The Good Solid construction for the price; very easy to use; aperture-priority mode; spot metering; sharp Pentax lens.
The Bad Oversaturated colors; no custom white balance; somewhat subpar LCD; unimpressive low-light autofocus; short battery life.
The Bottom Line A solidly built point-and-shoot, this camera is best for photographers who like pictures with a lot of punch.
HP Photosmart 735
If you don't mind overly vivid colors, HP's Photosmart 735 is a solid value. It offers a 3-megapixel resolution, a sharp Pentax 3X zoom lens, and a decent feature set that'll please anyone looking for a simple point-and-shoot. Just be ready for a neon world.
Like other HP digital cameras, the Photosmart 735 has a clean, spartan style. Its mostly plastic body is gray and silver. A bit bigger than many other models in its class, this camera weighs a moderate 10.3 ounces with batteries and media installed. The fit and finish of our test unit were very good, and we were able to get a secure, comfortable grip.
The 735's controls are distributed across the camera's rear and top; two arrows and an OK key beside the LCD let you surf the menus. This navigation system worked adequately, but we prefer the four-way controllers you now find on many other models. The menus themselves are well labeled and quick to operate. Still, we're mildly disappointed that you have to drill into them to activate exposure compensation and white balance.
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