HP PhotoSmart 812 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Playback Modes & Menu Options
Pressing the Menu button on the back once takes you from record to play mode and brings up the only Menu overlaid on the last image captured. In the lower right is the current picture number and total number of pictures, the capture date and time and the image quality (one, two, three or four "stars"). The battery monitor displays top right.
The menu options are:
DELETE - Delete current, all or format
MAGNIFY - Magnify the current image 4x (see below)
ROTATE - Rotate image 90° CW, may be used multiple times
SETUP - Enter the SETUP menu, described on the previous page
Pressing the Menu button on the back twice takes you to the play mode without the menu. In the
lower right is the current picture number OF total number of pictures with the battery
condition monitor in the top right. Change to the next or previous image is accomplished
using the left or right arrows of the 4-way navigation control.
When you select the MAGNIFY option from the menu it enlarges the current image 4X and then
scroll right or left or up and down by using the 4 way Navigation control. No other
magnifications are offered.
The up to 60-second video clips are played back full-screen, the audio is replayed
from the built-in speaker and there is no on screen info.
Pressing the SHARE button brings up this onscreen menu. The first two options will embed DPOF
(digital print order format) information for making prints. The third option called EMAIL uses
HP's Instant Share software to select where photos will go - with up to 14 destinations
including e-mail addresses, printers and more. The full suite of Photo Imaging software
included with the Photosmart group of HP's new cameras helps take the 'mystery' out of getting
images out of the camera. See below.
The HP Photo Imaging Software will auto launch when your camera is connected via the USB cable
provided or the optional Dock is attached. As you move your mouse over each of the selections
the main body of the window explains the option you are hovering over. If, in the camera you
have tagged(DPOF) the images for printing or email, as soon as the auto upload to the computer
has completed that process is automatically started. If no DPOF selections were made you can
choose those actions here.
HP also provides a reasonable image manipulation package so, if you have that desire, you can tweak your images to your ideal before printing or emailing. The software was easy to use and has more capabilities than most users would ever want.
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