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Toshiba PDR-M81

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of Toshiba PDR-M81. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the price and performance are on the whole positive. The flash and image quality also get good opinions. There are some less positive opinions about the focus and shutter, while there are some mixed views about the size.

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reliability, color, viewfinder, shutter, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Toshiba PDR-M81 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Toshiba PDR-M81 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Comments about the price and performance are on the whole positive. The image quality and flash are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, flash, image quality, performance, price


79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Carla Thornton (

Toshiba PDRM81 Camera Review - PCWorld



Oct, 2001

Expert review by : PC Magazine (

Toshiba PDR-M81


If price were paramount, the Toshiba PDR-M81 would win the 4-megapixel digital-camera race hands down. But the PDR-M81 is outclassed by the competition in image quality and handling characteristics. Still, it's an easy-to-use point-and-shoot, capable...

Aug, 2001

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Toshiba PDR-M81


Go to Page Two Toshiba PDR-M81 Specifications CCD Sensor 1/1.8 inch 4.2 million pixels Image Resolutions 2400 x 1600, 1200 x 800, 720 x 480 Lens Canon® F2.9-F4.8, 7 elements in 5 groups, f=7.25 to 20.3mm (equivalent to 35-100mm on a 35mm camera), all...

Jun, 2001

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Toshiba PDR-M81 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights

Aug, 2001

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Toshiba PDR-M81


Just when I was getting used to reviewing 3 Megapixel cameras, the 4 Megapixel camera invasion has started. Almost all of the big players in the digicam world have announced 4MP cameras, and the list continues to grow

Very good photo quality ; Good amount of manual controls ; Flashy menus (I'm a sucker for those kind of things) ; Very good playback mode

No manual white balance or TIFF mode ; More shutter lag than I'd like ; No support for external flash ; Only an 8MB SmartMedia card

That brings up the question: is the PDR-M81 the best 4 Megapixel camera for the money? The only other low-priced model I've tried is the Sony DSC-S85 (see our review), and I'd have to give it the edge over the PDR-M81 (better lens, manual white...

Oct, 2001

Expert review by : HardwareCentral (

Toshiba PDR-M81 Review


2,400 by 1,600 image quality will satisfy all but the most fanatical film buffs, Friendly controls and menu; light, compact design, Neat extras ranging from 16-frame collage to ability to copy images between memory cards

Ridiculously small 8MB SmartMedia card included, No uncompressed or TIFF image mode, Lacks high-end features like external lens/filter/flash support, viewfinder diopter, manual white balance

Other top-mounted buttons let you toggle flash modes or activate the self-timer (set in the main menus to either a 2- or 10-second delay). The status LCD also shows how many more shots of the current size or seconds of video you can store on the...

Aug, 2001

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Handy little camera with video feature, but old-fashioned


I had this camera for about 3 years now. Upgraded from an 2.0 pix Olympus and paid about $500 online for this Toshiba (in 2002). I decided on this one, because I wanted a high(er) pixel camera with video feature. After two years the motor broke and ...

Easy to use, excellent close-up pics

takes long to start up

Nov, 2005

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Refurbished my Butt


I was trying many camera's before I found the one I liked the most (HP 720). I wanted to stay around the $400 or less area and when I seen the add for a refurbished 4.2 mega pixel camera for $299 I ordered it and was hoping for the best. When I got...

The fact that I got my money back

It was not refurbished, and it did not focus

Nov, 2002

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May, 2002

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