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Pre-PMA 2005: HP has today announced a replacement for the dpreview highly recommended R707. The 6.2 megapixel Photosmart R717 is the new range topper and features HP's wave-shaped indent signature styling designed to improve grip. The R717 has a brushed stainless steel front with a rubberized back. It features 12 shooting modes, a 1.8-inch LCD (compared to 1.5-inch on the R707) and manual controls, which can be saved as custom settings. The Photosmart R717 is available in the spring priced £199.99 ($299) or as a bundle version which includes the R-Series camera docking station, as well as a second HP R07 rechargeable battery (price to be confirmed).
LONDON, FEBRUARY 18, 2005 – HP today announced the launch of the HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera, the latest model in the HP Photosmart R-Series range, incorporating all of the features of its predecessor, the awarding winning HP Photosmart R707 Digital Camera and more. With its sleek design and high-functioning technical innovation, the HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera offers both ease-of-use and exceptional digital photography results to all users.
With an impressive 6 MP resolution, the HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera produces clear and crisp shots in a variety of conditions. In keeping with HP’s signature styling the new digital camera benefits from a sleek and sculpted design with a stylish brushed stainless steel front and asymmetric body details.
The HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera boasts a new, powerful 24x total zoom (3x optical, 8x digital) HP Precision Lens and multi-zone auto focus for sharp, accurate shots from almost any distance, making it ideal for amateur photographers looking for control and creativity from their digital shots. With a 32 MB internal picture storage capacity, the HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera gives photographers the power and flexibility to get the most out of their digital photography.
The HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera also benefits from a host of exclusive HP Real Life technologies to help produce award-winning HP image quality and a creative and pleasant digital photography experience for the user. These landmark features include HP Adaptive Lighting, which automatically brightens selected areas of high contrast photos to give brighter, more true-to-life shots and HP In-Camera Red-Eye Removal system to ensure that digital photography results are flawless. HP Panorama photo mode allows users to produce stunning multi-shot photos of landscapes by displaying a ghosted section of the previous image on the LCD screen and ‘automatically stitching’ the shots together when they are downloaded to the PC, providing a seamless finish.
To put the user firmly in control of their digital photography results, the HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera provides a full range of auto and manual modes for full control, including a customisable ‘My Mode’ selection. With 12 shooting modes and a rapid burst mode, this HP digital camera provides a clear and user-friendly way to improve and build upon your digital photography skills.
The stylish new HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera is also accompanied by the HP Photosmart R-Series digital camera docking station, an easy-to-use and flexible device either bundled with the digital camera or as an optional accessory. This multi-functional docking station can recharge the Li-Ion battery while it’s in the camera, as well as provides an extra charging bay for a second battery that is included with the dock. The HP Photosmart R-Series digital camera docking station connects to a PC or Mac and uses HP Instant Share software to allow easy downloading, printing and emailing. It can also be connected to a TV to allow easy viewing of photos as a slideshow using the ultra-slim remote control.
The HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera and Dock bundle comes complete with an HP Photosmart R-Series Quick Recharge Kit for quick and convenient recharging even on the move, as well as a second HP R07 Rechargeable Battery and HP AC Adaptor. The optional HP R-Series Silver Camera Case is also available for the camera.
The HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera is available at a recommended street price of £199.99 and the HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera and Dock bundle version is available for separate purchase at £239.99; (actual prices may vary).
Pricing and availability
Estimated UK street price of £199.99 ($299). Expected to be available for purchase in Spring 2005.