Another feature of the camera includes electronic image stabilisation, basically upping the ISO speed to compensate for slow shutter speeds. GE has also included a top ISO speed of ISO 1600, which is a comparable speed to most other cameras currently on the market.
GE has provided a reasonably large 2.7inch LCD, with 230,400 dots and no viewfinder, again pretty standard in this day and age.
Metering options include Artificial Intelligence Auto Exposure, along with centre weighted and centre spot options. The AI AE system is, from what I can gather, basically multi area AF coupled with scene recognition. Shooting modes include manual (essentially program with some override options), auto and a collection of the usual scene modes such as portrait, landscape, snow, museum and so forth. There’s also a panorama mode allowing three images to be taken, using a superimposed overlap guide on the LCD, and then stitched together in camera.
The G2 is surprisingly well designed and thought out. The body is metal and feels comfortable, though the gloss finish is a little slippery when held. The LCD takes up most of the back but a mode dial on the back is easy to operate, though the engravings are small and tricky to see in low light. A small but adequate four way controller lets you navigate the menu and playback images, and include quick functions at each compass point for flash, exposure compensation and so on. Pressing the central OK button also brings up a fast function menu with White Balance, ISO, colour and quality settings.
The top pate features a long and narrow shutter release button, the small and slightly too recessed power button and a small rocker switch to operate the zoom. Overall the handling is pretty good, though the LCD could be brighter, especially in sunlight. The menus too are easy enough to read and feature added options such as an on screen histogram to help with exposure evalution and a nice slow shutter feature allowing you to set a speed from 30 to 2 seconds.