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HP's Photosmart M23 digital camera. Courtesy of HP, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. HP Photosmart M22 / M23 digicams revealed
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 05:43 EST)

Hewlett Packard has four new digital camera announcements for PMA; of these, two are very closely related - the HP Photosmart M22 and M23.

The two cameras share an essentially identical weather-resistant chassis (the only notable difference being the color of the body panels - silver for the M22, and bronze for the M23). The 1/2.5"-type 4.0 effective megapixel CCD sensor and 36mm equivalent fixed focal-length lens are also identical features of both models We don't currently have full product specifications for the M23 model, but the main differences appear to be that the M22 comes bundled with disposable alkaline batteries and offers a 6x digital zoom, where the M23 includes NiMH rechargeables (with an AC adapter for in-camera charging) and offers a maximum of 7x digital zoom.

Both cameras should ship this spring, with pricing for the M22 set at $149, and for the M23 at $169.

Hewlett Packard Photosmart M22
HP's Photosmart M22 digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Hewlett Packard
Model Number M22
Dimensions 3.8 x 1.9 x 1.3"
96.0 x 49.0 x 32.7mm
Weight 120.0 g
4.2 oz
Planned Price $149.00
Planned Availability Mar 2005
Warranty 3 months
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
4.20 megapixels (total)
4.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2340 x 1744 (4.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1260 (2.0 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 1.5", 61,600 pixels
Lens
Lens Type HP Precision AF Lens
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 6.1mm (actual)
36mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 or f/6.5
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/1800 second
Metering Modes Center-weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Internal Flash Modes: Auto Flash (default), Flash Off, Flash On, Red-Eye, Night
Range: 9.2 ft /2.8m ISO 100, 13.1 ft / 4.0m ISO 200, 18.5 ft / 5.7m ISO 400
Creative
Scene Modes Action, Landscape, Portrait, Panorama, Beach, Snow, Sunset
Digital Zoom 6x
Self Timer Yes, 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format MPEG-1 with audio
320x240
Max. frame-rate: 25 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
Video No
Computer USB 1.1, USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Camera dock, DC in
Power
Battery Type Alkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Flash Memory 16.0MB built-in memory
Other
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
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HP's Photosmart M22 digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
HP's Photosmart M22 digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
 

Hewlett Packard Photosmart M23
HP's Photosmart M23 digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
HP's Photosmart M23 digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
HP's Photosmart M23 digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
 

Original Source Press Release:

HP Photosmart M22 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share

Overview
The affordable, four-megapixel, 6x digital zoom HP Photosmart M22 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share allows users to capture true-to-life digital photos. It features exclusive HP Real Life technologies, including adaptive lighting technology, in-camera red-eye removal, in-camera panorama assist and preview and HP Image Advice. The HP Photosmart M22 supports picture taking in a variety of conditions and locations due to its weather-resistant, durable, all-metal case that is small enough to fit in a pocket.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Weather-resistant, all-metal case for taking photos in a variety of conditions.
  • Multi-zone auto focus provides sharp, clear photos by searching for focus in several areas of an image to capture the best shot.
  • Exclusive HP Real Life technologies, developed in HP Labs, 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:
    • Adaptive lighting technology to adjust high-contrast photos to bring faces out of shadows and details out of backgrounds.
    • In-camera red-eye removal to remove red-eye while images are still in the camera.
    • In-camera panorama preview to allow the user to align, capture and review a panorama image on the camera before downloading to a computer.
    • HP Image Advice for tips on how to improve a specific photo the next time it is taken.
  • HP Instant Share 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, printers and more – by simply pushing a button.
    • When the digital camera is later connected to a computer or the optional camera dock,(1) the selected photos are automatically printed and/or e-mailed without burdening the recipient with large file attachments.
    • E-mail recipients see thumbnails of the images right in the body of their e-mail message, as well as a link to the web page where they can very easily view, print and save the photos, upload them to online albums and more.

Additional Features

  • Video clip capture with audio records memories in sound and motion
  • Optional HP Photosmart M-series dock(1) sends photos to a computer, recharges batteries and allows users to view photos on a TV, when connected to camera.

Other Technical Specifications

  • 4-megapixel resolution
  • 6x digital zoom
  • Dimensions/Weight
    • 3.79" (L) x1.14" (W) x 1.96" (H)
    • .26 lbs without batteries
    • .37 lbs with batteries
  • 6 MB internal memory for storing photos
  • 1.5-inch image, outdoor-viewable LCD
  • SD/MMC card slot for storing additional photos
  • Direct-printing capability to HP USB-enabled Photosmart or Deskjet printers
  • Two AA batteries included
  • PictBridge support
  • Exif 2.2 support
  • Support/Connectivity
    • USB connectivity (USB 2.0 compatible)
    • USB interface supports Microsoft Windows® 98, Me, XP or 2000, Intel® Pentium® II, Celeron® or compatible CPU, Internet Explorer 5.01 SP2 or later
    • USB compatible Mac OS 9.1, OS X 10.1.5 or higher, 233-MHz PowerPC.
  • HP offers a comprehensive support package for the HP Photosmart M22 Digital Camera that includes 90 days 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 of $149(2)
Expected to be available for purchase spring 2005 in North America.

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(1) Not included; please purchase separately.
(2) Actual price may vary.
Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel, Pentium and Celeron are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


HP Photosmart M23 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share

Overview
The affordable, four-megapixel, 7x digital zoom HP Photosmart M23 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share allows users to capture true-to-life digital photos. It features exclusive HP Real Life technologies, including adaptive lighting technology, in-camera red-eye removal, in-camera panorama assist and preview and HP Image Advice. The HP Photosmart M23 supports picture taking in a variety of conditions and locations due to its weather-resistant, durable, all-metal bronze case that is small enough to fit in a pocket.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Weather-resistant, all-metal bronze case for taking photos in a variety of conditions.
  • Multi-zone auto focus provides sharp, clear photos by searching for focus in several areas of an image to capture the best shot.
  • Exclusive HP Real Life technologies, developed in HP Labs, 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:
    • Adaptive lighting technology to adjust high-contrast photos to bring faces out of shadows and details out of backgrounds.
    • In-camera red-eye removal to remove red-eye while images are still in the camera.
    • In-camera panorama preview to allow the user to align, capture and review a panorama image on the camera before downloading to a computer.
    • HP Image Advice for tips on how to improve a specific photo the next time it is taken.
  • HP Instant Share 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, printers and more – by simply pushing a button.
    • When the digital camera is later connected to a computer or the optional camera dock,(1) the selected photos are automatically printed and/or e-mailed without burdening the recipient with large file attachments.
    • E-mail recipients see thumbnails of the images right in the body of their e-mail message, as well as a link to the web page where they can very easily view, print and save the photos, upload them to online albums and more.

Additional Features

  • Video clip capture with audio records memories in sound and motion.
  • Optional HP Photosmart M-series dock(1) sends photos to a computer, recharges batteries and allows users to view photos on a TV, when connected to camera.

Other Technical Specifications

  • 4-megapixel resolution
  • 7x digital zoom
  • Dimensions/Weight
    • 3.78" (L) x1.13" (W) x 1.93" (H)
    • .26 lbs without batteries
    • .37 lbs with batteries
  • 16 MB internal memory for storing photos
  • 1.5-inch image, outdoor-viewable LCD
  • SD/MMC card slot for storing additional photos
  • Direct-printing capability to USB-enabled HP Photosmart or Deskjet printers
  • NiMH rechargeable AA batteries, power cord and AC adapter included
  • PictBridge support
  • Exif 2.2 support
  • Support/Connectivity
    • USB connectivity (USB 2.0 compatible)
    • USB interface supports Microsoft Windows® 98, Me, XP or 2000, Intel® Pentium® II, Celeron®, or compatible CPU, Internet Explorer 5.01 SP2 or later
    • USB compatible Mac OS 9.1, OS X 10.1.5 or higher, 233-MHz PowerPC.
  • HP offers a comprehensive support package for the HP Photosmart M23 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 of $169(2)
Expected to be available for purchase spring 2005 in North America.

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(1) Not included; please purchase separately.
(2) Actual price may vary.
Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel, Pentium and Celeron are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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