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HP Photosmart R707

By dpreview staff on Feb 12, 2004 at 12:50 GMT

PMA 2004: HP today announced the five megapixel metal fronted Photosmart R707. This new camera from HP looks and feels nothing like previous models, it's clean and classy with modern lines and design touches, a very appealing design. The camera has a five megapixel sensor, three times optical zoom lens and a range of unique in-camera features such as Adaptive Lighting Technology (digital 'dodge & burn' / digital flash) and red-eye removal in playback mode. With a very attractive US street price of $349 the R707 could be one of the dark horses of PMA.

Phil: This really is a nice camera, HP has stepped up in build quality and design, the front is a lovely piece of stainless steel, the rest of the camera a rubberised high impact plastic. Menus are vastly improved as is responsiveness and LCD live view (we can't obviously talk about image quality at this early stage). We have had an early pre-production HP R707 for some hands-on evaluation.

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HP Photosmart R707 digital camera with
HP Instant Share™

Overview

The stylish HP Photosmart R707 digital camera with HP Instant Share™ features HP’s exclusive Real Life Technologies?, which includes technologies such as Adaptive Lighting Technology and HP Image Advice – essentially making it hard to take a bad picture. The HP Photosmart R707 also features the world’s first in-camera, red-eye removal to instantly touch-up photos and memories. With two additional shooting modes - sand and sun, and document capture - users have more options to assist in taking outstanding photos.

Its durable, stainless-steel construction, coupled with a unique, ergonomic grip that is exclusive to HP cameras, feels great and keeps the camera steady for quick, one-handed shots.

HP Adaptive Lighting Technology

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 Instant Share

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.

Highlights

  • HP’s exclusive Real Life Technologies?, including in-camera, red-eye removal, panorama mode and HP Image Advice, for capturing creative photos
  • Stylish and durable, brushed stainless steel construction, featuring one-of-a-kind ergonomic grip for steady, one-handed shots
  • Manual controls for adjusting and enhancing your photos
  • Complete, easy-to-use software solution for your photo needs
  • MPEG movie clip feature with sound for capturing life’s moving memories
  • Optional HP Photosmart R-series dock for recharging in-camera battery, in addition to a spare battery via the second charging bay, viewing a slide-show on a TV and transferring photos to PC

Specifications

  • 5.1-megapixel resolution for photo-quality enlargements up to poster size
  • 24x total zoom – 3x optical, 8x digital
  • 32 MB internal storage memory
  • 1.5-inch color, outdoor viewable LCD
  • USB connectivity (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • SD/MMC card slot
  • Direct-printing capability to HP USB-enabled Photosmart or Deskjet printers
  • PictBridge support
  • Exif 2.2 support

Price

Estimated U.S. street price of $349

Optional Accessories

  • HP Photosmart R-series dock (C8887A) - Estimated U.S. street price of $79
  • HP Photosmart quick recharger kit for HP R-series cameras (L1810A) - Estimated U.S. street price of $79
  • HP Photosmart premium camera case for HP R-series cameras (L1811A) - Estimated U.S. street price of $29
  • HP Photosmart R07 rechargeable lithium ion battery for HP R-series cameras (L1812A) - Estimated U.S. street price of $49
  • HP Photosmart 3.3V AC adapter (C8912A) - Estimated U.S. street price of $49

Support/Connectivity

For Microsoft Windows: USB-compatible PC with Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, Me, XP or 2000, Pentium III, Celeron, or compatible CPU, Internet Explorer 5.01SP2 or later.
For Macintosh: USB-compatible Macintosh computer with Mac OS X 10.1.5, 10.2 or higher.

Dimensions/Weight

  • 98mm (W) x 36mm (D) x 60mm (H)
  • 180 grams without battery
  • 208 grams with battery

Warranty

  • One-year limited warranty
  • One-year telephone support backed by HP Customer Care
  • 24-hour electronic support available at www.hp.com/go/support

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