HP PhotoSmart 720 Review

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HP PhotoSmart 720



Record Modes & Menu Options


HP PhotoSmart 720

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 720

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 720

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 720

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 720

Exposure options from the Setup menu include exposure compensation of -1.5 to +1.5 in 0.5 steps. White balance settings of Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1 and Fluorescent 2. The ISO sensitivity is Auto by default or can be fixed at 100, 200 or 400 equivalents.

Other 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 720

The PhotoSmart 720 captures up to 30-second video clips at 20 frames per second with audio at 320 x 240 resolution. As with most digicams that record sound with video, the zoom cannot be used while recording but can be preset before recording begins.





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