updated 03:50 pm EST, Sun February 21, 2010
GE's G5WP, more appear at show
GE's General Imaging had its turn at PMA introductions on Sunday with eight separate models that are a mix of new and upgraded models. The G5WP leads the mix and is GE's second waterproof camera; it snaps photos at the same 12 megapixels and 4X zoom as its predecessor but is theoretically a revamp of the earlier G3WP. It ships later this spring for $180.
The company is also branching out further into ultrazooms with the X5; it will have a 15X (28-420mm) equivalent lens, optical image stabilization and a maximum ISO 3,200 sensitivity. No photos are available of the camera, but it should be ready sometime in spring for $150.
GE is also venturing into special-run cameras with a special Create by Jason Wu model; the 12-megapixel camera carries a two-tone metal body and special accessories like a leather case and hand strap. A launch model has typical point-and-shoot performance with a 3X lens, but it will have 4GB or 8GB of memory built-in to avert the need for memory cards. The camera will debut on the Home Shopping Network on March 16th but will be available elsewhere at prices of $150 for the 4GB model and $230 for 8GB.
Other cameras are more traditional and include the J1455, a 14-megapixel compact with a 5X lens and image stabilization for $130. The A1255 and A1455 have 12- and 14-megapixel sensors respectively with 5X lenses but no stabilization for $100 and $90. At the very base are the C1233 or C1033, which carry 12- and 10-megapixel sensors for $70 and $60.
Most of the A, C and J cameras will ship this spring, though the C1033 isn't due until the summer.
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