Samsung Digimax U-CA 5 Review

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Samsung Digimax U-CA 5

Posted 6/15/2005

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The Samsung Digimax U-CA 5 is an affordable, palm-sized five-megapixel digital camera that features a 3x optical zoom lens. It's available in three colors: silver, red or blue. The camera is powered by the included Li-ion rechargeable battery pack which can be charged via the AC adapter or with an optional cradle. The compact U-CA 5 is easy to carry around, weighing a little over five ounces with battery and memory card.

The U-CA 5'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 1.8-inch color LCD automatically adjusts to ambient light or can be manually adjusted.

In addition to high resolution still images, the Digimax U-CA 5 also records high quality MPEG-4 format motion video with audio at 640x480 resolution @ 30fps, the length is limited only by the amount of available memory. Movie clips are further enhanced by a movie stabilizer funcion that corrects for lateral and vertical movement caused by hand shake. 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 be done in-camera or with the bundled software.

Images, movies and audio recordings are stored on SD memory cards, the camera comes with a 32MB card. Transfer images, movies and sound clips to your PC quickly via USB 2.0 high- speed connectivity. Printing your photos couldn't be easier thanks to PictBridge direct printing, no computer is needed. Just plug the camera into any compatible printer using the standard USB download cable, select the photos on the color LCD and print!

Digimax U-CA 5 Features:

  • 5-Megapixel resolution for images up to 2592 x 1944 pixels
  • 3x multi-coated zoom lens (38-114mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Record 640x480 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
  • Super Macro focus as close as 5cm from the lens
  • Adjustable ISO speed, white balance and sharpening
  • Color effects: B&W, RGB, Sunset, Sepia
  • 1.8-inch color TFT LCD monitor
  • SD card storage, 32MB card included
  • USB Mass Storage compliant device
  • PictBridge direct-USB printing compatible
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and AC charger
  • Camera can also be charged with optional cradle

The Digimax U-CA 5 package includes a luxury carrying pouch, 32MB SD card, driver and application software CD-ROM, rechargeable battery and charger, 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 5

Samsung Digimax U-CA 5

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The Digimax U-CA5 compared to a standard CD.

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The Digimax U-CA5 and the Digimax V700.

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Digimax U-CA 5 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/2.5" CCD, 5.13 Megapixels effective
Recorded Pixels 2592 x 1944
2272 x 1704
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Movie 640 x 480, 320 x 240 and 160 x 120
Lens 3X zoom, f = 5.8 ~ 17.4mm
(35mm film equivalent: 35 ~ 105mm)
Aperture: F2.8 ~ F4.8
Digital Zoom 1.0X ~ 5.0X
Focus TTL auto focus
Focus Range Normal: 80cm ~ infinity
Macro: 5 ~ 80cm (Wide), 50 ~ 80cm (Tele) Auto Macro: 5cm ~ infinity (Wide), 50 ~ infinity (Tele)
ViewFinder LCD monitor
LCD Monitor 1.8-inch color TFT LCD (118,080 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 Secure Digital SD (32MB included, up to 1GB guaranteed)
Image Storage (32MB) 2592 : Super fine 11, Fine 21, Normal 33
2248 : Super fine 14, Fine 26, Normal 40
2048 : Super fine 17, Fine 33, Normal 50
1600 : Super fine 30, Fine 51, Normal 75
1024 : Super fine 60, Fine 106, Normal 129
640 : Super fine 121, Fine 165, Normal 202
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, Negative, Sepia
Date Imprinting Date & Time, Date, Off
Flash Auto / Auto & Red - eye reduction / Fill-in flash / Slow sync / Flash off / SF
Range: Wide 0.3 ~ 3.0m, Tele 0.5 ~ 2.0m
Recharge time approx. 5.5 secs.
Self Timer 2 or 10 sec.
Interfaces USB 2.0, 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: Rechargeable SLB-1137 Li-ion 3.7v 1130mAh pack
Optional: Digimax External Li-ion Battery Pack SBP-3603
Optional: SAC-32 AC adapter
Dimensions (WHD) 4.02 x 2.15 x 1.16 in.
102.2 x 54.7 x 29.6 mm
Weight 4.6 oz / 130.6g (without battery and card)
Package Luxurious Carrying Pouch, 32MB SD Card, rechargeable battery, Wrist Strap, USB Cable, AV Cable, User Manual, CD-ROM Camera driver, MGI PhotoSuite, Digimax Viewer, DigiStudio, QuickTime.
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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