PHOTOS WITHOUT THE TEDIOUSNESS!!!
Summary: It's the closest I could come to a SLR Camera without the SLR price. But it works if the subject is not far away. Once you start getting closer, By using the telescopic features forget it. The closer you get the fuzzier the object is. O don't get me wrong I can scope in on a object almost 100 yards away. Just can't take a photo of it becuase it is a bluured mess. And My lil lcd viewing screen is Grainy as all heck.
Summary: I was all set to purchase the Fujifilm S2940 when I saw the GE X500 on Walmart.com. It had all the right featues and I thought maybe it was the same as a Fujifilm for less money. I purchased the X500 and was disappointed from the start. 95% of the time the camera got the focus, exposure or color temperature wrong. I know it was capable of taking a good photo because occaisionally it got it right.
Summary: This camera is built on an older fujifilm finepix s series body with an unknown lens system from an unknown maker which is the down fall of this camera. Yes it does take nice pictures but the colors are muted and the zoom function is slow and sluggish the drive gears are noisy and just sound like the one true weak point of this camera.
Summary: I am constantly taking pictures so I bought this thinking it was an upgrade from mine. It takes wonderful pictures BUT they look fine on the screen and when you upload them on the computer there is a grey bar at the bottom and you can't use them. Some of my best pictures were "error" pictures and I lost over half of my vacation pics. No matter what setting "automatic" or otherwise I have this happen. I'm not sure if it's just a lemon in the bunch or what.