General Imaging

GE A1250 Review - Digital Camera Reviews

Date: 2009-09-14

About.com Digital Camera Reviews

The Bottom Line
By Kyle Schurman

About.com Rating: 4 ½ stars / out of 5 possible stars
My GE A1250 review shows a point and shoot digital camera that is aimed at beginning photographers. This General Electric/General Imaging camera also looks like a basic model, with a small LCD screen and a plain design.

However, don't let the looks fool you. The A1250 is a surprisingly well-rounded beginner camera, offering a nice mixture of easy-to-use features. This camera's response times are well above average for a camera that costs less than $150, and its image quality is pretty good.

Simply put, the A1250 offers a great value for beginning photographers. It ranks highly among its similarly priced peers.

Pros
•Low price makes A1250 a great value
•Very fast response times
•Very easy to use
•LCD brightness can be controlled manually
•Image colors and quality is pretty good 

Cons
•Camera is a little heavy and thick
•LCD could be bigger
•Focus seems just a little soft
•Printed user guide could use more detail

Description
•Resolution: 12.2 megapixels
•Optical zoom: 5X (35-175mm)
•LCD: 2.5-inch, 234,000 pixels
•Battery: two AA size
•Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.6 x 1.0 inches
•Weight: 5.1 ounces (no battery, no memory card)
•Maximum image size: approx. 4000 x 3000 pixels

Image Quality
With the GE A1250 and its 12.2 megapixels of resolution, this camera's overall image quality is pretty good. Colors are realistic, both indoor and outdoor. The images could be a little brighter, and some images seemed to have a slightly soft focus, but those are minor problems.

One nice feature rarely found in a low-priced camera, such as the A1250, is a wide range of resolution settings. With the A1250, you can choose between several resolution settings, ranging from 0.3 to 12 megapixels, including 16:9 ratios and 3:2 ratios.

Performance
I have to admit that the performance of the A1250 was a pleasant surprise. With a camera with a suggested price of only $129, response times and overall performance levels usually are poor. However, the A1250 leaves other cameras in its price range in the dust, offering extremely fast response times. The A1250 is ready to shoot a photo about one-half second after pressing the power button, its zoom lens moves quickly back and forth, and its shutter lag is not noticeable most of the time. Occasionally, you'll have a delay when shooting in low light conditions that require a flash, but that's common in beginner cameras.

Design
If you're looking for a stylish, sleek camera, the A1250 falls a little short. It is available in four colors -- black, silver, red, and pink -- but it's not a digital camera that will turn heads.

The LCD is a disappointment, measuring only 2.5 inches. Its images are sharp, but it can be a little difficult to see in outdoor light, even at the brightest setting.

The lens does retract completely inside the camera body when the A1250 is powered down, which is a nice feature. In addition, the A1250 uses a minimal number of buttons and dials, which makes it easy to use. As you turn the settings dial, the feature you've selected is explained on the LCD, which is handy.