Iâ€™ll just help to spread the word here that if youâ€™re looking for a stylish compact, skip the General Electric G1; itâ€™s got the looks alright, but not the image quality. Its battery sucks too.
CNET.com examined the GE G1 and found a number of flaws in the camera, worst among those of course is the inconsistent photo quality and mediocre snapshots that make you wish you hadnâ€™t bought its seductive form.
It also takes the G1 3.2 seconds from power on to first shot, while its shutter lag â€“ 0.7 second under best conditions and 1.7 seconds in low-contrast lighting–are below average. Worse, the camera’s 3.4-second interval between shots, which rises to 4 seconds with flash, is unacceptably long, according to CNET editor Lori Grunin.
The G1â€™s one saving grace is its face detection autofocus, which works quite well, but Lori doesnâ€™t like its creepy icon obscuring the faces it doesnâ€™t detect.
Maybe the $200 stylish camera can serve as a very attractive paper weight?