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GE has entered the ultra-zoom digital camera market – albeit a few years later than most manufacturers. The SLR-shaped, 12x zoom GE X3 was announced in March, but won’t be available until November 2009.
The GE X3 has 12.2 megapixels packed into its image sensor. A 33-396mm, 12x optical zoom lens with an optical image stabilization system sits at the front and a 2.7-inch LCD screen sits in back. It comes with full manual control, including ISO settings up to 3200. There are plenty of automated features too: panoramic stitching, red-eye removal, smile and blink detection, and face detection.
At a time when many manufacturers are eliminating internal memory, GE packs 116MB into the X3. There is also an SD/SDHC memory card slot. Next to it, a compartment holds four AA batteries to power the camera.
The GE X3 comes in a 4 x 2.8 x 2.7-inch black body that weighs 13.4 ounces. Retailing at about $230, it will compete with the likes of the Kodak EasyShare Z1012 IS, which has 10 megapixels and a 12x zoom lens with an optical image stabilization system and sells for $249.