Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: June 2003
||Posted: July 15, 2003 5:41 am/pm
My husband bought me an HP photosmart camera with the HP photosmart printer this past Christmas and I couldn't be happier. The camera came with software for transferring the files to the computer via USB cable. It's slicker than the proverbial snot, I must say! Puts the pictures in a directory in My Pictures that is dated by the month the pictures were taken. You can then edit the photos with HP's own editing software that comes with the camera. (Or use whatever photo editing software you enjoy.) You can also print from HP's software, send pictures via email from it, or post to a web site from it.
You can also print directly from the camera to this particular printer using a USB cable. You just pick the pictures onscreen on the camera, tell the printer what size paper, and kablam! You have pictures! If you use 4 x 6 photo paper you get nice borderless prints. If you use 8.5 x 11, it puts as many as it can on each page, but then you have to cut the pics.
Now, this HP camera does have a place for the SD card, but using the lowest resolution setting it holds WITHOUT a memory card, 196 pictures! That's an awful lot of stinkin' film, isn't it? So, you don't HAVE to buy any memory if you don't want to. But, the higher up you go on the resolution scale, the less pictures you can hold on the internal camera memory--dramatically less. With the best setting, it only holds 15 or 16 pix. Not so good for a Disney vacation. But I have to say the lower setting 1) prints out just fine in the 4 x 6 size and 2) is all you need for posting pictures online. If you want to do 8 x 10-sized photos (or larger), then you would need to use the higher resolution setting and therefore would need SD cards to store more photos. The HP camera I have only supports cards up to 128 MB in size. Newer cameras or different brands may support the larger capacity cards.
I haven't used an SD card yet with my camera but what I'm guessing will happen if I do is all those pictures on it will be uploaded when I do the transfer from the camera to the computer via USB cable/the HP utility software. You can have multiple cards going on, but I would make sure you label them and get them cleared off ASAP, so you can reuse them.
Oh, I almost forgot, this camera even does 30 seconds of video with audio! Too cute!
BTW, I've also owned the Sony Mavica that takes the floppy disks--that was cool and worked just fine. Floppies are cheap, but only hold 1.44 MB of data a piece. Okay for lower res pictures. I also owned a Fuji. I liked it a lot, too. I would definitely say, make sure you get the kind of digital camera where you can see the pictures after you take them. Then you can delete any with closed eyes, funky smiles, people looking the wrong way. But don't necessarily delete them if they are too dark looking. You can edit photos for brightness and sometimes find quite a nice picture when you do.
I just love digital photography. I'm no pro, but I love the flexibility. I can crop the photos to my heart's content--and that's great, because I don't necessarily want that lady in the background wearing the orange shorts in my pictures, you know what I mean?! Anyway, happy shopping!
Becky / WebTink
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