Toshiba PDR-T30 Review

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Toshiba PDR-T30



Record & Playback Features & Menus

The LCD screens that you see in this review had to be photographed as there is no video out- port that we normally use to capture the displays with.  LCD monitors on any camera were never designed with enough resolution to be photographed. So we hope you understand why these screen captures are not up to standard with our usual high-res direct output method.




Toshiba PDR-T10


The typical Record mode info display is superimposed over the viewing area as above and toggles off after about 3 seconds. In the top left of the viewing area is the red camera icon signaling the record mode followed by 00111, the number of photos that can be recorded in the flash card's remaining free space. Below that is a full battery icon and slow shutter speed warning. Along the right is the date and time followed by image quality and zoom indicator.

At the bottom of the frame are three touch screen icons (left to right):

    Scene modes: Eight different exposure modes; Auto (shown), Sports, Macro, Portrait, Night, Movie, Landscape, Multi (burst) mode recording mode modes. (Sports, Landscape and Multi disable the flash)

    Flash control: Auto, forced flash, no flash (shown) and auto red-eye reduction are the options.

    Self Timer control: Off, 2 or 10 second delay.

Along the left, off the display area, are three more touch screen icons:

  • Display Key(top left):
    In Record mode: allow access to the Scene, Flash and Self Timer modes.
    In Playback mode: access to Image magnification(zoomed play), Thumbnail display and left right arrows for changing images displayed.
  • Menu Key(center left):
    In Record mode: Access to Preview Settings, White Balance, Color modes, Quality/image size settings, ISO, LCD brightness and Setup
    In Playback mode: Access to Slide show, Paint, Information, Protect, PDOF, LCD brightness, and Setup.
  • Erase Key(bottom left):
    Record or Playback modes:
    Allows access to Delete captured image(s) or initialize the SD card.





Toshiba PDR-T30

Pressing the MENU button while in Record brings up these options:

    Preview - ON / OFF of post record review

    White Balance - Auto, Sun, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Incandescent

    Color - Recording Color mode: Color, Black & White or Sepia

    Picture Quality - High (2048 x 1536, low compression), Standard (2048 x 1536, standard compression), Economy (1024x768, standard compression), VGA (640x480, standard compression)

    ISO - 100, 200, or 400

    LCD Brightness - slider scale w/ 5 steps up or down

    Setup - Auto power off(1, 3 or 5 min's), Sound(on/off), Date Setting, Language
    (7 choices), System(brings up 2nd screen): Firmware version #, Card
    Info(Card size,Available card space, percentage used). reset frame number
    on next image, Reset(to default settings), Touch panel(touch two "X"s on
    screen to adjust touch screen accuracy)





Toshiba PDR-T30

Pressing the Menu button while in Play brings up these options:

    Slide Show - Play images on card automatically

    Paint - allows drawing on or filling in an area of an image with various colors

    Information - superimposes following info over images while browsing in play: Date, Time, Image size, File Size, Strobe(on/off), ISO

    Protect - lock image(s) from deletion

    DPOF - Set print quantity for DPOF printing

    LCD Brightness - darker, normal, brighter

    Setup - same as Setup on Record Menu(above)



Toshiba PDR-T30


The last picture captured is displayed full screen when you power up with the lens cover closed or, if already on in the Record mode, touch the mode button on the camera back which toggles modes from record to play. The data displayed is the play mode indicator, file icon, followed by the folder and image number. Beneath them is the battery condition indicator. The upper right displays the date and time of capture over the quality setting(4 flowers indicate 1600x1200-low compression). The left and right arrows at the bottom changes images to last or next frame by touching the arrow. Touching the magnifying glass icon zooms into the image up to 3.2 times. Touching the checker board icon toggles to the Index displaying 6 images at a time and a slider to move 6 new images onto the LCD(see later on this page.)



Toshiba PDR-T30


Touching the Information icon inside the Play menu displays the image data from the displayed image.




Toshiba PDR-T30

Touching the checker board icon toggles to the Index displaying 6 images at a time. You can quickly search through your stored images by touching the navigation arrows and by touching a thumbnail image you can view it in full screen mode. Deleting a highlighted image is accomplished by touching the 'garbage can' icon followed by a confirmation screen.




Toshiba PDR-T10

You can enlarge the image up to 3.2x(depending on image size it was recorded in) by pressing the 'magnifying glass' icon to the right in the playback screen. Once the image is magnified you can then scroll around inside of it using the 4 way navigation control. This is good for checking focus, color or composition on the small LCD screen.






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