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Looking for a camera under £200 with a good size screen and at least 6 megapixels I plumped for the HP R727, and what a good choice I made!
The good bits:
Screen - The 2.5" colour screen is incredible. Nice and bright and easily viewable in just about any light conditions.
Photos - 6.2 megapixels really shows with some great images on my PC. I'm yet to transfer any images to physical photographs so cant comment on their quality.
Video - This is where I was really impressed. The quality of video on this camera is getting towards that of a video camera quality. Being used to running videos back on my PC in tiny boxes on the screen, it was almost a shock when I played back my first video to discover I can view them at full screen at 1024x768 res.
Features - All the features I could ever want are there on an intuitve menu system. These include loads of different shooting options, timer, auto red-eye removal that works really well, burst photos, image advice, slideshow, audio clips to images, artistic effects, borders, rotation and cropping, panoramic views.
Battery life - Battery life is fantastic, lasting for days of medium use including photos, flash and video.
Other - Camera makes good use of one touch buttons to compliment it's well organised menu. These include flash, closeup, photosmart (sharing) and video.
The bad bits:
In comparison there's not that many, but I have a few niggles.
The lens is automatically covered/uncovered but a sliding metal disc as the camera is turned on and off. On occasion I've found this disc can uncover the lens through movement inside the case (not included). It hasnt resulted in any scratching yet, but it's a concern.
Due to the position of the lens I have had to be careful to keep my fingers clear when holding the camera in both hands. However having the lens high up on the chassis made taking photos at a better angle easier when shooting through crowds etc.
The autofocus and particularly the zoom appears to be quite noisy. Not a problem during use but makes quite a racket during video playback.
Take stunning 6.2 MP photos that make beautiful 4 x 6-inch prints and enlargements up to poster size. Small, thin and elegant with 24x total zoom - 3x internal optical zoom, 8x digital. A variety of intuitive features make it easy to use. Get the photo you intended to take, without red eyes or shadows on faces, using HP Real Life technologies. Snap a panorama shot, or get photo-taking tips, with HP Image Advice. 32 MB internal memory included with optional SD card. Frame and view photos on a big, 2.5-inch image display that's bright enough to see indoors and out. Print stills of VGA video clips directly from the camera. Do more with your photos, without a PC. Use manual controls, or apply artistic effects and fun borders in camera with HP Design Gallery. Then print photos almost anywhere, using an HP Photosmart compact photo printer. Add a dock to easily recharge, view photos on TV and transfer photos wirelessly. Rely on HP for beautiful prints of your photos you'll love to share.