Toshiba’s new PDR-M65 3.3 megapixel digital camera boasts professional features of more expensive digital cameras in a compact and low-cost, yet rugged, plastic body.

Weighing in at 10.2 ounces, the PDR-M65 is one of the smallest cameras on the market. It sports a 3x optical zoom lens, and it includes a 2x telephoto feature that lets you zoom in on your final image. A dial on top lets you choose from among different modes, such as manual, auto, playback, download, and setup.

Designed like a traditional point-and-shoot camera, the PDR-M65 is easy to use. A 1.8-inch color LCD monitor displays settings such as white balance, aperture value, exposure, and auto-focus/auto-exposure (AF/AE). The five-mode automatic flash system—featuring automatic, red-eye reduction, forced-fill flash, slow synchro, and force-off—adjusts to any lighting condition up to 13 feet away.

A SmartMedia card records eight fine pictures, 17 normal pictures, and up to 35 basic pictures at 2048 x 1536 resolution in JPEG format. The PDR-M65 downloads the largest images in less than a second using the USB port for both PC and Macintosh computers. It also contains a “video out” connector for viewing photos on a television screen, so many people can see them at the same time.

The suggested retail price of the PDR-M65 is $599.

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