It is very easy to find reasons to buy some new piece of electronic equipment, and in my case, I wanted a new camera. I had gotten a DSLR on the high end of things, but I missed having a simple poin-and-shoot on the low end to pull out quickly and take a fun or random photo with. Enter the GE C1033 Digital Camera. For less than 60 dollars, I was able to pick mine up at BestBuy.com.
Recommend this product?
The GE C1033 is a simple Point-and-shoot digital camera. there is not anything spectacular about the camera, but it is a good value for the money. It has a very plastic feel to the body which is not too reassuring if you drop the unit. The battery/ memory card door is rather flimsy at the hinges, but stays tightly shut when closed.
My biggest problem with this GE camera when it arrived was the dead pixels on the LCD screen. It was the first time it happened to me with any of my digitals, and I was very disappointed with the build quality because of it. the other complaint I have with the design is the lack of any brighter labeling on the back of the camera. It is an unassuming black plastic, with the symbols indented into it, making it hard to discern between buttons in low light situations.
Aside from structural design and aesthetics, the GE C1033 is an adequate performer in its own right. the 10Mp resolution, combined with the 3X optical zoom provide decent returns in photo quality. The focusing is smooth and quiet, but very slow in low light conditions (count to five, THEN the picture will be taken). As always, the best pictures occur in daylight,but image quality can rapidly degrade with indoor shooting. At full wide angle, there is some distortion at the edge of the photos, but that is to be expected for a camera in this price range. It can also take video, but that is nothing to write home about. The most interesting feature of this camera is the panoramic mode, but that may also be its biggest failure. It can take 3 photos and stitch them together, but without a tripod as a central pivot point, the results will be ridiculously distorted. Face Detection on is always on when you first turn the camera on, and if your subject is relatively close, it will do an excellent job of focusing on one or more faces. It will do worse the further away you are from your subject.
Even after taking some time to learn the ins and outs of this camera, the menu navigation is confusing, at best. I find myself continually pressing the wrong button sequences, and then having to try again. This is very time consuming for a camera that you should just be able to pick up and start snapping photos with. Some people may have an extremely difficult time changing settings on this camera.
Do not rely on the built in memory on this camera; it will get you nowhere ( one and you're done, in a sense ), the battery life is adequate; you can take at least 150 shots and a good bit of video with 2 rechargeable AA's before the batteries are exhausted. The strangest quirk with this camera occurs in low light. The LCD screen flashes brightly and frequently (probably due to the image sensor acting up), but that flashing does not show up in any of the images taken afterwards. Strange stuff.
Overall, this GE C1033 Digital Camera seems to be a good value on the surface. The standard array of features make an appealing case, but the trade-off is at build quality and ease of use involving menu navigation.
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Amount Paid (US$): 60
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Easy Enough for Anyone to Use