Toshiba PDR-M25 Review
Pressing the center of the 4-way jog switch enables the thumbnail index mode.
You can quickly search through your stored images and select one for full screen
You can enlarge the image by pressing the zoom control to the telephoto position.
Once the image is magnified you can then scroll around inside of it. This is good
for checking critical focus, color or composition on the small color LCD screen.
Pressing the MENU button while in Play mode brings up this screen of options. You
can select the active image folder, start a slideshow, protect images from erasure,
resize images or resave them with a lower quality level, control the LCD display.
The LCD* option lets you control the brightness of the screen.
The PDR-M25 is small and compact 2-megapixel camera with a real 3x optical zoom lens, all for less than $300. As you'd expect from a camera at this price point it isn't loaded with advanced exposure options, it is basically an automated point-n-shoot type of camera. It does have a Manual mode that allows the user to alter the white balance and the exposure compensation. In any still image mode it also lets you select the ISO sensitivity as well as the flash mode. There's a limited long exposure Bulb mode with settings for one or two seconds as well as a slow-sync flash mode so you can experiment with some night exposures.
The overall image quality is good but not what I'd call great. Outdoors I saw little to no problems with the autofocus but indoors with the flash it seemed to be only 50/50 even though I got a green focus lock and heard a beep. There are no settings for image sharpness or saturation. The color LCD works OK indoors but it's hard to see outdoors in the bright light. Even with the color LCD on its brightest setting it was still not very readable outdoors, even when shielded with my hand.
For a suggested retail price of $279 the PDR-M25 is a fair value for a "entry level" digital camera. There are a number of two megapixel cameras in the $300 range now, two of them that I would recommend over the PDR-M25 are the Fuji FinePix 2600 Zoom and the Kodak DX3600. Both also offer a motion video recording mode that the PDR-M25 lacks. In its defense however, the PDR-M25 does have video out and that is missing in these other cameras.
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