General Imaging

Best Christmas Gifts: Digital Cameras

Date: 2009-12-01

Nana’s Corner  
By Barbara Johnson

When I shop for Christmas gifts, I look for gifts that are fun, lasting, and can be enjoyed throughout the year. Digital cameras fit the bill. I own two. My Fuji A850 with 8.1 megapixel digital camera was given to me two years ago as a Christmas gift; my new one, a GE A950 with 9.1 megapixel, was given to us in October for our 37th wedding anniversary. Now that we own two digital cameras, Poppy is also taking digital photos. He especially enjoys taking photos of our grandchildren. I love taking pictures of just about everything, but my favorites use natural light and shadows. It just adds something extra to the digital photos.

My favorite of the two cameras is the newer one, the GE digital camera. What I love about it is its ease of use, the smile setting (won’t take picture until subject smiles), and also the anti-blink setting (won’t take the photo if subject blinks). Two other features that I get excited over are the continuous shots (love taking grandchildren’s photo on this setting) and the panoramic settings great for the beach, parks, parades, landscapes or large family pictures.  For the price (currently $64.99, Amazon.com), it is the best digital camera.

Here is a more detailed description of the GE digital camera:

Broaden your view with the all new GE A950.

  • spacious 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD screen with auto adjust brightness, photo playback is a delightful experience.
  • generous 9-megapixel resolution, 5x optical zoom and 5.7x digital zoom.
  • pan capture panorama produced by panning the camera across to create a seamless panoramic picture, auto scene detection,
  • blink detection, smile detection, face detection, in-camera red-eye removal, electronic image stabilization and Quick Time Motion JPEG movie recording.
  • impressive 24MB internal memory is expandable with an SD/SDHC card up to an additional 8 gigabytes.
  • Additional specs include Focal length of 6.3mm (wide) to 31.5mm (Tele) which is the 35mm film equivalent of 35mm (wide) to 175mm (Tele), F number of F3.0 (Wide) to F4.7 (Tele), Normal focusing range of 60 cm (Wide) to 80 cm (Tele), Macro of 5cm-80cm, Shooting modes of Auto, Manual, ASCN, Image Stabilization, Movie, Scene (Sport,

  • Children, Indoor, Leaf, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Glass, Museum, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Portrait), and Panorama, Auto ISO sensitivity of 1600.

  • Pictbridge compatability, ExitPrint support, multi-language support, USB 2.0 and AV out (proprietary connector) jacks.

  • This products ships with AA batteries, USB cable, AV cable, Wrist Strap, CD-ROM, Arcsoft Photo Impression 6 editing software, Manual, Quick Start Guide, and Warranty Card.