From Michael Carr,
Your Guide to Digital Cameras.
Budget, Compact Digital Camera
General Electric has
entered the digital camera realm, and the A830 is part of its compact digital
camera lineup. The GE A830 features 8 megapixels, face detection and shoots up
to 1600 ISO, all with a suggested retail price under $150. Here is a review of
the GE A830 digital camera.
How General Electric
There could hardly be
many names more recognizable than that of General Electric, so it's exciting to
see the company launch a digital camera line. The A830 is a fine introduction,
featuring some high-level features like face detection and 8 megapixels with a
modest $149 retail price.
The camera's key features
- Image stabilization
- Shoots MPEG4 video
- 3x optical zoom
- 9-point autofocus
- Scene modes of Macro, Sport, Kids and Pets, Party/Indoor, Foliage,
Snow, Beach, Fireworks,
- Aquarium, Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Anti-Handshake
GE A830 Pictures
Shooting with the GE A830
is comfortable and easy. There is a slight shutter lag, even with the flash
turned off, so you need to adjust to the delay. It also seemed as though
pictures shot close-up displayed brilliant colors, while those shot from a
distance were more washed out or discolored.
The scene modes are
handy, covering most shooting scenarios. It's nice that it features some
specialty scene modes like foliage, beach, aquarium and night portrait. The
camera does make it easy to capture a nice portrait, which is a use that will
come in handy for most beginner photographers. With 8 megapixels, images can be
printed in large sizes.
Who Should Buy the GE
This camera is ideal for
beginner photographers, those who are seeking a budget camera but still want
high resolution images, and those who like picture-taking made easy. If you are
a more advanced photographer, this camera will not have the features you need.
Also, if you are seeking an ultra-compact, slim camera, this camera is probably
too bulky for your tastes.
GE A830 Bottom Line
General Electric's foray
into digital cameras has produced a digital camera that stands out in its $149
price range. It has a few nice
features you don't always see on budget cameras, like face detection and
It's easy to use, and
ideal for a beginning photographer.