First Look: HP Photosmart R707

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HP Photosmart R707
HP recently introduced a 5.1-megapixel point-and-shoot camera that finally adds a level of chic to its Photosmart range. Read our Australian preview.

Looking at Photosmart cameras prior to the R707, you could be forgiven for thinking designers at HP were stuck in a time warp. Especially compared to some of the compact styles such Canon's IXUS 500, Sony's DSCV1 and Fujifilm's FinePix F700. However, the R707 is a stylish little camera which flaunts a brushed metal front and houses a range on features within, such as HP's Adaptive Lighting and Image Advice technologies.

Upside: While the metallic design might add a bit of weight to the camera (204 grams with batteries), it not only looks great good but we expect this camera to be sturdier than previous Photosmart cameras. A red-eye removal function is built-in to the R707 so you don't have to wait until you download your photos before finding and removing evil-looking pupils from shots. HP has also included their Adaptive Lighting technology that adjusts high contrast photos to correct badly lit subjects.

QVGA (320 x 240-pixel resolution) MPEG-1 video can be recorded at 30 frames per second. The maximum length of video clips is determined by available memory. In panoramic mode, you can line up multiple shots into one image on the R707's 1.5-inch LCD viewfinder, which outlines previous photos to assist in capturing a wide scene. HP includes their Image Zone software for Windows and Mac, and ArcSoft's Panorama Maker to stitch images together.

Finally, after taking a photo, the R707 can analyse the picture and provide feedback on how the shot can be improved.

Downside: HP supplies a 32MB Secure Digital (SD) memory card with the R707, so only about eleven photos can be taken at the best resolution before you'll need to download (or delete) the pictures.

Specifications on digital cameras that boast a "total" or "combined" zoom can be misleading for newcomers to digital imaging. HP state the total zoom of the R707 is 24x, which is actually the product of 3x optical and 8x digital zoom.

Outlook: Retailing at AU$699, the HP Photosmart R707 seems to be reasonably priced for a 5.1-megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom. At first glance, the R707's brushed metal surface is reminiscent of Canon's IXUS line. If the R707 and HP's technologies -- such as Adaptive Lighting and In-Camera Red-Eye Removal -- perform well, HP could pinch some of the digital photography market share with this glamorous point-and-shoot model.

Specifications

General
Depth 1.4 in
Sensor Resolution 5.1 Megapixel
Enclosure Material stainless steel
Optical Sensor Type CCD
Total Pixels 5360000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution 5140000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1/1.8"
Digital Zoom 8 x
System TTL contrast detection
Digital Video Format MPEG-1
Image Recording Format JPEG
Point-and-shoot highlights Having video capture capability makes this camera ideal for social functions or vacation shots.
Exposure & White Balance
Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400
Exposure Metering center-weighted, evaluative, spot
Exposure Modes aperture-priority, automatic, manual, program
Shooting Programs action, beach/snow, landscape, document, macro, panorama assist, portrait mode, sunset, text
Special Effects Black & White, Sepia
White Balance automatic, custom, presets
White Balance Presets fluorescent, shade, sunlight, tungsten light
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 16 sec
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Camera Flash
Type built-in flash
Effective Flash Range 9 ft
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 113 °F
Display
Display Format 119,548 pixels
Display Form Factor built-in
Lens System
Type Zoom lens - 3x zoom - 8 - 24 mm - f/2.8-4.9
Optical Zoom 3 x
Lens Aperture f/2.8-4.9
Min Focal Length 8 mm
Max Focal Length 24 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 39 m
Min Focus Distance 19.7 in
Macro Focus Range 5.5 in - 39.4 in, 5.5 in - 19.7 in
Focus Adjustment automatic
Zoom Adjustment motorized drive
Features built-in lens shield
Miscellaneous
Included Accessories USB cable kit, power adapter
Power
Batteries Included 1
Memory / Storage
Supported Memory Cards MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
Internal Storage 32 MB flash
Image Storage JPEG 10 - with 32MB built-in memory - 2.5 MB
JPEG 21 - with 32MB built-in memory - 1.25 MB
JPEG 32 - with 32MB built-in memory - 800 KB
JPEG 52 - with 32MB built-in memory - 500 KB
JPEG 640 x 480: 175 - with 32MB built-in memory - 150 KB
Video Capture MPEG - 320 x 240 - 30 fps
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type real-image zoom
Viewfinder Color Support Color
Viewfinder Type Optical - real-image zoom
Additional Features
Continuous Shooting Speed 3 frames per second
Features adaptive lighting, audio recording, camera orientation detection, date/time stamp, in-camera panorama preview, in-camera red-eye removal
Connections
Memory Card Slot SD card
Shutter
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 16 sec
Microphone
Microphone Operation Mode Mono
Battery
Technology lithium ion
Battery Type Lithium ion
Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery (included)
Software
Type Drivers & Utilities, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, HP Image Zone, HP Memories Disc Creator
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Support MS Windows 2000, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later, MS Windows XP
Peripheral Devices CD-ROM drive, USB port, SVGA monitor
Header
Brand HP
Product Line HP PhotoSmart
Model R707xi, R707
Packaged Quantity 1
Video Input
Type digital camera
Digital Camera Type compact
Continuous Shooting Speed 3 frames per second
Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400
ISO (Max) 400
Digital Zoom 8 x
Digital Video Format MPEG-1
Image Recording Format JPEG
Special Effects Black & White, Sepia
Features adaptive lighting, audio recording, camera orientation detection, date/time stamp, in-camera panorama preview, in-camera red-eye removal
Exposure Parameters
Exposure Metering center-weighted, evaluative, spot
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Modes aperture-priority, automatic, manual, program
Shooting Programs action, beach/snow, landscape, document, macro, panorama assist, portrait mode, sunset, text
White Balance
White Balance automatic, custom, presets
White Balance Presets fluorescent, shade, sunlight, tungsten light
Auto Focus
System TTL contrast detection
Optical Sensor
Sensor Resolution 5.1 megapixels
Optical Sensor Type CCD
Optical Sensor Size 1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric) 14.1 mm (1/1.8")
Total Pixels 5360000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution 5140000 pixels
Camera Display
Type LCD display
Display Form Factor built-in
Diagonal Size 1.5 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 3.8 cm
Display Format 119,548 pixels
Camera Memory
Internal Storage Type flash
Internal Storage Capacity 32 MB
Memory Card Slot SD card
Supported Memory Cards MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
Camera Specifications
Print Standard DPOF support, PictBridge support, direct print
Optical Viewfinder
Type real-image zoom
Dimensions & Weight
Width 3.8 in
Depth 1.4 in
Height 2.4 in
Weight 0.44 lbs
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 1 year

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