Toshiba PDR-M81 Review

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Toshiba PDR-M81





Toshiba PDR-M81


When shooting the Auto Record mode you can quickly select one of the Program AE Scene modes if the color LCD is enabled. In the upper left is the SCENE icon, you press the center of the 4-way jog switch and it displays the Scene mode options. Move up or down to select Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene or 16-shot mode.

You can change the image size or quality, the focus or flash mode but all other exposure settings are controlled automatically by the camera.




Toshiba PDR-M81

In Manual Record mode you have access to the full range of exposure control and capture modes. There's an onscreen histogram as well as display of the shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation.




Toshiba PDR-M81

Here's an animated look at the Manual Record options:

    EXP - Program AE, Aperture or Shutter speed priority, full Manual

    WB - White balance (Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1 or 2, Incandescent

    AE - Metering mode, Matrix or Spot

    S/C - Single, Continuous or AE Bracketing





Toshiba PDR-M81

Pressing the MENU button in Auto or Manual Record brings up this screen of options:

    PREVIEW - Display pictured captured on LCD for 2 seconds

    COLOR - Color mode: Standard, Vivid, Monochrome or Sepia

    ISO - Normal (100), 2X (200), or 4X (400)

    SHARPNESS - Normal, Soft or Hard

    CONTRAST - Normal, Strong or Soft

    DIGITAL ZOOM - On or Off

    LCD* - Adjust brightness of LCD display





Toshiba PDR-M81

The PDR-M81 is capable of capturing motion video with audio at 15 frames per second. The image size is selectable between Full (320 x 240) and Half (160 x 120).




Toshiba PDR-M81

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

    AUTO POWER OFF - Settable for 1, 2 or 3 minutes

    SOUND - Turn beep sounds On or Off

    TIME&DATE - Set the internal clock

    OSD LANGUAGE - Set the menu language

    VIDEO OUT - Video out format: NTSC or PAL

    QUALITY - Set the image size/quality

    SYSTEM INFO - Submenu with Firmware version number, Card Info, Reset all camera parameters to default.








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