Toshiba PDR-2300 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The Auto-Focus Range in normal mode is 19.7 inches to infinity and Macro mode is 7.9 inches
to infinity at wide angle and 19.7 inches in telephoto(the same as in normal mode).
The eyelevel optical real-image zoom viewfinder has a field of view of approx. 95% of the
captured image. The "Slow No Wake" photo on the Sample
Photos page is shot using the optical viewfinder and framing the sign in the upper left
corner of the viewfinder. It shows the additional image the lens actually captured that was
never seen through the viewfinder. The viewfinder does have diopter adjustment for those of
us with less than perfect eyesight which is impressive in this price point of camera. The
two LED's to the right are used to indicate focus and flash status. One also indicates that
the camera is writing to the memory card.
The built in flash has a working range of 0.5m to 2.5m and Auto, Red-Eye
reduction, Forced (Fill), Slow Sync and Disabled modes of operation.
On the back is a 4-way jog switch used to navigate the menus, the MENU is called up by
pressing it down and you push in the center to accept selections. To the right of the 4-way
selector is the zoom lens control. The trashcan button is the image Delete button and the
power switch is slid to the left to toggle power On / Off.
On top is the shutter release and the Mode Dial with positions for Setup, Movie Record, Playback, Auto Record and Manual Record.
The monochrome data display on the top shows important camera settings at a glance. Icons represent the Flash mode, Battery condition, Image Size(full-1600 x 1200, half-800 x 600), Quality setting, Self Timer, remaining number of images that can be recorded at present Size and Quality settings and Macro mode status. The data LCD is not illuminated.
The buttons to the left let you change the flash modes, set the image size and quality and
access the menus on the color LCD.
Images can be stored in the camera's 8MB of internal memory or on optional
Secure Digital cards. Any size SD card up to 128MB can be used.
The cards are easily removed as there is a large finger grip area.
The DIGITAL port is for connecting to the computer via USB using the included cord.
The DC IN is for the optional 5V AC power supply (PDR-AC20).
The camera is powered by four AA type batteries. Toshiba includes a set of alkalines which won't get you very far. We highly recommend the use of NiMH rechargeable batteries, they're reusable, pack lots more power than alkalines and they'll save you money in the long run.
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