A waterproof / dustproof camcorder

General Electric’s latest video camera is called GE DV1-GG. It is a small, affordable, dustproof, waterproof and shockproof device. When we tested it, we weren’t very impressed with results. The gadget does a pretty fine job of recording web videos, but other than that it doesn’t have much to say. Find out more from our review below.

Easy to use menu

First things first, let’s take a look at the product’s design. The GE DV1-GG the body is rugged, has a sleek casing and is available in the following colors: graphite gray, velvet red, aqua blue, lime green and citrus orange. But the device had nothing on the sides or rear to help grip it; on the plus side, controls were easy to understand and use. The DV1-GG gadget measures 5.6 x 2.4 x 5.8 and has a weight of 145g. The front houses a 2.5″ auto brightness LCD screen and a directional pad with a record key in the center. The back comes with a 4x digital zoom. While the right side sports a rocker button which opens the menu system and helps delete files, the left side comes with the same key which, in this case, enables you to review recordings and snap pictures. GE-DV1-GG

Responsive display

Whenever we wanted to record a video, all we had to do was turn the button on the right side of the device and press record. Time between those two actions: a couple of seconds. The display of DV1-GG was responsive when we tested the gadget, and the directional pad helped us smoothly navigate and control the digital zoom, view a histogram as well as change white balance. The screen features a resolution of 230 x 400 pixels and an Auto Adjust Brightness option. Its bottom third area had various information which was laid out in some strangely divided boxes; this translated into the fact that two thirds of the display were intended for framing shots and the rest of one third featured information which was useless. As already mentioned, the GE DV1-GG is shockproof, dustproof and waterproof.

Face Detection included

Underwater we could use it in a depth of up to 5 meters, which was quite an impressive feat. The device was shockproof to 1.5 meters.
In terms of performance, the product was able to take 5-megapixel photos and record full HD-resolution videos at 30fps and at 720p at 30 or 60fps. There’s an Image Stabilization feature with Face Detection which automatically corrects unintentional camera movement; this translated into clear and crisp stills and more professional-looking videos to share with loved ones. Video quality, though, wasn’t that great because of the fact that the subject had to stay at least 1.5 meters away from the lens and there was no software for sharing or editing video.

1080p Full HD resolution

Fortunately, direct-to-web videos looked better. 1080p Full HD clips, while watchable during our test for this review, weren’t very enjoyable because of the fact that the General Electric GE DV1-GG did a poor job with moving subjects. Colors were ok, but auto white balance appeared off. Exposure produced some rough changes in an unevenly lit scene. When we switched to the 720/60p-resolution we noticed an increase in blocky artifacts when we viewed our videos at larger sizes in Apple’s QuickTime player. Noise wasn’t that bad. When it came to sharing content, the device offered an USB connector, an SD card and a mini-HDMI port. An advantage of the USB connector was its ability to charge the gadget’s battery; the latter had a short life (a bit over 30 minutes on a single charge) and was sealed in the video camera.

Review conclusion

All in all, the GE DV1-GG is an alright device for a day at the beach, mountainside and the like.

Technical specifications

– Full HD 1080p video recording
– HDMI output
– Recording mini photo 5 Megapixel
– Shockproof
– Waterproof 5 meters 1.5 meters
– Battery and USB connector
– Integrated 33mm equivalent fixed focal (+ 4x digital zoom)
– 2.5 inch LCD display
– Digital Stabilization
– Detection Face
– Red Eye Removal Software
– Processing HDR for image optimization