Genius G-Shot D1211 review

£80
Price when reviewed

As soon as we picked up the D1211 we knew it was going to disappoint. It feels cheap, with a lightweight, all-plastic body and fixed lens that would look more at home on a camera phone.

Genius G-Shot D1211 review

Rather than a rechargeable battery, two alkaline AAA cells are included, and there’s no SD card cover – you simply insert your card into a slot in the base.

Aside from no zoom, the 5-megapixel sensor is below par, but there’s a 2.4in TFT and a carry pouch included. These are the highlights, as things go downhill once the G-Shot is turned on.

A cartoon splash screen greets you for 5 seconds before you can shoot, and the menu system is clunky. There’s no manual control beyond exposure compensation and three white-balance presets. In playback mode, you can’t review videos or zoom in on still photos.

The disappointment continued with quality. Focus was soft and noise was evident. White balance was off, there was a magenta tint on the right-hand side of images, and when we used the flash they became overexposed. In low light, images were vastly underexposed.

The macro shot was reasonable, but colours were undersaturated. All shots had compression artefacts too.

When you factor in the sluggish shot-to-shot time of over 6 seconds, the Genius isn’t a bargain, even at this price. In fact, it’s overpriced and should be avoided at all costs.

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