GE PJ1 digital camera and projector
GE PJ1 review: This is a poor quality camera with a built-in pico projector that's not very useful
- Easy to operate
- Poor image quality
- Poor projection quality
The GE PJ1 isn't a good product. Its camera is of poor quality and its projector isn't very useful. If you want a camera with a built-in projector, you're better off checking out Nikon's offering, which is actually a decent camera.
Price$ 449.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 2 stores)
Poor quality aside, the PJ1 is easy to operate. You don't have to do much other than change shooting mode, choose whether you want to use the flash and play with the zoom. There are scene modes that you can switch to, but there is also an automatic scene mode that selects the scene for you. It's a reasonably comfortable camera to use, but its buttons feel cheap. The camera lacks a lens cover, which leaves the plastic in front of the lens prone to getting dirty; you have to remember to check it prior to using the camera, just in case it has been accidentally smudged in your carry bag.
Because the projector sits in the centre of the camera, the lens resides at the top-left corner position (from the way you hold the camera) which means that it's too easy for your fingers to obstruct the lens while taking photos. The projector lens is attached to a slider that sits at the top of the camera and this can be used to adjust its focus.
To use the PJ1 as a projector for displaying your photos, you simply press the projector button next that sits next to the shutter button. It's not of great quality, and we didn't expect it to be, but it wasn't as good as the projector in Nikon's S1100pj. With a 15 ANSI Lumens brightness rating, it's not a very bright projector, which means that to get the best results you have to project in an almost pitch-black room and from a close wall distance. It can project an image that is 120x90mm from 2.3m away and an image of 44x33cm from 90cm away. The closer distance gives you better detail, but that's not saying much because the projector's clarity is poor overall.
A dock ships with the camera and this can be used as a cooler while projecting for long periods of time. It has a built-in fan, which makes a sharp whirring sound while it's operating. A mess of cables is supplied for charging the camera and also for connecting it to the dock and to a computer. You don't get a separate charger for the battery, so you have to always use the supplied cables to connect the camera and charge it. It's a great solution if you like solving puzzles.
The PJ1's ability to project an entire computer screen is perhaps its best trait. You have to connect the camera to your computer using the supplied USB cable, and you have to install the supplied PC to Link software and click 'Start Capture'. The projector will then display the contents of your screen exactly as they appear on your monitor, except with much less clarity. Wether you project from a short distance or a long distance; whether you use the lowest supported resolution of your computer or not, text will not be easily legible and photos, graphs and charts will not look properly defined. The other problem is that the USB cable that is supplied with the camera is too short to allow for comfortable usage — you have to sit your laptop in front of the wall that you will be projecting on to. If you want a portable projector for business use, then consider a product such as the HP Notebook Projection Companion or Acer Projector C20 instead.
All up, the GE PJ1 is a novel product, but it's not very useful. It doesn't excel as a camera, and it certainly doesn't excel as a projector. For business presentations, you're better off having people crowd around your laptop rather than trying to use the projector; the only time the projector may be of use is when showing just-taken pictures to more than a handful of people at a time. But even then the clarity of the images won't be good.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review
- 2 Synology DS216+ Review
- 3 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 4 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 5 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
- Canon goes big on resolution with 250-megapixel sensor
- Hey, Saturn, take a selfie! World's biggest digital camera will photograph the universe
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSocial Media AssistantQLD
- CCContract Systems Analyst (HP-UX/Oracle RDBMS) 160720/SA/113Asia
- CCSenior Tester - Automation / Telecommunications (Urgent)NSW
- CCVendor ManagerVIC
- FTAndroid Technical Lead (Work From Home 2-3 Days)NSW
- FTSystems Administrator | Defence | NV1 / NV2 clearedACT
- CCCommunication LeadVIC
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/Oracle) 160728/AP/623Asia
- CCSenior Systems AdministratorQLD
- CCProject Manager/ Sr PMO Analyst - Consulting BackgroundNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (HTML/JAVA/UNIX) 160804/AP/172Asia
- CCDevOps EngineerVIC
- CCSenior Data ArchitectNSW
- CCSolution DesignerNSW
- FTPHP Developer (full stack)WA
- CCSenior Automation Engineer / TelecommunicationsNSW
- CCProduction Manager / Digital ProducerNSW
- FTNV2 Defence Project ManagerACT
- CCDatabase developer/ModellerACT
- CCTest Lead-Agile, SCRUM, HP QC, JIRA, UX Government backgroundNSW
- CCTest ManagerNSW
- CCService Design AnalystNSW
- CCUser Access Review (UAR) DeveloperVIC
- FTDefence Network Architect | NV2ACT
- FTService Desk Team LeadNSW