HP PhotoSmart R707 Review

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Posted 6/14/2004

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The stylish new HP PhotoSmart R707, is the first model to feature HP Real Life technologies with HP Instant Share, a technology that makes sharing, printing, and saving digital photos easy. In addition, the HP PhotoSmart R707 digital camera offers 5.1-megapixels of resolution, 3x optical zoom, 32 megabytes of internal storage and PictBridge capabilities, all of which help users achieve professional-quality photos. The R707 also includes features like a durable, stainless-steel/high-impact plastic construction and HP's exclusive Real Life technologies, which includes Adaptive Lighting and HP Image advice. The in-camera red-eye removal system, automatically eliminates red- eye in your images, to ensure the best possible photos and memories. With two additional shooting modes (Beach/Snow, and document capture) users have more options to assist in taking outstanding photos.

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. When the digital camera is later connected to a computer or the optional camera dock, the selected photos are automatically printed and/or e-mailed without burdening friends with large file attachments. E-mail recipients see thumbnails of the images right in the body of their e-mail message, as well as a link to the web page where they can very easily view, print and save the photos, upload them to online albums and more.

HP's Adaptive Lighting technology (ALT), automatically adjusts high-contrast photos to bring faces out of shadows and details out of backgrounds. The technology balances brightness relationships between bright and dark areas in a photo, preserving gentle contrasts while compressing harsh contrasts. The result is automatic-contrast adjustment that lightens poorly illuminated objects and produces a true-to-life image that mirrors the natural beauty that the user intended to capture.

HP PhotoSmart R707

The optional HP PhotoSmart R-series camera dock will allow users to easily share, print, e-mail and store photos and video clips. At the same time, the dock recharges the in-camera battery, in addition to an included spare battery via the dual charging bay. The HP PhotoSmart R-series camera dock also allows users to view digital photos on a TV with a wireless remote.

PhotoSmart R707 Features:

  • 5.1-Megapixels of resolution for photo-quality prints up to 13 x 19 inches
  • 3x optical and 8x digital zoom (24x combined)
  • In-camera red-eye removal
  • HP's Adaptive lighting technology (Off, Low, and High)
  • 10 Shooting modes to choose from (Auto, Action, Landscape, Portrait, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Aperture Priority, Panorama, Document, My Mode)
  • Add audio memos to still images (up to 60 sec.)
  • Record MPEG-1 movies with audio at 320x240 (30fps)
  • Long Exposure up to 15 seconds, with noise reduction
  • Optical viewfinder and 1.5-inch color LCD screen
  • Built-in auto-adjusting flash with modes for Auto, Forced Off, Auto w/Red-Eye, Forced On, Night, Night w/Red Eye)
  • Adjustable ISO, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpening
  • Date & Time Stamp
  • Built-in orientation sensor
  • Powered by a proprietary Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Docking capability with the optional HP PhotoSmart R-series camera dock.
  • 32MB of internal flash memory
  • Card slot for SD memory cards
  • Exif 2.2, USB 2.0 and PictBridge compatible

HP PhotoSmart R707

Photosmart R707 Wins DIWA Gold Medal Award

17-September-2004: DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organisation of collaborating websites, today announced that Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P. has been awarded a Gold medal for the remarkable compact digital camera; HP Photosmart R707. The DIWA group of digital imaging experts in Europe and USA came to this conclusion after performing multiple tests of different product samples, based on the comprehensive DIWA test procedure.

For a compact amateur digital camera, the HP Photosmart R707 is equipped with a sensible array of user-friendly functions for beginners, as well as advanced modes for experienced or ambitious amateurs. The DIWA testing team also appreciated the camera's unique features, such as on-board "Tips & Tricks" Image Advice menu, automatic red-eye removal and in-camera panorama stitching.

Thanks to 5 Megapixels resolution and innovative HP technologies, like Adaptive Lighting, Adaptive Demosaic, Vignetting and Shading Correction, and Noise Filter, the overall image quality is very impressive for the camera's price tag.

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HP PhotoSmart R707

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HP PhotoSmart R707

HP PhotoSmart R707

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PhotoSmart R707 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/1.8 inch, 5.36-megapixel, primary-color CCD (5.14 million effective pixels)
Image Quality settings 5MP ***
5MP ** (default)
3MP **
1MP **
Custom (Set Size and Quality)
Storage media 32MB 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 30fps w/sound, limited only by the capacity of the 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 zoom lens
8mm - 24mm (39 - 117mm, 35mm equivalent)
Aperture range Wide: f/2.8 - f/4.8
Telephoto: f/4.9 - f/8.4
Focus system TTL auto-focus, contrast-gradient
Focus range Normal: Wide 0.5 m (20 in.) - infinity, Telephoto 0.7m (28 in.) - infinity
Macro: Wide 0.14 m - 0.9 m (6 in. - 35 in.), Telephoto 0.5 m - 1.0 m (20 in. - 39 in.)
ISO equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Picture modes Action, Portrait, Landscape, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Aperture Priority, Document, Panorama, My Mode
Metering Average, Center-weighted, Spot
White balance Auto, Sun, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual
Image control Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness
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 - 1/2000 sec.
Self timer 10 sec.
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder
Flash Built-in auto-adjusting flash (Auto, Forced Off, Auto w/Red Eye, Forced On, Night, Night w/Red Eye)

Flash working distance:
(Wide) ISO 100= 2.7 m (8.9 ft.)
ISO 200= 4.0 m (13.0 ft.)
ISO 400= 6.0 m (19.7 ft.)

(Telephoto) ISO 100= 1.5 m (4.9 ft.)
ISO 200= 2.5 m (8.2 ft.)
ISO 400=3.25 m (10.7 ft.)

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, (492 x 242) 119,548 pixels, color active matrix TFT LCD with backlight
Interface Dock connector to HP R-series camera dock; USB Mini-AB receptacle; DC input 3.3 Vdc @ 2500 mA
Video Output When used with the HP PhotoSmart R-series Camera Dock
Power source Either one HP PhotoSmart R07 Li-ion battery, or one disposable Duracell CP1 battery

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

HP R-series Camera Dock (not included)

Dimensions Measurements with camera off and lens retracted (LxWxH):
98.5 mm x 35.3 mm x 60.0 mm
(3.88 in. x 1.39 in. x 2.36 in.)
Weight 180 grams (0.3969 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 R707 digital camera, HP R07 rechargeable lithium ion battery, HP 3.3V AC adapter, 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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