Toshiba is shipping a "button-free" camera – the Toshiba PDR-T10 – which uses an LCD as a stylus-controlled touch-screen menu.
The $399 camera (around £285) comes with its own stylus, but you can also use a standard PDA stylus or a finger. The absence of buttons, levers and switches on the back of the camera gives the PDR-T10 a "streamlined, elegant styling that ideally compliments its pocket-sized dimensions (3.36-x-2.83-x-1.1 inches) ", said Doug Freck, vice president and general manager of Toshiba Imaging Systems.
UK shipping details weren’t available at press time.
By touching the 1.6-inch LCD with a stylus, the camera's menu can be navigated. It features a variety of controls such as flash and zoom options, according to Freck. The controls aallow photos to be reviewed and downloaded to a PC.
The PDR-T10 sports a 2.0 megapixel CCD that captures colour photographs at resolutions up to 1,600-x-1,200 in universal JPEG format at three quality levels.
The camera has a professional-grade, all-glass lens that's equivalent to f=38mm on a 35mm camera, Freck says. For close-ups there's also a macro mode that allows photography as close as 3.5-inches from the subject. Other features include as 4x digital zoom, user-selectable white balance, exposure control and flash, USB interface, and compatibility with Secure Digital (SD) storage media. The PDR-T10 ships with an 8MB SD card, which can store up to 80 photos; the camera has on-board compatibility with SD cards up to 256MB.