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This is not a joke. GE, manufacturer of dishwashers, light bulbs, and toasters, has created one camera body, and in succession, has inserted five combinations of resolution and lens power. The prototypical body measures 3.6 x 2.4 x 1 inches and has a 2.5-inch LCD screen on its back.
GE announced its five A-series digital cameras on March 4, along with five other models. The A-series cameras – A950, A1035, A1050, A1235, and A1250 – are nearly identical quintuplets. All of the cameras come in four colors – black, silver, red, and pink – and run on AA batteries.
They each have 24MB of internal memory along with SD/SDHC compatibility. A host of scene modes, in-camera panoramic stitching, face detection, smile detection, and blink detection are all included with each.
Here is how they differ. The GE A950 has 9.1 megapixels and a 5x optical zoom lens. The GE A1035 has 10.1 megapixels and a 3x lens. This camera seems to be an advance on the A1030, which appears to be the same in every way other than its slightly different body measurements of 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches.
The GE A1050 has 10.1 megapixels and a 5x optical zoom lens. The A1235 has 12.1 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens; it succeeds the A1230, which has all of the same specs except for its body dimensions, which mirror those of the A1030. Notice a trend? Rounding out the litter, the GE A1250 has 12.1 megapixels and a 5x lens.
No word on pricing yet. Perhaps they will all carry the same tag?