Product Review: GE X500 Power Pro Series Bridge Camera 7 comments


Chipmunk Eating Beggin' Strips

Click above to see more pictures taken by me with the GE X500

For the past year or so I’ve become increasingly interested in the art of photography.  It started with me taking pictures with my BlackBerry Storm yes, seriously, that thing takes gorgeous pictures and then progressed to me using a digital camera.  Then I wanted to play with the big boys, and get a “real” camera.  Well, the hubs agreed, funds were set aside and then the fuel pump on my car went.  The choice became new camera or transportation.  I chose transportation.  Darn being a responsible adult, I really wanted the camera.  I even had one picked out.

Noticing my disappointment, the hubs suggested that I look around anyway, just to see “what was out there” and that’s when I spotted the GE X500 Digital Camera.  Described as a “bridge” camera, the GE X500 combines the ease of use of a point~and~shoot with the power of an SLR.  Yes!  Just what a novice like me needs.  So I called the hubs up and told him about the camera, immediately he was skeptical because it wasn’t as expensive as the other cameras we’d looked at nor was it one of the big names you think about when you consider purchasing a camera.

I did a quick online search with my handy dandy Droid love her and found out that the camera has garnered quite a bit of praise and more than a few 5 star ratings.  The GE X500 was even listed as a great gift for moms.

My Opinion

The camera is really light and has the look and feel of an SLR but without the heft.  This makes carrying the camera easy and, because I carry a big ol’ bag, it can fit easily into my purse and go with me wherever I go.  Still looking for a really cute camera case to protect it though, so if you know of any, help a girl out.

So far I’ve only played with the automatic settings but pictures can be taken manually.  The above picture was taken of a chipmunk on my back deck through a glass window.  My first attempts at picture taking didn’t come out so well but my later attempts were much better.  I’m looking forward to learning the various features of the camera like the self~timer setting, need to be able to take pictures for What I Wore Wednesday, ya know?  The camera also has the ability to record HD video.  Yay!  There’s also a fish eye setting that allows you to take pictures as though you were using a fish eye lens.

Also, this may seem like a small thing to others but to me this is very important ~ there’s an on/off function for the date stamp.  Yes!  I hate that little date stamp at the bottom of the picture and sometimes cropping it out can be a little difficult so kudos to GE for thinking of that.  The camera also has basic editing tools such as red~eye reduction, cropping tool and image rotation.

My biggest complaints are:

  • the lens cap pops off all.  the.  time.  Seriously, you guys could have notched the thing
  • the camera can be a little noisy I almost took it back because I thought it was broken
  • function settings are locked when in automatic scene There were times when I wanted to force the flash but couldn’t, yes, I realize that I could use manual but I wanted the automatic adjustments

I’d recommend this camera for anyone who’s looking to transition from a digital camera to an SLR without paying the big bucks.

GE X500

Image by GE.com

Specifications

  • 16 megapixels
  • 15x optical zoom
  • 27 mm wide angle
  • 2.7″ LCD
  • 3200 ISO
  • Face Auto Exposure
  • Face Detection
  • Smile Detection
  • Blink Detection
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Pan Capture
  • Video Recording

Included Accessories

  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • AA Batteries
  • Lens Cap
  • User’s Manual (on CD)

Available Colors

  • Black
  • Red
  • White

MSRP $149.99

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post, I just really like my new camera.

  • Chloe Emerson

    I recently purchased and X500, and I love it, but I am wondering if you can tell me how to turn off the time/date stamp. I seem to be too electronically challenged to figure it out 🙂

  • I found your site while looking up this camera; I currently am on a trip — I haven’t had a DSLR since I lost my last one, and I forgot my wifes (a tremendously good DSLR). Anyways, I was looking for a cheap camera and I am unwilling to buy the little squares as every attempt to use them has lead to horrific results… I noticed this at Kmart (of all places) and decided to search it up.

    After examining it fully I have decided it isn’t for me and I’m likely to go with a Panasonic Lumix FZ100 or a Cybershot or the IX30 by Canon… obviously I’m willing to spend double the price. That said, if GE hasn’t “fibbed” on some of the features I’ve seen so far this has to be possibly one of the best value superzoom bridge cameras that I’ve seen. I’m quite possibly going to buy one of these for my daughter to start her foray into photography if she still is interested come Christmas! Thanks for your review and the pictures! 🙂

    • Hi Kevin,

      I’m not a camera expert but I definitely enjoy using my GE X Pro 500. I’ve used a Nikon and a Cannon but couldn’t afford to buy either and this one fit my needs (and was easy for me to use) so I bought it.

      I’d be interested to know how your daughter enjoys using the camera, should you decide to purchase one for her. 

      PS
      Which camera did you end up purchasing for yourself? Do you like it?

      • Actually, now that I’m back from my trip I have more time to look at the cameras. I am definitely leaning towards the Lumix FZ150 — tossed the Canon out of the mix and added the Sony HX100v to the mix — I’ll let you know which one I go with; but for the first time I’ve decided not to buy until I know what I want. My wife keeps pushing me towards a full size DSLR but I don’t want to lug lenses around!

        I will definitely let you know how it goes, I may get this camera myself as an addition just to see how it holds up.  The only issue I’ve heard with the X500 is that it has is a pain in low light, which wouldn’t surprise me — most cameras below $600 are!  How is your experience with it in this regards? 

        I was in Best Buy yesterday and someone was asking about the GE X500, I pointed him to the closest store with it and told him to check out your website. Anyways, thanks again 🙂

        • I’ve never heard of the Lumix FZ150 ~ I’ve really only played with the Cannon, Nikon and the GE (and a lot of point and shoots). I wasn’t sure if I wanted to deal with carrying lenses and things either, so that and price helped to determine my camera choice. Of course, now that I’ve had the camera a bit I do recognize the differences in the cameras but I still think I made the best choice for me.

          I’ll agree that taking pictures inside is kinda iffy but I rarely use my camera inside and when I do, it’s in my living room which has a lot of light…

  • Anonymous

    Hm, perhaps this will be on my list (of one) for my October birthday.  

    • It really is relatively easy to use and, in the grand scheme of things, not as expensive as SLRs.