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Adesso Ships First Umax-Branded Cameras

Walnut, Calif. — Accessories manufacturer Adesso announced its first slate of Umax-branded digital still and video cameras, aimed at the sub-$400 end of the market.

Adesso agreed to distribute, service and support Umax-branded cameras last July. The first fruits of that agreement ship this month in two lines. The AstraCam family will target novice users while the PowerCam product line will offer advanced features and more powerful optics.

The 3-megapixel AstraCam DV350 offers still and MPEG-4 video capture and MP3 playback. It features a fixed focal length with a 4x digital zoom, a 1.6-inch LCD screen, built-in speakers and microphone and offers 16MB of internal memory. It can record VGA video at 15 frames per second (fps) or 320 by 240 resolution video at 30 fps.

The unit accepts SD/MMC cards up to 512MB, is PictBridge-enabled and will retail for a suggested $179.99.

The 3.1-megapixel AstraPix 680, for a suggested $159.99, is also PictBridge-enabled and features a 2-inch LCD, voice and VGA video recording, 16MB of internal memory and an SD/MMC card slot for memory up to 512MB.

The 2-megapixel AstraPix 620, for a suggested $149.99, offers a fixed focal-length lens with a 4x digital zoom. It features a built-in microphone for capturing AVI videos with sound, a burst mode, a 1.5-inch LCD screen with adjustable brightness control, a color effects mode, white balance control, and 16MB of internal memory with an SD/MMC slot.

The 5-megapixel PowerCam Z530 features a 3x optical/2x digital zoom and a 1.6-inch LCD screen. It features aperture priority mode, ISO control, five flash modes, macro focusing to 1 cm and a burst mode. The Z530, for a suggested $399.99, ships with a 64MB CompactFlash card and is compatible with cards up to 1GB.

Finally, the 4-megapixel PowerCam Z432, for a suggested $249.99, sports a 3x optical/4x digital zoom, a 1.5-inch preview LCD screen, built-in mic, aperture/shutter priority, adjustable white balance, and 16MB of internal memory with an SD card slot for cards up to 512MB.