The Good The GE DV1 Pocket Video Camera is small, inexpensive, and water- and shockproof.
The Bad The DV1 captures motion poorly, is slightly confusing to use, has no video editing/sharing software, and uses a nonremovable rechargeable battery with a short life.
The Bottom Line The rugged GE DV1minicamcorder is OK for casual Web videos. If you need more than that, look elsewhere.
Shopping by specs can result in a very disappointing purchase. The GE DV1 rugged minicamcorder is waterproof to 16 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, and dustproof. It records full HD-resolution video at 30 frames per second as well as at 720p at 30 or 60fps, and shoots 5-megapixel photos. It has a convenient built-in flip-out USB connector for charging and for sharing videos and photos straight from the device. It even has a pretty big LCD given its compact size. And the price is great, too; it can easily be found for less than $100.
However, take it out of the box and use it and things get less impressive. Regardless of resolution, the video just isn't very good for several reasons. The internal battery life is paltry and you can't swap it out for a fresh one. Your subject needs to be at least 5 feet from the lens to be in focus. There's no bundled software for editing or sharing video.
It is waterproof, dustproof, and can take bit of a tumble and still work, though. And while watching its videos on a large HDTV isn't pleasing, viewing them at small sizes on a computer screen is OK. So if all you need is an inexpensive minicamcorder to keep poolside or for a short trip to a beach or ski slope for sharing online, the GE DV1 might be good enough.