HP Photosmart 945
Review Date: October 28th 2004
(out of 5 stars)
The HP Photosmart 945 is a digital camera that promises a lot and delivers on some of those promises, but not all. For every great feature that the camera offers, there seems to be another one that isn't so well implemented. The extensive Help system and Digital Flash are innovations that are exclusive to HP and that really make a difference. On the other hand, the high levels of noise at ISO 200 and above and the poor playback options only serve to annoy and make you forget about what HP have got right. The HP Photosmart 945 also lacks a few crucial features which its target audience will probably miss - auto-bracketing of any kind (exposure or white-balance), a remote control or lead, and a rather meager supplied box kit instantly spring to mind. So can this one year old camera hold its own in what has become a very crowded marketplace? Well, the attractive prices on offer do go some way to making up for what the camera lacks, and it undoubtedly has some great features, so I would answer yes, if you can live with the shortcomings. The HP Photosmart 945 was ahead of its time in some respects when it was originally announced, and it hasn't quite been superseded yet.
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