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Toshiba PDR-M65
•3.3 Megapixels
•SmartMedia (8MB card included)
•USB connection and RCA to TV
•4 AA batteries

While this camera doesnt have any large problems, I wouldnt recommend it. Its a 3.3 megapixel camera, and takes pretty nice shots, but its lack of more advanced features is an oversight. Macro Mode works excellent, and it has 3x optical zoom and 2x digital. It also has a few flash settings such as red eye and night flash. You can set ISO 100, 200, and 400, also Black and White, although I dont know why you wouldnt just take color and desaturate the picture because the file size remains the same. It also has a nifty 16 frame burst mode that creates a picture with 16 frames on it.

One problem is the file type. It lets you choose between 3 compression states and 2 resolutions: Half and Full. This lets you take pictures from about 120 K to about 1 MB. The only problem is they are all saved as Jpegs, no Tiff or RAW format.

Also, although it has a "manual" mode, all it does is let you overexpose/underexpose and set white balance. No aperture or shutter controls.

The other problem is you must depress the shutter halfway before you take a picture, or hold the shutter down. While holding the button makes sure almost all of your pictures are in focus, it prevents you from taking those instant shots when you need to.

While I love this camera and it hasn't given me any problems, leaves me wanting more. If you are just taking a picture and printing it, this is fine. But if you like advanced features and want to edit your pictures, the lack of shutter/aperture controls and an uncompressed format should make you look elsewhere.

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by robofalcon See Profile edited by DavisPhotog See Profile
last modified: 2003-05-04 18:17:28