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GE expos new Power PRO series for the bridge camera market

GE is releasing a line of three, inexpensive, bridge cameras this year called the Power PRO Series.

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GE is releasing a line of three, inexpensive, bridge cameras this year called the Power PRO Series. All three models, the X600, the X550, and the G100, emphasize a hefty amount of zoom and features, intended for enthusiasts looking to move from a traditional point-and-shoot to a more powerful camera with more user control. These bridge models are priced for value, selling at an MSRP that is cheaper than any line of bridge cameras on the market.

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The top of this line, the X600 purports a decent list of features, offering a 25x optical zoom with a 26mm wide angle lens and 14.4 CMOS megapixels. This camera can take HD video at 1080p for the film hobbyists. Some interesting features you may see on the X600 include continuous high-speed shooting, taking 10 full-res exposures per second, High Dynamic Range where three consecutive exposures are averaged into one optimized photo, and a Multi-Exposure mode for artistic rendition of action shots. The X600 will be available in black or white in spring 2012 for a remarkably cheap $199.99, besting all other bridge cameras, at least in price.

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The less expensive X550 is a bit smaller, with a similar amount of power, offering 16 megapixels photos, with a 15x optical zoom and a 27mm wide angle lens. In addition, this camera will have an electronic view finder, optical image stabilization, and object tracking capabilities. The X550 will also be available in the spring for $149.99, in both black and white variations.

The G100 is an alternative model in the Power PRO series, intended for point-and-shoot consumers taking their first foray into the bridge market. A 15x optical zoom with 14 megapixels employing CMOS technology allows for high-speed photos, approximately 10 per second, and full-res 1080p video capture. There is a direct to HDMI video connection for displaying videos on a television. With no view finder, pictures will be taken using the 3-inch, high-def LCD display on the back, with over 30 shooting modes. You can pick up the G100 in the first quarter of 2012 for $179.99 in black, white, or red.