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I bought this camera when it first came out a few years ago. I wanted a high quality easy to use digital camera.
The camera is small but not tiny. It fits easily in a handbag and just about in a gent's shirt or trouser pocket. It is more bulky than the new models. The outer casing is very similar to stainless steel. It's very durable and robust. My camera has been dropped several timeless and is none the worse for it. The screen is smaller than some of HP's newer models. But it's not a problem to use.
Easy of Use: Well this camera is pretty straight forward. Not a lot of frills here. The setup and display menus are accessible and easy to understand. My older children ranging in age from 8 - 13 have all used this camera successfully. I might add without anyone showing them how to or asking permission!
Features: The internal memory is small at 32MB so you do need a flash memory card. The camera will work with Multimedia Card, SD Memory Card and SDHC Memory Card.
This camera can also record video. Useful feature but quality wouldn't be anything like you would get with your average video recorder.
It has a built in flash and red eye reduction. We've never found the auto red eye reduction worked - in that we have a lot of red eyes in our photos! But there is an option to correct red eyes when viewing your pictures on the camera in display mode. We use this a lot. It saves the hassle of using a photo editor to do it.
This camera has a rechargeable Li-ion battery. It only comes with one battery but you really need a second one.
This camera comes with the HP Photo smart software. This application is very easy to use and allows you edit and enhance your photos. You can upload your photos to your computer without this software using Windows Explorer.
For standard everyday photos with natural light the quality is excellent. I'm always surprised at the picture clarity and colour richness when we have the photos printed. The display window doesn't do the picture quality justice at all.
The quality using some of the adaptive lighting features is not so good. We've had very mixed results.
A good basic work horse camera. Would ge a great option for a first time digital camera user.
Well........................I bought this delightful camera last February. It came complete with a Photosmart c3180 all in one printer. All for £99 in Argos!! Lovely!!!
It reall appealed to me as it had some good features.
It has 7MP's, thats really good for the price I paid, it even has anti - redeye and auto focus.
So I returned home with 2 boxes, one was rather large the other a smallish size. The large box contained the All in one printer and the other had the camera in it, obviously!! Box's were very well packaged, the camera was in the usual egg box moulding with lots of wrapping to stop it from shaking around. The printer was also well wrapped.
In the box was - Camera, Battery, USB lead, pc software & charger for camera.
I liked this camera as it had a rechargeable battery, my friend has a sony that takes AA battteries and is quite thirsty. Setup was simple, but before you could use the camera you had to charge the battery until the green light on the charger showed. I thought this would take a while but after an hour the Charger was showing green. So I put the battery in and Went through setup process which was all straight forward. All I had to do before taking pics was to assign the date & time.
My first gripe was that it didn't have a carry case and also there was not much memory on the camera. This was ok as I had a spare 1gb SD card.
First picture was great. It has a really big screen so easy to view the settings and preview the pic before snapping it! The flash is also great, but if taking pics indoors it makes it all look a bit cold. I sometimes turn off the flash and set it to "steady mode" which gives great picture quality and make the pciture look real. The camera has autofocus so no more blurred pics!! Also there is a macro, great for taking pictures of jewellery and close up items. I am not technically advanced and even I can use the camera menu easily.
Quality & battery
Well for £99 for a camera and printer, I wasnt expecting anything wow, but the quality is really good. Both pictures and the camera. I have dropped it a few times accidentally and it even survived the plane loaders on Ryanair. It is also quite compact so fits into your pocket. The battery life - Well it is amazing! I charged the camera at easter and take about 50 pics every weekend plus my 2 week summer hols and it needed recharging in September!!! AMAZING!!!!
Firstly I didn't install the pc suite as i was about to invest in a new laptop. So I connected up the lead, the pc found the hardware and opened a folder for me to view my pictures. Also the memory card is easy to remove and pop into the memory card slot on the pc. The pc suite is great, and easy to use, you can also edit pics on there.
Overall I am very impressed with this camera and it even has a video recorder, although quality isnt great.
Hope this is of help to you
This camera has a nice build to it,being fairly slim (mind you not super slim,otherwise there would be little quality) with a nice silver,clean finish.The large screen allows (2.5inch) a good view of what your going to capture,although the quality of viewing pictures on the screen is VERY poor,it squeezes the image and makes it look like the camera has some sort of capture problem,but by simply uploading it onto the computer with a larger screen,the quality stands out a lot better.
The quality of the photo's is perfect for general use,on holiday or where ever.
The camera comes with the option to record videos,but you have to speak quite loudly from a distance should you wish to capture the sound from a distance.It should be noted that if you wish to watch the recorded video on the camera,you can,but it does not allow sound to be played through the camera.
The camera allows zoom of 3x optical (best zoom) and then 7x digital zoom (not as good a quality),which produces satifactory results.
The camera comes supplied with,an EU plug adapter,UK plug and charger.It should be noted that this camera runs off it's own battery,not independent batteries.
An easy-on-the-eyes display (2.5"), 7 megapixel resolution, and 21x total zoom are just a few of the reasons you'll like Photosmart R742. It has all the usual cool HP camera features, including the ability to get rid of red eye and Design Gallery for dressing up your shots. And this sleek model is super compact and easy to stash in a purse or backpack.