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Toshiba's Sora PDR-T30 digital camera. Courtesy of Toshiba Japan, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Toshiba Japan updates the Sora line (UPDATED)
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 13:06 EDT)

Toshiba Japan has today announced a new digital camera that follows in the footsteps of its Sora PDR-T20 model.

Not announced in the USA at this stage (we are querying our contacts as to whether it will be sold here at all), the Sora PDR-T30 is stylistically very similar. Where the previous model sold in three color schemes (silver, champagne gold and pink), though, the new one will be available only in 'Titanium Grey' and 'Silky White'. The -T30 features a touch-screen LCD display like both the PDR-T10 and PDR-T20 before it, as well as the same 1.5 inch, 118,000 pixel LCD display, SD Memory Card slot and 2x optical zoom lens as its direct predecessor.

The most obvious change other than body color is a boost of the imager from a 2.01 to a 3.24 megapixel (effective) CCD. Another significant change is the addition of a movie mode which records 320 x 240 pixel AVI MotionJPEG clips. The only other change we noticed is that the bundled 8MB Secure Digital card has been replaced by a 16MB card.

Toshiba Sora PDR-T30
Toshiba's PDR-T30 digital camera. Courtesy of Toshiba Japan, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Image Sensor 1/2.7" RGBG CCD
Sensor Resolution 3.24 megapixel effective
(3.34 megapixel total)
Image Resolution Still Image:
2048 x 1536
1024 x 768
640 x 480
Movie:
320 x 240
File Format Still Image:
JPEG (Exif v2.2)
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System)
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
Movie:
AVI (MotionJPEG)
Storage Secure Digital card (complies with SD v1.01 up to 256MB)
Lens f = 5.8 - 11.6mm
35mm equivalent: 38 - 76mm
Aperture F2.8 / F5.2 (wide)
F4.0 / F 7.2 (tele)
Focus Range Normal: 50cm - infinity
Macro: 10cm (wide) / 2.7cm (tele) - infinity
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2
Sensitivity ISO 100 / 200 / 400
Shutter Auto: 1/2 - 1/1000 second
Manual: 4 - 1/1000 second
Exposure Program Auto
Self-timer 2 or 10 second
Flash Built-in popup flash
Range: 0.5 - 2.8m (ISO 200, lens at wide angle)
Modes: Auto, On, Off, Slow-Sync
Viewfinder 1.5", 118,000 pixel low temperature polysilicon TFT
Connectivity DC In: 5V
Digital: USB v1.1, mass storage class
Power Proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery
AC adapter
Battery life 120 images (At 25°C)
Temperature Range +5°C - 40°C
Dimensions 54 x 108 x 29.5mm
Weight 170g (battery and SD card not included)
Included Accessories 16MB Secure Digital card, USB cable and drivers, ACDSee Image Management software, neck strap with built-in touch screen stylus, Lithium Ion battery and AC adapter, soft case
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UPDATED 2002-09-18 18:47ET: According to our contacts, the Toshiba Sora PDR-T30 should indeed be coming to the US, likely for availability in late October. Pricing has not yet been decided.

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