HP PhotoSmart 620 Review

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HP PhotoSmart 620



Record Modes & Menu Options


HP PhotoSmart 620

Typical record screen when using the color LCD as the viewfinder. There is a small status line at the bottom with the image quality, number of pictures remaining, battery condition, SD (if using a Secure Digital card) and flash status.



HP PhotoSmart 620

When you half-press the shutter button the focus is set and the exposure is calculated and the screen display puts up this big green "READY" status line.



HP PhotoSmart 620

When the using the color LCD as the viewfinder - you are prompted after each picture is taken to delete it during the processing time (approx. 4 seconds.)



HP PhotoSmart 620

After you reach the maximum optical zoom position the camera begins stepping through the digital zoom levels from 1.3x to 4.0x. Digital zoom can only be used when the color LCD is enabled as all framing must be done on the screen. Digital zoom is not the same as optical zoom, it simply crops various sized "chunks" of the frame and saves them as an image. You can see that as the digital zoom factor goes up so does the number of pictures remaining, this indicates that the size of the image files is decreasing as digital zoom increases.



HP PhotoSmart 620

Setup options for setting the time and date, changing the welcome (startup) screen to use any image stored in the camera, the USB protocol and menu language.



HP PhotoSmart 620

The PhotoSmart 620 captures up to 30-second video clips at 16 frames per second without audio at 320 x 240 resolution. As with most digicams, the zoom cannot be used while recording but can be preset before recording begins.






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