Toshiba PDR-M71 Review

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Toshiba PDR-M71





Toshiba PDR-M71


Canon F2.9-F4.8, 7 elements in 5 groups, f=7.25 to 20.3mm (equivalent to 35-98mm on a 35mm camera), all glass lens Zoom 2.8X Optical, 2.2X Digital zoom.

Auto-Focus Range: Normal mode is 31 in. to infinity, Macro mode: 4 in. (wide), 10 in. (tele) to infinity.




Toshiba PDR-M71

Real-image optical viewfinder, no dioptric adjustment. The LED indicates focus and flash status by changing color (red and green) and blinking or staying on steady.




Toshiba PDR-M71

The built in flash has a working range of 2.6 ft to 9.8 ft (Wide, ISO 2x) and Auto, Red- Eye reduction, Forced (Fill), Slow Sync and disabled modes of operation.




Toshiba PDR-M71

On the back is a 4-way jog switch that you push in the center to accept selections. The MENU button calls up the onscreen menu system in record or playback modes. The FOCUS button cycles between AF, Macro, 1m, 3m, Infinity. The button under the MENU button lets you create new folders on the SM card. The trashcan button is the image Delete button. Below the LCD is the DISP/I button that controls the color LCD and the amount of information displayed on it.




Toshiba PDR-M71

On top is the shutter release, power button and the Mode Dial with positions for Setup, Connect to PC, Playback, Auto Record, Manual Record and Movie Record.




Toshiba PDR-M71

The monochrome data display on the top shows important camera settings at a glance. Icons represent the battery level, image size/quality, selftimer, flash mode, space remaining on SM card and the number of pictures remaining. Unlike the PDR-M70, the M81's data LCD is not illuminated.

The buttons let you set the selftimer, change the image quality or flash modes without accessing the menus on the color LCD.




Toshiba PDR-M71

The built in microphone is used for the AVI Video Recording mode. The PDR-M71 can capture up to a maximum of 3 minutes of 160 x 120 motion video at 15fps or 60 secs at 320 x 240 resolution. There is also a builtin speaker for video playback with audio in the camera.




Toshiba PDR-M71

Image storage is on 3v SmartMedia flash cards, a 16MB card is included and any size up to 128MB can be used. The cards are easily removed by a push in and pop out type of ejector.




Toshiba PDR-M71

The DC IN jack is used for connecting an optional AC power supply. The PC/AV port connects either the USB cable for downloading to the computer or the audio / video output cable.




Toshiba PDR-M71

The camera is powered by four AA type batteries, a set of alkalines are included but NiMH rechargeable type are strongly recommended.







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