Summary: I had one of these in 2005; it was probably the last "pro" camera HP made, which was right before genuine DSLR cameras got cheap enough for the average person to buy. It takes 4AA batteries and what was for the time novel SD cards, but make sure to use the older 2GB or smaller cards.
Summary: I have owned this camera for over 3 years. Picture quality is amazing,particularly if you are into landscapes. True colors are obtainable in any light if you know how to adjust the manual tuning features. My main gripe is the periodic shutting down of the camera .
Summary: I liked the look, feel, and operation of this camera, it served me quite well and has now been passed on to my daughter to go along with her new HP computer. I replaced my 945 with an R967, because I wanted a higher resolution camera, and the smaller size of the 967 was a huge plus.
Summary: I admit, I bought my HP 945 Photosmart digital camera used, and I got a great deal on it...but after 4 months and hundreds of photos (very good quality, I might add), the lens stuck. Attempts to release it resulted in sickening grinding and whirring noises.
Good camera, great quality photos, poor battery life!
2 November 2005
Summary: I love the image quality, the features and functions. The viewfinder leaves a lot to be desired; lags and is of poor quality compared to other digital cameras I've used. What I'm troubled with the most is the speed at which this camera sucks up the battery!
Summary: Unfortunately once I got used to that the lens motor stopped working and is stuck in the out position. and they cannot fix that problem because the HP/Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart 945 5.3-MegaPixel Digital Camera has been discontinued. don't buy it, you'll love me!
Summary: The photo quality is very good, battery life seems excellent (after over 100 photos @5mp, the battery is still showing fully charged). I do not like the LCD view finder. The colors are not true and it lags behind when panning the camera. I think it is much worse than an optical viewfinder.
Summary: Generally speaking I like this camera. The zoom quality is phenomenal. However I do agree with many that you have to hold very still in order to get great pictures. Once you get used to that you will do ok.
Summary: I have probloms with getting indoor shots w/o the flash on. If I keep the flash off, all shots come out blury. And in museums or public places having the flash on isnt allowed, causing me too lose some good pictures.