updated 01:45 pm EST, Thu March 8, 2007
GE First Cameras Debut
General Electric today confirmed its earlier intentions to enter the digital camera realm by unveiling a full eight inaugural models. The X1 targets the bridge between home users and professionals with a 12X optical zoom fixed lens and optical image stabilization, and ISO 1600 assisting serious photographers; at the same time, the 8-megapixel camera also helps novices with face detection, a 2.5-inch live LCD, and a consciously simplified interface. It should be available for $399 in May along with the rest of the line.
Read through for details and photos of all eight models.
The G1 will be the company's most compact model at 3.6 inches long and 2.5 inches tall. At 7 megapixels, the camera uses virtual image stabilization and 4.8X optical zoom while keeping the face detection and 2.5-inch screen of the X1. No price has been revealed.
Largest of all the new model lines is the E-series. Its four variants are all meant to have features commonly associated with premium cameras despite a lower price, GE claims. The 8-megapixel E850 has a 28mm wide-angle lens and 5X zoom for better portraits and long-distance shots than normally found in point-and-shoot units; the E1030 and E1040 share a 10-megapixel sensor but are aimed at different price levels, with the E1030 depending on 3X optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD while the E1040 improves with 4X zoom and a 3-inch screen. The flagship E1240 touts a 12-megapixel sensor and 4X zoom. Prices are unavailable.
GE concluded its announcements with the entry-level A-series. Both the 7-megapixel A730 and 8-megapixel A830 share 3X zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD. No prices have been announced for these specific models; however, the company revealed that its prices will begin at $149, suggesting a similar price for the beginner A730.
E1240 (others are similar)
A830 (A730 is similar)