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★★★☆☆

“Well I looked around and did my homework and decided...”

Written on: 06/03/2004 by cjsearle (1 review written)

Good Points
Good software and the camera is easy to use

Bad Points
the flash is really inconsistent and it sucks batteries like crazy. Maybe you get 15-20 indoor pictures (with flash) on one set of 4 AA's

General Comments
Well I looked around and did my homework and decided to buy this HP PhotoSmart 620 Digital camera. (April 2003) This was the best camera for the money at that time. It is an easy to use point and shoot camera with decent picture quality and good color spectrum. One problem is that it focuses the image for the distance of the center of the image. You have to keep this in mind when shooting. Many of the indoor pictures turned out blurry because the shutter exposeure time is so long in low light. Using the flash helps, when it works. One shot the flash will work fine, the next shot it will be a dim flicker. I bought a tripod which helps immensly for indoor shots. It really has a battery problem. It only uses the top 20% of the power in the batteries then says they are dead. A voltmeter tells me otherwise. After 3 months when taking bright outdoor pictures in the winter time the camera "broke". It started over compensating the light levels and all outdoor pictures came out very dark or totally black. I contacted HP warranty center and they were great. They paid the shipping and handling and got my camera repaired and back to me hassle free in five days. Truly excellent service. They had issues in the past but I have to say that management has gotten it's act together and done a great job re-organizing their system to make it fast efficient and now user friendly.

In the end the camera does work ok but I wish I had bought something else. I have since seen friends buy better systems for less money.

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