Friday, November 16, 2012

GE's DV1 Portable HD Video Camera - Review

Ultra portable digital video cameras are all the rage.  The thought of being able to take quality video without lugging around a camcorder the size of the NYC phone book is intriguing to say the least.  Several of the latest models even boast "Full HD" video quality along with other usability and durability promises.  We took the GE DV1 out for a spin, here's the low-down.

What really sold us on the concept of this little HD video camera was it's claims of extraordinary ruggedness.  Waterproof down to 15 feet, drop-proof from about 5 feet and dust proof, so it should survive just about any back-country journey, unlike most digital electronics out there.  We found all of these claims to be true, even to the extent of taking several videos underwater.  Plus, it works well as a 5 Mega pixel still camera, taking clear print quality pics in several lighting conditions.

The video quality wasn't motion picture quality however.  The "HD" label may be slightly misleading.  I found that the video output was great for web viewing, so if you want to post the videos to your website or a social media outlet like Facebook, this camera will do a great job.  Plugging it into a 50" plasma proved to be a little more than it could handle however.  This is not to say the video quality was bad, just not equivalent to that of full size HD cameras.

At an MSRP of $129, you really are getting a great camera for the money.  As long as you know what you are getting, you will be more than pleased with the product.  Fast action shots and playing the video on your HD TV are not this camera's forte.  But, if you want a rugged multi-purpose camera you can throw in your beach bag, whip out and catch the kids building sand castles or splashing in the pool, this is an ideal option.



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