HP PhotoSmart 720 Review

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HP PhotoSmart 720


Posted 8/24/2002



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The PhotoSmart 720 is a 3.3-Megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a very affordable price of $329 (Aug 2002.) It is the replacement for HP's PhotoSmart 715 and lets you capture up to 2048 x 1536-pixel images for photo-quality prints up to 11 x 14" in size. It also captures up to 30-second video clips at 20 frames per second with audio at 320 x 240 resolution. The audio recording allows you to add voice annotations (up to 255 secs.) to your still images and saves them in standard Windows WAV format.

The PhotoSmart 720 comes with a HP Photo and Imaging Software suite, which offers creative printing options, photo album options and much more. The HP Photosmart 720, 620 and 320 digital cameras feature HP Instant Share technology and are compatible with the optional HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock. The dock lets you connect to a computer, TV or printer while recharging batteries. Use HP's Instant Share to select where photos will go - with up to 14 destinations including e-mail addresses, printers and more.


PhotoSmart 720 Features:

  • 3.3-Megapixel resolution for photo-quality prints and enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 3x optical and 4x digital zoom for sharp close-ups
  • Single shot, self-timer and burst mode exposure options
  • Print photos directly from camera to HP PSC 950 all-in-one or HP Deskjet (excludes 600 series) printer with USB connectivity, no PC required
  • Capture sound and motion - record memories using the video clip feature with audio
  • Frame your photos with optical viewfinder or the 1.6-inch color LCD screen
  • Store photos in 16 MB internal memory or optional Secure Digital memory cards
  • Auto exposure, red-eye reduction and auto flash
  • ISO sensitivity from 100 to 400 plus Auto
  • Auto white balance or select from 5 presets
  • Status display shows battery level, number of pictures, image quality and flash settings
  • Powered by four AA type batteries
  • Docking capability with the optional HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock (not included), connect easily to PC or TV and recharge camera batteries
  • Select on camera where photos will go - up to 14 destinations including e-mail addresses, printers and more - the next time you connect to your PC or Mac using a USB cable or optional HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock (not included)

Works with USB compatible PCs and Macs equipped with today's most popular operating systems, including Microsoft Windows XP, Me, 98, 2000 Professional, and Mac OS 9.1 and higher or OS X 10.1.2 and higher


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The PhotoSmart 720 compared in size to a CD.



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PhotoSmart 720 Specifications

Type Digital still camera with zoom lens, image record, playback, and erase functions. Direct print to HP PSC 950 or HP DeskJet (excluding 600 series) printer with USB
Image-capturing device 1 1/8 inch, 3.34-megapixel, primary-color CCD (3.15 million effective pixels)
Recording pixels Best - 2048 x 1536 (about 12 in 16MB internal memory)
Better - 2048 x 1536 (about 18 in 16MB internal memory)
Good - 640 x 480 (about 220 in 16MB internal memory)
Storage media 16MB internal memory, and
optional Secure Digital (SD) cards up to 256MB
Recording format Still: JPEG-compatible (Exif Ver2.1); DPOF-compatible

Movies: AVI w/sound (Motion JPEG)

Still Sound: WAV compatible

Video capture 320 x 240 pixels at 20fps w/sound, 30 secs. maximum
Audio capture Up to 4:00 minutes of audio annotation can be added to each still picture (limited by available memory)
Lens 3x optical zoom lens
7 - 21mm (equivalent to 34-102mm on 35mm camera)
Aperture range Auto: f2.6, f4.5, f4.7, f8.0
Focus system TTL auto-focus, contrast-gradient
Focus range Approx. 20cm - infinity (wide); 20cm - infinity (tele)
ISO equivalent Auto or fixed 100, 200, 400
Exposure control Programmed AE
-1.5 to + 1.5 compensation in 0.5 steps
Averaging metering
White balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1 and 2
Shutter Mechanical shutter working with CCD electronic shutter
Shutter speed Automatic: 2 - 1/1000 sec.
Self timer 10 sec.
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder
Flash Built-in auto-adjusting flash (Auto flash, Red-eye reduction auto flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF)
Range: Approx. 0.5 - 3.5m (Wide); approx. 0.5 - 2m (Telephoto)
Shooting modes Single shot still, self-timer, burst mode, movie (video clip) mode
Playback modes Frame-by-frame, Close-up playback (up to 4x), Movie playback, Multiple-frame, Slide-show playback
LCD monitor 1.6-inch, 110,000-pixel, low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor
Interface USB 1.1; Dock connector to HP 8881 dock; Type 1 AC in power connector; 8 pin combo USB/Video and audio out connector
Video Output NTSC or PAL - switchable
Power source Batteries: 4 standard AA (included), Photo Lithium, Alkaline, or Ni-MH

AC: Universal AC 6V adapter (not included)

HP 8881 Digital Dock (not included)

Dimensions 118 (W) x 75 (H) x 52 (D) mm
4.7 x 2.9 x 2.1 inches
Weight 255g (0.59 lb.) (without battery and recording media)
Compatible Operating Systems Microsoft® Windows 98, Me, XP Professional, XP Home Edition, 2000, Mac OS 9.1 and OS X 10.1.2 and higher
Computer Requirements Pentium® 166 MHz or higher, 32MB RAM, 300MB free hard disk space, SVGA 800x600 16-bit color display, CD-ROM drive, USB port, Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP Professional, or XP Home Edition Pentium 166 MHz or higher, 32MB RAM, 300MB free hard disk space, SVGA 800x600 16-bit color display, CD-ROM drive, USB port, Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.






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