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GE DV1 Camcorder

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5.08MP 1/2.5 145g Apr 2012
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The rugged, pocket-sized waterproof, shock and dustproof GE DV1 features full HD 1080p movie recording on the fly and photos at the touch of a button. Optical zoom for up-close videos, a... More
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34 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at Gadgetspeak.com strongly endorse this GE camcorder and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Good Owner Reviews

Users have rated this medium sensor size camcorder on average 81 out of 100.

Easy to Use

A few GE DV1 reviewers who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use. Jonjo mentioned in their review “Brilliant piece of kit, fits in a pocket, easy to use” . Two years ago Martin Manchester mentioned “Easy to use for most functions although the buttons could do with being a little larger” in his review and scored it 80 out of 100. Minty said in their GE DV1 review “Very easy to use, I gave this to my 7 year old daughter who worked it out in literally seconds” and rated this camcorder as very good.

Some customers thought it was easy to use the menus. Mr. J. Jackson wrote in their review on Amazon “Not too many technical settings on this camera”. R. Bingham wrote four years ago “After initial charging (4 hours) I entered the simple menu system and adjusted the settings to my liking” in their review.

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Robust

Several GE DV1 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good at resisting water ingress. Michal Kownacki mentioned “Mmaximum recording time of 30 minutes Good battery Water resistant to 5 meters (proven) Resistant to falls Easy to use” . Three years ago Mr K L mentioned in his review of this camcorder “Works well underwater, as long as you remember to close the sides”. Mrs Tracey Lucas mentioned “Yes it was waterproof and was taken swimming with the turtles” in her review of this camcorder but despite that she only gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

A number of GE DV1 owners who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. Alisonandgordon wrote “Excellent camera for a 13 year old, robust very easy to use” in their review. Cnet.com wrote “The rugged GE DV1minicamcorder is OK for casual Web videos”. Five years ago About.com said “It's more rugged and can” in their review of the GE DV1.

A few customers reckoned that it was well made. R. Bingham wrote in their GE DV1 review on Amazon “Feels solid and well made”.

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Good Product Quality

A few customers who bought the GE DV1 said that it was good quality. Borderman said on Amazon “I returned this item was not impressed with the video quality it was above average its has some good features thou its water proof” but despite that they gave the GE DV1 a rating of 60 out of 100. Minty wrote “Where it comes into its element is with its ruggedness & the fact it's waterproof whilst producing good quality video & photos, especially at discovery cove, typhoon lagoon & blizzard beach” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Mr J M Burgess wrote in his review of this camcorder “We think it has good image and sound quality” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Nice Design

Five GE DV1 reviewers who purchased this camcorder thought it was good looking. Goingdownhillfast rated it 5 stars and mentioned “I researched them pretty thoroughly”. Sllab War Der said on Amazon “This pocket camcorder has gotten some pretty negative reviews which seem to me to be a bit unwarranted.I've also watched video-reviews of this product on youtube”. V said on Amazon “The camera looks pretty sturdy” and scored the product 5 stars.

A few people who reviewed this camcorder said that it was neat. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “It’s a neat soap bar design” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Avhub.com.au said in their review of the GE DV1 “It's a neat package considering it can record all the way up to full-HD 1920 x 1080 re”.

A few people who purchased it reckoned that it was smooth. Four years ago R. Bingham rated the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Panning shots clear and smooth”.

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Good Battery Life

Some GE DV1 owners said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Thereviewer scored it 5 stars and said on Amazon five years ago “It is good, my only complaint is the battery life, only 80 mins.” in their review of this camcorder.

A number of customers said in their reviews that it was quick to charge. Martin Manchester said in his review “Easy to charge and export videos from”. Sardogsdogs wrote “The camera is very easy to operate, to charge and to upload” in their review of the GE DV1.

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Good Quality Lens

Some GE DV1 reviewers agreed that the product had a good lens. One GE DV1 owner mentioned that it had a good autofocus. R. Bingham wrote on Amazon “Changes of exposure from bright to dark were reasonably fast, focus was good” in their review of the GE DV1.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several GE DV1 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good screen. Sanj H said on Amazon four years ago “A dinky little camera that was useful in Florida, one drawback though was it was not so good to see the screen in bright sunlight”.

Good Connectivity

One GE DV1 owner who reviewed this camcorder thought it was good in terms of USB connections. Minty rated it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Battery life is brilliant & the sd card & USB stick make it versatile” in their GE DV1 review.

Good Technical Features

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it had good features.

GE Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 111 owner and expert reviews for GE camcorders and found that on average GE has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that GE has good ratings specifically for its medium sensor size camcorders.

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Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

Video cameras of this spec and age have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 42fps. The GE DV1 has a fairly fast maximum frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the GE DV1 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ530, and the HDR-PJ330 both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The GE DV1 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the DV1 also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ530, or the HDR-PJ330 both from Sony.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The GE DV1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the HDR-PJ530, and the HDR-PJ330 both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1/2.5" Optical Sensor Size

The GE DV1 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.5". That's 15% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.88". 5.76 x 4.29mm. Across all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DV1 the optical sensor size ranges from 2/3" to 1/1.3".

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Waterproof

The GE DV1 is waterproof. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the DV1 are not waterproof.

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

This camcorder supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Fairly High Video Capturing Speed

At 60 frames per second, the GE DV1 has a fairly high video capturing speed compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the DV1. The average video capturing speed of medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 42fps, and the video capturing speeds range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the DV1, the GE DV1 has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ530, and the HDR-PJ330 both from Sony is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The GE DV1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Underwater" are also found on this GE video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most commonly found image format on medium sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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400 ISO Sensitivity

The GE DV1 has a 400 ISO sensitivity which is higher than the 80 ISO sensitivity found on most medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This camcorder also have 100 and 200 and 800 ISO sensitivities. The ISO sensitivity of all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the DV1 ranges from Auto (worst) to 1,600 (best).

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Small

With a height of only 55 millimeters, the GE DV1 is one of the smaller comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. The average height of video cameras of this type and age is 79mm, and the heights range from 17mm to 240mm.

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Very Small

With a depth of only 20.1 millimeters, the GE DV1 is one of the smaller similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the DV1 amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. The smallest video camera of a similar spec and age to the DV1 is 15mm deep and the biggest is 460mm.

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15 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this video camera is 63 out of 100 based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, CNET.com, Expert Reviews and Techradar. The camcorder expert review sites aren't convinced by this medium sensor size camcorder.

Not Good in Terms of Size

A few customers said in their reviews that the product was not heavy and bulky. Petdaw wrote in their review on Amazon “For such a small video for its a lot easier to cary about as the previous camera was heavy nd not very portable”. R. Bingham said four years ago “It is heavier than my previous pocket camcorder Samsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder - Black (2.0 LCD, HDMI Output, 8MP Photo)”. Thereviewer wrote on Amazon “Picture quality 5/5 usability 4.5/5 rugidness 5/5 display 4.5/5 good heavy feel to it” in their GE DV1 review.

Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the DV1 is 2x and the biggest is 1,800x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the GE DV1 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the HDR-PJ330 (350x), or the HDR-PJ530 (350x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The GE DV1 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the DV1 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Small Screen Size

At only 2.5 inches, the GE DV1 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the DV1. The average screen size of medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the DV1 is 2.8", and the screen sizes range from 1.5" to 4".

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the HDR-PJ330 (2.7"), or the HDR-PJ530 (3") both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 33 millimeters, the GE DV1 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the DV1. Camcorders of this age and type have maximum focal lengths of between 4mm and 1,900mm.

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Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of camcorders of this type and age is 33GB, and the internal storage capacities range from 0.016GB to 220GB. With an internal storage capacity of only 0.02637 gigabytes, the GE DV1 has a quite small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Not 3D Compatible

The GE DV1 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The GE DV1 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-PJ330 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The GE DV1 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the DV1 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the HDR-PJ530, or the HDR-PJ330 both from Sony which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The lowest battery capacity of video cameras of this age and spec is 500mAh, the highest is 5,400mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,500mAh. At only 950 milliamperes * hour, the GE DV1 has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the DV1.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

With a maximum aperture value of only 2.8, the GE DV1 has a fairly low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the DV1. The average maximum aperture value of medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the DV1 is 4.6.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The GE DV1 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This GE camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of video cameras of this age and spec is 1.1, the highest is 6.8, and the average minimum aperture is 2.2. The GE DV1 has one of the higher minimum apertures (2.8) amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Big Closest Focusing Distance

The GE DV1 has a very big closest focusing distance (1.5 meters) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years. The closest focusing distances of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the DV1 range from 0.01m to 1.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.35m.

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4 Other reasons to consider the GE DV1

Released Over Four Years Ago

This GE camcorder was released over four years ago.

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The GE DV1 has a relatively standard maximum memory card size (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the DV1.

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Average Weight

The GE DV1 has a pretty typical weight (145 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 1.5 hours, the GE DV1 has a relatively average video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the DV1.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Exposure Mode
ISO Sensitivity
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
External Flash Connector
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Playback
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Shock Proof Height
Waterproof Depth
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Life
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
USB 2.0 Connector

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Expert Reviews

(17)
26 May 2014

Shoot From The HipGE's handheld video recorder is the latest to join the ranks of those inspired by the Flip Video mini camcorders (which arrived so late in Australia). It's a neat package... Read more…

The GE D 1 Pocket Video Camera is small, inexpensive, and water- and shockproof
Cheap, shock proof, water proof
Vandog stvtt
Stdsikker
Brugervenlig
The D 1 captures motion poorly, is slightly confusing to use, has no video editingsharing software, and uses a nonremovable rechargeable battery with a short life
Poor LCD, confusing to use
Bevgelsesslr ved svagt lys
Wirre Bedienung, schlechte Bildqualitt insbesondere bei bewegten Motiven, keine Software zum Bearbeiten und Sharen von Videos, schlapper, festinstallierter Akku
1 June 2012

All in all, the GE DV1-GG is an alright device for a day at the beach, mountainside and the like...

The GE D 1 Pocket Video Camera is small, inexpensive, and water- and shockproof
Water and shock resistant
Decent video quality in good light
Not too expensive
The D 1 captures motion poorly, is slightly confusing to use, has no video editingsharing software, and uses a nonremovable rechargeable battery with a short life
Part of a dying breed
Not good in low light
Clarity is lacking
19 September 2011

The price is great, but you're really better off with something that gives better results...

17 August 2011

Many analysts attributed the demise of the Flip to the improvement in video quality on Apple and Android smartphones, so the question is: Is there room in the market for super-portable...

Camcorders are something that we require in our everyday life however the demand of the general people is much more these days. They require something more than a normal camcorder. This is the... Read more…

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User Reviews

(66)
Reviewed 31 January 2012 by SllaB war deR
(Verified Purchase)

This pocket camcorder has gotten some pretty negative reviews which seem to me to be a bit unwarranted. I've also watched video-reviews of this product on youtube and people have criticised the... Read more…

Reviewed 11 February 2012 by Sardogsdogs
(Verified Purchase)

The camera is very easy to operate, to charge and to upload. It is about the same size as a mobile phone and is easy to carry around in a pocket.The HD video quality is excellent and the sound... Read more…

Reviewed 1 June 2011 by Thereviewer

Ive had the camera fo 11 days now, and it is good, my only complaint is the battery life, only 80 mins, but otherwise i like it a lot make sure you have a memory card for it. picture quality... Read more…

Reviewed 24 January 2011 by Borderman

I returned this item was not impressed with the video quality it was above average its has some good features thou its water proof .there was no hdmi cable provided you have to buy this... Read more…

Reviewed 5 March 2011 by Alisonandgordon

Excellent camera for a 13 year old , robust very easy to use and takes excellent pictures underwater . Only fault it does not have a flash...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ge dv1, ge 1080, ge dv1c, ge dv1l, ge dv1co, ge dv1lg, ge 1080p
Barcodes 00810027018427, 00846951000016, 00846951000504, 00846951000535, 08469510000160

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