Toshiba PDR-2300 Review

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Review posted 11/22/2002

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The PDR-2300 is an affordable, easy to use Two-Megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom that represents a marked improvement for the entry level digital camera category. Designed for users of conventional cameras who want to swap their film for pixels, as well as for current enthusiasts upgrading to today's friendlier, faster and better digital photography technologies, the Toshiba PDR-2300 is available at authorized retailers nationwide at an MSRP of $229(11/2002).

The PDR-2300's features include an all-glass, auto focus lens system with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to f=36-108mm on a 35mm camera), an AVI Movie Mode to produce videos up to 15 seconds in length, and a built-in flash with four modes. Additional features are: a Real Image Type viewfinder with diopter adjustment for those with corrective eyewear, automatic and manual white balance settings, exposure compensation (±1.8 at 0.3EV), Auto ISO sensitivity plus a macro capability to approximately 7.9 inches.

As a matter of convenience, the PDR-2300 offers 8MB of internal memory. Depending on the compression mode selected (fine, normal, basic) and the resolution setting (1600x1200 or 800x600) the camera's memory holds from 9 to 75 JPEG images. Photographers can either download the images straight from the internal 8MB memory using the camera's USB port or transfer select images onto a SecureDigital (SD) memory card. The camera is equipped with an on-board SD card port and supports SD cards up to 256MB.

First-time digital camera users will find the PDR-2300 is as easy to use as a standard point- and-shoot camera. From its bright 1.6-inch color LCD for reviewing the camera's straight- forward menus to the placement of its buttons and mode dial, every feature of the PDR-2300 stresses simplicity. The result is a camera that can be used straight-out-of-the box without a time-consuming learning curve.

Camera-to-computer photo transfer is done via an included USB cable, while a video cable allows for viewing still images and video on a television. Also included is a comprehensive software suite from ACD Systems for picture management and editing. The PDR-2300 is compatible with a wide range of Macintosh and PC computers, including support for Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP, as well as Mac OS 9.2 or later.

The PDR-2300, boasting a striking metallic body and contemporary curves that provide the secure, ergonomic handling shutterbugs demand and the trendy good looks consumers want. This pocket-sized powerhouse measures a mere 4.3"W x 2.0"H x 2.7"D and weighs only 8.1 ounces without batteries.

Toshiba has raised the performance bar with the new PDR-2300, a fun, affordable and totally advanced digital camera that delivers stunning, photographic quality images that can be transferred to your computer or TV. Store your most important memories on CD e- mail photos to far flung friends and family or use the images to build a web site. With the Toshiba PDR-2300, the possibilities are extensive.

PDR-2300 Features:

  • Two megapixel imager for up to 1600 x 1200 still images
  • 3X optical zoom, 5.4 - 16.2mm, (35mm equivalent 36-108mm)
  • 1.6-inch color TFT LCD monitor
  • Auto focus Macro as close as 7.9" at wide angle
  • Program AE w/automatic shutter (1/3 - 1/1000 sec.)
  • Flash; Automatic plus 4 modes (Red-eye, Fill-in, Flash Off or Slow Syncro)
  • White Balance; Automatic and in Manual record mode: daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent (cool white), Fluorescent (warm white)
  • Exposure compensation; +1.8 EV to -1.8 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
  • Built-in USB for downloading to the host computer
The PDR-2300 outfit includes internal 8MB memory(SD memory cards not included), Batteries(4- AA alkaline), USB Cable, Video Cable, Camera Case, Hand Strap, Lens Cap, CD-ROM with ACD Systems Software, USB Driver and Instruction manual and street priced at approx.$229(11/2002).

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Toshiba PDR-2300

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The PDR-3320 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

Toshiba PDR-2300 and PDR-2300

The PDR-2300 along side the PDR-3320.

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PDR-2300 Specifications

Digital camera with still and movie record, playback, and erase modes.
Imaging Device:
1/2.7 inch CCD with 2.0 million pixels effective.
3x optical zoom lens,
5.4 - 16.2mm, (35mm equivalent 36-108mm),
F2.8 / F5.6(W) & F4.4 / F8.6(T)
(2X Digital Zoom)
LCD monitor:
Built-in, 1.6" polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor.
Focusing Range:
About 19.7 inch - infinity
In Macro Mode:
about 7.9 inches to infinity at wide angle.
about 19.7 inch to infinity at telephoto
Metering Method:
Not given.
Exposure Control Method:
Programmed AE
Exposure compensation available in Manual mode.
Exposure Compensation:
+1.8 EV to -1.8 EV (in 1/3 EV steps).
Aperture Control:
Automatic only.
White Balance:
Automatic in Auto Record,
In Manual record mode: Auto, Sun, Shade, Fluorescent1(Cool white), Fluorescent 2(Warm White) or Tungsten.
Shutter Speeds:
Auto only: 1/3 - 1/1000 sec.
Focusing control:
TTL system AF(contrast detection).
Real image type zoom finder with diopter adjustment.
Built-in automatic flash,
Flash range about 0.5 to 2.5 meter(Wideangle).
Flash modes :auto flash, red-eye reduction, forced flash, no flash, Night Shot(slow synch)
Recording Modes:
Auto, Manual, Macro, night mode, self-timer(2/10 sec), AVI Movie Mode(without Audio).
Playback modes:
1-frame, 4X playback zoom, slide show, multi-image playback(thumbnail) - 6 per screen, Movie, protect, NTSC/PAL video out
Composite video signal port (selectable: NTSC/PAL),
A/C Adapter power input port (for optional PDR-AC20)
and USB 1.1 data I/O
Recording media: Secure Digital(SD) Compatible to 256MB with 8MB internal memory
Recording Capacity (Guideline) and Image Dimensions in Pixels (when using 8MB SD Memory Card, all pictures taken in the same mode).
Fine: About 9 @ 1600 x 1200, About 37 @ 800 x 600
Normal: About 14 @ 1600 x 1200, About 56 @ 800 x 600
Basic: About 18 @ 1600 x 1200, About 75 @ 800 x 600
Image Format:
Still: Complies with JPEG standard (Exif ver. 2.1)
Movie: Motion JPEG AVI for 15 Sec.(max) video clip
without sound

DCF Standard (Design Rule for camera File systems)

Battery Power:
4 x AA: Alkaline, NiMH, or Lithium
(optional A/C Adapter PDR-AC20)
Battery Life:
Using AA alkaline batteries: About 100 shots w/ flash, about 150 shots without flash
4.33 (W) x 2.01 (H) x 2.68 (D) inches
8.1 oz. / 230 g (not including SD card or batteries)
Accessories Included:
Batteries(4- AA alkaline), USB Cable, Video Cable, Camera Case, Hand Strap, Lens Cap, CD-ROM with ACD Systems Software, USB Driver and Instruction manual
System Compatibility:
Microsoft Windows® 98/2000/ME/XP
Apple Macintosh® OS 9.2 or later

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