GE, through its digital camera division (General Imaging) has created a variety of point and shoot and fixed lens cameras aimed at beginners. GE cameras are budget-priced models that provide nice features at a good value. Here are the best new GE cameras, released in the past 18 months.
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2. GE C1440W
As digital cameras evolve, the "low end" of the market is constantly shifting. The specifications of a powerful point and shoot camera from five years ago would not even reach the low end of the market today.
So what does that mean? If you aren't looking to create large prints or professional-level photographs, you may be able to save quite a bit of money and purchase a new beginner-level camera with low-end specifications and still end up with a really nice model.
GE has placed one of its latest Smart Series cameras squarely in that category, as the GE C1440W has a sub-$75 price point. This camera has 14.1 megapixels of resolution, 720p HD movie mode, a 4X optical zoom lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. Those specifications are below average compared to other new 2012 cameras, but the features are much better than nearly all point and shoot models from a few years ago.
The C1440W, which runs from two AA batteries, is available in black, red, or silver camera bodies.
3. GE E1410SW
As part of its "power" series, GE has recently released the E1410SW digital camera, which gives beginning photographers access to some high-powered features, including a 10X optical zoom lens, at a reasonable price point. It also offers a 3.0-inch LCD screen, 14.4 megapixels of resolution, and full 1080p HD video.
The E1410SW is available in red, champagne gold, black, or brown camera bodies that measure less than 1 inch in thickness.
4. GE E1480W
Few sub-$200 cameras can offer an optical zoom lens as large as the E1480W from General Imaging, which is the digital camera division of GE. The E1480W lens has a 35 mm equivalent of 28mm to 224 mm, giving it a good mix of wide angle and telephoto capabilities.
In addition, the E1480W offers a few other high-end features, including 14.1 megapixels of resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD, and a camera body measuring 1.06 inches in thickness.
Look for the E1480W to be available in three body colors: Black, red, and silver.
5. GE E1486TW
Large optical zoom lenses in thin camera bodies are becoming more prevalent in beginner-level cameras, and General Imaging, the digital camera division of GE, is following that trend with its E1486TW camera.
The E1486TW offers an 8X optical zoom lens with limited wide angle capabilities, while the camera body measures slightly less than 1 inch in thickness. The award-winning E1486TW includes a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, which makes the camera easy to use. In addition, the E1486TW can shoot at 14 megapixels of resolution and can record HD video.
That's an impressive feature list for a sub-$200 camera. The E1486TW should be available in black, red, and silver.
6. GE E1680W
GE is matching a mid-level optical zoom lens with a thin camera in its E1680W digital camera. The E1680W carries some nice features, including an 8X optical zoom lens, a 3.0-inch LCD (shown in this photo), 16 megapixels of resolution, and the ability to shoot 720p HD video. It measures 0.7 inches in thickness at its thinnest point.
GE is offering three different body colors with the E1680W: Black, silver, or red.
7. GE X5
One of GE's latest cameras -- the GE X5 -- moves away from GE's formula of manufacturing slim point and shoot cameras, at least in terms of camera body size. The X5 fits into the ultra zoom category with a slightly larger camera body and a 15X optical zoom lens.
8. GE X550
The recently released GE X550 provides the look of an advanced camera -- complete with large zoom lens -- coupled with the point-and-shoot simplicity of most GE cameras.
The X550 offers 16 megapixels of resolution, a 15X optical zoom lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. It runs from four AA batteries, which can be handy when traveling.
9. GE X2600
Considering the sub-$200 price point for the GE X2600 ultra zoom camera, there are a lot of nice things to offer in this model. The image quality is above average versus other similarly priced cameras, and the 26X zoom lens is one of the largest you'll find in this price range.
The X2600 doesn't have any advanced features, such as a high-resolution LCD or built-in Wi-Fi, which would be a really nice option to find at under $200. Even with that in mind, the X2600 is an above average camera, both in terms of image sharpness, flash photo quality, and in its large zoom lens. There certainly are better long zoom cameras in the market, but if you have a strict budget to stick to, the X2600 would be a decent option for a beginning photographer looking for a first ultra zoom camera.