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GE DV1 Camcorder

£179.99
£169.99 £10.00 cheaper than 22 days ago
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

The writer at review websites Gadgetspeak.com decided that this medium total megapixels video camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, CNET.com, Expert Reviews and Techradar this video camera has an average expert rating of 63 out of 100. That puts this medium total megapixels video camera in the bottom 24% of all the medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, DV1 owners rated this video camera 81 out of 100. Over 78% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars.

GE Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 111 expert and user 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 for its medium total megapixels camcorders.


Price

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Cheap, Shock Proof, Water Proof

Twenty-one owners wrote in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Evogadget.com mentioned “The GE D 1 Pocket Video Camera is small, inexpensive” in their GE DV1 review. Three years ago Avhub.com.au mentioned “Cheap, shock proof, water proof” in their review of this camcorder. Six years ago expert website Camcorderinfo.com scored this camcorder 6 stars and said in their review of this camcorder “Get ready for the DV1—a cheap, waterproof, ultracompact camcorder that may be an answer for those on a tight budget”.

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.

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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.


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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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.


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 fairly standard weight compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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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

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2012 when GE released the DV1.


Video

Fairly Fast Maximum Frame Rate

Camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second, the GE DV1 has a quite fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

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Full HD

Full HD

The GE DV1 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder also are Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think the GoPro Hero 3, the JVC GZ-R10, and the Sony HDR-AS30VE (£199.99) which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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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|1920 x 810 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The GE DV1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the HDR-CX220 (£129.99), the HDR-PJ240 (£399.99), and the HDR-CX240 all from Sony which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the GE DV1 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera. Medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 160x.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£200.99) (10x and higher rated), the JVC GZ-R10 (100x and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-PJ240 (£399.99) (320x and higher rated).

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera is 690mm. At only 33 millimeters, the GE DV1 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The GE DV1 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.5 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera. The average display diagonal of similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 2.8".

If this video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the HDR-PJ240 (£399.99) (2.7" and higher rated), or the HDR-CX240 (2.7" and higher rated) both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£200.99) (3" and higher rated).

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The GE DV1 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder do have a touchscreen.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The GE DV1 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

Other video cameras which support HDMI currently available which you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the JVC GZ-R10, the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£200.99), or the Sony HDR-CX220 (£129.99).

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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 have been around for more than two years.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the GE DV1 does not support PictBridge.

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Storage

Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 32 gigabytes, the GE DV1 has a fairly standard maximum memory card size compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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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 medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The internal storage capacities of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera range from 0.016GB to 220GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 28GB.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Wi-Fi

The GE DV1 does not feature wi-Fi. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type do feature wi-Fi.

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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 a comparable time to this video camera also are waterproof.

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Features Photo Mode

The GE DV1 features photo mode, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder, the GE DV1 does not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The GE DV1 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera also do not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

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

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The GE DV1 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

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

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Still Image

Has a Histogram

The GE DV1 has a histogram. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age 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. Across all video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera the best maximum image resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels and the worst is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The GE DV1 has a face detection. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have a face detection.

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Very Big Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 1.5 meters, the GE DV1 has a very big closest focusing distance compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder. The closest focusing distances of similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 0.01m to 1.5m.

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Battery

Average Video Recording Time

With a video recording time of 1.5 hours, the GE DV1 has a fairly standard video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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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 video cameras of this spec and age.

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5.08 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 5.08 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If you would prefer a bigger total megapixels then you might want to look at the HDR-PJ240 (£399.99) (9.2MP and higher rated), or the HDR-CX240 (9.2MP and higher rated) both from Sony or the JVC GZ-R10 (10MP and higher rated).

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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

GE DV1 Review Sources

To prepare this GE DV1 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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