Toshiba PDR-3320 Review

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Review posted 11/11/2002


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Toshiba Imaging Systems, a division of Toshiba American Information Systems, introduces its new PDR-3320, a pocket-sized, full-featured 3.2 megapixel camera perfect for digital imaging enthusiasts demanding value, stylish design and dynamic, eye-catching photographs. Building on Toshiba's popular PDR-M25 camera design, the new PDR-3320 features an impressive array of technologies to achieve superior picture taking, including an advanced 3.2 Megapixel CCD for high-resolution photos up to 2048 x 1536, an all-glass, aspherical 3X optical zoom lens (equivalent to a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera) with built-in macro capability, plus an optional mounting system for third-party filters or wide-angle lenses on the lens barrel.

The PDR-3320 includes a precision 2X digital telephoto that when used in conjunction with the 3X optical zoom assures great pictures from any distance (total 6X), whether it's a close-up, an action shot or a sweeping landscape. The 1.5-inch high-resolution color LCD provides instant preview and review of photos. Playback options are a slide show or a nine-picture thumbnail function, plus a 3X digital playback-zoom so users can zero in on targeted areas within a picture. It also inclueds the flexibility to save JPEG images at three compression levels (fine, normal and basic) and two resolutions (2048 x 1536, 1024 x 768). Depending on the compression and resolution selected for use with the included SmartMedia® 8MB card, up to 75 images can be recorded. To further increase storage capabilities, the PDR-M25 accepts SmartMedia card up to 128MB.

The PDR-3320 incoporates a built-in flash that is effective to a distance of 8 feet, and features five modes: automatic, red-eye reduction, off, fill-in flash and slow synch, to meet the criteria of a broad range of lighting environments while enhancing user creativity. To achieve beter performance plus offer ease-of-use, the PDR-3320 boasts fast and accurate auto focusing, auto white balance (with manual overrides), and intuitive navigation and default features that take the guesswork out of using a digital camera. For in camera convenience and photographic results, the camera uses a programmed auto exposure (AE) mode that automatically selects the best aperture and shutter speed for any given scene.

Designed for users with active lifestyles, the body showcases the PDR-3320's digital attributes in a compact, easy to carry form. Ergonomic curves and contemporary center-lens styling are highlighted in the pocket-sized dimensions (4.1" x 2.6" x2.2"). The camera weighs a mere 8oz (w/o batteries).

PDR-3320 Features:

  • Three megapixel imager for up to 2048 x 1536 still images
  • 3X optical zoom, 6.2mm - 18.6mm, F/2.9/F6.9 (38-114mm 35mm equivalent)
  • 1.5-inch color LCD monitor w/61,600 pixels
  • Auto focus Macro as close as 3.15" at wide angle
  • Program AE w/automatic shutter (1 - 1/1000 sec.)
  • Metering modes: TTL metering by image capture
  • Selectable ISO sensitivity; 100/200/400
  • Flash; Automatic with 4 modes (Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, Flash Off or Slow Syncro)
  • Color modes (Color, Sepia or Black & White)
  • White Balance; Automatic, In Manual record mode: daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent (cool white)
  • Exposure compensation; +1.5 EV to -1.5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
  • Built-in USB for downloading to the host computer
The PDR-3320 outfit includes an 8MB SmartMedia® card, ACD Systems downloading software for editing, printing and e-mailing photos. Other included accessories are a soft case, a wrist strap, a lens cap, an instruction manual on CD and printed, a USB cable, a Video cable (PAL/NTSC), 4x Alkaline AA batteries and street priced at $299 (11/2002).


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Toshiba PDR-3320

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Toshiba PDR-3320

The PDR-3320 compared in size to a standard CD disc.





Toshiba PDR-3320 and PDR-2300

The PDR-3320 along side the PDR-2300.



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PDR-3320 Specifications

Type:
Digital still camera with record, playback, and erase modes.
Imaging Device:
1/2.51 inch CCD with 3.23 million pixels effective.
Recording media: SmartMedia Compatible to 128MB
Recording Capacity (Guideline) and Image Dimensions in Pixels (when using 8MB SM Memory Card, all pictures taken in the same mode).
Fine: About 6 @ 2048 x 1536, About 29 @ 1024 x 768
Normal: About 12 @ 2048 x 1536, About 52 @ 1024 x 768
Basic: About 28 @ 2048 x 1536, About 77 @ 1024 x 768
Image Format: Complies with JPEG standard (Exif ver. 2.2) 
DCF Standard (Design Rule for camera File systems)
Lens:
3x optical zoom lens,
6.2 - 18.6mm, (35mm equivalent 38-114mm),
F2.9 / F6.9
(2X Digital Zoom)
Focusing Range:
About 15.7 inch - infinity.
In Macro Mode:
3.15 inch to infinity(at wide angle.)
Metering Method:
TTL metering by image capture system.
Exposure Control Method:
Programmed AE
Long Exposure (Bulb)
Exposure compensation available in Manual mode.
Exposure Compensation:
+1.5 EV to -1.5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps).
Aperture Control:
Automatic only.
White Balance:
Automatic, In Manual record mode: daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent (cool white). 
Shutter:
CCD electronic shutter- Auto: 1 sec-1/1000 sec.
Bulb: 1 or 2 sec. settings.
Focusing control:
TTL system AF(contrast detection). 
Viewfinder:
Real image type zoom finder.
Flash:
Built-in automatic flash,
Flash range about 1.3 to 8.2 feet(Wideangle).
Flash modes :auto flash, red-eye reduction, forced flash, no flash, slow synchro
Recording Modes:
Auto, Manual, Macro, multi-shot, night mode, self-timer(2/10 sec), Extended exposure(1 or 2 sec. Bulb), monochrome
Playback modes:
1-frame, 3X playback zoom, slide show, multi-image playback, protect, NTSC/PAL video out
LCD monitor:
Built-in, 1.5" 61,600-pixel polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor.
Input/Output:
NTSC/PAL composite video signal selectable, A/C Adapter power input(optional PDR-AC20), USB 1.1 data I/O
Battery Power:
4 x AA: Alkaline, NiMH, or Lithium
(optional A/C Adapter PDR-AC20)
Dimensions:
4.13 (W) x 2.68 (H) x 2.17 (D) inches
Weight:
8.1 oz. / 230 g (not including SM card or battery)






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