Samsung Digimax U-CA 3 Review

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Samsung Digimax U-CA3

Record Modes & Screens

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

AUTO record mode screen display. The red camera icon indicates Auto mode, battery level is full, the zoom is at full wide angle, the flash is on Auto, there's space on our memory card for another 126 pictures at 2048x1536 SuperFine quality, the big white brackets in the center is the auto focus area, lower left is icon for normal matrix metering.

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

When the shutter release is half-pressed the auto focus is activated, if successful, the center AF area marks turn green,

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

Record menu options:

    MODE - Auto, Manual, Night

    SIZE - 2048x1536, 2048x1360 (3:2 aspect ratio), 1600x1200, 1024x768 or 640x480

    QUALITY - Super Fine, Fine, Normal

    METERING - Multi or Spot

    EFFECT - Normal, B&W, Sunset, Sepia, RGB

    SHARP - Soft, Normal, Vivid

    SETUP - Enter Setup menu (see below)

    MYCAM - Enter MyCamera setup menu (see below)

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

The Manual record mode is the same as Auto mode but any settings made will be remembered when the power is turned off.

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

In Auto or Manual mode, press the "+/-" button to display this overlay menu to change the white balance, ISO speed or exposure compensation.

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

When shooting in Night mode, the user can select both an aperture setting (fully open or closed only) and a shutter speed from 1/8 to 16 seconds.

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

Macro focus mode range is from 30 to 80cm and Super Macro focus range is from 5 to 80cm (wide) / 50 to 80cm (tele).

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

Movie mode lets you record QuickTime movies limited in length only by the amount of remaining memory. Sound is recorded along with the moving image. The optical zoom can not be used during movie recording but can be preset beforehand. These movies are MPEG-4 encoded and much smaller in file size than previous QuickTime movies.

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

Movie mode options:

    SIZE - 320 x 240 or 160 x 120

    QUALITY - High 20fps or Low 15fps

    EFFECT - Normal, B&W, Sunset, Sepia, RGB

    SETUP - Enter Setup menu (see below)

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

The U-CA3 can also Record Audio like a voice recorder. Up to one hour of voice or sound audio only can be recorded and played back in the camera.

Samsung Digimax U-CA3

Setup options:

    FILE - File numbering options

    PWR OFF - Auto power off options

    LANGUAGE - Menu language (English, Korean, T. Chinese, S. Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Germany, Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Thai)

    FORMAT - Format the memory card

    DATE - Set time and date

    IMPRINT - Date and time stamping options

    LAMP - Auto focus assist lamp

    SOUND - Camera sounds volume level

    LCD - LCD back light intensity

    VIDEO - NTSC or PAL format

    Q.VIEW - Display image after capture

    USB - PC or PictBridge mode

    AVATAR - Change power-on avatar

    S.IMAGE - Select startup image

    S.SOUND - Select startup sound

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