HP announces 5mpix Photosmart M417
Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 05:46 EST)
Amongst HP's four new digital camera announcements at PMA is the 5.2 effective megapixel, 3x optical zoom Photosmart M417.
The camera features the same styling we've seen on several other recent HP models, with a prominent groove at the front which helps you grip the camera firmly, and offers both an optical viewfinder and 1.8" LCD display. Other features include SD / MMC card storage, 16MB of built-in memory, and power from two AA batteries. Connectivity options are USB, and HP's optional HP Photosmart M-series dock. The camera will ship this spring for $199.
Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 33" (10 cm - 80 cm)
100, 200, 400
2 - 1/2000 second
+/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV increments
Modes: Auto (default), On, Off, Red-eye, Night
Range: W: 9.2ft/2.8m, 13.1ft/4.0m, 18.5ft/5.7m; T: 5.5ft/1.7m, 7.8ft/2.4m, 11.1ft/3.4m (ISO100/200/400)
Action, Landscape, Portrait, Macro, Fast Shot
Yes, 10 seconds
JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Camera dock, DC in
Alkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor
2 x AA
Battery / Charger
2 x AA Lithium disposable battery
16.0MB built-in memory
Operating System Compatibility
Original Source Press Release:
HP Photosmart M417 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share
With its intuitive button layout and convenient ergonomic grip, the easy-to-use, five-megapixel, 3x optical zoom HP Photosmart M417 Digital Camera with HP Instant Share makes it simple for the first-time digital photographer to capture exceptional photos. The HP Photosmart M417 features exclusive HP Real Life technologies, including adaptive lighting to automatically bring out details normally lost in shadows, and in-camera red-eye removal to remove red-eye directly on the camera. Additionally, the 1.8-inch, high-resolution image LCD screen displays images for viewing right after the photo is taken – even in bright light.
Key features and Benefits
5.2-megapixel resolution for photo-quality enlargements up to poster size.
1.8-inch, outdoor viewable image LCD.
Fast shot mode that captures quick shots with minimal shutter lag for crisp photos.
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.
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.
Simple, intuitive button layout and an easy-to-use design with a convenient ergonomic grip.
Burst mode enables users to take a series of photos or shoot video.
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.
HP Image Zone software is a complete, easy-to-use software solution for editing, organizing, printing and sharing digital photos.
Other Technical Specifications
21x total zoom – 3x optical, 7x digital
16 MB internal storage memory
4.2" x 2.1" x 2.0" (109mm x 52mm x 55mm) – lens fully extended
149 grams without batteries
SD/MMC card slot
Direct-printing capability to HP USB-enabled Photosmart or Deskjet printers
Two AA photo lithium batteries included
Exif 2.2 support
USB connectivity (USB 2.0 compatible)
USB-compatible PC with Microsoft Windows® 98, 98SE, Me, XP or 2000, Intel® Pentium® III, Celeron® or compatible CPU, Internet Explorer 5.01SP2 or later
USB-compatible Macintosh computer with Mac OS X 10.1.5, OS X 10.2.x or later, OS X 10.3.x
HP offers a comprehensive support package for the HP Photosmart M417 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 $199(2)
Expected to be available for purchase spring 2005 in North America.
(1) Not included; please purchase separately.
(2) Actual price may vary.
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