Booth Report: General Imaging Co.

Las Vegas Convention Center

Last year, General Imaging Co. made its debut as a provider of GE-branded digital imaging products, launching with no less than eight digital cameras and one printer. The models were fairly stylish and on paper the feature-set seemed promising, but early indications were that not enough attention had been paid to image quality. A year later, and GE has launched nine new cameras (of which eight were on display at the company's PMA booth) with all the latest buzzword features including smile / blink detection, plus LCD displays that automatically sense and adjust for ambient lighting conditions. At the top end, there's even compatibility with an optional GPS accessory, as well as HD movie recording and HDTV connectivity. Let's just hope that the image quality has seen improvements this time around...

As compared to last year's top-of-the-line E-series model (the E1040), this year's E1050 has just fractionally more resolution from its 10.5 effective megapixel imager, a more powerful 5x zoom lens (with all of the added range at wide angle), a 1280 x 720 pixel movie mode, HDTV connectivity, a slight reduction in size and weight, support for an optional GPS device, and an improvement in burst-shooting speed to 1.8 frames-per-second.
Michael R. Tomkins