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I bought the HP Photosmart M627 a couple of years ago and am still using it regularly now.
On a few occasions over the last 6 months however, when I have switched it on, I found that the memory had been wiped and the camera reset.
This happened last summer whilst on holiday and I lost loads of pictures-not happy!
I have to be careful with this item now and make sure I don't press the buttons too quickly in succession. Especially if I switch it on/off quickly it will sort of crash and wipe the memory.
I found the hand strap got in the way of taking photos so I removed it.
The pictures are not good quality when compared now with newer cameras. The flash is way too bright and produces really awful photos, so I don't use it. This means that this camera is virtually unusable for me, unless it is a bright day.
That said it is really, really easy to use and transfer photos. I was very happy with it at first, as a basic, value digital camera. I am looking to buy a replacement now, so it has only lasted me 2 years. I paid £80 when new.
Ok, so I got this camera about 2 years ago for christmas after lacking a camera of any kind! Of course i was excited to use this product so tryed it straight away.
The first thing you notice is that its quite big for a digital camera these days, by this I mean that its quite thick compared to a lot of newer models on the market! It does however look good. It has 2 separate textures to it (these look shiny and also unshiny) and is a good effect.
Id also say that it was quite heavy for a digital camera, however i am unsure of the exact weight.
The camera itself has 7.0 megapixels, which at the time was pretty good, nowadays its pretty standard and a lot of phones are now catching up with the technology! the zoom is pretty good also, though it does blur the more zoomed in you get!
At the time this camera was worth about £100, though now it would have decreased in price.
The quality is good for the price and megapixels provided.
8 Months in and this little camera is still going strong, despite some rather rough treatment from a ragamuffin 3 year old.
This was, thankfully a device that worked fine straight out of the box. I came with the usual collection of USB cables, battery charger and 2 batteries. No SD card though :-) And you'll need one - it'll only hold about 10 full-resolution pics on the internal memory. The software was in there too on CD.
The camera cam with an array of the usual pic download and editing software. It's OK but I'll never use it. I have psychological problems at being steered towards a way of working by outside agencies. Big brother and all that. So it has been quickly uninstalled. Before I did, I can confirm that it did download pics from the camera with a minimum of fuss and then catalogued them all. That's the bit I hate. I want full control. If you want the software to do that for you then you won't be disappointed.
Buttons and stuff.
Not too many and nicely positioned. On the top, a separate button controls the flash settings, one flicks between camera and review mode, one starts the video and one takes a snap. Oh and there is an on/off too. All easy to get at and big enough not to miss. On the back their is a two-way zoom button, a delete button and a menu button surrounded by 4 way direction buttons for navigation. All very neat and tidy.
The Zoom lens seems well made, has 3x mag . It moves smoothly and fairly quickly. No complaints there. One irk I have is that the macro function is either naff or I'm doing something really dumb. The closest I can get and stay in focus is about 30cm. I could get my last Fuji camera to within about an inch and still get focus. Now I have to edit afterwards and resize the pics and the results aren't great. If I'm being dumb then there is a flaw with the instructions or the intuitiveness.
A tripod mounting hole is placed on the bottom, which I use a lot.
Is great. The menu system is so intuitive you will be up and running asap. It just makes really god sense. The screen is huge as well which really helps - 6cm viewing diameter! you can fit a lot in that and the on-screen graphics are really clear and the colour is used well. there are automatic settings for timer,fast shot, landscape, portrait, action, night, beach and snow, sunset, burst and macro as well as full control of exposure,white balance and iso speed. There is a range of software built into the camera as well do do on the spot editing and audio recording. The camera has also got a set of help pages, which are easy to read on the large screen.
Are OK. Just OK. Indoors on automatic settings, I was disappointed. The colours just don't seem right. Outdoors they are OK but you have to keep as still as possible. The pics seem to blur at the slightest movement. You can fiddle with the settings to improve it but I don't want to. I just want to point and click. This is not to say they are always bad, just sometimes. More than I expected. The camera can shoot in a wide range of resolutions from the settings - 7MP, 5MP, 2MP and VGA. It is quite hard to tell a 5MP from a 7MP so I tend to stay on 5.
The battery life on the camera is pretty good. It gets sed a lot but I only seem to have to charge the batteries on the supplied charger about once a fortnight.
As to build quality. My 3 year old hurled this out of the back of the car onto concrete. A button on the top got depressed and is now slightly askew. The camera however still functions as it did before its little accident, even the depressed button. So no complaints there!!
Anyway, I paid £80 for this in an argos sail and I think it's worth the money. It has plenty of features and is easily the simplest camera to use that I've ever had with the versatility to fiddle around a bit if you so desire. I'd recommend it.
Originally posted on Ciao by myself - dhillcrest
The easy-to-use HP Photosmart M627 Digital Camera features 7-megapixels and 24x total zoom - 3x optical, 8x digital - to produce amazing-quality photos. The camera also features HP Real Life technologies, including industry-leading in-camera red-eye removal and HP Design Gallery. With the HP Design Gallery, users can easily capture and edit brilliant digital photos. This small, all-metal camera also features one-button ordering and sharing of photos with HP Photosmart Express.