has a review of HP’s latest entry into the point-and-shoot compact digital camera market, the Photosmart R817. This 5.1 megapixel camera features a 5x optical zoom and some nice photo-enhancement features. Other than the lack of an optical viewfinder… what did think of the HP Photosmart R817?

Pros: 5X optical zoom; context-sensitive advice; Adaptive Lighting feature; manual exposure modes; postcapture red-eye removal; compatible with HP’s Instant Share system.

Cons: Excessive visual noise in some photos; flimsy lens cover; long recharge time for battery; no optical viewfinder.

Conclusion: The compact HP Photosmart R817 combines some unusual photo-enhancement technologies with a strong feature set for both novices and experienced photographers.

Rating: 7.6 / 10

If you’re like me and use the LCD to take pictures and don’t care about inaccurate optical view finders, then head on over to for the full review.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."