HP Photosmart M417 (Silver)
Manufacturer: HP Part number: L2011A
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.00
- Reviewed by: David D. Busch
- Edited by: Aimee Baldridge
- Reviewed on: 06/07/2005
- Released on: 05/01/2005
The good: Compact; on-camera help and tips; useful Adaptive Lighting technology to brighten dark areas; red-eye removal in playback mode.
The bad: Mediocre image quality and performance; no speaker for voice annotation or video playback.
The bottom line: This no-frills compact offers 5 megapixels for less than $200, but its mediocre image quality and minimal feature set are no bargain.
Great Camera! Compact! I bought two of them! excellent value for the money!! Nice Pictures!
by shingosha on July 6, 2005
Pros: Camera works flawlessly with my HP wireless notebook and HP wireless printer.
Cons: Flash outdoors is weak however I've been told most digital's have the same problem .
Summary: Would definitrly purchase again. Samsonite makes a great case for this camera $5.99 at Wal Mart. Very easy camera to use. I don't understand the editor's rating ...
Summary: Would definitrly purchase again. Samsonite makes a great case for this camera $5.99 at Wal Mart. Very easy camera to use. I don't understand the editor's rating it so low. Great value for the price. Will hate to see this model change.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great, easy to use camera
by ufdk3 on January 1, 2006
Pros: charge batteries while docked, red eye reduction excellent
Cons: high battery usage
Summary: This camera is a very nice camera for the non professional home user. If you get this expecting a super heavy duty camera meant for a photographer, you have the ...
Summary: This camera is a very nice camera for the non professional home user. If you get this expecting a super heavy duty camera meant for a photographer, you have the wrong camera. This provides excellent shots and easy use. zoom works, review works, red-eye reduction works, video works in good light.
We got this camera as part of the Photosmart printer 420/m417 combo. This is the best camera we have ever used. Love it!
The only bad part is the high battery usage, however, when docked, the camera recharges the batteries either through the M series dock or the Photosmart printer dock.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
A pocket sized camera that fits my needs!
by Dieppe on May 9, 2005
Pros: A nice simple digital camera with 5.1MP, 3x optical zoom, optical viewfinder.
Cons: It might be a little thick for some pockets, the 1.8" view screen might seem small compared to similar cameras. Needs the M-series dock to view pictures/video on a TV, and the camera is only USB 1.1.
Summary: I had several needs in mind when I was looking for my camera: 4+ MP, at least 3x optical zoom, SD (Secure Digital) memory, and uses AA batteries rather than ...
Summary: I had several needs in mind when I was looking for my camera: 4+ MP, at least 3x optical zoom, SD (Secure Digital) memory, and uses AA batteries rather than those tiny square batteries. The M417 fits the bill nicely!
I wanted to be able to use SD memory cards because I have a Palm Tungsten and wanted to be able to view images on my Palm, as well as reuse my current SD cards. At the standard 5MP resolution a 1GB SD card will hold 619 photos---more than enough for my next European trip!
I use AA batteries because they are cheaper to get NiMH rechargeables and to have spare AA batteries on hand for trips rather than buying the proprietary rechargeable batteries.
With 5MP images, it more than fits the bill for high quality pictures, and I'm also able to take video as well. The 1GB SD card also will take just over 80minutes of video as well. Think of that the next time you're lugging around blank tapes!
The downside is you have to purchase a $50 M-series dock in order to view pictures or video on a television. The upside is you can do either NTSC or PAL to the TV, and with the docking port you can also recharge the AA rechargeable batteries within the camera itself.
The M417 does come with high quality HP software for transferring photos, as well as letting you designate who to email pictures to when you take the picture (after you dock with the computer, that is)! For most photographers used to digital cameras though, plugging the camera into a USB port (only USB 1.1 however) or plugging the SD card into a card reader will be more than adequate to transfer images back to the computer.
Extra benefits are: flash, 10 second self timer (1 or 2 shots), built in camera "red-eye removal", and "HP adaptive lighting technology" though dark pictures could seem grainy.
Another small benefit is the optical viewfinder so you don't need to leave the screen on just to set up a shot, or if you're doing a lot of bright daylight shots. (Saves the batteries.) The downside is the optical viewfinder does not have a diopter adjustment, but you usually find those on higher end cameras anyway.
Also no threads for adding additional lenses, but for the casual photographer that won't be an issue.
Includes a USB cable, CD, a quick reference guide and user manual (English and Spanish), a hand strap, and 2 AA Lithium batteries. The camera also has 16MB built in memory, but chances are any serious user will get a larger memory card for it. (1GB SD for $80 is cheap nowadays!)
Not a bad little camera if you want 5MP and all the little things like standard batteries, SD memory cards, and 3x optical zoom. It's not as small as those very tiny cameras, but not as large as the digital cameras that can use threaded lenses---so you could say that the M417 is "Just Right!"
Note: HP is coming out soon with a M517 model. The only changes are 32MB internal memory instead of 16MB, a 2" view screen rather than 1.8", and an increased digital zoom (7x instead of 6x). Any serious photographer will have purchased additional memory anyway, the side of the image inside is more important than the image on the viewscreen, and using digital zoom is basically a poor man's "crop" when it can be done on a computer.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Terrible Color, Poor Battery Life
by adrock821 on December 20, 2006
Pros: Easy to Use, On screen instructions
Cons: Poor Color, Poor Battery Life
Summary: This camera has excellent megapixels for the price. Unfortunately, when using the default settings all of the people in my pictures come out with grey/green complexions. These are pictures ...
Summary: This camera has excellent megapixels for the price. Unfortunately, when using the default settings all of the people in my pictures come out with grey/green complexions. These are pictures I don't even want to send to others. I've tried changing the settings but haven't found one yet that eliminates the problem. Also, this camera takes AA batteries and goes through them approximately every 20 minutes, so buy them in bulk!
by ferrari 1 on December 27, 2005
Pros: 5.2 meg, hp tech,compact,easy to use, ausome pics.
Cons: have not beem able to set up instant share,no audio speaker
Summary: This thing shure is amazing. For only $150 this is great for home users. And hp prints are ausome . great buy!
Summary: This thing shure is amazing. For only $150 this is great for home users. And hp prints are ausome . great buy!
Excellent Pictures, features for price.
by bthomasca on July 29, 2005
Pros: Good Quality Photos
Cons: None Found Yet
Summary: This is a good camera for the non-photo expert, it allows you to take quality pictures without the high cost of camera. It has many features including motion/sound recordings ...
Summary: This is a good camera for the non-photo expert, it allows you to take quality pictures without the high cost of camera. It has many features including motion/sound recordings in addition to still picture. great camera I am really happy with it. Good job HP!
Lowest price to a 5Megapixel camera
by valuecatcher on July 16, 2005
Pros: produces great images in a snap, inner memory, expandable, easy really easy
Cons: batteries AA
Summary: This camera saved me Big, I bought 10 for a local photography class, it's got everything I need to teach basic photography, and it's very easy to use ...
Summary: This camera saved me Big, I bought 10 for a local photography class, it's got everything I need to teach basic photography, and it's very easy to use so students feel good immediately.
now I don't worry much if the students break or mishandle any
This camera is a good starter for some who is just getting into taking just everyday pictures.
by dlbandchic on June 22, 2005
Pros: The pictures are ok just make sure flash settings fit with what you are taking a picture of.
Cons: EATS BATTERIES!!!!
Summary: I liked this Camera for what I used if for. But I would go for a better camera that one...doesnt eat batteries like this one did. two...i didnt ...
Summary: I liked this Camera for what I used if for. But I would go for a better camera that one...doesnt eat batteries like this one did. two...i didnt like how I had to set it for red eye reduction in order for it to work. three...takes good pictures otherwise.
- Manufacturer: HP
- Part number: L2011A
- Description: Take exceptional photos that make beautiful 4x6-inch prints and enlargements up to poster-size. Get crisp detail at 5 MP resolution and 21x total zoom - HP Precision 3x optical lens, 7x digital. This easy-to-use camera features HP Real Life technologies to help you take better photos. Automatically bring out details normally lost in shadows using HP adaptive lighting and remove red-eye in-camera. Snap photos easily using an intuitive button layout. A unique, sculpted grip keeps the camera steady for one-handed shots. View shots on a bright, 1.8-inch image display. E-mail photos to friends - without large attachments - using HP Instant Share. Share. Edit, share and organize photos with included HP Image Zone software. Store photos with 16 MB internal memory and an optional SD/MMC card. 1 Shoot video or a series of photos in burst mode. Get the perfect shot at the exact moment in fast shot mode.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Point-and-shoot highlights Having video capture capability adds convenience for the user.
- Resolution 5.2 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 5,360,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 5,190,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
- Optical Zoom 3 x
- Digital Zoom 7 x
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Digital Video Format MPEG-1
- Image Recording Format JPEG
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 400,
- Exposure Metering Center-weighted
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Action,
- Special Effects Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Fluorescent,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 2 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps
- Type 3 x x Zoom lens - 6 mm - 18 mm - F/2.9-4.8
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 36 - 108 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 4 in - 31.5 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Effective Flash Range 18.7 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 2 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec
- Additional Features AF lock,
In-camera red-eye removal,
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Real-image zoom
- Type 1.8 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Docking station,
1 x DC power input
- Software HP Image Zone,
Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS X 10.2.x or later,
Apple Mac OS X 10.3.x
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- System Requirements Details Windows 98/98SE/ME - Pentium II - 233 MHz - 64 MB - 200 MB,
Windows 2000/XP - Pentium II - 233 MHz - 128 MB - 400 MB,
MacOS X 10.1.5 or later - PowerPC - 500 MHz - 128 MB - 240 MB
- Included Accessories USB cable kit,
- Supported Battery AA
- Supported Battery 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery,
2 x AA Alkaline battery,
2 x AA Lithium battery
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards MultiMediaCard,
SD Memory Card
- Internal Storage 16 MB Flash
- Image Storage Fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 5 VA - With 16MB built-in memory - 2.5 MB,
Normal JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 8 VA - With 16MB built-in memory - 1.6 MB,
Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 11 VA - With 16MB built-in memory - 1.1 MB,
Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 22 VA - With 16MB built-in memory - 550 KB,
JPEG 640 x 480 : 92 VA - With 16MB built-in memory - 140 KB
- Video Capture MPEG - 288 x 216
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.2 in
- Depth 1.4 in
- Height 2.1 in
- Weight 0.2 lbs
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 122 °F
Specs: 3.2 megapixels,
Specs: 4.1 megapixels,
40 - 111mm F/2.9,
Specs: 5.2 megapixels,
36 - 108mm F/2.9,