If you’re looking for a snapshot camera that stands out from the very large crowd of compact models currently on the market, check out the HP R937, What really sets this 8-megapixel camera apart is its unusual design: with a large, 3.6-inch touchscreen LCD covering the back, it hardly looks like a camera at all.
Almost all of the controls, other than power and shutter release, can be accessed on screen. I found the touch screen responsive, with well-organized buttons. In addition, the screen was visible in all but extreme light conditions, and it didn’t eat up too much battery life.
The R937 offers 11 automatic photo-capture modes, a video mode, and extensive help features. Beyond basic settings, there are just a few advanced tools for controlling exposure, including autobracketing and a spot meter. The HP Design Gallery allows you to make numerous in-camera edits, too, and to apply a wide variety of effect and borders. There are even tools for minimizing blemishes and a slimming effect.
The R937’s overall image quality is good but not outstanding. In the Labs, it resolved 1.725 lines on our resolution test, which is on low side for an 8MP camera. In both daylight and flash shots, however, images were generally well exposed and had realistic color. This camera does best with ample lighting and at low ISO settings. The R937 is a quick-enough shooter to handle candid shots and had very good boot-up and recycle speeds.
If you like big touch screens and value in-camera photo-editing and- sharing tools, put the R937 on your list.Price rangeHP Photosmart R937: $299.99Check This Out:BenQ X725: Slimest in 7MP ClassSpectra Vertec DV12: Multifuncion but Average Image QualityNikon Coolpix S500: Full Automatic with Good Quality