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Genius G-Shot DV610

£135 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Genius

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The G-Shot DV610 is an example of how not to make a great digital camera/camcorder hybrid. In fact, Genius touts the DV610 as a six-in-one voice recorder, MP3 player, webcam and mass storage product. It promises everything but delivers little. It's perfect for the young 'uns, though, and it's incredibly cheap.

The G-Shot DV610 is an example of how not to make a great digital camera/camcorder hybrid. In fact, Genius touts the DV610 as a six-in-one voice recorder, MP3 player, webcam and mass storage product. Any device that does this much is obviously overcompensating and the DV610 is no exception - it promises everything but delivers little.

Actually, this is unfair. It's not the sort of product an older market would enjoy, but it's perfect fodder for the young 'uns. It's incredibly cheap to boot.

The DV610 is truly portable and comfortable to use. The buttons are kept to a minimum, but what we found surprising was the range of features available - you have control over configurations such as white balance, exposure, effects, sharpness and metering. There's image stabilisation for camcorder wobble, too.

More plus points go to Genius for including a rechargeable battery, headphones, a case, an adapter and a generous software bundle.

So what's the problem? Well, the G-Shot's base specifications are rather shaky. The touted 6.6Mp (megapixels) with a maximum resolution of 2,976x2,232 is only possible through software interpolation and the image capture device isn't a CCD (charge-coupled device), it's a 3.2Mp Cmos sensor, which can produce weaker images.

There's no focus lock - you hit the button and hope for the best - and no optical zoom, only an 8x digital. And the 16MB is nowhere near enough.

Images we took looked blurry and flat, lacked detail, and exhibited difficulty in coping with light and shadow on the same shot.

G-Shot DV610 Expert Verdict »

3.2Mp Cmos sensor
maximum hardware res 2,048x1,536
16MB internal memory
MP3 playback
voice recorder
rechargeable lithium battery
Mpeg4 video capture at 640x480 and 30fps
2in LCD
8x digital zoom
min photos on 16MB=1
1-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 5 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

There are some great ideas here. The G-Shot DV610's versatility is exceptional, and that low price tag makes it suitable for the kids. But that price also means cutbacks in quality, so it's unlikely to pique grown-ups' interest.

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