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Toshiba's PDR-T20 digital camera. Courtesy of Toshiba Japan, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Toshiba announces Sora PDR-T20 digicam!
(Saturday, June 8, 2002 - 01:39 EDT)

New model, says the Japanese manufacturer, has "a stylish design like a perfume bottle"...

Toshiba Japan has announced a new digital camera model which, like the PDR-T10 which recently began shipping, features a touch-screen LCD display to simplify the user interface and remove the clutter of buttons found on most digicams. Where the -T10 relied on an array of interchangeable faceplates to define its visual style, though, the new Sora PDR-T20 has a more expensive (dare we say, classy) look. At first glance, the PDR-T20 is very reminiscent of Canon's PowerShot S30 and S40 cameras, but with cleaner lines. This is thanks to the absence of buttons, switches and mode dials, as well as the fact that the PDR-T20 has no optical viewfinder - everything on this camera revolves around the LCD display...

When it ships in Japan at the end of June, the PDR-T20 will be offered in a choice of three different chassis colors; silver, champagne gold and pink (the latter two colors will be limited editions). As well as the touch screen LCD, the camera features a 2.01 megapixel (effective) CCD imager, 2x optical zoom lens, USB 1.1 mass storage class connectivity, Secure Digital storage, Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, AC adapter, and a neck-strap with integrated stylus (for use on the touch-screen display).

Pricing for the camera has not been announced, but is expected to be ¥40,000 (US$322 / €342 / £221, ignoring taxes / duties and exchange rate fluctuations). Courtesy of Toshiba, we have the following list of product highlights and specifications (loosely translated from the Japanese; apologies for any errors in the translation):

  1. Choice of three colors
    Silver, champagne gold and pink
  2. Simple touch-panel operation
    Similar to the Sora PDR-T10 digital camera. By tapping the LCD screen, you can select one of eight scene-modes (including landscape, portrait, sport, macro, scenic portrait and night portrait), set the flash mode and self-timer, and more. In playback mode, you can display image info, zoom and pan, etc. with a touch of a finger
  3. "Paint" function
    You can select from 15 colors and three line thicknesses, and draw illustrations or write captions on images with the stylus. This adds more creativity, and expands the usefulness of the camera.
  4. 2.01 megapixel (effective) CCD and 2x optical zoom lens
    A 1/2.7" CCD imager with 2,010,000 pixels effective captures high-quality images. As well as a 1600 x 1200 pixel maximum image sizes, there are also 1024 x 768 and 640 x 480 pixel modes for purposes where the highest resolution isn't necessary.
    In addition, there's an easy-to-use 2x optical zoom lens, and with use of the digital zoom this can be doubled to 4x total zoom.
  5. 1.5" low temperature polysilicon TFT LCD display
    A 1.5", 118,000 pixel low temperature polysilicon TFT LCD display is provided, which offers high resolution, vivid image pictures. The analog touch-screen panel used has a high degree of transparency, and doesn't affect visibility.
  6. Simple record and playback menus
    In record-mode, it is possible to customise camera settings simply, with settings such as monochrome / sepia, ISO setting, manual mode, white balance and 16-up mode (16 sequential thumbnail pictures in one frame). In playback mode, functions such as slideshow and multiple-image playback can be accessed. Also, you can change the language of menus from a choice of Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese (traditional) or Chinese (simplified).
  7. ACDSee Image Management software
    If using a personal computer*, you can connect the camera with a USB cable and easily-installed driver software.
    If you use the included ACDSee software, you can then browse and view your images, do basic retouching such as red-eye removal, print images and (on PC only) email them directly from the software.
    * Windows 98, 2000, ME or XP; Macintosh OS9.0 or higher. Factory-installed USB port required.
  8. Exif v2.2 compliance
    If an Exif v2.2 (also known as Exif Print)-compliant printer is used, it can process data stored in the image to optimise print quality.
    * Check with printer manufacturer to ascertain compatible printer models
  9. All necessary items included
    Even for a first-time digital camera user, all necessary accessories are in the package. This includes an 8MB Secure Digital card, USB cable and drivers, ACDSee Image Management software, touch-screen stylus attached to the neck strap, Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and AC adapter, soft case, etc.


Toshiba Sora PDR-T20
Image Sensor 1/2.7" RGBG CCD
Sensor Resolution 2.01 megapixel effective
(2.14 megapixel total)
Image Resolution 1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
File Format JPEG (Exif v2.2)
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System)
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
Storage Secure Digital card (up to 256MB)
Lens f = 5.8 - 11.6mm
35mm equivalent: 38 - 76mm
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
Image Capacity 6 high-res or 51 low-res images on included 8MB Secure Digital card
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 8MB 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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Source: Toshiba Japan

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