HP Photosmart R707
Review Date: January 31st 2005
(out of 5 stars)
£150 for a 5 megapixel digital camera sounds like a bargain, and on the whole the HP Photosmart R707 fits the bill very well. With a stylish and extremely well-built exterior, the HP Photosmart R707 impresses from the moment that you take it out of the box. From a usability point of view, this camera is a winner - HP's designers have obviously put a lot of thought into its design, both inside and out, with both the external controls and the menu system being very easy to use. Together with the unique built-in help system, this makes the HP Photosmart R707 one of the easiest to use digicams on the market and therefore perfect for anyone who is looking to buy their first camera. Importantly, HP haven't neglected image quality either, with a good set of test images and clever features like Adaptive Lighting that actually work really well.
So far so good, but there are a few niggles that you should be aware of. The 39–117mm lens isn't exactly wide-angle, the battery takes 5-7 hours to recharge, there is no camera dock or memory card supplied with the standard kit, and the Auto white balance setting was sometimes a little variable in the setting that it chose, even when evaluating the same subject in the same lighting conditions. Overall though the HP Photosmart R707 delivers a lot of looks and functionality for not a lot of money, and will make a perfect point and shoot camera for the majority of users.
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