Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the HP R707 and the Samsung Digimax V50, chosen for its similar specification and pricing. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (ISO 50 and 400 for the Digimax V50, ISO 100 and 400 for the R707).

Studio scene comparison (R707 @ ISO 100, V50 @ ISO 50)

  • HP Photosmart R707: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Samsung Digimax V50 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.5 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
HP Photosmart R707 Samsung Digimax V50
ISO 100, 1 sec, F6.7 ISO 50, 1/2 sec, F4.9
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The images show that the HP R707 is controlling noise very well, something that was borne out in most of our real life shots. It's good to see that the noise reduction is not at the expense of image detail, which is actually pretty good (and much better than the Digimax at the edge of the frame). The Samsung's stronger in-camera sharpening and slightly higher resolving power has produced a crisper looking image out of the camera, but the R707 is capturing almost as much detail, and the results are much cleaner. Once sharpened the HP images really shine. The Samsung's colors are more saturated (especially reds and greens), but this has led to the loss of some fine tonal detail - especially in the red flower.