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Toshiba PDR-M60

Toshiba introduces a "value-priced" 2 megapixel camera with nice image quality and a 2.3x optical zoom.

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 1/12/2001

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2.3 megapixel sensor for 1792x1200 images
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2.3x optical zoom lens
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Variable ISO, 100-400
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Good image quality in an inexpensive zoom camera


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Manufacturer Overview
A true leader in the digital imaging industry, Toshiba America introduced its first digital still camera in 1996. At that time, the PDR-2 revolutionized consumer digital photography by offering the first PC Card interface, a low-power CMOS chip for image capture, and an interface specifically designed for use with Toshiba's popular laptop computers. Since then, Toshiba has introduced a full line of digital cameras, all priced for the beginning and advanced photo enthusiast ($400 to $1,000). Its current crop includes the PDR-M4, introduced two years ago with a then-ground-breaking 2.1-megapixel CCD censor and combined image storage options of 16MB internal memory and the ability to accept removable SmartMedia cards. The PDR-M5 followed six months later, with an advanced digital signal processing technology that made it the fastest digital camera on the market -- an amazing two-second interval between shots at full resolution!

The PDR-M70 came to market in February 2000, with a 3-megapixel chip and advanced imaging features for the more demanding business sector. It was followed by the subject of this review, the PDR-M60, introduced late last year (this is being written in early 2001). The PDR-M60 combines a 2-megapixel chip with the basic features of Toshiba's consumer-level cameras. The result is a very affordable 2 megapixel camera with good image quality and a 2.3x optical zoom lens.


Highlights

  • 2.3 megapixel CCD delivering up to 1,792 x 1,200-pixel resolution images.
  • 1.8-inch, color LCD monitor.
  • 8-18mm, 2.3x zoom lens, equivalent to a 38-86mm lens on a 35mm camera.
  • 2x digital zoom.
  • Automatic exposure control.
  • Maximum aperture f/2.8 - f/3.2.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to 1/2 second.
  • Bulb exposure mode for one- and two-second exposures.
  • Adjustable white balance setting with five modes.
  • Built-in flash with five operating modes.
  • Variable ISO sensitivity equivalents: 100, 200, and 400.
  • Multi-Shot mode captures 16 consecutive images in one frame.
  • Black-and-white mode.
  • NTSC video cable for connecting to a television set (PAL for European models).
  • Included USB cable for quick connection to a computer, plus Image Expert software CD.
  • Power by four AA batteries or optional AC adapter, set of alkaline batteries included.
  • Images saved as JPEGs to SmartMedia, 4MB card included.



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