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UMAX's AstraPix 670 digital camera. Courtesy of UMAX, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. UMAX to announce two 3mpix digicams
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(Friday, September 12, 2003 - 17:36 EDT)

UMAX Technologies Inc. will officially announce two new digital camera models on Monday, both featuring similar specifications with the exception of lenses and body styling.

The UMAX AstraPix 630 and AstraPix 670 both have 3.3 megapixel CCD imagers yielding resolutions of 2048 x 1536 pixels, as well as 16MB of built-in flash memory, SD Card slot, USB 1.1 connectivity and NTSC / PAL video output. The AstraPix 630, which has an MSRP of $179, features a fixed focal-length lens equivalent to 39mm on a 35mm camera. The AstraPix 670, at an MSRP of $229, replaces this with a 37 - 108mm equivalent lens. Both cameras are available immediately...

UMAX AstraPix 630
UMAX's AstraPix 630 digital camera. Courtesy of UMAX, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sensor 3.3 Megapixel, CCD, Autofocus
Resolution 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Focal Length F3.3, 6.21 mm (39mm related to 35mm film)
Working Area 0.2m ~ infinity
Digital Zoom Preview 3x, Playback 4x
Flash
Auto / on / off / red eye
Effect. dist.: 0.2 ~ 3m
Interface USB 1.1
Internal Memory 16MB Flash memory
External Memory SD card option
Max. Pictures with 16MB
~ 31 pics at 2048 x 1536
~ 49 pics at 1600 x 1200
~ 125 pics at 1024 x 768
~ 251 pics at 640 x 480
LCD Display 1.5" TFT LCD
Microphone Built-in
TV Output NTSC / PAL
Exposure
Auto (1/3 ~ 1/1000 sec.)
-2EV to +2EV in 1/3 steps
Weight 175g
Dimensions 97 x 65 x 37 mm
Power Supply
2 x AA Batteries
3.3V Power adapter (optional)
Warranty 90 days
More Photos
UMAX's AstraPix 630 digital camera. Courtesy of UMAX, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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UMAX AstraPix 670
UMAX's AstraPix 670 digital camera. Courtesy of UMAX, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Optical Zoom 3x
Sensor 3.3 Megapixel, CCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Focal Length
F2.66, 5.69mm ~ F4.9, 16.29mm
37mm ~ 108mm related to 35mm film
Working Area 0.2m ~ infinity
Digital Zoom Preview 3x, Playback 4x
Flash
Auto / on / off / red eye
Effect. dist.: 0.2 ~ 2m
Interface USB 1.1
Internal Memory 16MB Flash memory
External Memory SD card option
Max. Pictures with 16MB
~ 42 pics at 2048 x 1536
~ 70 pics at 1600 x 1200
~ 100 pics at 1024 x 768
LCD Display 1.5" TFT LCD
TV Output NTSC / PAL
Exposure
Auto (1/3 ~ 1/1000 sec.)
-2EV to +2EV in 1/3 steps
Weight 175g
Dimensions 107.5 x 63 x 36 mm
Power Supply
2 x AA Batteries
3.3V Power adapter (optional)
Warranty 90 days
More Photos
UMAX's AstraPix 670 digital camera. Courtesy of UMAX, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

UMAX Ships Stylish New AstraPix 670 and AstraPix 630 3.3 Megapixel Digital Still and Video Cameras

Aimed at photography enthusiasts and blooming photographers, the AstraPix 670 and 630 feature a CCD, LCD, and auto focus for $229 and $179

DALLAS, TX., Sept. 15, 2003 -- UMAX Technologies, Inc. today announced the elegantly designed AstraPix 670 and the sleek AstraPix 630 for experienced and beginning digital photographers. The AstraPix 670 and 630 offer features usually found in more expensive cameras, including the ability to capture both still images and video with audio, a 3.3 megapixel CCD for crisper, more vibrant pictures, and a built-in microphone and speaker for audio narration and playback. The AstraPix 670 also features a 3x optical zoom for accurate, detailed close ups. These exciting new cameras are available now with an MSRP of $229 AstraPix 670 and $179 AstraPix 630 at www.umax.com.

The AstraPix 670 and 630 capture video and audio with a resolution of 320 x 240. The cameras are PC and Mac compatible and feature a 1.5-inch LCD, an expandable SD card slot, 16MB of built-in memory, a 2 and 10 second self-timer, optical viewfinder, flash, and MGI PhotoSuite and MGI VideoWave for photographers to get started right out of the box.

"The AstraPix 670 and 630 are the ideal cameras for anyone that wants higher-end features at the price of an entry-level digital camera," said Christabel Chen, vice president of sales and marketing for UMAX Technologies, Inc. "At only $229 and $179, these cameras pack a punch giving photographers all the tools they need to capture video, audio and great-looking still images whether they're on vacation, attending an event, or as a hobbyist."

For photography enthusiasts, the camera offers a focal length of F2.66/5.69mm ~ F4.9/16.29 mm (37mm ~ 108 MM related to 35 mm film) for the AstraPix 670 and a focal length of F3.3/6.21mm (39mm related to 35mm film) for the AstraPix 630. Working area for the cameras is 0.2 m ` infinity with a macro of 10 ~ 50 cm (AstraPix 670). The camera also features automatic exposure (1/3 sec. ~ 1/1000), long-term 1 sec. ~ 8 sec, manual -2EV to +2EV in 1/3 steps. White balance controls are either automatic or manual (daylight, shade, tungsten, fluorescent, black and white).

The AstraPix 670 and 630 include MGI PhotoSuite 4 SE, MGI VideoWave 4 SE, USB cable, camera bag, hand strap and 2 AA batteries.

Customer Service and Support
Customers may call the UMAX technical support center at (214) 739-1915, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST). Customers can also contact UMAX for technical support via email at support@umaxcare.com

About UMAX Technologies, Inc.
UMAX Technologies, Inc. is a technology leader in the design and distribution of a full line of imaging products. The company maintains its leadership position in the imaging market with a broad line of desktop scanners and digital cameras. UMAX is located at 10460 Brockwood Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75238 and is on the Web at: http://www.umax.com.

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