HP PhotoSmart 850 Review

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Posted 10/22/2002

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The HP Photosmart 850 digital camera offers you the choice between using automatic or manual controls for ISO, exposure, white balance and aperture. The 4.1-megapixel camera produces outstanding close-ups and brilliant photos of distant objects thanks to its powerful 8x optical zoom. The color electronic viewfinder lets you frame your shots with "through the lens" ease just like an SLR camera. The 2-inch color monitor can also be used for framing or review of images stored on the removable Secure Digital memory cards.

The Photosmart 850 captures still images up to 2272 x 1712 pixels in size which can be printed out to 13" x 19" on home photo printers or as large as 20" x 30" on commercial printers. Or you can directly output to compatible HP photo printers using just the USB cable. It also features HP Instant Share technology, which allows users to snap a photo and then select on the camera where the photo will go the next time the camera is connected to a computer or optional HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock. Audio notes up to 30 seconds in length can be added to still images and the camera also captures 320 x 240 motion video with audio at 15fps for up to 60 seconds.

PhotoSmart 850 Features:

  • 3.9-Megapixel resolution for photo-quality prints and enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches
  • 2272x1712 or 1136x848 still image sizes
  • 8x Fuji optical zoom (37-300mm) with macro for sharp close-ups
  • Program AE, Shutter-speed priority or Aperture priority
  • Shutter speeds: 16 to 1/2000 seconds
  • Record video clips at 15fps up to 60 sec's. with audio
  • Audio capture (up to 30 secs) with still photographs
  • SLR-like operation with the electronic viewfinder which features eye-start and diopter correction
  • Frame or review on the 2-inch color LCD screen
  • Metering options: Average, Spot, Center-weighted (default)
  • Color, black and white, Sepia image modes
  • Store photos on Secure Digital memory cards
  • Auto exposure, red-eye reduction and auto flash
  • Auto white balance with presets for Sun, Shade, Florescent, Tungsten and Manual
  • Powered by four AA type batteries
  • Direct printing to compatible HP photo printers
  • Download, print, e-mail or display you digital photos on your TV in one easy step using optional HP Photosmart 8881 Digital Camera Dock (not included, purchase separately)
  • In-camera battery charging using optional HP digital camera dock (not included)
  • USB 1.1 auto connect

The HP Photosmart 850 is available now for $499 and includes 16 MB SD memory card, neck strap, 4 AA batteries, tethered lens cap, USB cable to PC, USB direct print cable, user's manual, dock insert for use with hp photosmart 8881 digital camera dock (not included), CD with hp photo & imaging software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh with hp share-to-web software and hp memories disc creator software, ArcSoft FunHouse for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh.

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HP PhotoSmart 850

HP PhotoSmart 850

HP PhotoSmart 850

HP PhotoSmart 850

HP PhotoSmart 850

HP PhotoSmart 850

HP PhotoSmart 850

The 8x PhotoSmart 850 and the 6x Fuji FinePix 3800 Zoom.

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Photosmart 850 Specifications

CCD imager 1/1.8" with 4.1 megapixel total; 3.9 megapixel effective
recorded pixels 4MP - 2272x1712 (default)
1MP - 1136x848
Compression (***Best, **Better (default), *Good)

Video 320 x 240 MPEG format 15fps up to 60 secs.

color depth 36-bit
JPEG format DPOF 1.1, DCF 1.0, Exif 2.2 compliant
lens system Fuji Photo Optical CO Ltd., Autofocus, 8x Optical Zoom
7.6 - 61mm (37-300mm 35mm equiv.), F2.8 - 3.1
zoom capability 56x (8x Optical, 7x digital)
focal range 19.7 in. to infinity (wide)
35.5 in. to infinity (telephoto)
3.9 in. - 27.6 in. (macro wide)
picture mode Portrait, landscape
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) Micro display - through the lens with eye start and diopter adjust for capture and instant review only.
white balance Auto, Sun, Shade, Florescent, Tungsten, Manual
exposure metering Average, Spot, Center-weighted (default)
image control functions Color (Color, black and white, Sepia)
memory card compatibility SD (Secure Digital) 16MB included
ISO sensitivity 100, 200, automatic, manual
exposure control AE, EV Compensation (+/-3 in 1/2 EV stops), Exposure Mode (Auto (default), Action, Landscape, Portrait, Aperture Priority (f2.8 to 11 in 1/2 EV steps), Shutter Priority (16 to 1/2000), AE Metering (Average, Center-Weighted (default), Spot), Color (Full Color (default), Black and White, Sepia)
shutter speed 16 to 1/2000 sec
flash Flash modes (Auto, On, Off, Red eye, Night, Night with red eye)
focus Normal, macro
shooting mode Single shot still, self-timer, burst mode, movie (video clip) mode
LCD display 2-inch color LCD, Poly Silicon TFT, Cold cathode backlit display for capture, instant review, and review of photos. Resolution 557 x 234 = 130,338 dots
sound capture 30 sec
interface SD card slot, USB cable standard mini-b; Dock connector to HP unique dock; Type 1 AC in power connector; AV mini-jack
connectivity, optional USB cable, HP Photosmart 8881 Digital Camera Dock, AC adapter, AV cable
power supply 4 AA batteries: Photo Lithium (lithium-iron disulfide), Alkaline, or Ni-MH, AC adapter, optional dock
compatible operating systems Microsoft® Windows 98, Me, 2000 Professional, XP Professional, XP Home Edition; Mac OS 9.1 and higher, OS X 10.1.2 and higher
system requirements, minimum Pentium® II processor, Celeron® or compatible; 64 MB RAM, 300 MB free hard disk space, SVGA 800 x 600 16-bit color display, CD-ROM drive, USB port, Microsoft® Windows 98, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Professional or XP Home Edition; HP Memories Disc Creator software requires CD writer and 700 MC additional hard disk space
software included CD with HP Photo & 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
(w x d x h)
4.5 x 3.3 x 3.3 in
weight 0.856 lb
warranty, std. One-year limited hardware warranty; One-year phone support
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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