Toshiba Shipping New PDR-M5

Toshiba PDR-M5

IRVINE, CA, October 1, 1999 -- Toshiba Imaging Systems announced today that it is shipping its new PDR-M5, a 2.14 megapixel (1600 x 1200) filmless digital camera at an estimated street price of . The camera will be sold through a wide network of resellers, including computer retail outlets, photo specialty stores, consumer electronics stores, and mail order catalogs.

The flagship of the award-winning Toshiba digital camera line, the PDR-M5 compares favorably with competitive models such as the Olympus C-2000, Kodak DC260, and the Nikon Coolpix 950 which are priced hundreds of dollars more. The PDR-M5 features:

  • 1/2-inch, 2.14 million CCD
  • 1.8-inch Hyper Amorphous Type (556 x220) LCD
  • 1600x1200 or 800x600 resolution
  • USB/serial connectivity
  • Five-mode flash system (automatic, red-eye reduction, forced-fill flash, slow synchro and force-off)
  • Delay between shots is 0.8 seconds
  • Burst mode - four continuous shots at the camera?s highest resolution setting in two seconds
  • Internal 16 MB memory buffer
  • Capture up to 120 seconds of AVI quality video onto the supplied 8MB SmartMedia card
  • Video-out (NTSC)
  • 3x optical zoom, 8-piece aspheric glass lens (F3.5-F5.0/F7.6-11.0)
  • Threaded lens barrel for third-party lenses
  • Premium autofocus system, it's faster and works in lower light levels than competitive models
  • Viewfinder shows a exact view of the subject, plus includes a dioptric corrector
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery that can handle up to 200 shots when using the LCD and flash
  • AC Adapter is included to recharge the long-life battery while it is in the camera
  • Weighs 13.4oz with battery and SmartMedia card
  • Measures 5.1 in(W) x 3.1 in(H) x 2.8 in(D).
The PDR-M5 (U.S. ) comes bundled with multi-platform CD software from Sierra Imaging for accessing, managing and enhancing digital photos. Also included is a rechargeable lithium battery; USB cable; RS-232C serial cables for PC and RS-422 serial cables for Macintosh; video-out cable; hand strap; and an 8MB SmartMedia Card.

I just posted my Toshiba PDR-M5 User Review.