The G1 can, on occasion, deliver decent quality shots. As long as there's nothing too dark or too bright in the scene, exposures look fine. And the automatic white balance works pretty well. However, the camera more often produces photos with soft edges and smeared details; at settings of ISO 400 and above they're just a big mess for anything but e-mail. Its MPEG-4 movie capture is similarly inconsistent. Despite setting the camera to capture at 640x480 30fps (frames per second), and despite the relatively high recorded data rate (994K/sec versus the more typical 696K/sec), one of my clips recorded at 16.8fps with dead stops at regular intervals throughout the video stream.
Most inexpensive digital cameras fill their basic function: they point, they shoot, they produce photos. From that standpoint, the General Electric G1 succeeds. But any product on our list of top budget cameras--and even some that didn't make the cut--succeeds far better.
(Smaller bars indicate better performance)
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