HP Photosmart R817
Review Date: October 4th 2005
The HP Photosmart R817 is HP's latest digital camera and it attempts to emulate the success of the well-received R707 and R717 models. Despite the higher model number, the HP R817 actually has less megapixels (5 rather than 6) and a smaller image sensor than its predecessors. So what new features does it have to offer? The main one is a 5x optical lens, equivalent to 36-180mm, which instantly sets it apart from most of the competition, which typically have 3x zoom lenses. The R817 is also quite a lot smaller than the older models, although this does come at the expense of a smaller CCD sensor and the omission of an optical viewfinder. Other notable features include a larger 2 inch LCD screen with increased resolution and some new HP technologies, including in-camera panorama stitching and red-eye removal, plus a greatly improved video mode. So is the HP R817 better than its predecessors, and how does it match up against the dozens of other 5 megapixel digital cameras? Carry on reading my review to find out the answers.
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