The Canon A610 seems to have a slightly better picture, it has the cool swivel LCD, and it has an optical viewfinder, which I like.
The HP R817 seems to have slightly weaker pictures, no optical view, but it offers a 5X zoom, a neat panoramic mode, and some cool help features.
For me, performance is the dealbreaker. Is one a lot faster than the other? I wont be heavily using the camera, but I'm just trying to get the most bang for my buck. Any testimonials on these cameras?
This should be a good fight.