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HP Photosmart R717

alaTest has collected and analyzed 333 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and performance. The image quality and value for money also get good views. The features and memory get less positive views, while reviews about the flash and responsiveness are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the HP Photosmart R717 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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HP Photosmart R717


With its rubberized black body and brushed-metal face plate, the 6.2-megapixel HP Photosmart R717 bears a marked family resemblance to its 5.1-megapixel predecessor, the R707. However, it upgrades many of its older sibling's features.

In-camera image advice Very sharp images

Battery life is about average

The R717 ships with no media for its SD Card slot, but the 32MB of internal memory suffices for taking a few high-res test shots on your way to the electronics store to buy media. A USB cable is included in the box for connection to a PC or to a...

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HP PhotoSmart R717


The HP PhotoSmart R717, like its 5.1-megapixel sibling Photosmart R707 features HP Real Life technologies with HP Instant Share, a technology that makes sharing, printing, and saving digital photos easy. In addition, the HP PhotoSmart R717 digital camera

Bottom line - the HP PhotoSmart R717 is a definite winner. With its wealth of exposure modes, great image quality, HP Real Life technologies and durable design, it will make a great choice whether your a family, business or tourist user. At the time of th

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HP Photosmart R717 review by PC Magazine


Though camera performance and picture quality could have been better, the low price and on-screen help make this an acceptable choice for ...

Excellent on-screen help. Clear menu structure. Competitive price.

Picture quality could be better. Small LCD. Sluggish boot-up time and shutter lag.


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HP Photosmart R717


Well-conceived design; easy-to-master controls and menus; solid panorama and macro modes.

Subpar performance in nearly every area; weak flash; somewhat noisy images.

A decent all-around snapshot camera with a few notable features for newbies.

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Hewlett-Packard Photosmart R717


Photograph: Rick Rizner

In-camera image advice ; Very sharp images

Battery life is about average

This feature-rich model comes with in-camera image advice and red-eye reduction, with extensive help menus.

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HP Photosmart R717 Review


The recommended retail price of the HP Photosmart R717 in the UK is £199 and in the US it is $339.99

The HP Photosmart R717 continues a recent trend in the digital camera industry of taking an existing successful design, upgrading the megapixel count and releasing it as a brand new model. There really is very little difference between the R717 and its...

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HP Photosmart R717 Digital Camera Review


The HP Photosmart R717 is a serious attempt by a long-time computer manufacturer to make all aspects of digital photography enjoyable.

6 MP great for large format photos ; Easy to use ; Excellent integration of the camera with computers, printers, online services, and television with the right accessories ; Good image quality

Images have a tad too much noise in the them ; Cycle times between photos is slow

The HP R717 is a solid entry-level camera. It has an excellent help system to guide beginners, a polished fit and finish, and good to very good image quality. However, this camera's rating has more to do with the overall end-to-end photography...

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HP PhotoSmart R717


If you're a beginner to photography, the 6.2-megapixel HP Photosmart R717's unique help features will help you expand your comfort zone.

Very good color ; useful help features ; excellent audio annotations ; impressive panorama mode

Very slow performance ; poor video quality

The R717 feels well-constructed, with a stainless-steel front, subtly sculpted for a comfortable grip. The 1.8-inch LCD is bright and clear, and menus are very easy to read and navigate. Like many of the new HP cameras, the R717 includes a system...

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HP Photosmart R717


Bought this camera in Aug. 2005 at the HP online store because it had quite good reviews and the "value for money" seemed to be excelent. The picture quality is very good, haven't experienced any problems there. Battery life is not that great, being on...

Two problems with the camera. A "minor" problem is that it sometimes it shoots two pictures when I only want to take one. Couldn't figure out how to stop this ; A major problem is a software or hardware bug with the audio feature (you can add up to 60...

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Simple To Use But Image Quality Disappoints


The R717 is a good camera for someone who does not want to spend a great deal of money and who is not terribly picky about image quality. It is simple to use with an intuitive menu interface. Unfortunately image quality is mediorce at best. Outdoor...

Simple menu system; sleek design; good LCD display

Image quality is inconsistent; blurry, soft images with zoom; limited battery life

Product Specifications

12 HP Photosmart R717 features HP adaptive lighting technology that automatically brings out details lost in shadows. In-camera red-eye removal identifies and removes red eyes. HP Image Advice provides tips to help you take better photos. Direct print provides printing directly from your camera to any PictBridge-certified printer without having to connect to your computer. Choose one of 12 preset shooting modes for best exposure for common picture scenes, or define your own shooting mode with your most frequently used settings. Use Panorama to capture up to five consecutive pictures and preview them as a full panorama on your camera. Then merge them into one wide image on the computer. HP Instant Share provides easily select still images in your camera to be automatically sent to a variety of destinations such as e-mail addresses, web pages, or a printer the next time your camera is connected to a computer. Your recipients can then view the images without the burden of large file attachments.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:HP Photosmart R07

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Action / Beach / Document / Landscape / Museum / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Snow / Sunset/Action / Beach/snow / Document / Landscape / Museum / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP PhotoSmart

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:24mm
Min Focal Length:8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:8
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical