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HP Photosmart R727 and R927

By dpreview staff on Jan 4, 2006 at 13:05 GMT

CES 2006: HP introduces today the latest additions to the Photosmart range, the slim meta-encased R727 and R927 digital cameras. with 3x optical zoom and 6 or 8.1 megapixels respectively, both feature large LCD screens and can be used with the optional Photosmart 6222 Wireless Dock to wirelessly manage their snapshots and navigate through a TV interface.

Press Release:

Strike A Pose With HP’s Most Advanced Digital Cameras

Combining stylish good looks with high resolution photographs, HP introduces the HP Photosmart R727 and R927 digital cameras

BOEBLINGEN, GERMANY, JANUARY 1, 2006 – HP today announced the launch of the HP Photosmart R727 and R927 Digital Cameras.

No bigger than a deck of cards, these two style-led, visually inspiring cameras feature a wealth of advanced features that are ideal for budding photographers. With all the panache of their award winning predecessors, these sleek, metal encased digital cameras (the HP Photosmart R927 Digital Camera comes in stainless steel and the HP Photosmart R727 Digital Camera in aluminum) can capture even more intricate details from any scene.

With 3x optical zoom and 6 or 8.1 megapixel (MP) resolution respectively, keen photographers can enlarge any unique shots up to poster size, without damaging image quality.

Despite measuring just 23mm and 26mm thin respectively, the HP Photosmart R727 and R927 digital cameras feature large full colour LCD screens of 6.4 cm and 7.6 cm with a 170 degree viewing angle, making it even easier to capture, view and make edits to images using the on-board menu options.

Photographers of all levels can take advantage of a full suite of HP’s most advanced Real Life technologies, which have been designed to allow users to take impressive photographs every time.

One such technology is HP’s unique Instant Image Advice system, which indicates problems within an image that need correction, such as a shot being over exposed. After automatically scanning an image the program takes users to an advice screen that provides instruction on how to make the adjustments needed to get the perfect shot. Further HP’s Real Life technologies include In-camera Panorama Stitching, an ideal tool for those photographers taking panoramic shots and wide angle images, which stitches up to 5 single shots together to create one image.

HP’s Automatic In-Camera Red-Eye Removal and HP Video Prints means users can select a single scene from video footage on the camera and save this as an image for sharing or printing. HP’s newly developed Design Gallery which includes a portfolio of tricks such as 10 different border effects, 12 different filters and four colour effects to help personalise images is included. All of HP’s Real Life technologies and the Design Gallery can be used without having to connect to a PC or download any additional software. Sharing and printing photos with these cameras is easy. Photos can be printed directly from the camera without having to connect to a PC using Pictbridge Technology or card slots. Sharing photos is just as simple when using HP’s included Photosmart Premier software.

This software provides a range of printing options and allows users to upload images to a secure site which friends or family can access in order to view images. For photographers looking for a completely wire free experience, both of these cameras can be connected to the optional HP Photosmart 6222 Wireless Dock. With this dock users can use the accompanying remote control to wirelessly manage their snapshots and navigate through a TV interface.

The HP Photosmart R727 Digital Camera is available bundled with the HP Photosmart 6221 Dock Base at a recommended street price of €329* or can be purchased on its own for €279*. The HP Photosmart R927 Digital Camera is available bundled with the HP Photosmart 6221 Dock Base at a recommended street price of for €399 or can be purchased on its own for €349*. * EMEA recommended manufacturer’s street price including VAT. Prices may vary from country to country

HP Photosmart R727 Digital Camera

Take stunning 6.2-megapixel photos with the elegant, metal HP Photosmart R727 Digital Camera.

This ultra-compact digital camera features a bright, indoor and outdoor 2.5-inch image display screen while being thin enough to slip in your pocket. With the latest generation of HP Real Life technologies, including automatic in-camera red-eye removal and HP Design Gallery, users can easily take brilliant digital photos perfect for printing and sharing.

Key Features and Benefits

  • 6.2-megapixels for incredible resolution for beautiful prints and enlargements up to poster size
  • Internal HP Precision 24x total zoom, 3x optical, 8x digital
  • 2.5-inch LCD for framing and viewing photos and menus – indoors or out
  • On-camera button to easily order and share photos on Snapfish using HP Photosmart Express (1)
  • Features an elegant, thin all-metal design to fit easily in a pocket or purse Additional Features
  • HP Real Life technologies help take the guesswork out of digital photography and make it easy to produce great photos that are crisp, realistic and true-to-life. HP Real Life technologies include: o NEW: Automatic In-camera red-eye removal to remove red-eye while images are still in the camera o NEW: HP Design Gallery adds artistic effects and borders right in the camera – includes slimming feature for your best possible photos—no PC or software required. o Improved Image Advice now provides real-time feedback to users on how to improve a specific picture the next time it is captured—like having a professional photographer with you at all times! o In-camera panorama stitching allows the user to align, capture and review a panorama image on the camera and stitch up to 5 photos together to save as one image for easy printing without downloading to a computer o High-quality VGA video with audio shoots at 24 frames per second and offers the ability to save still shots for printing
  • HP Photosmart Express 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, and printers
  • New HP Photosmart Software allows users to edit, organize, print, share and archive digital photos
  • Optional HP Photosmart 6221 Premium Camera Dock lets users easily view photos on TV, transfer photos to the PC, print and recharge in-camera batteries, plus a spare. Add Wireless capabilities by purchasing the HP Photosmart 6222 Wireless Dock Base (2)

Technical Specifications

  • 6.2-megapixel resolution
  • 3x optical zoom, 8x digital zoom
  • Dimensions/Weight o 93mm (W) x 23mm (D) x 61mm (H) o 130 grams without battery
  • PictBridge support
  • JPEG (Exif 2.2)
  • Support/Connectivity o USB Connectivity o USB-compatible PC with Microsoft Windows® XP, x64, 2000, Me, 98SE, or 98, Intel® Pentium® II, Celeron® or compatible CPU, Internet Explorer 5.01SP2 or later o USB-compatible Macintosh computer with Mac OS v10.2.8, v10.3, v10.4

HP offers a comprehensive support package for the HP Photosmart R727 Digital Camera that includes one-year of phone support as well as real-time chat and email support beyond the warranty as part of its HP Total Care portfolio of services. Pricing and Availability Estimated U.S. street price is TBD Expected to be available for purchase April 2006 in North America, and specific countries of Latin America and Europe. (1) On-camera Snapfish feature available in UK and US only. (2) Not included; please purchase separately.

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