digicam with notetaking capability
by Rick Smith (October 25, 2002)
Several years ago, there was only a handful of 3 megapixel cameras being sold. As these digicams became more affordable, each manufacturer differentiated their new models. Toshiba has put a unique spin on their recently introduced PDR-T30 model.
The key feature of the Toshiba PDR-T30 is its PDA-style touchscreen with notetaking capability. Touch screen technology is no stranger to Toshiba, as this is the third generation of Toshiba cameras to utilize a touchscreen. Self-explanatory icons are located on the bright, 1.5-inch color LCD that assists you in adjusting white balance, shutter speed, digital zoom and scene select modes. A simple tap on the icons, with a stylus, and you can move between the different menus on the camera.
With the built-in paint program, you can draw on the photographs you take and even make detailed notes on the image. This capability is useful for:
Real estate agentsInsurance adjusters / Insured homeownersContractorsNews journalists
who need to document and share images. You can select pen color and pen thickness, just like a pen computer!
Other features of the PDR-T30 are:
3.24 million pixel CCD (2048 x 1536)F 2.8 all-glass lens 2x optical zoom (38-76mm -35mm equivalent)Macro capability 1/1000 second to 4 second shutter speedAutomatic "point-and-shoot"AVI Movie recordingStylish, highly-polished aluminum housingSliding lens cover -- no lens cap to losePop-up flash with red-eye reductionFive programmed exposure modesSecure Digital (SD) media storageCompact size (2.1 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches)Lightweight (6.3 ounces)Three JPEG sizes -- 2048x1536 to 640 x 480
The Toshiba PDR-T30 3.2 megapixel digital camera will be available in November 2002 with an MSRP of $449. Ships with:
16MB SmartMedia cardSoft caseNeck strap with stylus penInstruction manual on CDRechargeable lithium-ion battery AC Adapter USB cable
along with ACD Systems software for downloading, editing, printing and e-mailing photos. This software is compatible with computers running all Microsoft Windows platforms that fully support USB (98, 2000, ME and XP), along with Apple Macintosh OS 9.0 or later.
With the included 16 megabyte Secure Digital (SD) memory card, you can record:
12 to 112 JPEG images78 seconds of AVI video (320 x 240)
A 256MB memory card can hold about 23 minutes of digital video or 1920 JPEG images.
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