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4.0 out of 5 stars GE Invents A Unique Digital Camera, 8 Aug. 2009
This review is from: GE Power E1235 - digital cameras (auto, daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten, Backlight, beach, Candlelight, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Night landscape, Night portra, slide show, 7.5 - 22.5 mm, auto, fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization, 640 x 480 pixels) (Electronics)
I would highly recommend you read all the specifications on this product and some reviews so you get a good idea of what kind of a camera this is. There are some very good features and others that are either equal or less than in most digital cameras. Two years ago I had a Nikon Coolpix L19 8MP Digital Camera with 3.6 Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Silver) and most recently I had a Canon PowerShot SD1100IS 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver) that I really liked, so I have two to compare.

Being one who takes lots of pictures but not a 35mm camera buff, I was very surprised that this GE E1235 digital camera was one-half the price of my Canon Powershot. It has some very good features, the first being the 12.2 mega pixel range for finer quality (my Canon had 8 mega pixels). You can set the quality from Normal to Fine to Best Quality (Best will give you about 873 pictures on a 4GB memory card). There is 24MB of internal memory, but at Normal, this will only take about 16 shots. Get a high MB Memory card. The quality actually varied. I found outside conditions to be great all the time, while indoors was not always perfect in quality.

The 28mm lens gives you a larger picture than most digital cameras and has some truly amazing features. There is a "blink detection" that warns you when one of your subjects blinks. That is cool. There is a "smile detector" that actually goes off when people expose their teeth. This is cool as well. The "face detection" will focus on the face and the built-in "red-eye removal" allows you to manage that on the camera without software. The "Auto Scene Detection" adjusts for exposure types so your pictures are well balanced for color and exposure. The 3" LCD on the back is ½" bigger than my Canon Powershot and will adjust its brightness so you always can see your subject. However, the 3" LCD size makes the five `wheel and button' functions on the side smaller, but this didn't bother me. People who cannot read small text might not like this, however. The camera kit also comes with an easy manual, GE software, and a rechargeable lithium battery.

The lithium battery is proprietary, so I had to buy a second backup one for $24.00 only available at GE. There is a battery recharger that plugs into the wall socket, but both the USB cable and the cable for connecting to your television set are proprietary. There is no optical viewfinder, but seriously, I think this is unnecessary with a 3" LCD screen. I think this is what happens with all digital cameras, as I cannot interchange any cable or batteries with my Canon or Nikon. The Quick Time Movie is always nice, but it is limited to 640 X 480 pixels, so the screen quality suffers. Even with a 4MB memory card, it is limiting.

There are some things I am not an expert on, such as 4.5X digital zoom and the 5X optical zoom which claim to be better than other cameras. Although there is an `anti-shake' Electronic Image Stabilizer which works great with regular shots, I found long distance shots with the maximum combination zoom (28.5) was not always perfect. But the Pan-Capture Panorama is very, very cool. In three shots, you can get a panoramic shot simply by taking your first picture, whereas the left screen shows a square with a plus sign and the right screen shows a circle with a plus sign. Just move your camera to the right until the plus signs line up and the camera `automatically' takes the second picture and so on. There is no need for any software stitching on the computer. I thought this was one of the better features.

Comparing the extra features and low cost of the GE E1235W digital camera to the Canon Powershot, I have to say it's a toss-up. If the price were the same, I'd go for the Canon, but GE really has made an inexpensive and good quality camera for basic camera use and I like it the more I use it.
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2009 21:44:49 BDT
Great review - thanks for taking the time. I'm getting one now!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2009 16:12:16 BDT
You're welcome!
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