Toshiba PDR-4300 Review

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Toshiba PDR-4300

Review posted 4/5/03

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The Toshiba PDR-4300 is a four-megapixel digital camera that creates images up to 2400 x 1600 pixels and incorporates a high quality Canon 2.8X optical zoom lens. The PDR-4300 is an easy to use camera for the beginner yet offers manual options for control of light and exposure for the more experienced user. And with a suggested retail price of just $379 it's also quite affordable.

The 4.0-megapixel CCD image sensor yields a maximum image size of 2400 x 1600, with user-selectable 1200 x 800 and 720 x 480 resolutions also available. The all-glass 2.8X Canon zoom lens is equivalent to a 35-100mm lens on a 35mm camera, has macro capability as close as 6-inches, and a wide F2.9 aperture for improved light gathering. The automatic shutter speed range is from 1/1000 sec. to 1/2 second. The camera's flash, which is effective to a distance of 10 feet, provides four modes: automatic, red-eye reduction, fill in flash, and off.

The PDR-4300's manual controls allow users to adjust the exposure compensation, manual exposure, light metering (center, spot), ISO sensitivity (100/200/400), and continuous shooting. Exposure modes are program, full manual, shutter-priority, aperture-priority and scene select, while white balance modes are automatic, daylight, cloudy, incandescent light and two for fluorescent light.

The camera captures 320 x 240 resolution video clips at 15 fps just as easily as it shoots still images. It's equipped with a bright 1.6-inch polysilicon color LCD monitor (279 x 229) and an optical viewfinder. USB connectivity allows for easy and fast transfer from camera to compatible computers (Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 9.2 or later, Mac OS 10.1 or later). Video output is also provided (NTSC/PAL).

PDR-4300 Features:

  • 4-megapixel CCD
  • Image sizes: 2400x1600, 1200x800 or 720x480
  • Three JPEG quality levels (fine, normal, basic)
  • 2.8X (35-100mm) optical Canon F2.9 zoom lens
  • 1.6" color LCD, polysilicon TFT monitor
  • Small, compact and lightweight
  • Builtin 5-mode flash (auto, red-eye, forced, and off)
  • AVI movie 320x240, 15fps, max 30/45/60 secs of recording
  • Automatic exposure, Shutter speed and Aperture priority and Manual
  • Mechanical shutter 1/2 to 1/1000 sec (up to 15 secs in Manual)
  • Playback includes exposure data and histogram display
  • ISO sensitivity of 100, 200 or 400
  • White balance: Auto, Outdoor, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent I and 2
  • Video output format user-selectable NTSC or PAL
  • Secure Digital (SD) storage, 16MB included, compatible up to 512MB
  • Wireless infrared remote control
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching (PIM) compatible
  • USB 1.1 port for Windows and Macintosh
  • Powered by standard AA type batteries

The PDR-4300 is expected to ship in mid-March with an MSRP of $379 and comes with a 16MB SD memory card, 4 AA batteries, USB cable, video cable, an IR remote control, a hand strap, and a CD-ROM containing ACD System™ photo editing software, USB driver and an in-depth instruction manual.

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Toshiba PDR-4300 and standard CD disc for size comparison.

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Toshiba PDR-4300 Specifications

CCD Sensor 1/1.8 inch 4.2 million pixels (total)
4.0 million pixels effective
Image Resolutions 2400 x 1600 (FULL)
1200 x 800 (HALF)
720 x 480 (SMALL)
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 TTL contrast detection
Auto-Focus Range Normal mode: 0.8m to infinity
Macro mode: 0.10m to infinity (wide)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.1), DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) and DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compliant
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)
Exposure Metering Multi or Spot
White Balance Auto, Outdoor, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent I and 2
Sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 100/200/400 (Standard/2x/4x)
Shutter Mechanical shutter 1/2 to 1/1000 sec
Maximum of 15 seconds for extended exposures
Aperture F2.9 to F8 automatic or manual selection
Recording Modes Single, Continuous, AE Bracketing
Movie Mode AVI Video Recording without Audio
160 x 120, Max 3 minutes @ 15fps
320 x 240, Max of 60 secs. @ 15fps
Fine, Normal or Basic quality possible
Built-in Flash Adjusting range 0.5m to 2.9m Wideangle, ISO 2x
(Auto, Red-Eye Forced, Forced, OFF)
Video Interface Provides NTSC and PAL video output signal
Microphone n/a
LCD Monitor 1.6" color LCD monitor. Polysilicon TFT
60,000 pixels (279 x 220 resolution)
Storage Media SecureDigital 8MB to 256MB, ships with 16MB
Optical Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder
Self Timer 10 or 2 seconds
Tripod Mount Built-In
Data Communication Interface USB 1.1
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 ACD Systems Imaging Software Suite, USB Storage Driver
Camera Dimensions and Weight Dimensions (W x H x D)
115.5mm x 69.2mm x 46.1mm
4.54" x 2.72" x 1.8"
Weight without batteries: 230 g / 8.1 oz.
System Requirements Windows: 98/Me/2000/XP. Macintosh: System 9 or higher

Specifications as represented by the manufacturer

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