Toshiba PDR-2300 Review

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Record Mode Screens and Menus



Toshiba PDR-2300

The Info display on the typical record screen does not contain much info as the top monochrome LCD gives you most of the info. Above is the typical Manual Record screen and the only difference with the Auto screen is the "M". There is no indication when the shutter release is half depressed as to where the focus area is like many other digicams have. The only other info we get from the screen is the Macro mode indicator, the 'shaking hand' indicating a warning of slow shutter speed and Self Timer activation (not shown). There is no indication in Manual mode of the exposure compensation or sharpness settings.




Toshiba PDR-2300

Here's the Auto Record Menu options:

    LCD BRIGHTNESS - Adjust brightness of LCD display

    DIGITAL ZOOM - On or Off

    SELF TIMER - 2 or 10 seconds

    EXIT - returns to Record screen





Toshiba PDR-2300

Here's the Manual Record Menu options:

    LCD BRIGHTNESS - Adjust brightness of LCD display
    DIGITAL ZOOM - On or Off
    WHITE BALANCE - Auto, Sun, Shade, Fluorescent1(Cool white), Fluorescent 2(Warm White) or Tungsten.
    EV COMPENSATION - +1.8 EV to -1.8 EV (in 1/3 EV steps).

    PAGE TWO:
    SHARPNESS - Soft, Normal or Hard
    SELF TIMER - 2 or 10 seconds
    EXIT - returns to Record screen




Toshiba PDR-2300

Turning the Mode Dial to the Setup position gives you access to:

    DATE/TIME - Set the values for Date and Time
    LANGUAGE - Set the menu language
    SOUND - Turn beep sounds On or Off
    FORMAT MEDIA - Yes / No

    PAGE TWO:
    VIDEO MODE - Video out format: NTSC or PAL
    WERSION INFO - Firmware version number
    AUTO POWER OFF - Settable for 3, 5, 10 or 30 minutes
    RESET TO DEFAULT - Reset all camera parameters to default.







Playback Mode Screens and Menus



Toshiba PDR-2300


The last picture captured is displayed full screen when you turn the Mode Dial to the Play position. The amount of overlay information includes Image size and quality, the folder and file number and the date and time of capture are displayed. This info can be toggled off and on by depressing the OK button in the center of the 4-way navigation control.



Toshiba PDR-2300
Toshiba PDR-2300
The Movie clips are recorded in 320 x 240 size AVI standard windows format with a maximum of 15 seconds per clip. The screen on the left is the Playback screen, upon pressing the shutter release to play the movie, (and after 12 seconds processing) the movie plays full screen as the right image shows.




Toshiba PDR-2300

Pressing the center of the 4-way jog switch enables the thumbnail index mode. You can quickly search through your stored images and select one for full screen playback.




Toshiba PDR-2300

You can enlarge the image 4X by pressing the zoom control to the telephoto position. Once the image is magnified you can then scroll around inside of it using the 4- way navigation control. This is good for checking critical focus, color or composition on the small color LCD screen.




Toshiba PDR-2300

Pressing the MENU button while in Play mode brings up these screens of options. You can adjust LCD brightness, start a slideshow, copy from internal memory to a SD card, protect images from erasure, mark images for DPOF printing and Exit the menu.







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