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Toshiba PDR-M81

Toshiba steps into the 4-megapixel arena with a value-priced, full-featured model.

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 08/24/2001

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Toshiba PDR-M81


Model Name:

Toshiba PDR-M81 
Model Number: PDR-M81 
Camera Format: Compact 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $799.00
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-07
Date Available: 2001-07-31
Remote Control:  
Remote Control Type:  
Tripod Mount:  
Tripod Mount Material:  
Operating System: Windows, MacOS 
Weight: 8.5 oz (240 g)
Weight With Batteries?  
Size: 4.2 x 2.8 x 1.9 in.
(107 x 71 x 47 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2400x1600, 1200x800, 720x480
Movie Resolution: 320x240, 160x120
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 4.00
CCD Size (inches): 1/1.8 inch 
CCD Filter Type:  
CCD Manufacturer:  
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio: Yes 
Quality Levels: 3
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 35 - 98 mm
Zoom Ratio: 2.80x
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: 2.2x 
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type:  
Auto Focus Assist Light? No 
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus:  
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range: 80 cm to Infinity
32.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 10 - 10000 cm
4.1 - 4081.6 in
Min Macro Area:  
Min Aperture:  
Max Aperture: f/2.9
Aperture Range Description: f/2.9 (wide) / f4.8 (tele) - ??? 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread:  
Lens Thread Type:  
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: Real Image 
Optical VF Accuracy:  
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy:  
LCD Size (inches): 1.5
LCD Resolution:  
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom: 2.00
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
ISO Rating Max: 400
Number of White Balance Settings:  
White Balance Settings:  
Manual White Balance:  
Longest Shutter Time: 15 
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/1000 
Exp Adj Range: 2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.50 EV
Metering Modes: 256 segment matrix and spot 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 2 or 10
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes:  
Flash Modes:  
Flash Guide Number (Meters):  
Flash Range Default ISO (meters):  
Flash Range Description: 0.8 - 3.0 meters at ISO 200 
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash:  
Ext Flash Connection:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SmartMedia 
Other Memory Types:  
Memory Included (MB): 8.0
Uncompressed Format:  
CCD Raw Format: No 
Compressed Format: JPEG 
Movie File Format: MotionJPEG AVI with PCM audio 
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection: DC In 
Included Software: Sierra Imaging ImageExpert 
OS Compatibility: Windows, MacOS 
Performance Timing
Startup Time:  
Shutdown Time:  
Play -> Record:  
Record -> Play (max res):  
Record -> Play (min res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE:  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus:  
Shutter Lag, Prefocus:  
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format:  
Cycle Time Max Res:  
Cycle Time Min Res:  
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 7
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 16.000
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 15.00
Movie Sec @ Max Res: 30.00
Movie Sec @ Min Res: 180.00
Download speed, KB/second:  
Battery Form Factor: AA 
Usable Battery Types:  
Batteries Included: 4 x AA
Battery Charger Included:  
More Information
Notes & Features: Price estimate based on conversion of Japanese projected price; US pricing will be 'under $1000'. Lens has 7 elements in 5 groups. 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 in Japan; bundled with 8MB SmartMedia card, USB cable, serial cable, wrist strap, lens cap, soft carrying case, driver CD-ROM and Sierra Imaging's ImageExpert in the US. Optional AC adapter PDR-ACM1J available. 
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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