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The 2.0 megapixel PDR-M500 and the 3.2 megapixel PDR-M700 are designed to meet the needs of advanced amateur shutterbugs seeking a variety of high-quality photographic and multimedia requirements. Stylish, compact, and feature-rich, the two new cameras are identical in appearance, apart from the color of their housings. The PDR-M500 sports a high-tech silver hue, while the PDR-M700 has a classic champagne tint. The body design mirrors the traditional look and feel of a 35mm SLR camera while showcasing the impressive digital technology.
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING: For action sequences, the PDR-M700 has a continuous shooting mode that captures up to 4 high-resolution images per second for up to 6 frames. In addition, the photographer can capture one shot per second for up to 14 seconds. Unlike other cameras in its class that are troubled by slow shutter response time, M Series cameras achieve optimal speed with their vastly-improved TTL method auto-focus featuring a more sensitive contrast detection system.
2.5 INCH LCD SCREEN: M Series cameras give shutterbugs the really big picture thanks to a 2.5 inch low-temperature poly silicon LCD. The 118K-pixel screen is 60% larger than the LCDs found on most other digital cameras and automatically adjusts to ambient lighting conditions.
MANUAL CONTROLS: In addition to its point-and-shoot automatic features, M Series cameras offer a full array of manual controls including: ISO sensitivity, exposure control method (Program AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Manual), exposure compensation (±2.0 EV in 1/3 increments), aperture (F2.8 - F8), shutter speeds, white balance, Macro mode, flash settings (auto, red eye, forced, suppressed, off and slow sync) and control of image saturation, contrast and sharpness.
VARIABLE RECORDING MODES: Ideal exposure in standard shooting situations is assured with the M Series' six programmed recording modes: portrait, macro, landscape, night mode, sepia, and black and white.
MULTIMEDIA: Adding to the camera's appeal is an extended play movie mode with audio that records uninterrupted based on the capacity of the SD card, rather than pause each 15 seconds as is the case with lesser-quality cameras. The cameras are equipped with a terminal so that you can connect an external microphone for higher audio quality.
ADAPTER RING: Toshiba includes an adapter ring with the PDR-M500 and PDR-M700 cameras. This 52mm ring allows conversion lens and filters to fit onto the camera lens barrel to enhance its versatility.
SD MEMORY CARDS: PDR-M500 and PDR-M700 cameras ship with a 16MB SD card capable of holding up to 268 JPEG images and support SD cards up to 512MB. Exceptionally compact, SD cards do not need a power source to store information and permit fast downloads of images. Individual storage folders can be created inside the SD card to better organize pictures.
The PDR-M700 begins shipping in July 2003 with an MSRP of $449 and includes a 16MB SD
card, wireless remote control, a soft case, a neck strap, a protective lens cap, an
instruction manual, ACDSee software on CD, a USB cable, an Audio-Video cable (PAL/NTSC),
and four alkaline AA batteries. The camera is compatible with Windows (98/2000/ME/XP) and
Apple Macintosh (OS 9.0, OS 10.1.3-10.1.5, 10.2) operating systems.
The 10X zoom/3.2 Megapixel duo: PDR-M700 and Olympus C-740UZ.
Toshiba PDR-M700 and standard CD disc for size comparison.
Specifications as represented by the manufacturer
Toshiba PDR-M700 Specifications
1/2.7 inch 3.2 million pixels (effective)
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Canon F2.8-3.1, f=5.7 to 57mm
(equivalent to 37-370mm on a 35mm camera)
Zoom 10X Optical, 4X Digital
Lens adapter included for 52mm filters and lenses
TTL contrast detection
Normal mode: 1.6 feet to infinity (Wide), 3.9 feet to infinity (Tele)
Macro mode: 3.94 in. to infinity (Wide), 11.8 in. to infinity (Tele)
JPEG (EXIF 2.1), DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) and DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compliant
High Speed Continuous
4 Frames Per Second up to 6 frames
Program AE, Full Manual (shutter & aperture),
Aperture-Priority AE, Exposure Comp ( +/-2.0 at 0.5 EV), AE Bracketing
Center-weighted or Spot
Auto, Outdoor, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 and 2, Preset 1 and 2
Equivalent to ISO 70/100/200/400
Mechanical shutter 1/2 to 1/2000 sec
Maximum of 16 seconds for extended exposures
F2.8 to F8 automatic or manual selection
1-Shot, High Speed Continuous, Continuous, AE Bracketing
AVI Video Recording with Audio
320 x 240 @ 15fps, length limited by available memory
Fine, Normal or Basic quality possible
Adjusting range 1.6 to 14.4 feet
(Auto, Red-Eye, Slow-synch, Forced, OFF)
Provides NTSC and PAL video output signal
Built-in plus connector for external Mic
2.5" color LCD monitor. Polysilicon TFT
118,000 pixels, automatically adjusts to ambient lighting
Secure Digital 8MB to 512MB, ships with 16MB
Eye level Viewfinder
Electronic Real-image type zoom viewfinder with dioptric adjustment
10 or 2 seconds
Accepts four AA sized batteries
(alkaline, lithium or NiMH) or two CR-V3 lithium. Optional AC adapter.
Software on CD-ROM
ACD Systems Imaging Software Suite, USB Storage Driver
Camera Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.3" x 2.7" x 2.6"
Weight without batteries: 10.5 oz.
Windows (98/2000/ME/XP) and Apple
Macintosh (OS 9.0, OS 10.1.3-10.1.5, 10.2) operating systems
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