HP PhotoSmart R607 Review

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HP PhotoSmart R607



Features and Controls


HP PhotoSmart R607


The PhotoSmart R607 is equipped with a Pentax 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm on 35mm camera). Its aperture range is f2.6 - f4.3 in wide angle, f4.8 - f7.6 in telephoto, and the auto focus range is from 16 in. (40cm) to infinity. Macro mode covers from 7 in. (18cm) to 20 in (50cm) and Super Macro covers from 2.5 in (6cm) to 10 in. (25cm.)

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 R607

The real image optical zoom viewfinder is large and bright with central focusing marks. It shows approximately 80% of the captured image. There is no diopter adjustment. The LEDs indicate movie recording, focus and flash status.



HP PhotoSmart R607

The Built-in auto-adjusting flash has modes for Auto, Forced Off, Auto w/Red- Eye, Forced On, Night, Night w/Red Eye). Unfortunately, HP does not specify its range.



HP PhotoSmart R607

Controls on the back: At the top center is the ON/OFF switch. To the right is the Zoom control, which in playback mode brings up the thumbnail index and magnifies an image. The Menu/OK button calls up the onscreen menu system and accepts selections. The 4-way selector is for navigating menus and selecting pictures for playback. Buttons around the LCD: The Flash button changes the flash mode. The Selftimer/Burst button allows you to select between Normal, Self-timer, Self-timer - 2 shots, and burst modes. The Record (camera) button enables record mode. The Playback button enters and exits playback mode. The HP Instant Share (envelope) button turns the Instant Share menu on and off on the display, and the Print button allows you to mark images for printing.



HP PhotoSmart R607

Controls on the top: the Mode button changes between Auto, Action, Landscape, Portrait, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Aperture Priority, Panorama. The Macro (Flower/+Flower) button selects between normal, macro and super macro focus modes. 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 R607

The PhotoSmart R607 comes with 32MB of internal memory and is compatible with SD (Secure Digital) cards up to 2GB. It's also compatible with MMC (MultiMedia) type cards.

Shown here is the spacious and very fast Transcend 60x 512MB SD card.


Capacity of 32MB internal memory

Quality/Image Size Number of pictures Approx. Image Size
4MP *** 11 images 2.4 MB each
4MP ** 22 images 1.2 MB each
2MP ** 45 images 600 KB each
VGA ** 265 images 100 KB each




HP PhotoSmart R607



The I/O ports are on the left side and include a DC IN port for charging the camera battery or using the AC power adapter, and the USB 2.0 port for downloading data to a computer. The R607 can be directly connected to any PictBridge printer for computerless-printing.

On the bottom of the camera is a connector for the HP R-series Camera Dock that carries audio, video, USB and power.



HP PhotoSmart R607

The PhotoSmart R607 is powered by the HP R07 Li-ion rechargeable battery (included). The optional HP R-series Camera Dock includes a second R07 rechargeable Li-ion battery and can charge both the in-camera and spare batteries simultaneously. It comes with a second AC adapter, which allows you to leave one at home and take the other one along with you into the field.

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 R607

The HP R-series Dock has I/O connectors for DC in from the AC adapter, video/audio out to television, and a USB port to connect to a computer or printer (cables included.)





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