GE A835 8MP Digital Camera - Black £39.99 (was £59.99) @ argos - HotUKDeals
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* 8 mega pixels.
* Body material plastic.
* GE aspheric zoom lens.
* 3 x zoom lens.
* 3 x optical zoom.
* 4.5 x digital zoom.
* 32Mb internal memory.
* 2.5in LCD screen.
* Face detection -5 faces.
* Continuous shooting 1.8fps.
* In camera red eye fix.
* PictBridge compatible.
* Cables to output TV.
* Movie capture with sound.
* Maximum ISO range 1600.
* 14 scene modes.
* Smile shutter.
* Self timer.
* Built in flash.
* Accepts SD memory cards.
* USB connection.
* Panorama stitching and blink detection features.
* Accessories include strap, USB cable, software, user manual, quick start guide and 2 x AA batteries.
* Weight 133g.
* Depth of camera 2.5cm.
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#1
Damn, I just bought a TZ7!
#2
smithybhoy
Damn, I just bought a TZ7!


Good deal this :thumbsup: but cant be compared with a ~ £220.00 TZ7
#3
smithybhoy
Damn, I just bought a TZ7!


Sorry, not quite getting you here, are you commenting on this camera, or another version please? I do not understand TZ7.
#4
Panasonic TZ7
#5
Anne Marie
Sorry, not quite getting you here, are you commenting on this camera, or another version please? I do not understand TZ7.


He was having a little joke....the Panasonic tz7 is a whole world better than this GE....but then it costs 5 times more :thumbsup:

But for £40 this has to be excelent!




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#7
The GE A835 digital camera is small at 9x6.5x2.5cm the last figure can increase by 3cm when the zoom is fully out. It is silver grey in colour with a chrome strip along the top and sides and it weights around 170grams with its 2x'AA' batteries inserted.

The front of the camera has the lens with the flash above and to the left, at the nearest it is 1cm from the lens. The right side has the anchor point for the wrist strap. The left side has an uncovered mini USB port.

The base has the battery cover for the supplied two 'AA' batteries and any SD card you might use and beside this is the anchor point for the tripod. The top has an eight position wheel with the shutter release in it's centre and also the on/off button.

This leaves the back and if you have seen any of these GE cameras you will know they all have the same manual so the layout must be the same. A 5x4cm TFT display fills all but the very right side of the back and the wide angle/telephoto rocker is at the top of the remaining space with three well marked buttons and the ubiquitous five position joystick completing the controls, all these buttons apart from the toggle have black faces. This initially looks different but in most lights it makes them easier to read as the writing or diagrams are in white.
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I always try to avoid knowing the price of a product until I look it up on the web as I like to form a value in my mind as this helps with the smiley allocation. Here I know it must be cheaper than the 'E' and 'G' series as this is entry level.

This unit has 3x zoom and while this is entry level it is not that long ago the norm even for far more expensive units. While I test every mode a camera has to offer I tend - especially for entry level units - to use Auto mode a lot. Here I was more than happy with the images, 3x zoom from a distance can give nice results and with a fairly steady hand there is little need for a tripod. Increase the zoom and one will almost always be needed.
GE A835 - controls
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One test I normally do is to place a standard A4 letter on the floor around a metre and a half away and zoom fully onto it, take the image and then view it using the TFT, using full zoom 8x (the one decent use of digital zoom on a camera) you should be able to read the letter easily, you will of course need to move over the letter area by area but here everything was perfect. I think this is a good test of the Auto setting of a camera and one you could even be able to test in a shop as placing a pice of paper on the floor is about the correct distance.

I was happy with the flash up to about three metres after this the background faded away. Few digital cameras with built in flash are much better. For video it is okay for short shots but do not try zooming while capturing as the sound will be naff.

There are four video modes 640x480 and 320x240 each can be 30FPS or 15FPS. For still images there are three storage compression modes, normal, fine and best. There are eight image sizes so 24 possible storage combinations. VGA, 1MP, 2MP, 3MP, 5MP, 6MP (16;9), 7MP (3:2), and 8MP.

As always the large retailers stop the manufacturers providing a case (the TFT needs protection) and an SD card. Both should be on your shopping list.
#8
A Good deal. Pros: it takes 'AA' batteries and SD cards, Cons: it eats batteries apparently.
#9
Apparently the only real issue with this camera is the battery life, however from this amazon review (product found here :http://www.amazon.com/GE-A835-Digital-Camera-Optical-Black/dp/B0015LORCU) it seems like it may be fixed...



I chose this camera over a Kodak only because of the price. When I first got the cam, it already had an issue---it wouldn't turn on with the rechargeable batteries I had. I tried some disposable ones just to see if the camera even worked and sure enough it did, but it drank 'em up in about 5 minutes. I thought to myself, "surely this cannot be right." So eventually, I checked on the [...] site and I came to find that the A835 and one other model has battery issues that could supposedly be corrected with a firmware update. I followed the instructions to fix the cam but it didn't work. After getting completely fed up with it, I contacted GE and all they could tell me was to use different batteries, some of the name brand ones. I had nearly given up on the camera altogether until something told me that I hadn't done the firmware update correctly....I was right. The file that needed to go on the SD card was apparently in the wrong place because after moving it around, I got the cam to FINALLY work! (*phew*)

Now, I only gave this product 3 stars because of the headache I've had for the past week trying to fix it and the scare it gave me initially that I had bought a c-h-e-a-p camera. Otherwise, the features are great, pictures and video are of decent quality (for the price) and the battery usage is....MUCH better, now that I have it working like it should. Still haven't used it an extended amount of time to see its true endurance, but it lasts longer than 5 minutes now, so I'm a happy camper.

To the potential buyers: consider my experience as a heads-up for what you can possibly go through if you purchase this camera. I don't know if every A835 has the battery issue but if there's a bulletin on the general-imaging website, chances are that you're going to be facing this problem too. Buy at your own risk.


Firmware updates... http://www.general-imaging.com/us/supportDetail.aspx?id=798
Engineering bulletin about battery life : http://www.general-imaging.com/uploadedFiles/40_Support/A735-A835-Service-Bullet.pdf

Paul
#10
i'm tempted i'v reserved one local as there isn't much stock around by the looks of it
#11
I'm worried after seeing this comment on the review page of that camera:?


"kabibili me lang po ng camera kanina kaya lang po di me poh alam pano magpunta video.scroll me video pero ayaw.hope you can help me"
#12
A real dilema on this one. Poor, secondary brand camera - but at this price it could be great for a spare in the car, for the kids or whatever.

Nah, it's still an AA powered cheap camera and for another £10 or so you can track down something decent.
#13
toibs
Apparently the only real issue with this camera is the battery life, however from this amazon review (product found here :http://www.amazon.com/GE-A835-Digital-Camera-Optical-Black/dp/B0015LORCU) it seems like it may be fixed...



Nope, not fixed. I bought the pink one for my daughter early last year and checked the firmware level which is the latest and supposed to address the battery issue.

This eats batteries so quickly that it is pretty much unusable and is now nothing more than a paperweight.
#14
I bought a GE camera just over a year ago. Threw it in the bin as battery life is so unpredicatable.
#15
Besford
for another £10 or so you can track down something decent.


for example?...
#16
vitek
for example?...

There have been some Fujis on here over the last few days for around £45.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/569991/fujifilm-finepix-a170-10mp-only-45-

Panasonic FS4 refurb with 4x zoom and Li-ion battery on Tesco Outlet for under £60. Lots of one offs if you look around too (I got an older model Fuji in Tesco for £24.97 just before Christmas).

Having read the owner experiences above on this one my caution would move to a definate NO THANK YOU!

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