Toshiba digital camera offers new features – First Look – Toshiba PDR-M71 – Product Announcement

An ideal first digital camera, the PDR-M71 from Toshiba produces vibrant, lifelike photographs and includes some new features. The built-in, five-mode flash system has red-eye reduction, and the camera can be used for AVI movie/audio recording. Other features include a Canon all-glass aspherical zoom lens with Macro; SmartMedia storage; a full-range of shooting modes and options; USB connectivity; and enhanced signal-processing technology for fast, continuous shooting and quick operation.

The PDR-M71’s Canon lens has 2.8x optical zoom, 2.2X digital zoom, plus a macro mode that enhances the detail of the 2048 x 1536 resolution and is especially useful for quality-sensitive close-ups. The all-glass, glare-free 7.25-20.3mm zoom lens is equivalent to a 35-98mm zoom lens on a traditional 35mm camera. The new Toshiba camera can also accept third-part accessory lenses such as wide angle, telephoto, or fisheye.

The easy-to-use camera has a control dial and zoom set so they can be manipulated with either a thumb or index finger, and each function is clearly indicated on the control dial with an icon. Ample shooting modes and options are easily accessible through the menu system on the LCD. In fully automatic mode, the PDR-M71 focuses and adjusts its settings. For the advanced photographer, the camera has manual controls including Program auto-exposure (AE), full manual shutter and aperture, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, ISO sensitivity, white balance, and exposure compensation. The histogram function enables the user to check the distribution of brightness levels on the LCD once a picture is taken. Users can also choose from three levels of resolution and three JPEG format compression levels.

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