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GE DV1

gadgetspeak.com Highly Recommended
An award winning 5.08 megapixel 1 video camera with average features
5.08MP 1/2.5" Yes 145g Apr 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date

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GE DV1 Review

With very good reviews but average features, we have ranked the GE DV1 number 317 across all camcorders.
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125 Reviews + 1 Award
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Average Features
25
5 Years Old
Overall Score
41
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 41?

It has very good user reviews but average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 70%, based on 125 reviews. This camcorder has received a "Highly Recommended" award from Gadgetspeak.com. Panasonic video cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better video cameras are available. View the latest video cameras 2017.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, is robust and excellent product quality.
This GE camcorder has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite fast maximum frame rate
Has a histogram
Very short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
Only 1" optical sensor size

GE DV1 Video Reviews


GE DV1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

One Industry Award

The editor of review site Gadgetspeak.com said that this camcorder was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on 14 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, CNET.com, Expert Reviews and Techradar the average expert rating of this GE camcorder is 63 out of 100. This puts this GE video camera in the bottom 20% of all the video cameras when ranked by average expert review score.

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Good Owner Reviews

DV1 owners on average rated this camcorder 81%. Over 78% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars.

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Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

11 people who reviewed it thought it was good value for money.

Users Report it is Robust

Five owners who bought it concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress and three customers who bought it agreed that it was strong and durable.

  • It is waterproof to a depth of 15 feet, can be dropped from a height of 5 feet…
    About.com May 2011
  • It's more rugged and can…
    About.com May 2011
  • It is heavier than my previous pocket camcorder and feels solid and well made…
  • The camera looks pretty sturdy…
    V (Amazon) - February 2012
  • Excellent camera for a 13 year old, robust very easy to use…
  • Excellent value for waterproof cam…
    Si (Amazon) - April 2012
  • Works well underwater, as long as you remember to close the sides…
    Mr K L (Amazon) - March 2013
  • 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…
    Minty (Amazon) - November 2012
  • Yes it was waterproof and was taken swimming with the turtles…

Customers Report Good Product Quality

Seven people agreed that it was good quality.

  • It is heavier than my previous pocket camcorder and feels solid and well made…
  • As many others have said on other websites, for the price the quality is average compared to the higher quality camcorders on the market.
  • The quality is OK…
  • Movie function is good and the picture quality is good for the price…
    Phil (Amazon) - May 2013
  • Good quality for the price…
  • Fit for Purpose…
  • 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…
    Minty (Amazon) - November 2012

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

Eight customers who bought it wrote that it was easy to use.

Users Report Great Battery Life

Two customers agreed that this camcorder was quick to charge.

GE Has Very Good Camcorder Reviews

We checked 131 owner and expert reviews (including 42 verified purchases) for GE video cameras and found that on average GE has very good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that GE has very good reviews specifically within its camcorders range. 80% of those that bought a GE video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Three customers concluded that it was good looking.


Features

Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of camcorders is 25fps, the fastest is 960fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 60fps. The GE DV1's maximum frame rate of 60fps is in the fastest 21% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Camcorders have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 0.5mm and 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 780mm. The GE DV1's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 33mm is in the shortest 15% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Histogram

The GE DV1 has a histogram. 100% of video cameras do not have a histogram.

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Very Light

The average weight of all video cameras is 530g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 7.5kg. The GE DV1's weight of only 145g is fairly light compared to most other camcorders. It is in the lightest 24% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.5|1" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders.

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Quite Small Internal Storage Capacity

The internal storage capacity of the GE DV1 of only 0.0264GB is in the smallest 4% of all video cameras when ordered by this feature. Camcorders have internal storage capacities of between 0.016GB and 220GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 25GB.

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Has a Hand Strap

The GE DV1 has a hand strap, which is unusual. 94% of camcorders do not have a hand strap.

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Fairly Big Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the camcorders the closest focusing distances range from 0.0005m to 20m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.44m. The GE DV1's closest focusing distance of 1.5m is in the biggest 3% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of video cameras range from 1.1 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.2. The GE DV1's minimum aperture number of 2.8 is in the highest 14% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The GE DV1 does not support PictBridge. 97% of camcorders also do not support PictBridge.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The GE DV1 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that 86% of video cameras also do not have a built-in flash.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The GE DV1's display diagonal of only 2.5" is in the smallest 11% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature. Across all the camcorders the display diagonals range from 0.24" to 11", and the average display diagonal is 3".

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The GE DV1 does not have a touchscreen, although it is worth noting that 60% of camcorders also do not have a touchscreen.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

The GE DV1's video recording time of only 1.5h is in the shortest 25% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature. The video recording times of camcorders range from 0.016h to 95h, and the average video recording time is 13h.

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Full HD

Full HD

The GE DV1 is Full HD, as are 73% of camcorders.

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Features Photo Mode

The GE DV1 features photo mode. 76% of video cameras do not feature photo mode.

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Supports HDMI

HDMI

The GE DV1 supports HDMI, as do 67% of camcorders.

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Waterproof

The GE DV1 is waterproof, which is unusual. 89% of camcorders are not waterproof.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The GE DV1 has an image stabilizer, as do 66% of camcorders.

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Does Not Feature Wi-Fi

Like most other camcorders, the GE DV1 does not feature wi-Fi. 77% of camcorders do not feature wi-Fi.

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Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

Camcorders have maximum memory card sizes of between 2GB and 260GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 63GB. The maximum memory card size of the GE DV1 of only 32GB is quite small compared to most other camcorders. It is in the smallest 19% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Average Total Megapixels

The total megapixels of the GE DV1 of 5.08MP is fairly average compared to most other camcorders. It is in the smallest 1% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Face Detection

The GE DV1 has a face detection. 73% of camcorders do not have a face detection.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the GE DV1 of only 4x is in the smallest 11% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature. The digital zooms of camcorders range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 440x.

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Age

Released Over Five Years Ago

This GE camcorder has been on the market since April 2012.


Product Identifiers

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

Other Popular Comparisons With The GE DV1

Slightly better user reviews
32g lighter
16% bigger total megapixels
Lower minimum aperture number
43% bigger total megapixels
Larger display diagonal
Lower effective megapixels (image)
1.4m smaller closest focusing distance
Hugely lower minimum aperture number
Larger maximum memory card size
2x lower effective megapixels (image)
Marginally better user reviews
Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
Hugely smaller closest focusing distance
Marginally better user reviews
Considerably better expert reviews
Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)

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