GE A830 Review

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GE A830 8-megapixel Digital Camera

Features and Controls

GE A830 8-megapixel Digital Camera

The A830's zoom lens provides 3x (36-108mm in 35mm equivalent) optical zoom capabilities and is an all-glass, lens constructed of 7 elements in 6 groups with a maximum aperture of F2.8 - F4.8. It has a 4.5X digital zoom option. When powered down, the lens retracts in to the body and is protected by a built in lens cover.

The auto focus system has options for Spot AF (center only), Multi AF (auto selects one of nine AF areas), Face Detection, and Macro AF. The A830 also features an AF-assist illuminator to aid in low light conditions, which can be turned On or Off.

The auto focus working range is:

Normal 2 ft. (60cm) to infinity
Macro: 2.0 in. (5cm) wide, 1.3 ft. (40cm) telephoto.

The built-in flash has modes for Auto, fill, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchro, Slow synchro+Red-eye reduction, Forced flash and off. The working range is Approx. 1 - 15.1 ft. (0.3m - 4.6m) / Tele: Approx. 1 - 8.9 ft. (0.3m - 2.7m), at ISO 400.

GE A830 8-megapixel Digital Camera

On the back is a large and bright 2.5-inch color LCD with 153,600 pixels of resolution. This is used for playback review, menu operations and is the live viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage.

Controls on the back: At the top right is the zoom controls with also act as the index and magnify options in playback mode. Below is the dedicated Face Detection AF mode button. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The 4-way controller lets you easily navigate menu screens or select images for playback. You press "Up" to use exposure compensation, "Left" to change the flash mode, "Down" to change the drive mode, and "Right" to enable or disable Macro focus mode. The func./ok button accepts menu selections and also brings up the Function shortcut menu. The "trash can" button is used to delete images in playback mode.

GE A830 8-megapixel Digital Camera

Located on top is the power on/off button, and the Mode dial with shutter release mounted in the middle. The dial has positions for Auto, Manual, Image Stabilization, Movie, Scene (Sport, Children, Indoor, Leaf, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Glass, Museum, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait), Panorama, and Portrait.

GE A830 8-megapixel Digital Camera

The I/O ports are located in the left hand side of the camera. The connector on the top allows connection of the USB cable for downloading to the computer or direct printing to PictBridge compatible printers as well as the A/V cable if you want to display photos and movies on a TV. There's also a DC IN 3.3v for external power supplies.

GE A830 8-megapixel Digital Camera

The A830 has ~26 megabytes of internal memory for saving images and movie clips. It supports the use of SD up to 2GB or SDHC cards up to 4GB via the expansion slot on the bottom. Image data can be copied from internal memory to a flash card via the Setup menu.

Shown here with a speedy Lexar Professional (133x) 2GB SD card. This is a 8-megapixel camera that makes BIG images, movies will consume a lot of space too - so be sure to get a large SD/SDHC card (at least 512MB) with your purchase.

GE A830 8-megapixel Digital Camera

The A830 is powered by 2 standard AA type batteries. GE includes a set of Alkalines that they claim will allow you to capture up to 100 shots using CIPA Standards. You can also use NiMH cells, which they say a 2500mAh set will allow you to capture up to 400 shots.

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