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The palm sized Toshiba PDR-M60 has a 1/2-inch 2.33 megapixel CCD imager capable of recording either 1792 x 1200 or 896 x 600 size still images in Fine, Normal or Basic quality. It has a 2.3X (38-86mm 35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with a 2X digital zoom option. For image download to the computer the PDR-M60 has a USB port that eliminates the need for a card reader.
The PDR-M60 has a powerup time of about 3 seconds and a shot to shot recycle
time of around 1 second. This is basically an automatic point and shoot type
of camera but through the Manual mode you can control the white balance and
the exposure compensation value. Variable ISO sensitivity of 100, 200 or 400
and macro focusing down to 5cm gives you a very versatile entry-level priced
2 megapixel digicam.
On the back is a bright 1.8-inch active-matrix color LCD which can be used as a
realtime viewfinder or to playback your stored images. In playback mode it can
display images fullscreen, as thumbnails or in 3x zoom. It is also used to access
the menu system. It can be switched off to conserve battery power when using the
conventional eyelevel viewfinder.
A tri-color (red/yellow/green) LED indicates autofocus, flash and memory
The bottom of the PDR-M60 is flat and is well suited to being mounted on a
tripod. The only thing on the bottom besides the tripod socket is the battery
On the top is a monochrome data LCD, the Mode Dial, the Shutter Release and
control function buttons. When powered down the lens retracts. I was
disappointed to see that the data LCD was not illuminated as is the case on
Toshiba's other cameras.
Closeup look at the top data LCD display and control buttons. From left to right the
Flash mode, Quality / Image Size and Self-Timer.
There are dedicated buttons
for displaying the MENU system. Turning the color LCD screen on/off (DISP).
Enabling the MACRO mode and Deleting files.
The all-glass aspheric 2.3x zoom (38-86mm equivalent) features a fast F2.8
aperture for better than average low light performance. The focus range is from two to twenty inches in Macro, or 20 inches to
infinity in normal Autofocus mode. When the camera is powered down, the
lens retracts and is covered by a builtin lens barrier.
The PDR-M60 has a five-mode flash system (automatic, red-eye reduction, forced-
fill flash, slow synchro and force-off) with a working range of 12-feet.
On the top is the video out (NTSC or PAL).
The USB port is rated at 12mbps and is capable of transfering a high-res picture in about 1 seconds.
On the other side of the camera is the 5VDC input jack for the optional
AC power supply.
The card slot employs my favorite "push in - pop out" type of ejector mechanism which makes it a snap to change the tiny cards.
The PDR-M60 accomodates any capacity 3.3v SmartMedia card and
comes with a 4MB card.
Unlike all the other Toshiba camera we have reviewed, the M60 does not use a Toshiba lithium rechargeable battery. They have gone back to using four AA size batteries as the portable power for the camera. This will be good news to those who dislike proprietary battery packs.
Included with the camera are four alkaline batteries but I would
recommend the use of NiMH rechargeables instead.
The PDR-M60 has a compact high-impact plastic body with a weight of just over seven ounces (without the batteries), here it is for size comparison with the Nikon Coolpix 880.
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