HP Photosmart R967 Summary
HP Photosmart R967 Assessment
The HP Photosmart R967 is simplicity itself. It is self-descriptive with a built-in system and numerous helpful features. Its image quality is good, except for above average noise at all ISO sensitivities. Since it is equipped with a 10 megapixels sensor, the noise issue will mostly affect large prints. White-balance is simply exceptional. Color, exposure and focus are also right-on.
Even though, the R967 is a rare ultra-compact with full manual control, we recommend it more for beginners because its easy-to-understand user interface is rather inefficient. Travellers may also beware of this camera because of its clunky charging system and short battery life.
Competing ultra-comact cameras include the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 which also has full-manual controls and the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 which does not. Neither of these cameras is clearly superior to the HP Photosmart R967 but their different interfaces and feature sets are worth a look.
Superb white-balance accuracy
|High image noise at all ISO|
|Nicely saturated colors||Noticeable barrel distortion|
|Conservative exposure||Slow shot-to-shot speed at slow shutter-speeds|
|Great LCD visibility||Panorama stitching significantly reduces resolution|
|Powerful flash||LCD blanks during continuous drive|
|Fast and responsive||LCD view very grainy in low-light|
|Multiple bracketing modes||No optical viewfinder|
|In-camera panorama stitching||Very few external controls|
|Image advice and help system||Pointless manual focus scale|
|Poorly placed tripod mount|
|Battery charging requires dock|
|Short battery life|
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HP R967 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|10 Megapixels Ultra Compact||ISO 100-400|
|3X Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-16s|
|640x480 @ 24 FPS Video Recording||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|3" LCD 230K Pixels||Custom white-balance|
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