Hewlett Packard E337 Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Hewlett Packard Photosmart E337
Resolution: 4.90 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
(5.8mm x 4.3mm)
Lens: Non-Zoom
(36mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
Extended ISO: 60 - 400
Shutter: 1/2000 - 2 sec
Max Aperture: 4.5
Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.5 x 1.3 in.
(95 x 63 x 32 mm)
Weight: 6.7 oz (190 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $80
Availability: 07/2007
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
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Non-Zoom 1/2.5 inch
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The Hewlett-Packard Photosmart E337 includes both a five megapixel CCD imager and an HP-branded fixed focus, fixed focal length lens equivalent to 36mm 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 E337's very affordable $80 pricetag. A 5x 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 1.5 inch 61,600 pixel LCD display as well as an optical viewfinder - something that's become an increasingly rare option these days. Images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards including newer SDHC cards, or in 16MB of internal memory.

The HP Photosmart E337 has six scene modes - Theatre, Landscape, Portrait, Action, Night Portrait, 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 E337 determines exposures with a center-weighted auto metering system, offers ISO sensitivity ranging from 60 to 400, shutter speeds from 2 to 1/2000 second, and has a fixed aperture of f/4.5. The Hewlett Packard E337 also has a four mode flash including red-eye reduction.

Images captured on the HP E337 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.

The Hewlett-Packard Photosmart E337 is priced at US$79.99 and ships July 2007.

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