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The G100 was released in February 2012 as part of GE's Spring 2012 range of digital cameras. It has a 15x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixels and is available in red, white and black for £159.99.
The G100 shoots full resolution pictures at 10 fps when in continuous shooting mode. Other features include HDR+ (which blends three images at different exposures) and Multi-Exposure (which captures six successive shots and combines them into one photo).
Videos are recorded at full 1080p HD with optical zoom available. The camera can be connected to a HD TV via a HDMI cable.
- 14 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 15x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 28-420mm)
- Optical Image Stabilisation
- 3.0 inch (460,000 dots) TFT LCD screen
- 10 fps high-speed shooting in full resolution
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 100 - 3200
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- Multi Exposure
- Smart features
- Available in red, white and black
On the rear of the camera is a 3 inch screen, which is bright and easy to view in varying lighting conditions. Buttons on the rear include movie record as well as a rotating d-pad wheel. Once you get used to using the various buttons to change the settings, the menus become simple to navigate.
The battery has a CIPA rating of 170 shots, and during testing it proved capable of achieving this amount and more. We tested each camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Response||0.25 secs|
|Wide - Focus and Shutter Response Average||0.35 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus and Shutter Response Average||2.0 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||5.3 secs|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||3.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||6.4 secs|
|Continuous Shooting (at full resolution)
|Continuous Shooting High Speed (VGA)||105 fps|
|Continuous Shooting Fast (4 megapixels)||16 fps|
When using the lens with its full zoom, the camera needs to be focused before the shutter is fully pressed, making it quite slow. It also takes a considerable amount of time for the camera to be ready to take a shot after switching it on. The G100 offers a good rate of high-speed shooting, with full-sized images possible at 10 fps.
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GE G100 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/45 sec | f/4.9 | 11.5 mm | ISO 102
HDR | 1/309 sec | f/9.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Landscape | 1/178 sec | f/9.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Pet Mode | 1/23 sec | f/4.7 | 8.2 mm | ISO 800
Sample Photos - The G100 takes pictures which are well exposed and have good colour reproduction. Portraits have soft, pleasant skin tones and are free of red-eye.
GE G100 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/198 sec | f/9.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/188 sec | f/13.3 | 75.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/161 sec | f/13.3 | 75.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/7 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Detail is OK when shooting wide, but isn't as good when using the full optical zoom, in the example above there is a significant amount of purple fringing. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm and is capable of a decent macro shot.
GE G100 ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/9 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm
ISO200 | 1/17 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm
ISO400 | 1/34 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm
ISO800 | 1/70 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm
ISO1600 | 1/146 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm
ISO3200 | 1/301 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm
ISO Noise Performance - Images are noise free at ISO 100, with very little appearing at ISO 200. ISO 400 sees more noise appearing and ISO 800 having enough to cause images to lose detail and sharpness. When using the highest settings of ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, noise causes the images to lose a significant amount of detail, which patches of colour completely disappearing.
GE G100 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/17 sec | f/4.5 | 7.0 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/17 sec | f/4.5 | 7.0 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/4.5 | 7.0 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/4.5 | 7.0 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lighting in our studio, the auto white-balance (AWB) setting takes an image with an orange cast, with the incandescent preset taking a good picture. When using the fluorescent lights, the respective preset and AWB setting perform well, both taking a very similar image.
Panorama | 1/179 sec | f/9.3 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Panoramas are OK, they are fairly evenly exposed, but when you view them full sized you can see a mismatch in where the images have been stitched. We tried to use the Multi Exposure mode without any success.
Digital Filters - The G100 has a number of filters which can be used during shooting to add an extra touch of creativity to your images, with examples of each below.
GE G100 Digital filters
70s Film | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Black And White | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Negative | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Normal | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Pop Art | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Retro | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Rock | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Vivid | 1/4 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Video - Below is a video shot at full 1080p HD, optical zoom can be used during recording, an example of which can be found on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. The zoom is extremely sensitive and the camera takes a little while to refocus.
Value For MoneyThe GE G100 is available for £159.99. Other compact cameras to consider with manual controls are the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS (around £140), Samsung WB150F (around £180), Ricoh CX6 (around £270), Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (around £330), Nikon Coolpix P510 (around £330) and Fujifilm X-S1 (around £520).
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
GE G100 ProsManual controls
Full 1080p HD video recording
Fast continuous shooting at full resolution
Images have good colour reproduction
Decent panorama images
GE G100 ConsSlow focusing when using the zoom
Battery has a low life expectancy
Slow switch on time
Image quality isn't great
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GE G100 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/5.6|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 420mm|
|CCD pixels||14.4Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No Data|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery GB-50A|
|Box Contents||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery, AC Adaptor, USB Cable, Neck Strap, CD-ROM, Manual, Quick Start Guide, Feature Guide, Warranty Card|