HP Photosmart M22

Announced Feb 18, 2005 •
4 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 37 mm

I wanted an inexpensive point and shoot camera without a motor driven optics extender. Heck, with 5.1 megapixels and digital zoom, coupled with Paintshop Pro, who needs optical zoom! I can grab a wide "point and click" shot at 5.1 megapixels, and still have a better quality cropped image in my photo editing program than I could take with my older 3.1 megapixel camera! Wonderful. Problems: None yet

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I'm an architect and wanted a very portable camera to use in lots of circumstances - inside and outside of finished buildings, details, construction sites, client workspaces, meetings, etc. This camera is excellent for the purpose. Cost and size were minimized by elimination of optical zoom but the 4 megapixel image stands enlargement and captures great closeup detail. Best point/shoot digital I've had for indoor shots without a flash. Color fidelity is pretty good and manual selection ...

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I bought this camera because I wanted a small and light compact to carry with me at all times. The handling is good and the controls well laid out. Picture quality was also very acceptable. Bearing in mind that this is a small pocketable camera I am very pleased with the results. Update 5 March 2006: I have dropped this camera a couple of times, once onto concrete! Although it is now looking rather battered it is still functioning perfectly. Since I downloaded a firmware upgrade the battery ...

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