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. Everything about the camera from powering up to the autofocus is bog slow, ISO 400 is noisy, and battery life isn't very long.
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 . It occasionally locks up with lens out or just turns itself off. When this happens you need to remove the batteries and replace or simply turn it back on.
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. Anyway, the only things I did not like about my 945 are a)it SUCKS BATTERIES!!!
Summary: I've owned this 2.5 years, and love the zoom, clear photos, close-ups, action settings, etc. When it was new, I would have rated it 5 stars. Now I'd give it 1 star, so I posted the average. Today HP's online troubleshooting concluded that the zoom lens motor seems to be faulty (slow to zoom, fails to focus after zoom, whirring noise during zoom). After paying $450 for the camera, they offered to repair it for $180, or upgrade it for >$226 (slightly less than retail).
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. After loving this camera, getting to know it and taking some terrific vacation photos with it, it pooped out. Reading other's reviews of HP's lousy customer service does nothing to elevate my spirits.
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! Batteries seem to be depleted as the camera sits. Other cameras I've used have a built in watch battery of sorts to retain date/time settings, etc.
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. However, in my comparison of the optical zoom plus megapixels versus price, it was a bargain (except for the 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. Unfortunately once I got used to that the lens motor stopped working and is stuck in the out position.
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. However, when I take outdoor pictures or use the flash indoors, they come out great; if I can hold the camera straight enough to get the shot. I love using the black and white, sepia features. great focous, has three second delay to shoot.