May 5
Toshiba Ships 3.37 Megapixel Camera
Still camera offers AVI capture with sound

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Toshiba today announced that they're shipping a new 3.37 megapixel digital zoom camera. The Toshiba PDR-M70 includes an all-glass aspheric lens system (f=7.0 mm to 21 mm, or 35 mm to 105 mm in 35 mm conversion) with macro; 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom; 52 mm threads for optional filters and lenses; an extra-large aperture of F=2.0 to 2.5; 12 Mbps download speeds via its USB port; video-output in NTSC and PAL formats; 1.8" LCD with illuminator; built-in speaker/microphone; and an AVI movie function that records up to two minutes of video (15 FPS, 160 x 120 pixels) with audio or 30 seconds at a resolution of 320 x 240. The camera can also be used to record an hour of audio only, which is stored on the camera's 16 MB SmartMedia card. Movies can be viewed on the LCD screen with audio provided by the built-in speaker or downloaded to a computer.

Toshiba says the camera boots in less than three seconds and recycles 1 second between shots. In burst mode, the camera captures at a rate of 1.4 frames per second. In the Multi-Shot mode it can capture up to 36 320 x 218 shots in 2.3 seconds (10 320 x 218 images/second).

The PDR-M70, available now, sells for $899. It comes bundled with multi-platform (Mac and Windows) CD software from Sierra Imaging for accessing, managing and enhancing digital photos; a rechargeable lithium battery with extended power capacity; a USB cable; audio/video-out cable; neck strap; soft case; and a 16 MB SmartMedia Card. For more information visit http://www.toshiba.com.

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