updated 07:40 am EST, Mon March 2, 2009
GE 2009 Compact Cameras
GE this morning upgraded its still-young camera line with new models in each category that particularly improve zoom factors in addition to the usual megapixel counts. The X3 revamps GE's ultrazoom model with a 12X lens, a 12-megapixel sensor and a 2.7-inch preview LCD along with optical image stabilization. The E1276 in turn brings relatively long-range performance to compact cameras with 7X stabilized zoom, the same sensor depth as the X3 and a larger 3-inch display.
Adding to the E series, the E1255W and E1250TW both claim 12 megapixel sensors and 5X zoom, 28mm wide-angle lenses that go without stabilization; the E1250TW differs in adding a touchscreen display as well as direct HD video output for TVs.
The A series continues to be GE's most stratified line and is headed up by the A1250, a 12-megapixel, 5X zoom model with a 2.5-inch LCD. The A1150, A1050 (pictured) and A950 offer the same features with 11-, 10- and 9-megapixel image resolutions respectively.
One G series camera, the G3WP, is one of GE's first real waterproof cameras and can work at depths up to 9.8 feet. It scales back to 4X zoom and produces a 10-megapixel image with a 3-inch display for previews.
The company plans to stagger its releases throughout much of the year and will start with an April release for the A950, A1150, A1250 and E1255W. GE afterwards introduces a new camera per month with the E1250TW arriving in May, the A1050 in June, the G3WP in July and the E1276 in August. The X3 arrives much later, shipping in November. Pricing for the cameras in the US isn't yet available.