Toshiba PDR-M81 Review
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The PDR-M81's automatic settings take the guesswork out of digital photography and allow new users to experience the fun and satisfaction of being a digital photographer just minutes after taking the camera out of the box. In addition to the convenience of automatic operation, the PDR-M81 comes equipped with manual features too. Selectable white balance setting, full manual exposure control of shutter speed and aperture. There is also aperture priority and shutter speed priority AE modes, burst shot mode and selectable ISO settings. The built-in flash system has five modes to choose from including slow-sync for artistic photography involving moving or low light subjects.
The PDR-M81 has an AVI movie mode that lets users film up to three minutes of video at 160 x 120 resolution (15 fps), or 60 seconds at 320 x 240 (15 fps). Sound can be recorded during the video filming by using the camera's built-in microphone. When the video is finished it can be viewed on a computer monitor, a television (NTSC/PAL), or on the camera's 1.5-inch polysilicon color LCD.
The PDR-M81 features automatic playback of images on its LCD so users can view and select which pictures they want to keep or erase, a process that is made easier by a digital 2X zoom that lets users zero in on areas within a specific picture. Other playback options include a multi-frame playback for viewing up to 9 images at once, an automatic slideshow, exposure data and a histogram display.
The PDR-M81 was recently lowered (1/11/02) to an incredible $499 !
Toshiba PDR-M81 and the Epson PhotoPC 3100Z for size comparison.
Toshiba PDR-M81 Specifications
|CCD Sensor||1/1.8 inch 4.2 million pixels|
|Image Resolutions||2400 x 1600, 1200 x 800, 720 x 480|
|Lens||Canon® F2.9-F4.8, 7 elements in 5 groups, f=7.25 to 20.3mm (equivalent to 35-100mm on a 35mm camera), all glass lens Zoom 2.8X Optical, 2.2X Digital|
|Auto-Focus Range||Normal mode: 8ft to infinity, Macro mode: 0.33ft (wide), 0.83ft (tele) to infinity.|
|File Format||JPEG (EXIF 2.1), DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) and DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compliant|
|Image Quality||Fine, Normal or Basic|
|Burst Shot||1.25 Frame Per Second|
|Exposure Control||Program AE, Full Manual (shutter & aperture), Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Exposure Comp ( +/-2.0 at 0.5 EV)|
|White Balance||Auto, Outdoor, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent I and 2|
|Sensitivity||Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400|
|Shutter||Mechanical shutter 1/2 to 1/1000 sec|
|Recording Modes||Single, MULTI (16 continuous), Bulb Mode|
|Movie Mode||AVI Video Recording with Audio, Max 3 minutes @ 15fps|
|Built-in Flash||Adjusting range 2.67 ft to 10 ft (Auto, Red-Eye, Forced, Slow Sync, OFF)|
|Video Interface||Provides NTSC and PAL video output signal|
|LCD Monitor||1.5" color LCD monitor. Polysilicon TFT (490 x 240 pixels)|
|Storage Media||Supports SmartMedia 3v 2MB to 128MB, ships with 8MB|
|Storage (per 32MB)||20 images @ 2400 x 1600, 31 images @ 1200 x 800, 62 images @ 720 x 480|
|Optical Viewfinder||Real-image optical viewfinder|
|Status Display||User selectable controls and LCD status display|
|Self Timer||10 or 2 seconds|
|Data Communication Interface||USB|
|Power||Includes four AA Alkaline batteries. Accepts four AA sized batteries (alkaline, lithium, Ni-Cd and NiMH). Optional AC adapter, rechargeable batteries and charger.|
|Software on CD-ROM||Sierra Imaging Image Expert, USB Storage Driver|
|Camera Dimensions and Weight||Dimensions (W x H x D): 107mm x 71mm x 47mm, Weight without batteries: 8.5 oz.|
|System Requirements||Windows: 98/Me/2000. Macintosh: System 9 or higher|
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