Hewlett Packard R937 Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Hewlett Packard Photosmart R937
Resolution: 8.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
(5.8mm x 4.3mm)
Lens: 3.00x zoom
(39-118mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 100 - 1600
Shutter: 1/2000 - 10 sec
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.9 x 1.1 in.
(105 x 73 x 27 mm)
Weight: 7.1 oz (200 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $300
Availability: 08/2007
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
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The Hewlett-Packard Photosmart R937 includes both an eight megapixel CCD imager and an Fujinon-branded 3x optical zoom lens. An 8x digital zoom will help you crop in on subjects even 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 whooping 3.6 inch touchscreen LCD display - much larger than average, which would make the camera more conducive for sharing images with family and friends immediately after capture. There's no optical viewfinder though - something that's become an increasingly rare in modern digital cameras, unfortunately. Images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, including SDHCcards, or in 32MB of internal memory.

R937 shooting modes include Action, Auto (default), Beach, Landscape, Macro, Night Portrait, Panorama left, Panorama right, Portrait, Snow, Steady Photo (in menu), Sunset and Theatre. Other HP R937 features include in-camera red-eye removal and pet-eye fix, HP Design Gallery (artistic effects, borders, colors), slimming and HP touch-up, adaptive lighting, in-camera panorama preview and stitching and HP Image Advice.

Images captured on the HP Photosmart R937 are transferred to your computer over a USB 1.1 connection, rather slower than the USB 2.0 High Speed connections offered on most current cameras. The R937 derives its power from a proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, and a charger/AC adapter is included in the bundle. The HP R937 is covered by a 1 year warranty, comes with HP Photosmart software and is Windows Vista ready.

The Hewlett-Packard Photosmart R937 is priced at US$299.99 and ships from August 2007.

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