Samsung Digimax U-CA 3 Review

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Samsung Digimax U-CA 3


Posted 5/07/2004


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The Samsung Digimax U-CA 3 is an affordable, palm-sized (4.0 x 2.1 x 1.2 inch) three-megapixel digital camera that features a 3x optical zoom lens. It's available in three colors: Techno silver, Galaxy white or Space black. The camera can be powered by the new Duracell CP1 Prismatic lithium (one-use) or a dedicated Li-ion rechargeable battery pack. Frame your pictures on the high resolution 1.5-inch color LCD monitor or use the optical real image viewfinder. The compact U-CA 3 is easy to carry around, weighing a little over five ounces with battery and memory card.

The U-CA 3's Auto mode lets anyone use it like a simple point-n-shoot to capture beautiful digital photographs. More advanced users can adjust the ISO sensitivity, the white balance, image sharpness, image size, image quality, exposure compensation, exposure metering mode and color effect. It also features a Night Mode with selectable shutter speeds and apertures. The auto focus system is fast and accurate and in low light conditions it is enhanced by a focus-assist illuminator. The Super Macro mode allows you to focus on objects as close as 5cm from the lens. The 1.5-inch color LCD automatically adjusts to ambient light or can be manually adjusted.

The U-CA 3 also records MPEG-4 motion video with audio in 320 x 240 pixels with a 20fps or 15fps frame rate, the length is limited only by available memory. You can record and attach 10-second voice memos to still images or use the camera as a digital voice recorder with a maximum recording time of one hour. Pictures can be resized or trimmed (cropped) in-camera without need of a PC. Post-capture editing can also be accomplished with the bundled software that includes the Digimax Viewer and MGI's PhotoSuite.



Samsung Digimax U-CA 3


The U-CA 3 is equipped with the world's first 3D avatar loading screen function. Using the software supplied (DigiStudio), users can create 3D avatars from pictures taken with the camera, and set a 3D avatar to feature on the loading screen, which will be displayed every time the camera is turned on. In addition, users can synthesize MP3 type music with dance movements to create more lively 3D avatars. This feature is likely to appeal to today's younger consumers, which are the primary market for this product.

Images, movies and audio recordings are stored on Sony Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO flash cards. The camera comes with a 32MB Memory Stick Duo card and adapter. Downloading camera files to your computer is accomplished via a USB 1.1 port that is Mass Storage compliant for driverless operation with most modern operating systems. You can make direct-prints on any PictBridge compatible printer using the normal USB cable.


Digimax U-CA 3 Features:

  • 3.2-Megapixel resolution for images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • 3x multi-coated zoom lens (38-114mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Record 320x240 MPEG-4 movies w/audio to the capacity of the media
  • Records up to one hour of audio only
  • Attach 10-sec. audio memos to still images
  • Auto, Manual, Night Mode, Movie and Voice recording modes
  • Optical viewfinder and 1.5-inch color LCD screen
  • Super Macro focus as close as 5cm from the lens
  • Adjustable ISO speed, white balance and sharpening
  • Color effects: B&W, RGB, Sunset, Sepia
  • Powered by CP1 lithium or optional Li-ion rechargeable
  • Memory Stick duo card storage, 32MB card included
  • USB Mass Storage compliant device
  • PictBridge direct-USB printing compatible


The Digimax U-CA 3 sells for $230 or less and the package includes a luxury carrying pouch, 32MB Memory Stick Duo card, driver and application software CD-ROM, Duracell CP1 battery, wrist strap, USB cable, Audio-Video cable, user manual and warranty card. (Bundle may vary depending on sales location.)




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Samsung Digimax U-CA 3

Samsung Digimax U-CA 3

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Samsung Digimax U-CA 3

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Samsung Digimax U-CA 3

The Digimax U-CA 3 compared to the Minolta DiMAGE Xg.




Samsung Digimax U-CA 3

The Digimax U-CA 3 compared in size to a standard CD.





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Digimax U-CA 3 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/2.7" CCD, 3.2 Megapixels effective
Recorded Pixels 2048 x 1536
2048 x 1360 (3:2 aspect ratio)
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Movie 320 x 240 and 160 x 120
Lens 3X zoom, f = 5.8 ~ 17.4mm
(35mm film equivalent: 38 ~ 114mm)
Aperture: F2.8 ~ F4.8
Digital Zoom 1.0X ~ 3.0X
Focus TTL auto focus
Focus Range Normal: 80cm ~ infinity
Macro: 30 ~ 80cm
Super Macro: 5 ~ 80cm (Wide), 50 ~ 80cm (Tele)
ViewFinder Real image optical viewfinder
LCD Monitor 1.5-inch color TFT LCD (117,600 pixels)
Exposure Control Program AE
Audio Recording Voice: Maximum 1 hour
Voice memo on still image, 10 sec. max.
Exposure Metering Multi or Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.5EV steps
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Custom
Shutter Mechanical and Electronic shutter
2 ~ 1/2000 sec. (16 seconds ~ 1/2000 Night Mode)
Image Format Still Image: JPEG(DCF), Exif 2.2 DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Movie Clip: MOV(MPEG-4)
Voice: WAV
Storage Media Memory Stick Duo (32MB included, up to 256MB guaranteed) and Memory Stick Duo PRO
Image Storage (32MB) 2048: Super Fine 17, Fine 33, Normal 50
2048(3:2): Super Fine 19, Fine 38, Normal 56
1600: Super Fine 27, Fine 54, Normal 82
1024: Super Fine 66, Fine 132, Normal 198
640: Super Fine 169, Fine 336, Normal 501
Shooting Modes Auto, Manual, Night Mode
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self-timer (10 sec, 2 sec),
ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400
Sharpness Soft, Normal, Vivid
Color Effect Normal, B&W, RGB, Sunset, Sepia
Date Imprinting Date & Time, Date, Off
Flash Auto / Auto & Red - eye reduction / Fill-in flash / Slow sync / Flash off
Range: Wide 0.2 ~ 3.0m, Tele 0.5 ~ 2.0m
Recharge time approx. 6 secs.
Self Timer 2 or 10 sec.
Interfaces USB 1.1, Audio-Video (NTSC or PAL), DC INput 3.3V
PlayBack Single image, Thumbnails, Magnified 1.0X ~ 5.0X (depends on image size), Slide show, Movie Clip
Languages English, Korean, T. Chinese, S. Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Germany, Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Thai
OS Compatibility USB Storage Driver (Windows98 / 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP)
Mac OS 9.x or later
Power Source Included: Duracell CP1 lithium battery
Optional: Rechargeable SLB-1037 Li-ion 3.7v 1000mAh pack
Optional: Digimax External Li-ion Battery Pack SBP-3603
Optional: SAC-32 AC adapter
Dimensions (WHD) 4.01 x 2.12 x 1.24 in.
102 x 53.8 x 31.6 mm
Weight 4.2 oz / 119g (without battery and card)
Package Luxurious Carrying Pouch, 32MB Memory Stick Duo Card, CP1 battery, Wrist Strap, USB Cable, AV Cable, User Manual, CD-ROM Camera driver, MGI PhotoSuite, Digimax Viewer 2.1, DigiStudio, QuickTime 6.3.
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.




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