HP PhotoSmart 945 Review

Steve's Digicams

Posted 11/12/2003

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The Photosmart 945 is HP's new Top-of-the-Line digital camera for 2003. It features 5-Megapixel resolution and a powerful 8x Fujinon optical zoom that produces outstanding close-ups and brilliant photos of distant objects. The Photosmart 945 is HP's first digital camera to feature Adaptive Lighting Technology that enables digital cameras to produce photos that look more like what consumers see. The color electronic viewfinder lets you frame your shots with "through the lens" ease just like an SLR camera. The 2-inch color LCD monitor can also be used for framing or review of images.

The Photosmart 945 captures still images up to 2608 x 1952 pixels in size which can be printed out to 13" x 19" and larger. 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 up to 60 seconds of 288 x 208 motion video with audio at 15fps.

HP Adaptive Lighting Technology is a breakthrough technology that permits digital cameras to produce photos that look more like what we see with our own eyes. It balances brightness relationships between bright and dark areas in a photo, preserving gentle contrasts but compressing harsh contrasts. In doing so, some local areas in a photo are lightened and other areas are left alone. Professional photographers do this by hand in the darkroom by "burning and dodging." Image scientists call this "adaptive scene re-lighting", or digitally adjusting the various sources of light that illuminate a scene. This exclusive HP Adaptive Lighting Technology is included in PhotoSmart 945 camera's digital flash feature and can be switched "low", "high" and "off" based on the user's needs.

Photosmart 945 Features:

  • 5.3-Megapixel resolution for 2608x1952 or 1295x976 images
  • 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 60 secs) with still photographs
  • TTL electronic viewfinder with features eye-start and diopter correction
  • 2-inch color LCD screen with 130,000 pixels
  • Metering options: Average, Spot, Center-weighted
  • Automatic or manual control of sharpness, saturation and contrast
  • Color, black and white, Sepia image modes
  • Store photos on Secure Digital memory cards, 32MB included
  • Auto exposure, red-eye reduction and auto flash
  • Adaptive Lighting Technology balances brightness relationships between bright and dark areas in a photo
  • 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 945 is available now for $549 and includes 32 MB SD memory card, neck strap, 4 AA photo-lithium 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.

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HP Photosmart 945

HP Photosmart 945

HP Photosmart 945

HP Photosmart 945

HP Photosmart 945

HP Photosmart 945

HP Photosmart 945

The 8x Photosmart 945 and the 10x Olympus C750 UltraZoom.

HP Photosmart 945

The 8x Photosmart 945 and the 6x Fuji FinePix S3000 Zoom.

HP Photosmart 945

The Photosmart 945 compared in size to a standard CD.

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Photosmart 945 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/1.8" CCD, 5.3 MP total (2668 x 1970 pixels)
Effective Pixels 2608 x 1952
1295 x 976
JPEG Quality (best, better, good)
Bit Depth 36 bit
Lens System Fujinon autofocus, 8x optical zoom
7.6 - 61mm, (37 - 300mm 35mm equivalent)
7x digital
Maximum aperture: F2.8 - 3.1
Focus Range 0.5 m to infinity (wide)
0.9 m to infinity (tele)
0.1 m to 1.0 m (macro wide)
Focus Modes Normal, macro, infinity, manual focus
White balance auto, sun, shade, tungsten, fluorescent, manual
AE metering average, center-weighted, spot
ISO sensitivity auto, 100, 200, 400
Image adjustments Color (full color, black and white, sepia)
Saturation (low, medium, high)
Sharpness (low, medium, high)
Contrast (low, medium, high)
Exposure Control EV Compensation: +/-3 in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Mode Auto (default), Action, Landscape, Portrait, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Video
Shutter Speed 16 to 1/2000 sec
Electronic Viewfinder Zooming 1/4 VGA color sequential microdisplay with diopter control
LCD Display 2-inch LCD display size; 557 x 234 = 130338 dots
Memory Card Secure Digital, 32MB included
Burst Rate 6 shots in 4 sec
Shooting Modes Normal, self-timer, self-timer - 2 shot, burst mode (4-6 shots)
Movie Mode QVGA 288 x 208, 15fps w/audio, MPEG1 encoding, max. of 60 seconds
15fps with audio up to 60 secs. max.
Flash, Manual Popup Modes: Off, Auto, Auto w/red-eye reduction, Flash On, Flash On with red-eye reduction, Night, Night w/red-eye reduction

Range: 8.2 feet (wide), 4.3 feet (tele) at ISO 100
11.5 feet (wide), 6.2 feet (tele) at ISO 200
16.7 feet (wide), 8.2 feet (tele) at ISO 400

Interfaces USB 1.1, mini B
Audio - Video (NTSC or PAL selectable)
Sound Capture Up to 60 sec
Power Supply 4 AA Ni-MH or photo-lithium batteries
AC adapter 6.2V 2000mAh
HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock
Connectivity HP Photosmart 8881 camera dock
Direct Print with HP Photosmart printers
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.84 x 3.35 x 3.35 in
123 x 85 x 85 mm
Weight 13.7 oz / 389 g (w/out batteries)
15.7 oz / 444 g (w/batteries)
Warranty One-year limited warranty (US)
Compatible Operating Systems Microsoft Windows 98, Me, 2000 Professional, XP Professional, XP Home Edition

Mac OS 9.1 and higher, OS X 10.1.5 and higher

System Requirements, Minimum Microsoft Windows: USB-compatible PC with Microsoft Windows 98, Me, XP or 2000 Professional; Pentium II, Celeron, or compatible CPU; Internet Explorer 5.01 SP2 or later; 128 MB RAM; 1 GB of disk space

Macintosh: USB-compatible Macintosh computer with Mac OS 9.1 and higher, OS X 10.1.5 or higher; 233 MHz PowerPC; 128 MB RAM; 175 MB of disk space, CD-ROM drive, SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit color), Open USB port, HP Memories Disc Creator software requires CD-Writer and 700 MB additional hard disk space

Software Included HP Photo and Imaging software with HP Memories Disc Creator software
(Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer)

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