Toshiba Japan today announced the M70, their first foray into the 3 megapixel race, a camera first seen at PMA2000 now headlines Toshiba's range with a 3x Canon Zoom lens (35-105mm 35mm equiv., fast F2.0) uses SmartMedia for storage and has full support for the shutterbug features of Aperture and Shutter priority. Looks and specification (specifically the Canon 3x lens) cunningly similar to the Casio QV-3000EX.

Toshiba PDR-M70 (click for larger image)

Toshiba PDR-M70 specifications

CCD 1/1.8" 3.34 megapixels
Image sizes 2048 x 1536, 1024 x 768.
Image modes JPEG, AVI
ISO (sensitivity) 100, 200, 400
Lens 3x Zoom Canon lens (35 - 105mm, 35mm equiv). F2.0-F2.5
Shooting range Normal: 80cm - Infinity, Macro: 9cm - Infinity.
Shutter speed range 1/2s - 1/1000s (long exposure mode allows 1-8 secs)
LCD monitor 1.8" TFT
Storage SmartMedia (2MB/4MB/8MB/16MB/32MB/64MB)
Shooting modes Program AE, Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter Priority (Tv)
Burst mode AVI 160 x 120 (300 seconds), 320 x 240 (60 seconds) - 15fps
Exposure compensation +/-1.5EV in 1/3EV steps
White balance Full Auto, 4 settings
Self-timer 2 secs or 10 secs
Flash Built-in & Optional synch terminal.
Flash range 0.8m - 4.0m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow-Sync, Anti-Red-Eye, Fill-In
Interface USB
Video output Varies by region
Misc Voice recording function (WAVE file)
Power requirements Supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (PDR-BT2)
Dimensions 116 x 62 x 76 mm
Weight (no batteries) 360 g
Est Street PRice ~US$ 890
Release date March 2000, Japan