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.
GE G100 Features
The GE G100 has a 14 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor with a 15x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-420mm, with optical image stabilisation to help keep images blur free. As well as auto mode there is manual, shutter priority, face beautifier and panorama modes as well as a wide range of scene modes.
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
Available in red, white and black
GE G100 Handling
Thanks to the rubber grip on the front, the G100 is easy to grip, there is also a bumped area on the rear for your right hand thumb. It has a metal body and is small enough to carry in your pocket. There are plenty of buttons, with a mode dial placed on the top alongside the power button, shutter release and zoom rocker. The exposure compensation button allows access to change the aperture and ISO as well. There is also a button which gives access to the various continuous shooting modes.
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.
Wide - Focus and Shutter Response Average
Full zoom - Focus and Shutter Response Average
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot (without flash)
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous Shooting (at full resolution)
Continuous Shooting High Speed (VGA)
Continuous Shooting Fast (4 megapixels)
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.
GE G100 Performance
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GE G100 Sample Photos
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
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
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
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
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.
The GE G100 offers plenty of features and is available for a decent price. Sadly image quality isn't fantastic and is slow in use, taking a while to switch on and focus when using the zoom. But on the bright side, it has full manual controls, 1080p HD video recording and can shoot at a fast rate when using continuous shooting. The slow focusing makes it difficult to capture fast moving objects, but if you like to shoot static objects and landscapes, prefering to share images on the web rather than print them in large format, the GE G100 isn't a bad option considering its price tag.
GE G100 Pros
Full 1080p HD video recording
Fast continuous shooting at full resolution
Images have good colour reproduction
Decent panorama images
GE G100 Cons
Slow focusing when using the zoom
Battery has a low life expectancy
Slow switch on time
Image quality isn't great