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Toshiba PDR-M70

Toshiba brings true photographic features to their new 3 flagship model!

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Review First Posted: 8/17/2000

3.37 megapixel CCD delivers 2048x1536 images
3x optical zoom, 35-105mm equivalent focal length range
Aperture and Shutter priority metering
Both movie and sound-only recording options
* Powerful processor for fast shot-to-shot cycle times

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Manufacturer Overview
Toshiba is clearly one of the true "mega" players in the world of computers and electronics. When they moved into digital cameras about two years back now, they brought tremendous engineering resources to bear, which has borne fruit in the form of some of the fastest digicams on the market, from shot to shot. The PDR-M70 carries this tradition into the 3 megapixel arena, at the same time as Toshiba is learning to incorporate more photographic features into their cameras. The PDR-M70 now offers much greater exposure control and flexibility than any Toshiba camera to date, with a feature set that places it solidly in the "enthusiast" realm. At the same time, basic operation is simple enough for the casual user. With the PDR-M70, Toshiba has also moved further into the "multimedia" domain, offering not only movies with sound at multiple resolution/quality levels, but a very full-featured sound-only recording mode for verbal note-taking that goes well beyond what we're accustomed to seeing in a digital still camera. All in all, a dramatic increase in features and capabilities, part of a progression we expect to see Toshiba continue for some time into the future.

  • 3.37 megapixel CCD delivering 2048 x 1536 and 1024 x 768 pixel images.
  • 3x optical zoom, 7.0 to 21.0 mm lens (35 to 105mm 35mm equivalent).
  • 2x digital telephoto.
  • 1.8 inch color LCD monitor.
  • Program AE, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority exposure modes.
  • Shutter speeds from 8 to 1/1,000 seconds.
  • Aperture from f/2.0 to f/8.0. (Six steps)
  • Variable ISO with 100, 200 and 400 settings.
  • Burst (up to five frames in four seconds) and Multi (36 continuous images in one frame) exposure modes available.
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing option.
  • AVI Movie capability with sound.
  • Monochrome black & white and sepia photography options.
  • Popup flash with six modes available.
  • External flash sync terminal.
  • White balance with five operating modes to choose from.
  • USB and video inputs.
  • Images stored on SmartMedia in JPEG Exif Ver.2.1.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility for printing images.

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