Toshiba PDR-5300 Review

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Toshiba PDR-5300


Review posted 10/13/03




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The compact and stylish Toshiba PDR-5300 boasts high level features such as a 5.0 megapixel CCD image sensor, a 3X optical zoom lens with a fast F2.8 aperture, state-of-the-art noise reduction technology, user-selectable shutter speeds (8 seconds to 1/1500 second), plus a full suite of manual controls, all working together to provide excellent photographic results in a variety of lighting conditions.

The five-megapixel resolution (2560x1920), ultra-fine images can be printed in photo sizes up to 11.25 inches x 16.5 inches suitable for framing. The all-glass 3X zoom lens is equivalent to a 35-105mm lens on a 35mm camera, has macro capability as close as 6- inches, and a wide F2.8 aperture for improved light gathering. The automatic shutter speed range is from 1/1500 sec. to 8 seconds. The camera's flash, which is effective to a distance of 10 feet, provides four modes: automatic, red-eye reduction, fill in flash, and off.

The PDR-5300's manual controls allow users to adjust the exposure compensation, manual exposure, light metering (center, spot), ISO sensitivity (100/200/400), and continuous shooting. Exposure modes are auto, program, full manual, shutter-priority, aperture-priority and scene select, while white balance modes are automatic, daylight, cloudy, incandescent light and two for fluorescent light.

The camera captures 320 x 240 video clips with audio at 15 fps just as easily as it shoots still images. It's equipped with a bright 1.5-inch polysilicon color LCD monitor (279 x 229) and an optical viewfinder. USB connectivity allows for easy and fast transfer from camera to compatible computers (Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 9.2 or later, Mac OS 10.1 or later). Video output is also provided (NTSC/PAL).


PDR-5300 Features:

  • Compact, ligtweight and stylish stainless-steel body (3.66" x 2.32" x 1.34", 6.3 ounces)
  • 5-megapixel CCD imager: 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1280x960 or 640x480
  • Three JPEG quality levels (fine, normal, basic)
  • 3X (35-105mm) optical zoom lens
  • 1.5" color LCD, polysilicon TFT monitor
  • Builtin 5-mode flash (auto, red-eye, forced, and off)
  • AVI movie 320x240, 15fps, max 30/45/60 secs of recording
  • Automatic exposure, Shutter speed and Aperture priority and Manual
  • AE Bracketing and Interval recording
  • Mechanical shutter 8 to 1/1500 sec
  • ISO sensitivity of 100, 200 or 400
  • Picture adjustments: color, sharpness and contrast
  • White balance: Auto, Outdoor, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent and Manual
  • Video output user-selectable NTSC or PAL
  • Secure Digital (SD) storage, 16MB included, compatible up to 512MB
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching (PIM) compatible
  • USB 1.1 port for Windows and Macintosh
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery

The PDR-5300 is shipping now with an MSRP of $399 and comes with a 16MB SD memory card, Li-ion battery and charger, USB cable, video cable, a hand strap, and a CD-ROM containing ACD Systemâ„¢ photo editing software, USB driver and an in-depth instruction manual.





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Toshiba PDR-5300 and standard CD disc for size comparison.








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Toshiba PDR-5300 Specifications

CCD Sensor 1/1.8 inch 5.09 million pixels (total)
5.0 million pixels effective
Image Resolutions 2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1280 x 960
640 x 480
Lens F2.8-F4.7, 7 elements in 5 groups, f=7.2 to 21.6mm (equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera), all glass lens Zoom 3X Optical, 4X Digital
Auto-Focus TTL contrast detection
Auto-Focus Range Normal mode: 0.8m to infinity
Macro mode: 9cm to infinity (wide), 30cm (tele)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.1), DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) and DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compliant
Exposure Control Program AE, Full Manual (shutter & aperture), Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Exposure Comp ( +/-2.0 at 0.3 EV)
Exposure Metering Multi or Spot
White Balance Auto, Outdoor, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent 1 and 2, Manual
Sensitivity Auto or ISO 100/200/400
Shutter Mechanical shutter 8 to 1/1500 sec
Aperture F2.8 to F6.7 automatic or manual selection
Recording Modes Single, Continuous, AE Bracketing
Interval Recording 1, 3, 10 or 60 minute intervals, capture 2 to 99 pictures
Movie Mode AVI Video Recording without Audio
160 x 120, Max 90/120/180 secs @ 15fps
320 x 240, Max 30/45/60 secs @ 15fps
Fine, Normal or Basic quality possible
Built-in Flash Adjusting range 0.5m to 2.9m Wideangle, ISO 200
(Auto, Red-Eye Forced, Forced, OFF)
Video Interface Provides NTSC and PAL video output signal
Picture Adjustments Sharpness (hard, normal, soft), Contrast (hard, normal, soft) and Color (color, vivid, sepia, B&W)
Microphone and Speaker yes
LCD Monitor 1.5" color LCD monitor. CG silicon color
134,000 pixels
Storage Media SecureDigital 8MB to 512MB, ships with 16MB
Optical Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder
Self Timer 10, 2 seconds or 10+2 (takes one at 10 seconds and second shot 2 secs later)
Tripod Mount Built-In
Data Communication Interface USB 1.1
Power Li-ion rechargeable and charger included. 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)
93mm x 59mm x 34mm
3.66" x 2.32" x 1.34"
Weight without batteries: 178 g / 6.28 oz.
System Requirements Windows: 98/Me/2000/XP. Macintosh: System 9 or higher

Specifications as represented by the manufacturer



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