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UMAX's logo. Click here to visit the UMAX website! UMAX announces AstraPix 430 digital camera
(Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 14:34 EST)

A press release today from Dallas, Texas-based UMAX Technologies Inc. announces a new entry-level digital camera which offers a choice of still image, video, audio and webcam functionality.

The UMAX AstraPix 430 digital camera has a resolution of 1.3 megapixels from a CMOS image sensor, and couples this with a fixed-focus, fixed-focal length lens, USB connectivity and power from AAA batteries. There's no color LCD for image preview / review, but the AstraPix 430 does have an LCD info display... Other features include a built-in flash, microphone and speaker, 16MB of built-in SDRAM memory and a Secure Digital card slot for memory expansion. The camera is available immediately with an MSRP of $95, and is being sold through UMAX's website for just $55...

UMAX AstraPix 430
Umax's AstraPix 430 digital camera. Courtesy of Umax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sensor 1.3 megapixel CMOS (1280 x 1024)
Resolution 1600x1200 (interpolated) 1280 x 1024, 640 x 480
Video Resolution 352x288 @ 15 fps
Interface USB 1.1
Memory 16 MB SDRAM
Focal length F2.8, 10.8 mm
External Memory SD Card Option
LCD Display B&W Status LCD
Flash Auto / Off (2m)
File Format JPEG, AVI, WAV
Viewfinder Optical
Exposure Auto
White Balance Auto
Burst Mode 5 images
Picture Capacity (with 16MB) ~ 9 images at 1600 x 1200 (interpolated), ~47 images at 1280 x 1024, ~203 images at 640 x 480, 150 sec. video recording at 320 x 240, 52 min. sound
Weight 116 grams
Dimensions 97 x 26 x 62 mm
Warranty 90 days

Original Source Press Release:

UMAX Introduces 1.3 Megapixel 4-in-1 Digital Camera

AstraPix 430 allows consumers to capture high-res still pictures, short movies, audio, and can also be used as a Web cam

DALLAS, TX., March 12, 2003 -- UMAX Technologies, Inc. today announced the AstraPix 430, the company's latest addition to its line of consumer-friendly digital cameras. The 4-in-1 AstraPix 430 is ideal for beginning digital photographers as well as travelers. The camera offers a set of powerful, easy-to-use features with a bundled suite of digital imaging and video software available now at www.umax.com with a special introductory price of $55 (standard MSRP is $95).

The AstraPix 430 can capture 1.3 megapixel images, 5 simultaneous images in burst mode, short video clips at 352x288 up to 15 fps, and up to 30 fps at VGA and CIF resolutions in Web cam mode. For recording and listening to voice notes and annotations, the camera features a built-in microphone and speaker. The camera also includes a two-mode flash (auto and off), 16 MB SDRAM, optical viewfinder, and an SD memory card slot for additional storage of still images, audio and video.

"The AstraPix 430 really opens the door for beginning and casual photographers to easily enter the world of digital photography," said Christabel Chen vice president of sales and marketing for UMAX Technologies, Inc. "This camera is packaged with value-added features and ships with an entire suite of MGI and Microsoft imaging, conferencing and video software to help consumers start capturing, editing and sharing life's special moments right out of the box."

The onboard 16MB of memory can store up to 9 two megapixel images, 47 1.3 megapixel images, 203 VGA images, 150 seconds of video at 320 x 240, and 52 minutes of sound.

The AstraPix 430 includes a USB cable, 4 AAA batteries, camera stand, manual, and wrist strap. The bundled software includes camera driver, MGI PhotoSuite 4 SE, MGI VideoWave 4 SE, MGI PhotoVista 2.02 and Microsoft NetMeeting.

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 [email protected]

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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