GE E1486TW Review

By Matt Metzker

Quick Take
Pros
Well built feel; Large 3.0-inch touchscreen; Captures nice photos outdoors; Quick burst shooting modes;
Cool Pan-Capture panoramic mode
Cons
Good amount of noise in photos at all ISO settings; Slower than average shot-to-shot and AF times; Dismal battery life; Touch system not up to par with competition; Date Imprint is set to On by default; No scroll function when using the zoom function in playback mode
Bottom Line
The GE E1486TW boasts some appealing features for its affordable price tag. It shoots nice pictures, but is lacking in some areas, which explains the reduced price when compared to its competition. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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The GE E1486TW is a 14-megapixel camera with an 8x optical wide zoom lens. GE has created a control-free back on the E1486TW by placing most of the controls on a 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD. The camera has a tough aluminium body, compact design and HDMI connectivity. Its packed with features as well. One that stands out and we look forward to testing is the Pan-Capture Panorama, a new way to make panoramic photos. It also has face detection, blink detection, smile detection and auto scene detection. The E1486TW is available in three colors: black, red and silver and has an MSRP of $199.99.

GE E1486TW Features:
  • 14-Megapixel CCD imager
  • lens consists of 8 elements in 12 groups with a  35mm film equivalent of  28 - 224mm
  • 8x optical zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.0-inch LCD Color Touch Screen
  • Movie Mode; HD @ 1280x720, 640x480 or 320x240 with audio
  • 12 scene modes
  • 160 shots on a fully charged battery
  • ISO speeds: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Uses removable SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Powered by Lithium Ion battery
Whats in the box:
  • E1486TW camera
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • CD ROM Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Arcsoft Photo Impression 6


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