HP PhotoSmart 715: test and review

The HP PhotoSmart 715 makes it affordable family 3 single megapixel 3X zoom lens. But do not expect to find the advanced features more expensive home appliances. This is a basic camera, easy to use, producing pleasing shots of flash and daylight.

With its large housing and rubber grip, it is for those who favor the grip at the expense of compactness. It weighs almost 425 grams with food and optional CompactFlash memory card, not a handheld device. It is designed for beginner photographers and simple functions make it easy to use. Zoom and shutter are well placed and the power button is located away to prevent accidents. Eyeglass wearers will appreciate the diopter control the optical viewfinder, but we found it a bit unstable. You do not have guides for parallax correction in the viewfinder, so that close-ups deserve to be taken with the LCD viewfinder.

A button allows you to easily navigate the simple menus of the device. It is necessary to be careful when you press to select a setting, because you easily risk being sent to another selection field. This seemed particularly tricky with the quick preview option, which requires confirm to save the last image. Sometimes we accidentally pressing No. trying to take pictures quickly. It’s best to disable this option and eliminate spoiled pictures later.

Limited options

HP wanted to limit costs while providing a high resolution camera. As a result, many normal functions in appliances more expensive 3 megapixels were removed from the 715. There is a sensitivity setting, but a goal-2.5 f / 2.8 and a shutter speed up to two seconds can partially compensate for low light situations. Unfortunately, the development is struggling to lock when the lighting is limited: our photos have shown sunny but vague. The 3X zoom lens operates smoothly and is designed to receive other goals and filters. The trigger delay of 715 is around two seconds, so it is difficult to take action at the exact right time. But you can prepare the focus by pressing the shutter halfway, reducing the delay to a quarter of a second.

Well in daylight

The 715 is especially suitable for flash pictures or full day, while making sharp images with good exposure routine scenes. The shots against the light are more problematic: chromatic aberrations, unstable areas in the background, black foreground subjects. Often the devices have difficulty in photographing subjects against the light, but lack of exposure compensation on the 715, you can not play with the settings to compensate for errors. The automatic white balance does not handle very well either incandescent lighting, our test photos tended to have orange halos. The results are disappointing in macro mode. The unit manages its development up to 20 feet away, but he struggles to focus on objects with little detail. Furthermore, the flash is effective and achieves better than 3 meters announced. We managed usable images up to 4.5 meters.

Jay Munro, ZDNet USA – Translation Evocati