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General Imaging G1

Ralf Jurrien
PMA 2010 Report
Friday 9th, March 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

General Imaging launched the G1 at PMA 2007, the Photo Marketing Association’s annual international conference and the leading photo industry convention and trade show. The General imaging G1 represents the first time General Electric has bestowed its highly regarded and trusted brand on a consumer camera line. General Imaging, led by Chairman & CEO Hiroshi “Hugh” Komiya, is the exclusive worldwide licensee for the GE cameras. The GE G1 offers popular advanced features as standard at every price point, including face tracking, image stabilization, red-eye removal, high ISO sensitivity, and panoramic stitching. The GE G1 sets a new benchmark for point-and-shoot digital cameras with a strong product identity.

General Imaging G1

GE G1 camera - Optical zoom
Just 35/8 inches wide and 2˝ inches tall, the GE G1 proves once again that great things can come in small packages. Engineered into its compact footprint is a whole host of features. A seven-megapixel resolution ensures crisp, clear pictures. A 3X optical zoom and a 4.8X digital zoom capture superior close-ups. And a vibrant 2.5-inch LCD screen makes it easy to set up your snapshots and review them afterwards. A simple, intuitive interface makes it easy to select between features like in-camera panoramic stitching, red-eye removal and MPEG-4 movie recording.

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General Imaging G1 digital camera - SDHC memory card slot
Electronic image stabilization and face-tracking are built right in. And a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery is included, as well as an SD/SDHC memory card slot, expandable up to an amazing 4 gigabytes. The G1 may be small, but when you compare it to similar point-and-shoot cameras, its features are gigantic. That’s why the G1 is one of the first cameras worthy of the GE name.

General Imaging G1

General Imaging G1 - Specifications
• Series: G series
• Model: G1
• Mega Pixel: 7MP
• Optical Zoom: 3X
• LCD Size: 2.5”
• Image Stabilizer: Electrical
• Face Tracking: Yes
• True ISO: 1600
• Panorama Stitching: Yes
• Red-Eye Removal: Yes

General Imaging G1

About General Imaging
Hiroshi “Hugh” Komiya had already been at the pinnacle of business. He spent nearly three decades with Bridgestone Firestone, the global tire company. Then it was on to the camera business, where he worked for Olympus Corporation for more than a decade, culminating in his tenure as President of Olympus Imaging Corporation. Not a bad record, to be sure. He retired on June 29, 2005, at the age of 63, and like retirees the world over, he soon had a lot more time to perfect his golf swing. And that was nice for a while. But the kind of drive that gives Komiya his greatest thrill doesn’t come from a tee shot. It comes from a business challenge met and conquered. It’s the drive behind the entrepreneurial spirit, the drive of ingenuity, the drive of one who has seen the inside of a big corporation, learned from it, and dreamed of a better way.

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