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HP Photosmart 812

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and portability. The price and color are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the size, and the shutter and exposure get negative views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the HP Photosmart 812 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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HP Photosmart 812


HP aren't really one of the first names that would spring to mind when thinking about digital cameras. However, having invested 125 million US dollars on research and development for their digital imaging products, they are obviously serious about...

The Photosmart 812 is something of a unique camera, it offers features few cameras can match and lacks important features that the majority of digital cameras have.

Jul, 2002

Expert review by : PC Magazine (

HP Photosmart 812


The HP Photosmart 812, along with the Minolta DiMage S404, is one of the lowest-priced 4-megapixel cameras on the market. The company targets the 812 to photo enthusiasts, but like the low-end 620 , it lacks exposure and white-balance controls that...

Jul, 2002

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

HP Photosmart 812


The four megapixel three times optical zoom PhotoSmart 812 was announced back on the 9th of January as part of CES 2002. The 812 was developed by HP in the US although it uses the same sensor and Pentax lens used in their own Optio 430. The 812 faces...

Good colour, good use of dynamic range ; Accurate metering ; Good auto white balance under natural or incandescent lighting ; Images look good reduced to XGA or less ; Relatively low noise levels (especially at ISO 100) ; Compact and light weight,...

Very poor LCD brightness for live view in daylight ; Soft images (a combination of a below average lens and low in-camera sharpening) ; Thin-line purple fringing around white overexposed areas of the image ; Colour shift on almost or just-over-exposed...

The 812 is the perfect example of a digital camera brought to market too early. There are lots of things that are neat and nice about this camera, the user interface is very easy to understand and the automatic colour and tonal balance work well. Take...

May, 2002

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

HP PhotoSmart 812


Physical Views PhotoSmart 720 , PhotoSmart 812 and the PhotoSmart 620 . Go to Page Two PhotoSmart 812 Specifications Type Digital still camera with zoom lens, image record, playback, and erase functions. Direct print to HP PSC 950 or HP DeskJet...

Aug, 2002

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Two Cheap Four Megapixel Cameras - HP Photosmart 812 / Kodak EasyShare DX4900


I didn't actually come up with the idea of doing this comparison until I had started writing the Photosmart 812 review. Then it hit me: hey, I've got two inexpensive 4 Megapixel cameras that also have docking stations. Why not combine the two

If you don't get the dock, you're stuck with throw-away lithium batteries. If you get it, you get four 1600 mAh batteries. Since the camera only uses two of them, that's not a bad deal. HP did not provide any numbers on battery life, but it didn't seem...

Sep, 2002

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HP PhotoSmart 812


Give you brief us on these two parameters of the printer, after comparison to know the difference between the two: HP Photosmart 7458: Resolution (DPI): 4800 * 1200; color number: 4; cartridge configuration (months): 2; Print size: A4; print speed...

very good


Mar, 2009

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HP PhotoSmart 812 $ $ $


HP introduced its Photosmart 812 digital cameras, to create this new concept of digital cameras with 4 megapixels of the CCD. Because HP does not have its own optical lens production capacity, it uses the Pentax 3x optical zoom lens, Pentax is also...

Good color, good dynamic range ; correct metering ; good auto white balance ; a lower noise level ; Li

Digital cameras is relatively slow reaction time, will miss a lot of wonderful lens

Mar, 2009

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HP PhotoSmart 812


Merchandise information--- Basic parameters Brand: Hewlett-Packard HP Model: Photosmart812 Listing Time: 2002 Total pixels: 4.13 million Effective Pixels: 3,920,000 Optical zoom: 3 times Digital zoom: 7 times Display Size: 1.5 inches Maximum...

Light.Good color, good dynamic range


Mar, 2009

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Hewlett-Packard Photosmart 812

Jul, 2002

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