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UMAX AstraCam

UMAX AstraCam
alaScore 66

13 reviews

Feb, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of UMAX AstraCam. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price. The size also gets good views.

usability, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the UMAX AstraCam is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 66/100 = Good quality.

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Low price. Low quality.


Camera has been marginal to poor. After taking a few shots, the camera would act erratically and shut off instead of taking a picture. I could only take around 50 pictures before changing batteries. (The battery charge level indication has never...

Low price. Convenient size and shape.

Poor quality. Quickly consumes batteries. No picture viewer on camera.

Dec, 2002

Consumer review (

Product without Quality Control


I purchased this product at around USD130 in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Dec.2001. It seems that the QC wasn't performed at all by Umax. Some products have problems with its LCD display (segments cannot clearly displayed). I took one with best display...

Good colour, lowest price megapixel camera

Unreliable, poor Quality Control, no zoom

Jan, 2002

Consumer review (

Great point-and-shoot!


O.k., here is the deal: I have two cameras, the $150 Umax Astracam 1800 (1.3MP), and the $500 Ricoh RDC-7 (3.2 MP). Both cameras are not mainstream, but cool if you taker a closer look. They are both small and give good pictures.

Quick time to to first shot ; Good picture quality ; small & light

USB transfer not very fast. No zoom. Only 1.3 megapixel

Oct, 2001

Consumer review (

CHEAP, if you know what I mean.


UMAX has been around for a few years now, and are more well known for their scanners. If you own or have owned a UMAX product, you are one of two kinds of people; you like their products, or you hate them. There is no in between because of one simple...

Great Price, Average Picture Quality, Relatively small, USB Connectivity, 4MB Memory

Extremely fragile. I had a DOA already. No Flash, sometimes blurry pictures.

May, 2001

Consumer review (

Umax Astracam 1800 worth the wait!


I was waiting for a digital camera that took great pictures,

Model 1800 1.3mp. Nice pics, Sony CCD ; USB, Fast SmartMedia change. Battery economy

Production looks rushed. Manual missing features! Quality control concerns. Few extras

Jan, 2001

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Loved it while it worked...


I originally bought this camera because of the price--after rebate, it was under $100.00. (The camera I received did not include the cradle or base in the picture on this site.) It was simple to learn how to use and produced pictures good enough...

cheap, simple, good software package

fragile, unreliable

Nov, 2000

Consumer review (

Cheap, lite, and easy


Upon receiving a gift certificate to an on line store, I chose the Umax Astracam 1000. This one did not come with the charger, voice recorder, etc. It DID come with batteries,USB cord, and incredible software. It's the perfect point and shoot digital...

ease of use, software, weight

picture quality

Jul, 2000

Consumer review (

Umax Astracam MTMD-84500 Camcorder


Smile! It is another digital camera, or so it seems. You might be saying big deal there are tons of digital cameras what makes this one so special? Well with the umax astra cam there is more than meets the eye. It has so many features built in that it...

Easy usb connection

May, 2000

Consumer review (

Not a bad little camera for the money...


I got this camera for Christmas and was finally the one that I decided that I wanted. This camera is that bad considering it has everything you need to get up and running. Be forewarned, your computer will need to run at least Windows 98 and have USB...

Great all in one package for a starter digital camera.

Needs Windows 98 at least and USB Ports.

Jan, 2000

Consumer review (

UMAX PhotoRun


I purchased this digital camera for $69.95 at an auction site. I chose this camera because it was so cheap. I knew it would not be the best quality camera, but I figured that it would be okay and that I could always "play around" with the...

Small, affordable

terrible quality

Jan, 2000

Product Specifications

The AstraCam is astoundingly easy to use. No need to focus. No need to manipulate thumbnail knobs and buttons. Just grab it from your shirt pocket, point, and shoot. In 2.5 seconds, the image is processed. Then the image can be easily downloaded into your PC, e-mailed, posted on a Web-site, arranged into a photo album, and shared with friends. If you're not a professional photographer, you're probably looking for a camera that's easy to use. With the AstraCam, you select four simple settings for the optimum picture under the lighting condition at hand. With After Shot Recovery (ASR) technology, no matter what setting is selected, a click of a button optimizes the picture's white balance. The AstraCam offers speedy USB (Universal Series Bus) connectivity to Windows 98 PCs, and the included Cradle allows for single-touch downloading of images. Simply place the AstraCam in the Cradle and press the download button. The images zip to your computer via the Cradle's ''plug and play'' USB port. The Cradle also charges the AstraCam's 2 AAA rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride batteries while in the camera. No need to buy batteries again! The AstraCam also features a built-in microphone for voice recording. Simply press the record button to capture up to 20 seconds of sound with each image. No need for a pen to add labels and captions to your photographs - just talk into the camera! The AstraCam's 4MB internal memory stores up to 31 images, including 20 seconds of sound per image. With the sound shut off, the AstraCam can hold 46 VGA (640 by 480 pixels) pictures. And if larger images are desired, with the AstraCam software you can get pictures up to 1280 by 960 pixels. The AstraCam includes software to support its fun functions. Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition (full version) provides step-by-step guided activities to create calendars and greeting cards, touch up photos, create screen savers, change backgrounds, and more. Included PhotoCabinet is a desktop management system. Pictures can be downloaded into PhotoCabinet and ''dragged and dropped'' into many popular applications. Keep your photos and voice recordings organized with the PhotoCabinet management software. Use the text memo fields to add notes with your pictures for easy recall of people and events. Quickly find stored photos using PhotoCabinet's intelligent search function. Finally, VistaShuttle makes it easy to create electronic greeting cards that include your photo and voice message for emailing to friends and family. Also use VistaShuttle to make flyers, calendars, printable greeting cards, wallpaper and screen savers with your pictures. Due to its small size (4.3 x 3.2 x 1.3 inches), the camera fits comfortably in your hand or pocket, and due to its low price, fits easily in your budget.


Audio Support: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Manufacturer:UMAX Technologies
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:UMAX AstraCam

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98

Video Input

Camera Type:Web camera
Computer Interface:USB
Digital Video Format: None
Still Image Capture Resolution:1280 x 960 / 640 x 480
Still Image Format:JPEG