HP PhotoSmart 735 Review

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Posted 8/28/2003

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The compact HP Photosmart 735 digital camera with HP Instant Share produces crisp photos with 3.2-megapixel total resolution and 15x total zoom (Pentax 3x optical zoom lens and 5x digital zoom) for outstanding close-ups. The pocket-sized camera comes with 16-MB internal memory and an SD memory card slot for the option to add more memory. Choose between automatic or manual controls to select camera settings for ISO, exposure and white balance. Audio messages can be recorded with still photos to highlight memories as they happen.

The camera ships with both HP Photo and Imaging Gallery and HP Memories Disc Creator software, which allow users to easily edit, create and print photos, including photo album pages and digital slideshows that can be viewed on a TV or computer. The HP Photosmart 735 features the latest version of HP Instant Share an Internet-based software application that allows consumers to select destinations from the back of the camera. By connecting the camera to a computer, the photos are instantly sent to the selected destinations -- e-mail addresses, printers or hpphoto.com. Receivers of the HP Instant Share e-mail can easily view, print and save the photos from a secure Web page -- all without downloading attachments.

HP Photosmart 735

The HP Photosmart 8886 camera dock is compatible with the Photosmart 935, 735 and 635 digital cameras. When the cameras are placed in the dock, users can easily re-charge the included NiMH batteries, share, print, e-mail or order prints at the touch of a button. Additionally, the HP Photosmart 8886 camera dock allows users to view digital photos on a TV and control it via a wireless remote.

Photosmart 735 Features:

  • 3.2-Megapixel resolution for photo-quality prints and enlargements up to 8 x 10 inches
  • 3x optical and 5x digital zoom and macro mode for sharp close-ups
  • 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
  • Record 320x240 video with audio, length limited only by memory
  • Record up to 60-second audio memos with still images
  • Program AE, Aperture priority and Picture modes
  • Optical viewfinder and 1.5-inch color LCD screen
  • 16MB internal memory or Secure Digital memory cards
  • Auto exposure, red-eye reduction and auto flash
  • Adjustable ISO, white balance, saturation and sharpening
  • Powered by two AA type batteries
  • Docking capability with the optional HP Photosmart 8886 digital camera dock (not included), connect easily to PC or TV and recharge camera batteries

The HP Photosmart 735 digital camera with HP Instant Share and HP Photosmart 8886 camera dock are shipping now. The estimated U.S. street prices are as follows:

HP Photosmart 735 digital camera with HP Instant Share $299
HP Photosmart 8886 camera dock $79

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The Photosmart 735 compared to a standard CD.

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The Photosmart 735 and the 5-megapixel Photosmart 935.

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Photosmart 735 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 Sensor 1/2.7 inch, 3.34-megapixel, primary-color CCD
3.24 million effective pixels, 30-bit color depth
Recording pixels 2048 x 1536 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
Storage media 16MB internal memory, optional Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) card
Recording format Still: JPEG-compatible (Exif Ver2.1); DPOF-compatible

Movies: MPEG-1 w/sound (Motion JPEG)

Still Sound: WAV compatible

Video capture 320 x 240 pixels at 19fps w/sound, length limited by available memory
Audio capture Up to 60 sec's. of audio annotation can be added to each still picture (limited by available memory)
Lens 3x optical Pentax zoom lens
5.8 - 17.4mm (equivalent to 37-111mm on 35mm camera)
Aperture range Auto: f2.6 - 4.9 (W), f5 - 9.0 (T)
Focus system TTL auto-focus, contrast-gradient
Focus range Normal 0.4 m - infinity; Macro 0.1 m - 0.5 m (wide)
ISO equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400
Exposure control Programmed AE or Aperture Priority
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/2EV steps
Picture modes Action, Portrait, Landscape, Macro
Metering Average, Center-weighted, Spot
White balance Auto, Sun, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual
Image control Saturation, Sharpness
Shutter Mechanical shutter working with CCD electronic shutter
Shutter speed Automatic: 1/3 - 1/1500 sec.
Self timer 10 sec.
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder with 78% coverage
Flash Built-in auto-adjusting flash (Auto, Forced Off, Auto w/Red Eye, Forced On, Night, Night w/Red Eye)
Range: Approx. 0.5 - 2.8m (Wide); approx. 0.5 - 2m (Telephoto)
Shooting modes Single shot still, self-timer, self-timer two-shot, movie (video clip) mode
Playback modes Frame-by-frame, Close-up playback (up to 4x), Movie playback, Multiple-frame, Slide-show playback
LCD monitor 1.5-inch, 61,380 pixels, low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor
Interface USB 1.1; Dock connector to HP 8886 dock; Type 1 AC in power connector; 8 pin combo USB/Video and audio out connector
Video Output
(on 8886 dock only)
NTSC or PAL - switchable
Power source Batteries: 2 standard AA (included), Photo Lithium, Alkaline, or Ni-MH

AC: Universal AC adapter (not included)

HP 8886 Digital Dock (not included)

Dimensions (WxDxH) 4.1 x 1.8 x 2.8 inches
Weight 8.8 oz. (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
Software included CD with HP Photo and Imaging software for Microsoft® Windows® and Macintosh, with HP Share-to-Web software and HP Memories Disc Creator; ArcSoft® Panorama Maker for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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