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Old Aug 3, 2003, 4:44 PM   #1
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Hi,
I have been using hp 735 for about 2 weeks. This cam is cheap, but its shots are worst.

This cam does not have 15-1/2000 exposure. This is a lie!!!
Exposure is 2-1/1500 sec. Aperture is 2.6 to 4.9!!!

I used a tripod in all the test shots.Believe me they were all very bad.Even a very cheap

webcam can take better night pictures.

First of all this cam can not take night or indoor pictures.
Secondly it can not focus. Only under very sunny conditions it can focus.

Go and buy a canon a70 or nikon 3100.

The software bundle is very bad, camera bundle is bad.

I think this cam has a problem with its ccd sensor.

Especially in 2 second or 1 second exposure shots, (in night or indoor pictures)
there are grains. The pictures are like as if somebody poured sand on them. In night

pictures there are thousands of white pixels, dots on the sky!!!

The menus and playback mode is terrible. For example if you want to magnify a picture in

playback mode, you have to choose magnify on the playback menu.

Why did not they just use the zoom buttons???

After you magnify the image, if you want to scroll, first you have to choose the scroll

type. Vertically or horizantally.

So reviewing a picture on the cam is terrible either. The menus, functions are meaningless.

If you listen to me, do not buy this camera.
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Old Aug 7, 2003, 6:38 AM   #2
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This camera is good value for your money! If you are looking for a userfriendly camera with nice macro and zoom options and nice sharp pictures, then this camera will do the job!

The videorecording goes quite well, picture quality is almost VHS-tape quality and it's smooth (19 frames a sec, 320x240 pixels).
No time limit, only card-size limit!

Battery consumption is low, I made 135 pics last weekend with
lcd-screen on constantly and also 1 movieclip. I used 2 AA 1700mah
batteries from a cheap brand.
Flash functions ok, indoor pics with flash look good and sharp, so
does outside pics and macro pics.
I already made some amazing shots of spiders/bees and butterflies!!
The camera has some direct accessable functions like flash, quality,
video and diff. modes for pics using buttons on the camera.
LCD-screen is good, handy tumbnail function included and rotating pics on the cam itself. If you use an SD-card, you can even use the camera to transport files from 1 PC to another using the discdrive function!

This camera won't disappoint you!
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Old Aug 11, 2003, 2:48 AM   #3
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Hey Proton!
I would like to see some pictures you've shot.
I'm about to buy me one of those myself and it would be fun
to see what I get before I get it 8)
thanks!
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Old Aug 12, 2003, 4:01 AM   #4
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By now you should have received my sample pics.
I sent some of my photo's to a printshop and they printed them
in sizes 10x15, 13x18 and 15x20cm . Even the largest photo's
look very sharp!

Tip: if you make flash photo's and some subjects are too far away
and appear dark (a flash normally has approx.3 meters reach), then
use photo-editing software (I use Thumbsplus, VERY good prog!)
and increase GAMMA. Amazing things will happen :-)

Bytheway: I can't understand the comments everywhere about
powerdraining digital camera's , even the HP735 would do that.
Well, not mine! I even have a hard time getting the batteries
empty!!! I just keep on shooting, I am now busy with my 3rd set
of 2 batteries since I bought the camera, in that time I made
almost 500 photo's and about a dozen movieclips, transferred it
all to my PC using the batterypowered camera, used zoom and lcd-screen a lot, turned my camera on and off dozens of times.
And still the batteries have power....
I use 1700mah and 1800mah batteries, so not even the most
powerfull ones!
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Old Aug 12, 2003, 6:41 PM   #5
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So, which opinion shall we trust in?

735 is a brand new device, and more user's opinions and thoughts allow us to decide whether to buy it or not..

I'm planning to buy a 2MP 2100, but HP is a cool option too..
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Old Aug 14, 2003, 3:24 AM   #6
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Hi everyone,
I have also a HP 735 and with the outdoor photoís I'm very satisfied, but as already Sertac mentioned the indoor and night shoot picture have a poor quality. If very strange with this camera, if you look also other reviews, one part of the people are very happy and gave it 5 stars and the other part is disappoint. I have the idea there are two series out, maybe with 2 diff. Chips. Proton what are your experiences with indoors and night picture? Do you have any examples, which you could send to me? Maybe HP will bring a new firmware to solve the problem, cause the concept of this camera with all the features is very good and I donít want to change it.
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Old Aug 14, 2003, 3:55 AM   #7
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Indoors with flash is good, no problem at all. Bright sharp pictures. Build-in flash has a reach of 3 meters, which is common for any camera with build-in flash, digital and 35mm.
For indoor rooms it's enough.
For outdoors you need to be a few meters away maximum from the subject.
Night pictures: as far as I can see it, I get 2 seconds schutter-time.
Because of the longer exposure (without flash), some pixels get
bright (like a sky with stars). This seems to be a common problem
with any digital camera. Ofcourse it gets a bit grainy too, because
the ISO setting is set more sensitive. normal ISO 400 35mm films
have that same problem.
So if you want to make photo's with long exposure time, I would
advice a normal 35mm SLR camera. A CCD chip simply can't handle
long exposure times (yet).
No camera is perfect. Even digital
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Old Aug 14, 2003, 5:33 AM   #8
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Hi Freddy,
Thanks for the quick reply. Maybe you are right. I compared the indoor picture with 4 + 5 mega pixels cameras and of course, if you see the picture in a smaller size on full screen you have the impression that you get better picture. If you increase them to 100% you have the same grains. I just downloaded the demo version of Thumbsplus as you advised before and I have to say itís a great program. I have very good results now with increasing the gamma settings. So I think it make no sense to change this camera to the photosmart 935 model, cause you are loosing the LED display, the unlimited video size and the burst mode.
Greetings Benno
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Old Aug 14, 2003, 8:16 PM   #9
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hi, I have the same complaints.
as sertac's (in night or indoor pictures)
there are grains. The pictures are like as if somebody poured sand on them. In night pictures there are white pixels, dots on the sky!!! and as Benno said there are two kind of owners. One of them is very happy the other is not. and I am not because before I had hp720 and there is no white or colorless pixels in night shots. but now I have with 735.
I think it is an manufacture error of hp735. like there is an error when saving to jpeg format. We have to ask for that. also to the hp support department of digital cameras.
I just wrote a mail to Steve about that
I need other hp720 users opinions about night shots and low light indoor shots. thanx.
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also hp 735 users opinions.
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