Hewlett Packard E327 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Hewlett Packard Photosmart E327
Resolution: 4.90 Megapixels
Sensor size:
Lens: Non-Zoom
(46mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
ISO: 100-400
Shutter: 2-1/2000
Max Aperture: 3.6
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.0 x 1.3 in.
(100 x 52 x 32 mm)
Weight: 4.8 oz (136 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $119
Availability: 03/2006
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
4.90
Megapixels
Non-Zoom

size sensor
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Front side of Hewlett Packard Photosmart E327 digital camera        

The Hewlett-Packard Photosmart E327 includes both a five megapixel CCD imager and an HP-branded fixed focus, fixed focal length lens equivalent to 46mm on a 35mm camera - perhaps not as versatile as a zoom lens, but doubtless the choice has allowed HP to keep cost and complexity down. Hence, the HP E327's $119 pricetag - about as affordable as they come. A 4x digital zoom will help you crop in on subjects more tightly, but like any digital zoom it cannot recreate detail that wasn't in the wide-angle image, and hence will tend to soften images proportionally to the zoom strength. For framing images, there's a 1.8" LCD display that's slightly higher resolution than average at 153,000 pixels, but no optical viewfinder - something that's become an increasingly rare option these days. Images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, or in 16MB of internal memory.

The HP Photosmart E327 has four scene modes - Action, Landscape, Portrait, and Sunset - to help beginners achieve the results they're looking for without the need to understand subtleties like shutter speeds, apertures and the like. The E327 determines exposures with a center-weighted auto metering system, offers ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 400, shutter speeds from 2 to 1/2000 second, and has a fixed aperture of f/3.6. The Hewlett Packard E327 also has a four mode flash including red-eye reduction.

Images captured on the HP E327 are transferred to your computer over a USB 1.1 connection, rather slower than the USB 2.0 High Speed connections offered on many cameras these days. Power comes from two standard AA batteries - either alkaline or lithium disposables, or NiMH rechargeables. The product bundle includes HP Photosmart software, offering basic photo editing, printing and sharing functionality. The camera is covered by a 90 day warranty, and is PictBridge complaint - letting you print images directly on compatible printers without the need for a computer.

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