Most of the professional reviews of the GE X5 are a bit sniffy. Some make comparisons with digital SLRs, and others show an inbuilt prejudice from the word go.
Clearly it is based on one of the Fuji Finepix bridge cameras, and the controls and options bear this out. There are the usual weaknesses associated with cramming 14 megapixels onto a relatively small chip, and noise kicks in quickly from ISO 200 and upwards, especially in low light. You should generally try to use ISO 80 or 100 if possible.
As for sharpness, it is a little on the soft side, but there is scope for an extra bit of sharpening without this being obvious. On the other hand it is sharper than my Fuji Finepix S800, nor does it seem to have the purple fringing effect of my S800. It is about as sharp as a Pentax Optio LS1000, but strangely the GE X5 wins in some circumstances and loses in others as far as the sharpness battle is concerned.
The degree of manual control is extensive and takes a while to learn so some patience is required, but it is possible, for example, to close down apertures to an extent, to set shutter speeds up to 30 seconds (in shutter priority mode) and to do limited time lapse photography.
Even with the image stabilisation switched off and continuous autofocus switched off, there is a very slight whine that is annoying when the camera is on and moved. You worry that this may be a process that shortens battery life. You also wonder how long it will last, as we do not know in what ways General Imaging (the GE licencee) has changed internal components to keep costs down.
However, at £60 from ASDA (limited special offer - sorry Amazon) it may prove to have been worth a go. At higher prices, I would be more hesitant.
Those who have searched for GE X5 reviews on the web may have found an article about an owner who has replaced the inbuilt lens with a Soligor lens to good effect - treat this with the utmost caution. If it is true (and it may be) it must involve probably irreversible tinkering and experimentation, loss of warranty and total loss of the camera if it were to go wrong. The lenses of these cameras are not meant to be changed. Caveat tinkerers. Do not do it.