HP PhotoSmart 735 Review

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HP Photosmart 735



Features and Controls


HP Photosmart 735


The Photosmart 735 is equipped with a Pentax branded 3x optical zoom lens, 5.8 - 17.4mm (equivalent to 37-111mm on 35mm camera). Its maximum aperture is f2.6 - f4.9 and the auto focus range is from 0.5m to infinity in wide angle or telephoto. Macro mode covers from 0.14m to 0.7m (wide), 0.4m to 0.7m in other focal lengths. There is also a 5x digital zoom feature.

The lens extends when powered up and when powered down it is retracted back flush to the body and protected by a built-in lens cap. There are no filter threads or any other visible means of attaching anything to the lens.



HP Photosmart 735

The real image optical zoom viewfinder is large and bright with central focusing and closeup framing guides. It shows approximately 78% of the captured image. There is no diopter adjustment. The LEDs indicate movie recording, focus and flash status.



HP Photosmart 735

The built-in auto-adjusting flash has settings for Auto, Forced Off, Auto w/Red Eye, Forced On, Night, Night w/Red Eye. The coverage is about average with a maximum range of 0.5 to 2.8 m in wide angle and 0.5 to 2.0 m in telephoto.



HP Photosmart 735

Controls on the back: Upper right is the zoom lens control rocker switch. The MONitor button to the left of the 1.5-inch color LCD, turns the display on or off. In the center is the PLAY button. The SHARE button lets you select printing and emailing options. On the right of the LCD are the Up and Down navigation buttons and the OK button which calls up the onscreen menu system and accepts selections.



HP Photosmart 735

Controls on the top: The Flash mode button with auto, red-eye, on, off and night modes. The Image Quality button selects Good, Better and Best. The Mode button selects Normal Automatic, self-timer, burst, macro, action, landscape, portrait, F2.6 aperture, F4.9 aperture. The data LCD will show the settings as you change them, if the color LCD is turned on you will also see info screens when changing settings



HP Photosmart 735

A handy feature that we've seen on other PhotoSmart cameras, a separate shutter release for capturing still images and movie clips. No need to bring up a menu or flip a mode dial when you want to capture a movie, just press the small shutter button.



HP Photosmart 735

The Photosmart 735 comes with 16MB of internal memory and can use optional Secure Digital memory cards, compatible up to 512MB. Shown here is the speedy and spacious Transcend 512MB SD card.  It's also compatible with MultiMedia type cards.



HP Photosmart 735

The I/O ports are located on the side and include the DC IN port on the top for an optional AC power adapter.


The USB 1.1 port for downloading data to computer. It can also be used to directly connect the camera to most HP printers.


TV out for connecting to a television set for slideshows.

On the bottom of the camera is an 8-pin connector for the HP 8886 Digital Dock that carries audio, video, USB and power.



HP Photosmart 735

The Photosmart 735 is powered by two standard AA type batteries and comes with a set of alkaline batteries. We recommend using high-capacity NiMH rechargeables which are more environmentally friendly and pack 3-5x the power.


HP Photosmart 735

The optional HP 8886 Digital Dock includes a set of Maha/PowerEx NiMH batteries and charges them whenever the camera is docked. The buttons on the front of the dock let you quickly download images to the computer or display a slide show on your TV set. The dock can be placed on top of your TV set and you can control playback with the included remote control.


HP Photosmart 735

The HP Digital Dock has I/O connectors for power in from the AC adapter, video out to television and USB I/O to computer(cables included).






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