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Press Release - November 8, 2004

Samsung Bridges Gap Between Quality And "Cool" With Launch Of U-CA 4 This Holiday Season

SECAUCUS, N.J., (November 8, 2004) With the holiday shopping season rapidly approaching, millions of American consumers are turning their attention to the task of getting their hands on the hottest, most cutting-edge gadgets and gizmos for everyone on their gift list this year. Finding the coolest high-tech gifts is difficult enough, but finding high-tech gifts for the kids that combine quality and cool has been nearly impossible -- until now. Samsung has bridged the gap between quality and cool with the launch of its new Digimax U-CA 4 digital still camera. With 4 mega pixel resolution, MPEG 4 video compression, a stylish, compact design, the choice of three body colors and a street price of just .99, the U-CA 4 is sure to be a hit with parents as well as tech-savvy kids this holiday season.

"The U-CA 4 is the ideal holiday gift for today's young, hip digital photo enthusiasts," said Ken Gerb, Senior Vice President, Sales for Samsung Camera. "This camera is stylish, easy to use and packed with a host of cool new features that bring digital creativity and personalization to a whole new level. Like all of the Digimax cameras, the U-CA 4 is aggressively priced, and packed with all of the latest features and capabilities."

At the heart of the U-CA 4 is a 4.1 mega pixel sensor, designed to take quality images in its fully automatic mode, while still providing the photographer with a host of manual controls for more creative photographic applications. Speaking of creativity, the U-CA 4 offers users a host of creative options that can't be found anywhere else in the world. For example, only the U-CA 4 comes equipped with special software applications that allow users to create customized, animated avatar characters that can be displayed and shared on the camera, cell phones as well as the Internet.

Not only can these animated figures be stored on the camera and used as personalized "welcome" screens, but users can incorporate facial features from their actual photos to create animated avatar versions of their family and friends. Once an avatar has been generated, users are presented with a myriad of hairstyles, outfits, background scenes and even dance moves to incorporate into the character's repertoire.

Another of the U-CA 4's innovative creative features is its Creative RGB Color Effect mode. This unique feature allows users to adjust and customize the levels of red, green and blue in all of the images stored on the camera. In essence, the RGB function allows users to create multiple versions of a single image, all with different levels of depth, tonality and richness.

The U-CA 4 is more than just fun -- it's functional, versatile and easy-to-use as well. Its MPEG-4 video compression, for example, offers superior quality images (320 x 240 resolution at 15fps) and three to four times the recording capacity of MJPEG. In fact, video recording time is limited only by the capacity of the external memory card in use at the time.

With its combination mechanical and electrical shutter, the camera has a top shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second, and can capture long exposures up to two seconds. A night mode extends the picture taking duration up to 16 seconds. A sharp, precise, 5.8mm - 17.4mm f/2.8-4.8 lens (equivalent to 35mm-105mm in 35mm film format) gives the photo enthusiast a high quality picture in any situation. A built in 3x digital zoom further extends the lens' capabilities. The U-CA 4 also includes a macro mode that focuses as close as 5cm, something few cameras in the class can boast.

The U-CA 4's ease of use continues with the colorful GUI (Graphical User Interface) that walks the photographer through all of the cameras many features and functions. The 1.5-inch TFT LCD screen acts as the nerve center of the U-CA 4 providing easy access to the camera's powerful features. And powerful features abound, with the U-CA 4 able to meet the needs of the most critical of photographers.

Thanks to preset shooting modes and custom effects, it's possible to adjust the camera to meet any photographic challenge. Three sharpness modes, five effect modes (including B&W, sepia and sunset), six white balance settings, and a variety of shooting modes further extend the capabilities of the camera.

The U-CA 4 not only captures perfect still images, but also records MPEG-4 video at up to 20 frames-per-second with audio. Movies (as well as photographs) can be played back on the built-in LCD screen, providing an on-location way to check one's directorial skills. The high-quality screen is also perfect for displaying a slide show of one's photographs from the 32 MB Memory Stick Duo card.

The compact storage media is the perfect choice for the U-CA 4, enabling the camera to assume such svelte proportions. Images can be transferred from the camera with either a Memory Stick card reader (sold separately) or via the built in USB 1.1 connection to both Macs and PCs. The U-CA 4 comes bundled with MGI PhotoSuite or Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Digimax Viewer.

With a retail price of , and a compact "take-anywhere" form factor, the Digimax U-CA 4 is designed to be the perfect companion for the young or novice photographer. With an easy to use GUI, a colorful GUI, ultra-close macro mode, 3D Avatar, and MPEG-4 video, it's also a fully featured camera designed to capture any photographic possibility.

Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc., Secaucus, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd., Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung Opto-Electronics markets a full line of auto focus cameras, zoom and digital cameras for the amateur as well as the professional under the Samsung band name. CCTV monitors and lenses, motorized zoom lenses, binoculars, observation and security systems, and video presenters are other products in the family of photographic and optical equipment.

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