The HP Photosmart R717 features the by-now familiar HP styling cues, plus a raft of HP’s technologies, such as red-eye removal, adaptive lighting and in-camera panorama preview. The HP Photosmart R717 offers both an optical viewfinder and 1.8″ LCD display, as well as SD / MMC card storage, 32MB of built-in memory, and power from a proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. Connectivity options are USB, and HP’s optional HP Photosmart R-series dock. The stylish, 6.2-megapixel HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share is HP’s top consumer camera that produces true-to-life digital photos. HP Photosmart R717 features exclusive HP Real Life technologies, including adaptive lighting technology, in-camera red-eye removal and HP Image Advice, and has 12 shooting modes, including a customizable mode, so users are able to capture optimal images in a variety of conditions.
You may choose another model and exciting features such as Easyshare M1033 from Kodak. Compared to HP Photosmart R717, Kodak Easyshare M1033 has a large, 3.0-inch 230K pixel LCD display, but no optical viewfinder – an increasingly rare option these days and one that would add a good degree of versatility, letting you get the shot when you can’t make out the LCD in bright sunlight, or save battery life by disabling the LCD when accurate framing isn’t vital. Kodak Easyshare M1033 images are stored on Secure Digital or MultiMediaCards including SDHC types, or in 32MB of available internal memory. The Kodak Easyshare M1033 offers a generous 19 scene modes to help beginners achieve the results they’re looking for without the need to understand subtleties like shutter speeds, apertures and the like. Kodak Easyshare M1033 includes Kodak’s face detection technology, which locates faces and automatically adjusts the focus and exposure. Kodak Easyshare M1033 determines exposures with a multi-pattern, center-weighted, or center spot TTL metering system, and offers 2.0EV of exposure compensation in 1/3EV increments. The five white balance settings are also available including an auto mode, and ISO sensitivity is controlled automatically from 64 to 3200, or manually from 64 to 6400. Click here to get more of Kodak Easyshare M1033.
Small enough to fit in a pocket, this camera’s durable, stainless steel construction and unique, ergonomic grip helps keep the camera steady for quick, one-handed shots. With its rubberized black body and brushed-metal face plate, the 6.2-megapixel HP Photosmart R717 bears a marked family resemblance to its 5.1-megapixel predecessor. However, it upgrades many of its older sibling’s features. HP Photosmart R717 lets photographers select from several different scene modes. The usual suspects–including portrait, action, and landscape, plus panorama and the user-configurable My Mode–remain. The HP Photosmart R717 adds a Museum mode, which takes flashless photos and silences the usual camera sounds. Click here to get this exciting features of HP Photosmart R717.
Here is a summary of HP Photosmart R717 review from a satisfied customer:
Thick camera but clear pictures
I originally got an R707 (5 mega pixels) but the screen broke. Since it was under warranty, I sent it back to the manufacturer and got this camera instead – the R717. They gave me a free upgrade. First of all this is a thick camera. It’s not one of those super slim ones. You can still fit it in your pocket but you will feel it more. Second it’s a family point and shoot. It’s not going to take rapid pictures or have quick flashes and like. OK, but here’s the important part. It takes REALLY sharp pictures! Currently, I have been using a Nikon CoolPix. You would expect a Nikon 8MP camera to take sharp pictures. Maybe if I put it on a tripod it would (haven’t tried it). I just feel the Nikon’s pictures are not that sharp, like they are sometimes out of focus. It can be acceptable, but not like this HP R717. This HP camera takes really sharp pictures. That’s what I like about it.
The HP Photosmart R717 easily navigated menus borrow many useful features from its predecessor. You can set HP Photosmart R717 Adaptive Lighting function at high or regular levels to even out images with very light and very dark areas. It is useful for capturing objects in a bright greenhouse window and for reducing flash glare on glassware photographed in a dark room. The HP Photosmart R717 Instant Share feature lets you set up profiles for printers and e-mail addresses; by tagging photos for these destinations while the shots are still in the camera, you can subsequently send the images out within minutes of sitting down at a PC. The in-camera red-eye reduction is simple and effective, as well. From the HP Photosmart R717 Playback menu, a user can request image advice on shots already taken. It displays text that explains which features and modes might be useful for improving focus, exposure, depth of field, and so on.
HP Photosmart R717 has the following features and specifications:
- 1.8-inch LCD for easy viewing, even outdoors
- Focus Assist for reliable focusing in low-light conditions
- Built-in orientation sensor
- Five flash modes
- Audio and video recording with separate video record button
- 12 shooting modes
- Four focus modes
- Four resolution and four compression settings
- Multi-zone auto focus
- Brushed stainless steel face
- Zoom button also controls LCD zoom
- In-camera battery charging
- Optional dock with extra battery recharge bay
- Optional rapid battery charger for lithium ion battery
- USB interface to Windows or Macintosh systems
- 32 MB internal memory included, plus SD/MMC card slot
- Streaming video with audio at 30 frames per second
- Burst mode, up to three shots at 3 fps
HP Photosmart R717 has the following Pros and cons:
- In-camera image advice
- Very sharp images
- Ergonomics are good
- 3x optical zoom lens
- Shooting performance is excellent
- Battery life is about average
- Average photo images
- Non versatile
The HP Photosmart R717 continues a recent trend in the digital camera industry of taking an existing successful design, upgrading the megapixel count and releasing it as a brand new model. The main change of HP Photosmart R717 is the upgraded from 5 to 6 megapixels. While this allows for marginally bigger prints, it does result in slightly noisier images at ISO 200 and faster, plus there’s slightly more evidence of chromatic aberrations in the form of purple fringing in high-contrast areas. The HP Photosmart R717 LCD screen is the other main change, now being 1.8 inches in size rather than 1.5 inches. In an age of 2.5 inch screens, this change just about keeps the R717 competitive in this aspect of design. Click here to get more of this great and amazing features of HP Photosmart R717.