HP Photosmart R847 review: HP Photosmart R847

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Quick performance; comfortable design.

The Bad Terrible noise, lens distortion.

The Bottom Line Great performance and solid design can't get past the HP Photosmart R847's major image deficiencies.

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At its heart, the HP Photosmart R847 is simply a scaled-up version of the HP Photosmart R837 . Like its predecessor, the R847 uses a slightly chunky metal body with a sliding lens cover that reminds me more than a little of the Sony Cyber-shot T-series cameras. It carries the same 3-inch LCD screen on the back panel, leaving just enough room for a large joypad and a comfortable, L-shaped zoom rocker.

HP designed the R847 to be simple to use, like the R837. While you can manually change settings like sensitivity (aka ISO) and white balance, you'll probably spend most of your time in the camera's automatic or various scene preset modes. Like most compact snapshot cameras, the R847 lacks more advanced exposure controls like aperture priority and shutter priority. While you can't change many settings while shooting, you can at least tweak your photos once they're in the camera with its myriad photo editing commands, also carried over from the R837.

Its 8-megapixel sensor stands out as the most notable improvement over the camera's 7-megapixel cousin, but it's not the only change. The R847 can reach up to ISO 1600, completely overtaking the R837's ISO 400 limit. Plus, while the R837 uses an HP Precision lens, the R847 uses a Fuji nonbranded lens. They're both 39mm-to-118mm equivalent lenses and they both share the same completely internal mechanism, however, and present little functional difference.

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  • Digital camera type Compact
  • Optical Zoom 3 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 8.0 Megapixel
    8.0 Megapixel
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"