This week introduced and during the Digifoto, a Dutch merchant market in Houten, present at the importer: the new Samsung U-CA3 camera. With this U-CA3 Samsung has a beauty in his hands. The camera has the shape of a modern cell phone, easy to handle and it feels very solid. Unfortunatly the battery was completely worn out by the time we could lay our hands on it but the first images show what the camera looks like in full splendour. The Samsung U-AC3 comes from the series Digimax camera's but has a somewhat puzzling name, when we look at the clear line of the 101, 201, 340 etc. The camera is equipped with a 1/2.7" CCD sensor and has 3.2 effective Megapixels offering a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels. This is Samsung's first digital camera using the new compact Memory Stick Duo format. Recently it was announced that Samsung was looking for a cooperation with Sony concerning the Memory Stick memory card.
The 3x optical zoom lens has a focal range of 38-114mm (equiv. to a 35mm camera). Beside that the optical range can be increased with 1-3x digital zoom. The brightness in wide-angle is f2.8 and in tele f4.8. Playing the stored images a 5x digital zoom is possible. A 1.5-inch size colour monitor is placed on the back of the camera with above it the optical viewfinder. The minimum focal distance in standard mode is 80cm, when activating macro mode the focal range is in between 5 and 80cm. Beside the standard functions, like exposure compensation, various flash settings, auto ISO (100, 200, 400 equiv.), white balance setting, etc. the new Samsung U-CA3 is also capable to function as a voice recorder. It is possible to store a maximum of 1 hour of spoken text. One who wants to add comments to a recording will have to settle for a maximum of 10 seconds!
A typical Korean gadget function is the so-called 3D AVATAR (character) Loading Screen. At the back of the LCD monitor appears a happy and colourful character like we have seen before on a cell phone. Beside that the built-in led features some 7 colours which makes it very suitable to put under the x-mas tree! The serious user of the camera can deactivate all these extra's but these camera's can be combined very well with a somewhat more active content. A special function is the video clip function. This function records moving images with sound in MPEG4 format. The capacity of the used memory card decides the length of the clip. The clip is recorded in a resolution of 320x240 or 160x128 pixels in a speed of resp. 24 and 15 frames per second. And one who likes to listen to music whilst carrying his or her camera can connect the camera onto a computer and upload the desired music onto the camera. The connection goes via a USB 1.1 interface. One who wants to view images on a television can do so by using the video output.
The Samsung U-AC3 uses a 3.7V lithium Ion battery, has a weight of 119 grams and measures 102x53.8x31.6mm. New from Samsung is also the Digimax Battery I-pack. This charger can not only recharge the standard NiMH AA batteries but also the SBP-1103 battery. The last one is similar to a CR-V3 battery which makes it the world's first rechargeable CR-V3 type battery! This new rechargeable battery has a capacity of 1100mAh and a voltage of 3V.