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HP Photosmart 850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 380 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the price and performance. The image quality and zoom are also appreciated. The durability and reliability get critical views. There are some mixed opinions about the memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the HP Photosmart 850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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HP PhotoSmart 850


We've already had a look at one of HPs other recent Digital camera offerings, the Photosmart 812 and we weren't overly impressed. The new Photosmart 850 digital camera we're looking at here boasts a more impressive specification but shares many...

Good zoom lens; High resolution; Easy to use; Photo sharing technology built-in

xD card provided is too small

Feb, 2003

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HP - Photosmart 850


Somewhere in the depths of the huge HP corporation there is a team that desperately wants to develop a 35mm film camera. Instead they've been told to sort their act out and develop a digital camera ...

This is a relatively large digital camera that has an impressive specification to match its size and weight. It delivers excellent photos and offers fair value for money too. This is one to take on holiday with you, rather than, say, snapping away at...

Jan, 2003

Expert review by : Eamon Hickey (

HP PhotoSmart 850 review:


Powerful 8X zoom lens; logical, straightforward menu system; solid ergonomics; reasonably priced.

Slow performer; records JPEG files only; limited accessory compatibility; some compression artifacts in images.

Its big zoom lens and 4-megapixel resolution come at a reasonable price, but its slow performance may tax your patience.

Apr, 2003

Expert review by : PC Magazine (

HP Photosmart 850


The HP Photosmart 850 is a large, handsome camera that's easy to hold. Its most distinctive features are a rubberized handgrip and lens barrel, a huge 8X optical zoom lens, and a cylindrical electronic through-the-lens viewfinder that automatically...

Mar, 2003

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

HP Photosmart 850 Review


The Hewlett Packard Photosmart 850 marks HP's first entry into the prosumer digital camera market since the ill-fated 912. The 850 has a very distinctive design, the front dominated by the big F2.8 - F3.1 eight times optical zoom lens and soft rubber...

Good color reproduction, some of the best automatic white balance we have seen Good resolution performance, at least as good as the 'best of the rest' four megapixel Accurate metering performance, processing makes good use of total dynamic range Low...

Jagged diagonals / poor demosaic algorithm Some chromatic aberrations at or around maximum aperture Dim LCD monitor difficult to see in outdoor situations Few controls for shutterbugs, no control over image processing (tone, color, sharpness) Half stop...

Here's my rating of the HP Photosmart: (4 megapixel prosumer)

Feb, 2003

Expert review by : Alan Stafford (

HP Photosmart 850 Camera Review - PCWorld


The lens doesn't perform as well as it should, so the trade-off with the size and weight isn't a good one. Still, the Photosmart 850 takes good pictures and carries an attractive price for a 4-megapixel camera.

Nov, 2002

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

HP PhotoSmart 850


Physical Views The 8x PhotoSmart 850 and the 6x Fuji FinePix 3800 Zoom . Go to Page Two Photosmart 850 Specifications CCD imager 1/1.8" with 4.1 megapixel total; 3.9 megapixel effective recorded pixels 4MP - 2272x1712 (default) 1MP - 1136x848...

Oct, 2002

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HP Photosmart 850: Super zoom


This 4MP camera has an 8x zoom and produces vivid and crisp photos. With a wide range of features including video and audio capture, the Photosmart 850 will entice anyone seeking a quality digital camera at a reasonable price.

Mar, 2003

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

HP Photosmart 850


Is the Photosmart 850 worth a look? Find out in our review

Very good photo quality ; 4 Megapixels, 8X zoom for $499? Wow ; Excellent Instant Share system + software bundle ; Electronic viewfinder is choppy, but usable, in low light ; Has an AF illuminator lamp ; Plenty of manual controls ; Robust performance

Some chromatic aberrations + jaggies in photos ; Lousy bundle, aside from software ; Zoom + audio recording in movie mode = major lens noise ; Limited playback mode

The Photosmart 850 is HP's best camera yet, in my opinion. It gives other "big zoom" cameras a real run for the money. Speaking of money, at $499, the 850 is a great value for a 4 Megapixel camera with an 8X zoom lens. It's a shame the bundle is so...

Nov, 2002

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HP PhotoSmart 850


This is to provide a superior image quality, 400 pixels, 8 optical zoom digital camera, and the price is less than 700 euros. TheHPPhotosmart850 rich functionality and to facilitate the design is that it can simultaneously meet the photographers and...



Mar, 2009

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