HP Photosmart 812 digital camera

The $1299 Photosmart 812 digital camera's compact design, silver skin and Pentax lens combine with 4-megapixel picture quality to deliver a camera that appeals to both the enthusiast and the casual snapper alike. Specifications include 3x optical zoom and 7x digital zoom, an excellent 1.5in LCD screen that worked well even in the brightest conditions, TV/PC/docking capability and in-camera charging of the two AA NiMH batteries.

The provided USB 1.1-equipped digital camera dock allows the user to download and print photos easily. The dock has audio/visual output as well as two buttons, one for TV and the other for either PC or printer. When hooked to a television, the camera can display a slide show of the taken images. Once you've set up the included driver and the ACDSee image editor on your computer, you merely hit a button on the docking station to launch the software and upload your photos. An easily accessible button on the back of the camera permits digital print order format (DPOF) printing. You can also set up your print order in the camera, place the camera on the docking station, and then hit the button to send your photos directly to a printer in the order you've set.

Photos and video images are retained on the camera via the use of the supplied 16MB Secure Digital (SD) memory card.

The camera's features make it desirable for enthusiasts, yet it still offers great ease of use through its automatic modes. The 812 has no manual exposure settings, and buttons on the camera body provide access to almost all of its settings and controls. Its rechargeable AA batteries had a short life - lasting only 73 shots before dying.

In brief:HP Photosmart 812

Excellent picture quality with versatile features but could do with better battery life.

Price: $1299.

Phone: 13 2347.

URL: www.hp.com.au.

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