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UMAX's AstraPix 490 digital camera. Courtesy of UMAX, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. AstraPix 490: UMAX's second announcement of the day
(Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 14:56 EST)

UMAX has today announced a second entry-level digital camera at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany.

Simultaneously announced by UMAX Systems in Germany, and UMAX Technologies Inc. in the USA, the UMAX AstraPix 490 digital camera is the higher-spec of the two announcements. The main difference between the two cameras is the addition of a 1.6" TFT LCD display for image preview / review, and CompactFlash storage instead of Secure Digital. The built-in memory in the AstraPix 490 is 7MB of flash memory, instead of the 16MB SDRAM in the AstraPix 430, and the styling of the AstraPix 490 is different as well.

The UMAX AstraPix 490 is available immediately at an MSRP of $149, and costs $99 through UMAX's website.

UMAX AstraPix 490
Umax's AstraPix 490 digital camera. Courtesy of Umax, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sensor 1.3 megapixel
Resolution 1.3M - 1280 x 1024 different compression rates
Video Resolution 320 x 240 Pixel @ 30 fps
Focal length F3.2, 9.2 mm
Focus range 0.9 ~ infinity
LCD display B/W status LCD & 1.6" TFT LCD
Flash Auto / on / off, range: 2m
Self-timer 10 sec.
Digital zoom 2 x
Viewfinder Optical
Continuous 5 pictures per shot 1280 x 1024
Microphone Built-in
Exposure Auto & manual, from -3EV to +3EV in 1EV steps (-3.0, -2.0, -1.0, Auto, +1.0, +2.0, +3.0)
Exposure Time 1/10 ~ 1/1000 auto
White Balance Auto & manual (cloudy, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent)
Memory 7 MB Flash
External Memory Compact Flash card slot
Picture Capacity ~ 10 / 20 / 41 images at 1280 x 1024 in different compression rates JPEG, AVI, MP3
Operating System Win 98 / Me / 2000 / XP Mac OS 9.x ~ 10 via MSDC driver as drive
Interface USB 1.1, earphones, power adapter (optional)
Dimensions 114 x 65 x 40 mm
Weight 210g
Power supply 4 x AA batteries
Warranty 90 days

Original Source Press Release:

UMAX Combines High-Res Digital Camera with Web Cam, Camcorder, Dictaphone and MP3 Player Features

1.3 Megapixel AstraPix 490 features a 1.6-inch LCD and captures stills, video, sound, and can also function as a Web cam and MP3 player

DALLAS, TX., March 12, 2003 -- UMAX Technologies, Inc. today announced the AstraPix 490 for digital imaging and multimedia enthusiasts. The 1.3 megapixel multimedia-rich AstraPix 490 is PC and Mac compatible and is available now with a special introductory price of $99 (standard MSRP is $149) at www.umax.com.

Designed for both up-and-coming and intermediate digital photographers, the AstraPix 490 combines the ability to capture high-resolution still pictures, 320 x 240 video with up to 30 fps, expandable memory via an compact flash card slot, high quality audio recording and MP3 playback.

The AstraPix 490 also includes advanced features allowing photographers to customize their shots. Users can choose between manual and auto exposure from -3EV to +3EV in 1EV steps and auto and manual white balance from cloudy, daylight, tungsten and fluorescent. The camera offers a focal length of F3.2, 9.2mm with a focus range of 0.9 ~ infinity. To ensure that the photographer can also take part in the excitement, the AstraPix 490 also includes a 10 second self-timer.

"The AstraPix 490 is an exciting addition to our line of digital cameras because it offers so many fun and advanced features in one camera for under $100," said Christabel Chen vice president of sales and marketing for UMAX Technologies, Inc. "The all in one AstraPix 490 gives users everything they need to take pictures, document audio notes, record small movies, stream video on the Web, and even listen to their favorite MP3 files."

The AstraPix 490 includes 7MB of onboard memory, a USB cable, 4 AA batteries, soft case, headset, manual, and wrist strap. The bundled software includes camera driver and PhotoManager 2.0.

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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