Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart 315 Camera Review Posted!|
(Tuesday, March 20, 2001 - 16:51 EST)
A look at HP's entry-level 2.1 megapixel digicam...
This PhotoSmart model holds the distinction of having been THE most popular camera (either film or digital) in the US during the red-hot Christmas 2000 selling season. It's *very* simple to operate, having only the bare minimum of controls. (Leaving off even exposure compensation, which we view as being pretty important.) Despite the paucity of controls, it manages to take reasonably well-exposed and color-correct photos under a wide range of conditions. Resolution and detail were a little down from what we're accustomed to seeing in 2 megapixel cameras, but it should make fine prints up to a 4x6 size. It also ships with a very consumer-friendly software collection, which we suspect has contributed to its commercial success. We'd dub it as a good camera for a family getting into digital, looking for both simplicity and low cost. Check the review for the full story!