The GE X500 may be an inexpensive camera, but reviewers say it stands out from the crowd with hard-to-beat features for the price. For starters, the hefty X500 packs a huge 15x zoom lens (27 mm to 405 mm) that works in video mode. The X500 also packs a 16-megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch LCD display, an electronic viewfinder and a pop-up flash. Reviewers praise the rare manual shooting modes that are great for spreading your creative wings, while the big control buttons, easy menus and convenient AA batteries make the X500 simple to use.
Despite the high-end looks and features, the X500's performance "really gives it away as a $150 model," says David Pierce at PCMag.com. Shooting speeds lag behind other cheap cameras, photo quality is good only if there's sufficient light or a boost from the flash, and the standard format video (640 pixels by 480 pixels) works for web uploads but not much more. Experts agree that other budget models offer a better overall package. However many users at Amazon.com say it's a great camera, and CNET's Joshua Goldman says it delivers unrivaled value for the price "as long as you understand its limitations."
The GE X500 has an appealing sub-$200 price and a generous feature set, but its image quality and shooting speeds are noticeably inferior. If you shoot frequently in low light or like to capture the action, skip it.
"The X500's reason for being is simple: It's the most zoom you'll find for $150," says David Pierce. He also says it's hard to find a cheaper alternative to the robust feature package despite the X500's slow speeds and "dismal" low-light photo quality.
Review: General Electric X500, David Pierce, Aug. 25, 2011
The GE X500's low price and loaded features earn it an above-average rating from Joshua Goldman. The camera doesn't have a cheap feel, and it's easy to master the controls, though image quality falls short of the mark. "Just because the camera looks similar to a digital SLR and has manual controls does not mean its photos are of that quality," he says.
Review: GE Power Pro X500, Joshua Goldman, July 22, 2011
To date, editors have evaluated a pool of more than 150 digital cameras, testing each for features ranging from the LCD display and flash photos to image quality and ease of use. Overall scores appear in a handy comparison chart, and editors provide a few-sentence summary of each model.
Review: GE X500, Editors at ConsumerReports.org, As of October 2011
4. Choice magazine
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Choice magazine, which is Australia's equivalent to ConsumerReports.org, tests the features and performance of nearly 100 compact digital cameras. A ratings chart filters results and compares products, though editors do not provide individual reviews.
Review: Compact Digital Camera Review and Comparison, Editors at Choice magazine
The majority of more than 250 GE X500 owners award the camera a rating of 4 or 5 stars, praising it for being a great value, having loads of useful yet easy features and better image quality than other budget cameras. A few owners disagree, however, with poor photos and a noisy zoom among the most common complaints.
Review: GE Power Pro X500, Users at Amazon.com