HP PhotoSmart 812 Review

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Playback Modes & Menu Options

HP PhotoSmart 812

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:

    PLAY - Plays back audio file w/ image or movie, inactive if a silent image

    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

HP PhotoSmart 812

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.

HP PhotoSmart 812

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.

HP PhotoSmart 812

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.

HP PhotoSmart 812

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.

HP PhotoSmart 812

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 PhotoSmart 812

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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