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HP has announced a five megapixel entry-level camera for just €129 ($157). The sliding lens camera offers a 1.5" LCD and its one and only connection is USB, there's no AV out for viewing on the television. Other features of this starter camera include five subject modes, QVGA movies with sound, PictBridge capability and, well, that's pretty much it. The Photosmart E317 will be available from September 1.
Note: We are aware this camera was launched last week but we have only just been sent the information.
BOEBLINGEN , GERMANY , AUGUST 15 2005 – HP today unveiled the HP Photosmart E317 Digital Camera. Ideal for first time digital photographers, this great value camera offers a range of intuitive functions and easy-to-use features, making the transition into digital photography simple and enjoyable.
Featuring great quality 5 megapixel (MP) resolution, the HP Photosmart E317 Digital Camera delivers the type of crisp, vivid photos normally offered by a much more expensive camera. Taking photos with such impressive resolution gives users the freedom to produce high quality prints in a range of sizes from 10 x 15 cm up to A4. Additionally, the camera features five shooting modes, including ‘action mode’, ‘portrait mode’ and ‘sunset mode’, for optimised image quality in a variety of conditions.
A 3.8 cm LCD screen allows photographers to preview and edit all of their photos as soon as they are taken. Simple to use on-screen menus guide users through the process of storing, amending and deleting files without the need for a PC. Utilising the cameras 16 MB of internal memory, users can store up to 70 photos (at VGA resolution) to share with their friends and family.
The cameras intuitive button layout and 4x zoom (1x optical /4x digital) allows users to simply point, click and shoot great images every time. Likewise, the auto-flash function automatically detects the surrounding lighting conditions when an image is being taken. This feature ensures that the brightness and exposure of a photo is hardly ever compromised, helping users to produce the highest quality images every time.
With the ability to record and store short video clips, the HP Photosmart E317 Digital Camera gives beginners the freedom to relax. The ability to shoot moving images makes it simple for even the most inexperienced digital photographers to capture vividly the true feeling of an event or celebration.
To complete the digital photography experience, users can utilise HP’s Image Zone software which allows photos to be edited, organised and shared from a PC. Using HP Instant Share Software, users can email their images to whom ever they choose without the problem of large file attachments. This camera is PictBridge enabled, which means users can transfer their digital images to any printer via a plug and play USB connection or memory card quickly and simply.
As an optional accessory, the camera can be complemented by the stylish HP Photosmart Silver Camera Case (Q6217A) not only looks good, but protects the digital camera from the bumps and scratches which come from every day use.
The HP Photosmart E317 Digital Camera is available from September 1 at a street price of €129*.
*prices may vary from country to country
1/2.5" Type CCD
2560 x 1920
|Movie clips||320 x 240 @ 24 fps|
|Lens|| 46mm (35 mm equiv)
|Digital zoom||Up to 4x|
|AF area modes|| Normal
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| Normal: 1 m to infinity
Macro: 0.6 - 1.0 m
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
|Exposure compensation|| +/- 2EV
1/3 EV steps
|Shutter speed||2 - 1/2000 sec|
|Scene modes|| Auto
|White balance|| Auto
|Self timer||10 secs|
|Flash||Auto, red-eye, flash on, flash off|
|LCD monitor|| 1.5" TFT LCD
|Print compliance|| PictBridge
|Storage|| SD card
16 MB internal memory
|Power||2x AA batteries (alkaline, Photo Lithium, rechargeable NiMH)|
|Weight||110 g (3.8 oz) (no batt)
150 g (5.2 oz)
|Dimensions||99 x 32 x 53 mm (3.9 x 1.2 x 2.1 in)|