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Toshiba's PDR-M81 digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Toshiba. Toshiba 4 megapixel digicam - samples online!
(Monday, May 28, 2001 - 17:06 EDT)

It may be the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the USA, but news continues to come in from the rest of the world...

Toshiba Japan has today announced its new PDR-M81 digital camera, our friend Yamada Kumio reports on his digitalcamera.gr.jp website. The Allegretto PDR-M81 features a 4 megapixel CCD image sensor, 2.8x optical zoom lens from Canon, a range of manual features and both movie / burst mode capabilities. Specifications highlights follow, and full specifications for the Toshiba Allegretto PDR-M81 are already in our database...

Coinciding with the Japanese announcement, Yamada-san has posted 8 sample images from the PDR-M81 at the PC Watch website. There are 5 outdoor and 3 indoor flash photos, all taken on a development camera. (The usual cveat applies that these may vary substantially from images taken with a final production camera, although they should represent at least a baseline of what the camera can do).

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Toshiba Allegretto PDR-M81
Toshiba's PDR-M81  digital camera, front view. Courtesy of Toshiba.
Model Number: PDR-M81
Camera Format: Compact
Price: Street ¥69,800 (US$576)
Date Available: Mid-July 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.55" 4.20 megapixel CCD
Image Resolution: 2400x1600, 1200x800, 720x480
Focal Length (effective): 35-98 mm (2.8x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 2.2x
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Unknown
Normal Focus Range: 80 cm to Infinity; 32.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 10 cm to Infinity; 4.1 in to Infinity
Aperture Range: f/2.9 (wide) / f4.8 (tele) - ???
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch)
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Unknown
Manual White Balance: Unknown
Shutter Speeds: 15 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV steps
Metering Modes: 256 segment matrix and spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Self Timer (seconds): 2 or 10
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Unknown
Flash Range Description: 0.8 - 3.0 meters at ISO 200
Ext Flash: Unknown
Image Storage
Flash Memory: SmartMedia
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: JPEG, MotionJPEG AVI with PCM audio
More Information
Weight: 240 g; 8.4 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 107 x 71 x 47mm; 4.2 x 2.8 x 1.9in
Notes & Features: Shutter speeds 1/2 - 15 seconds in manual mode only. Newly developed white balance system is claimed to offer more natural color. Compatible with SmartMedia to 128MB. Compliant with PRINT Image Matching. Lens made by Canon. Macro focus to 10cm at wide or 25cm at tele position. Auto exposure bracketing (three frames). Ability to copy/resize/rotate images in-camera. Specific button for image deletion allows last image deletion when in record mode. USB Mass Storage Class compliant (allows driverless connectivity on WinME, Win2000, MacOS 8.5+). Bundled with AA batteries, 8MB SmartMedia and USB interface kit. Optional AC adapter PDR-ACM1J available.

Source: digitalcamera.gr.jp website

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