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GE X5 Bridge Style Compact Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 15 x Optical Zoom) 2.7-inch LCD

by GE
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • 14.1 Million Pixel CCD for high resolution images
  • 15x Optical and 5.7x Digital Zoom
  • 2.7 inch TFT colour LCD (230,400 pixels)
  • Feature packed with Pan-Capture Panorama, Face Detection and Optical Image Stabilisation
  • 12 Months Warranty
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9.9 x 17 cm ; 708 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: X5-BK
  • ASIN: B003IHVEU2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,975 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

  • 14.1 Megapixel
  • 15x Zoom Lens
  • Face & Smile Detection
  • Pan-Capture Panorama
  • Megapixels: 14.1 Megapixel

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GE X5 4 Aug 2010
By Colin
I looked at the Nikon 110 (great name but expensive) The Fuji S1600 (had some bad reviews and was 30 -40 more than the X5 - although the Fuji has HD video) so, at the price the X5 was the one I want for.

Seems well built - the controls are easy to use, you will need to read the PDF manual to get the most out of the camera - although on auto it seems to work fine.

Video works well but only SD quality (but if I had wanted HD video I'd buy a video camera)

Zoom is excellent Macro is also good - the auto focus takes a bit of practice (other people have been complaining of blurry pics) but when you have the hang of it it's fine.

Don't expect 500 DSLR performance from this camera - but its a lot better than a point and shoot - it's worth it for the zoom alone in my opinion.

You will need to buy an SD memory card and some rechargeable batteries to make the most of this camera.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GE X5 18 Feb 2011
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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A so-so camera 11 Jun 2011
By David
I bought the GE X5 for my daughters 16th birthday (her choice, not mine) back in April and being a photography enthusiast myself, I was very interested to see how such a low cost bridge camera would perform.

The good: Image quality is very good when conditions are right, very low price for 15X zoom, a choice of 8 resolutions available and the inclusion of EVF (Electronic view finder) is nice in such a low priced camera. A thoughtful design means it feels nice to grip and the controls are where you would expect them to be. It's a good weight which is mostly thanks to the 4 AA batteries it takes and and when the shooting situation is perfect, the GE X5 creates photos with excellent image quality.


The bad:The lens does a good job of focusing sharply most of the time, but when the zoom is extended, camera shake sometimes causes focus problems. Stabilization is ineffective and white balance can be very unpredictable. If the conditions are less than perfect (low light) then the image quality is very hit and miss. You must manually activate the popup flash whenever you need to use it, (even in full auto mode) which you may forget to do from time to time, which probably will result in poor-quality photos. It would be nice if the flash opened whenever the camera sensed it was needed, a feature which is available on some of the most basic compact cameras.

The Ugly: A small LCD screen which is as good as invisible in sunlight, a low-res electronic viewfinder that will make your eyes swim, shutter lag is a serious problem (Shot-to-shot times without a flash averaged 4.2 seconds, which is painful; turning on the flash extends that to 4.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice camera 31 Dec 2010
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Seems like a well built camera for the money. Heavy with the 4 AA batteries. Rechargable ones seem to last for ages in it. Have taken quite a few photos and am very pleased with the results so far. Nice and sharp images taken with flash. Need a tripod if you're wanting to use the full optical zoom. In general, very pleased with the purchase, excellent value for money.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent specifications, performance, value 27 Jan 2011
By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I was given this excellent little camera as a birthday present to replace my Fujifilms S1500 and it was immediately apparent that it was from the same factory, only better specified (and cheaper). This is a good thing - I really liked the S1500 with its chunky mini-SLR build, and impressive specifications, performance and image quality and the X5 is just as good. Its specifications are truly impressive, especially for this price range: 14 megapixels, a loooong optical zoom (and digital zoom on top of that), and some nice features. If you want a good all-round digital camera and don't mind that it won't fit in your pocket then you could do a lot worse than the X5.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginger
This is a good camera for any new photogragher, lots of different settings to check out, well worth the try
Published on 19 April 2012 by charlotte luckman
4.0 out of 5 stars GE or not GE? That is the question.
A competent bridge camera if you know how to use it. You need to understand how the manual settings work to get the best out of it. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2012 by Callan Cool
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality camera for a quality price.
I'm from the US and bought this camera to take pictures while I was/am in Scotland for my semester abroad program. The pictures have been turning out wonderfully, with 14 MP. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2011 by Joshua J. Giesler
2.0 out of 5 stars good and bad
Great pics from this camera especially night pics however terrible battey life leaves this camera almost unusable. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by zek
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid
This is a truly great camera. It does everything it says on the tin. I only found one tiny critisism and that is that you do need a memory card installed as the built in memory... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by T. Brannan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It is a really good character, and I would recommend anyone to buy it. Slight problem with the memory side of things.
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by Robert
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Looking at the spec of the GE X5 it seems to have all the bells and whistles. It's when you take photos that the X5 starts to disappoint. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2011 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera - Good value for money
I'm not an expert but I have tried out a few cameras and the GE X5 has produced better results than cameras at a much higher price range. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Pellegrino Pavli
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Camera
I bought this for my wife who does not usually like digital cameras but she really likes using this one.
Published on 7 Feb 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good purchase.
I have owned one of these cameras for less than a week and am very pleased with the device. It is comfortably heavy with a nice quality finish. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2011 by F. Thompson
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