Tuesday, September 16, 2008

General Electric A830

Review by Emily Raymond

The GE A830 is one of two digital cameras in the manufacturer’s A-series and one of a small handful of premiere models from GE. Yes, the company that makes refrigerators and washing machines now makes digital cameras. The A830, which retails for less than $150, is the company’s budget model with 8 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens.

Front (6.5)

The front of the GE A830 has a rounded left edge with a protruding chrome wrist strap eyelet. Near the center of the camera’s left side is a GE logo. A few words grace the bottom: “8.0 megapixel A830.” The right side of the camera has a labeled “Auto Focus Zoom Lens, 3x 36-108mm 1:2.8-4.8.” The actual glass is covered by thin plastic panels that snap together in the middle. There is a bright chrome rim around the outer edge of the lens barrel and an autofocus assist lamp to the lower left of the lens. In the lower right corner are three holes for the microphone. To the upper left of the lens is the built-in flash unit.