Toshiba PDR-2300 Review

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Features & Controls

Toshiba PDR-2300

The PDR-2300 has an all glass 3X Optical Zoom lens with a range of 5.4 - 16.2mm, (35mm equivalent 36-108mm), with a maximum aperture of F2.8 in wide angle and F4.4 in telephoto. It also has 2X Digital zoom.

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).

Toshiba PDR-2300

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.

Toshiba PDR-2300

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.

Toshiba PDR-2300

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.

Toshiba PDR-2300

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.

Toshiba PDR-2300

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.

Toshiba PDR-2300 The VIDEO jack is for connecting to a TV for still image or silent movie playback, the signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL.

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).

Toshiba PDR-2300

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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