Conclusion: The HP Photosmart R927 is a solid camera that offers myriad features, from capture options and shooting modes to an unusual "tummy tuck" feature. If you don't mind the noticeable shutter lag, then ditch the diet and opt for this affordable camera.
Pros: Large, 3-inch screen. On-screen image advice. 17 shooting modes and 12 artistic effects. Very good boot-up time.
Excerpt: The camera is easy to use and the printed pictures are crystal clear (sharp and vivid). Just a little bit noisy if enlarged. Special features for this digital compact camera are quite a number: AE bracketing, HP Adaptive Demosiac, HP Adaptive Lighting, HP Auto Red-eye Removal, HP Design Gallery, HP Image Advice, HP In-camera Panorama Preview and Stitching, HP Noise Filter, HP Preferred Photo Reproduction, HP Vignetting.
Conclusion: Unfortunately you can't judge this book by its cover. Using a car analogy - from an exterior design point of view it's an Audi, but it's got the engine of a Gremlin. It seems that a lot of energy and thought were put into some elements of the HP Photosmart R927 design: build quality, physical design, and features. However, very little of that ingenuity was invested in image quality, or functional details like the camera's docking station and battery door.
Pros: Looks cool - handsome elegant design, Big LCD display, Good graphic user interface - especially scrolling images, Nice button layout, Fun options, Can easily attach audio clip to image
Cons: Big lcd has poor image quality and makes the camera too big, Constant auto focus sound is annoying, Poor image quality, Grainy images even at ISO 100, Big and heavy for a point-and-shoot camera, Poorly designed battery door, Mandatory camera dock for downloading and battery charging, Limited zooming capability
Excerpt: The digital camera market can be a confusing place. You can now buy a compact, prosumer or DSLR camera for around the same price. HP has stayed clear of the DSLR market and instead has concentrated on its range of seven compacts.
Excerpt: The HP Photosmart R927 ($399) is a compact 8.1 Megapixel camera filled to the brim with unique features. When I say "features", I'm not talking about the R927's 3X zoom lens or huge 3-inch LCD. Rather, I'm talking about the various bells and whistles on the camera, many of them exclusive to HP.
Pros: Compact, stylish metal body, Enormous 3 inch LCD display; good low light visibility, Very good performance in most areas, Full manual controls, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Adaptive Lighting feature brightens up dark areas of your photos (though noise levels go up even more), Tons of useful features: effective in-camera redeye removal, panorama stitching, image undelete, Image Advice, and more, Nice movie mode; zoom can be used during filming (though the s...
Cons: Above average noise and purple fringing, ISO setting was ignored in shutter priority mode, LCD blackout during continuous shooting, Manual focus feature could be better, Movie mode frame rate below average, No optical viewfinder, Battery charging and photo transfer to a PC requires dock; no USB 2.0 High Speed support; video output requires purchase of $80 dock, Flimsy door over memory card/battery compartment; battery didn't like to stay in its slot, Shared photos not...
Excerpt: Physical Views The PhotoSmart R927 compared to a standard CD. The 7-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z750 and the Photosmart R927 Continue on to Features & Controls PhotoSmart R927 Specifications Image Sensor 1/1.8 inch, 8.3-megapixel, primary-color CCD (8.2 million effective pixels) Image Quality settings 8MP *** 8MP ** (normal) 5MP ** 2MP ** VGA ** Storage media 32MB of internal flash memory Secure Digital (SD) card slot, supports up to 2GB Recording format Still:...
Excerpt: In digital imaging HP is best known for its inkjet printers. Yet the company has over a half-dozen digital cameras meant for casual picture taking. While not targeted to Ansel Adams wannabes, better HP Photosmart digicams more than do the job for the vast majority of photographers. We were big fans of the now discontinued 5MP HP R707 .
Excerpt: The HP Photosmart R927 has a big 3in LCD and a metal body that feels sturdy. It is the company's first 8Mp camera, and though you'll rarely need all that resolution to make a very big enlargement, the HP Photosmart R927 does give you the freedom to crop down to a small portion of your photo and still get a high-quality print.
Summary: HP has thought long and hard about how to improve their cameras, resulting in a number of new and exciting technologies they have dubbed ‘Real Life’. Now the R927 is cheaper it’s a good buy – not necessarily for its image quality, which is average. However, the panorama stitching is jaw-droppingly good.