HP Photosmart R837

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams (20 September’07)

The HP Photosmart R837 is a digital point-and-shoot camera (announced 8 March 2007) with 7.2 effective million pixel, 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 38-114mm) with HP Steady Photo Anti Shake, built-in features such as pet-eye fix and, naturally, a special ‘slimming mode’ and a 3″ LCD screen. The camera is measuring in at 100 x 27 x 64 mm (3.91 x 1.06 x 2.54 in), weighing 155 g and it’s running on 2x AA Alkaline / Photo Lithium / Rechargeable NiMH batteries.

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

HP R837 Reviews

Steve’sDigicams reviews the HP Photosmart R837 and writes;
“… this camera offering good image quality, a slew of in camera features, photo enhancements and a full built in help menu, we feel it will make a good choice for the family or even for at the office. With a street price of about $199 or less, it offers and outstanding “bang for your buck” and is sure to be yet another popular HP model.”
Rating: N/A

LaptopMag reviews the HP Photosmart R837 and writes;
“In our tests, the R837 produced vibrant images with fairly accurate colors in most conditions. Noise wasn’t an issue until we tried to shoot in low light using the Night Portrait setting. In this mode, images looked particularly grainy, likely the result of the R837’s max ISO rating of 400. The startup time was fairly speedy, as was the time between shots, except in low-light conditions. ”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET reviews the HP Photosmart R837 and writes;
“We were not impressed with the pictures produced by the R837. While noise never reaches horrific levels, thanks in part to the R837’s meager top sensitivity of ISO 400, it is more prominent than we typically expect at each of its ISO settings. Even at ISO 100, which should usually be quite clean, we clearly saw noise when viewing images on computer monitors, though this noise likely won’t be as noticeable in prints… The bottom line: The HP Photosmart R837’s disappointing image quality makes this otherwise handy, versatile shooter a mediocre model.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the HP Photosmart R837 and writes;
“…will be pleased by the warm, well-saturated colours that the R837 delivers as a default – indeed they’re the first thing that hit you when reviewing shots on a desktop. If you prefer your shots pale and interesting then perhaps this isn’t the camera for you. Night shots without flash inevitably reveal noise – and a top light sensitivity setting of ISO 400 isn’t going to win any prizes – but at least at this maximum setting such artifacts aren’t going to prove any real problem either…So, to sum up, image quality is no better or worse than the competition at this level – in fact it’s exactly what you’d expect, so in that sense there’s no disappointment or nasty surprises. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the HP Photosmart R837 and writes;
“Image noise – think a fuzzy TV signal – is also noticeable in shadow detail at this top setting, while ‘pixel fringing’ (a purple glow around objects) is evident between areas of high contrast: a dark building and a bright sky for example..Overall HP’s Photosmart R837 looks better and performs swifter than any of its digital compact competition.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the HP Photosmart R837 and writes;
“While we wouldn’t recommend this camera to those looking for great pictures no matter what the setting, we would recommend it for first time buyers looking for a very consumer friendly model to get them started in the world of digital photography. HP has focused this camera to usability and for the most part it succeeds, the menus are easy to understand, the picture taking on-board help helpful and the ability to tag images on the fly for easy storage later (including creating your own tags to import back from a PC) really useful. However an average design and average picture quality let this model down. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag has reviewed the HP Photosmart R837 and writes;
“On my resolution benchmark, the Photosmart achieved an average of 1700 lines, which is excellent for a 7.1 MP camera. Boot up was quick, completing in 2.7 seconds and I measured recycle time to be a decent 2.3 seconds. Burst mode fired off three shots very quickly as well. Burst mode, without flash, was even faster. But there’s no ability to shoot a steady burst mode with flash since it automatically turns the flash off. I notice shutter lag, which can result in you missing treasured moments. Also, in my distortion test, there was both slight pin-cushion and barrel distortion, which I’ve often noticed in tiny, non-telescoping lenses…I found that the HP Photosmart R837 just doesn’t quite perform or capture images as well.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

HP R837 Samples

HP Photosmart R837 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
HP Photosmart R837 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
HP Photosmart R837 Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint

HP R837 User Manuals (PDF)

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HP R837 Press Release

Take stunning 7.2-megapixel photos with the powerful, easy-to-use HP Photosmart R837 Digital Camera. This camera features a large 7.6cm (3-inch) image display and an extra-wide viewing angle – up to 170 degrees – perfect for viewing photos indoors and outdoors.

Enhance photos in-camera with HP touch-up for the removal of blemishes and the latest generation of HP Real Life technologies, including HP Design Gallery with slimming and industry-leading in-camera red-eye removal.(1) The HP Photosmart R837 Digital Camera also features pet-eye fix and HP steady photo anti-shake to help prevent blurred photos.

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