HP PhotoSmart M22 Review

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Posted 5/6/2005

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The affordable, four-megapixel, 6x digital zoom HP Photosmart M22 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share allows users to capture true-to-life digital photos. It features exclusive HP Real Life technologies, including adaptive lighting technology, in-camera red-eye removal, in-camera panorama assist and preview and HP Image Advice.

The HP Photosmart M22 supports picture taking in a variety of conditions and locations due to its weather-resistant, durable, all-metal case that is small enough to fit in a pocket. Multi-zone auto focus provides sharp, clear photos by searching for focus in several areas of an image to capture the best shot. Adaptive lighting technology to adjust high-contrast photos to bring faces out of shadows and details out of backgrounds.

In-camera red-eye removal to remove red-eye while images are still in the camera. In- camera panorama preview to allow the user to align, capture and review a panorama image on the camera before downloading to a computer. HP Image Advice for tips on how to improve a specific photo the next time it is taken. HP Instant Share makes sharing, printing and saving digital photos easy. Users simply take a photo and select its destination right on the back of the camera - up to 34 destinations, including e-mail addresses, online albums, printers and more - by simply pushing a button.

PhotoSmart M22 Features:

  • 4-Megapixels of resolution for prints up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Weather-resistant, compact, all-metal body
  • 6x digital zoom with Multi-zone auto focus
  • In-camera red-eye removal and panorama preview
  • HP's Adaptive lighting technology to improve shadows and details
  • 10 Shooting modes to choose from (Auto, Action, Landscape, Portrait, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Aperture Priority, Panorama, Document, My Mode)
  • Record MPEG-1 movies with audio at 320x240 (30fps)
  • 1.5-inch outdoor-viewable color LCD screen
  • Built-in auto-adjusting flash with Red-Eye reduction
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries
  • Optional HP PhotoSmart M-series camera dock
  • 16MB of internal flash memory
  • Card slot for SD memory cards
  • Exif 2.2 and PictBridge compatible

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HP PhotoSmart M22

HP PhotoSmart M22

HP PhotoSmart M22

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HP PhotoSmart M22

HP PhotoSmart M22

HP PhotoSmart M22

The PhotoSmart M22 compared to a standard CD.

HP PhotoSmart M22

The Photosmart M22 and the PhotoSmart R717.

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PhotoSmart M22 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/2.5 inch, 4.2-megapixel, primary-color CCD (4.0 million effective pixels)
Image Quality settings 4MP Best (2320x1744)
4MP (2320x1744)
2MP (1600x1200)
VGA (640x480)
Storage media 16MB of internal flash memory and card slot for Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) card
Recording format Still: JPEG-compatible (Exif Ver2.2)

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

Still Sound: WAV compatible

Video capture 320 x 240 pixels at 24fps w/sound, limited only by the capacity of the memory
Audio capture Up to 30 sec's. of audio annotation can be added to each still picture (limited by available memory)
Lens 6x digital zoom lens
6.11mm (36.7mm, 35mm equivalent)
Aperture range f/2.8 - f/6.5
Focus system TTL auto-focus, contrast-gradient
Focus range Normal: 0.5 m (20 in.) - infinity
Macro: 0.2 m - 0.5 m (8 in. - 20 in.)
ISO equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Shooting modes Auto, Macro, Action, Portrait, Landscape, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Panorama
Metering Multi
White balance Auto, Sun, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Color modes Color, Black and White, Sepia
Adaptive Lighting Balances the relationship between high and low contrast areas (Off, Low, High)
Shutter Mechanical shutter working with CCD electronic shutter
Shutter speed Automatic: 15 - 1/1800 sec.
Self timer 10 sec.
Viewfinder LCD monitor
Flash Built-in auto-adjusting flash (Auto, Forced Off, Auto w/Red Eye, Forced On, Night, Night w/Red Eye)

Flash working distance:
Maximum with ISO Speed set to Auto ISO: 5 meters (16.5 feet)
Playback modes Frame-by-frame, Close-up playback (up to 4x), Movie playback, Multiple-frame, Slide-show playback
LCD monitor 1.5-inch, (280 x 220) 61,160 pixels, color active matrix TFT LPS with backlight
Interface Dock connector to HP M-series camera dock; USB Mini-AB receptacle; DC input 3 Vdc
Power source Two AA type batteries, alkaline, lithium, NiMH

HP AC adapter (3.3Vdc, 2500 mA, 8.25 W)

HP M-series Camera Dock (not included)

Dimensions (LxWxH):
96 x 28.8 x 49 mm
Camera body Weather-resistant all-metal body
(Weather-resistance meets requirements of IEC specification 60529, Grade 4; that is, the camera is not damaged by water spray from any direction.)
Weight 120 grams (0.26 lbs), 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.
Package contents HP PhotoSmart M22 digital camera, 2 AA batteries, USB cable, user's manual, CD with HP Image Zone software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, HP memories disc creator, ArcSoft Panorama Maker 3.5, and American Greetings Create & Print Greeting Cards
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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