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GE DV1 Camcorder

5.08MP 1/2 145g Apr 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
One industry award
Water- and shockproof
Cheap, shock proof, water proof
83 Reviews + 1 Award
gadgetspeak.com Highly Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

This camcorder was given a "Highly Recommended" award by websites Gadgetspeak.com who said that this video camera was very good.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 91 owner reviews the average owner rating of this medium total megapixels video camera is 81 out of 100. Over 78% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars.

GE Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 111 user and expert reviews (including 33 verified purchases) for GE camcorders and found that on average GE has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that GE has good reviews specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range.

Poor Expert Reviews

This medium total megapixels video camera has an average expert rating of 63% based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, CNET.com, Expert Reviews and Techradar. It seems that experts really don't rate this GE camcorder very highly.


Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The GE DV1 has a face detection, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Big Closest Focusing Distance

When compared to other video cameras that have been available for more than two years that we have checked, the GE DV1's closest focusing distance of 1.5 meters is one of the biggest. Video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 1.5m.

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Battery

Average Video Recording Time

The GE DV1 has a fairly standard video recording time (1.5 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this medium total megapixels video camera was released.


Storage

Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

At only 0.02637 gigabytes, the GE DV1 has a fairly small internal storage capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera. Camcorders of this type and age have internal storage capacities of between 0.016GB and 220GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 33GB.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 32 gigabytes, the GE DV1 has a fairly average maximum memory card size compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The GE DV1 does not have a built-in light, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder, the GE DV1 does not have a built-in flash.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Wi-Fi

The GE DV1 does not feature wi-Fi, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.5 inches, the GE DV1 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The average display diagonal of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera is 2.8".

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The GE DV1 does not have a touchscreen, unlike most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera which have a touchscreen.

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Price

Not Too Expensive

One owner who purchased this camcorder thought it was expensive. Evogadget.com wrote “Not too expensive” in their GE DV1 review but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 14 out of 100.


Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The GE DV1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The GE DV1 has a hand strap, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The GE DV1 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Design

Water- and Shockproof

Twelve people mentioned in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Expert website About.com scored the product 5 stars and said six years ago “It is waterproof to a depth of 15 feet, can be dropped from a height of 5 feet” in their review of this camcorder. Si gave it a score of 8 stars and said in their GE DV1 review “Excellent value for waterproof cam”. R. Bingham said “Is it waterproof? Dustproof? Shockproof? Record 3 hours of HD video? The GE-DV1 is just the job for my intended purpose” in their review of this camcorder.

Eight people wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Evogadget.com said in their review of the GE DV1 five years ago “Water- and shockproof” although they rated it 14 out of 100. About.com mentioned “It's more rugged and can” in their review of this camcorder. Expert review site Cnet.com said in their review of this camcorder “The rugged GE DV1minicamcorder is OK for casual Web videos”.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was well made. R. Bingham gave it a rating of 8 stars and said on Amazon “It is heavier than my previous pocket camcorder Samsung U20 Full HD Compact Camcorder - Black (2.0 LCD, HDMI Output, 8MP Photo) and feels solid and well made” in their GE DV1 review. R. Bingham also mentioned “It is heavier than my previous pocket camcorder and feels solid and well made” in their review.

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Decent Video Quality in Good Light

Thirteen customers who purchased the GE DV1 concluded that it was good quality. Evogadget.com wrote five years ago “Decent video quality in good light” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Sardogsdogs mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon in the same month “The HD video quality is excellent and the sound quality is good”. Tony Griffiths mentioned on Amazon last year “The quality is OK”.

Easy to Use

Sixteen customers thought the product was easy to use. Expertreviews.co.uk said on Expert Reviews “It’s inexpensive and easy to use.” in their review of this camcorder. Six years ago Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert website What Digital Camera “Not terrible to use.” and gave it a rating of 8 stars. Macworld.com.au rated it 7 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder “The Flips were small video cameras that recorded clear, high-quality movies and were so easy to use and share”.

Two customers who purchased this camcorder considered that it was easy to use the menus. Mr. J. Jackson mentioned on Amazon “Not too many technical settings on this camera”. R. Bingham said in their review of this camcorder “After initial charging (4 hours) I entered the simple menu system and adjusted the settings to my liking” and gave the GE DV1 a rating of 8 stars.

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Nice Design

Five owners thought it was good looking. Expert review site Evogadget.com mentioned in their review of the GE DV1 five years ago “The gadget does a pretty fine job of recording web videos.” . V mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The camera looks pretty sturdy”. Sllab War Der said five years ago “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”.

Two people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was smooth. R. Bingham wrote “Changes of exposure from bright to dark were reasonably fast, focus was good and panning shots clear and smooth”. One person wrote in their reviews that it was well designed. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website Expert Reviews “It’s a neat soap bar design” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

One customer thought it was neat. Expert website Avhub.com.au wrote “It's a neat package considering it can record all the way up to full-HD 1920 x 1080 re” in their review of this camcorder.

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Other Features

Waterproof

The GE DV1 is waterproof. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also are waterproof.

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Features Photo Mode

The GE DV1 features photo mode. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera also feature photo mode.

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Still Image

Has a Histogram

The GE DV1 has a histogram. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have a histogram.

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Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Image Resolution

The GE DV1 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. That's 68% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. The worst maximum image resolution of all video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the best is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The GE DV1 supports HDMI. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera also support HDMI.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The GE DV1 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The GE DV1 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The GE DV1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Vivitar DVR508 ($26.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder range from 2x to 1,800x. With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the GE DV1 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder range from 2.7mm to 2,300mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 630mm. The GE DV1 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 33 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Video

Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The GE DV1 has a quite fast maximum frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The maximum frame rates of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Full HD

Full HD

The GE DV1 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might also want to consider including the Vivitar DVR785 ($29) which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Features

Good Technical Features

One owner who purchased it said that it had good features. Borderman wrote 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” in their review of this camcorder.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three owners said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good battery life. Thereviewer mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “It is good, my only complaint is the battery life, only 80 mins.” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Minty mentioned on Amazon “Battery life is brilliant & the sd card & USB stick make it versatile”. Michal Kownacki scored the product 8 stars and he wrote on Amazon three years ago “Mmaximum recording time of 30 minutes Good battery Water resistant to 5 meters (proven) Resistant to falls Easy to use” in his GE DV1 review.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was quick to charge. Sardogsdogs wrote on Amazon “The camera is very easy to operate, to charge and to upload”. Martin Manchester mentioned in his GE DV1 review “Easy to charge and export videos from”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two owners wrote that the product had a good screen. Sanj H mentioned in their GE DV1 review on Amazon “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” and scored the product 7 stars.

Good Quality Lens

Three customers concluded that it had a good lens. One person thought it had a good autofocus.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Five customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Thereviewer said “Picture quality 5/5usability 4.5/5rugidness 5/5display 4.5/5good heavy feel to it” in their review of this camcorder. Petdaw mentioned “For such a small video for its a lot easier to cary about as the previous camera was heavy nd not very portable” in their review of the GE DV1.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was easy to carry around. Sardogsdogs wrote in their GE DV1 review “It is about the same size as a mobile phone and is easy to carry around in a pocket” . One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Tony Griffiths mentioned “So easy to use though, slips into a pocket easily, compact” in his review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 8 stars.

One owner wrote in their reviews that the product was a good size. Mrs Tracey Lucas mentioned on Amazon “A nice size, looks good” in her review of this camcorder and scored the product 5 stars.

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Average Weight

At 145 grams, the GE DV1 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.5" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ge dv1aquablue, ge dv1lg, ge dv1vr, ge dv1gg
Barcodes 00810027018427, 00846951000016, 00846951000023, 00846951000504, 00846951000535, 00846951003109, 00846951003147, 08469510000160

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