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HP Extends Digital Camera Line
1.3 megapixel model hits new low at $199

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Hewlett Packard says it will ship two new lower-end digital cameras this month. The PhotoSmart 315, with a 2.1 megapixel resolution, comes in at $299. The 1.3 megapixel PhotoSmart 215 comes in at $199, making it the lowest-priced 1.3 megapixel camera on the market.

The PhotoSmart 315 is a fully automatic point and shoot digital camera that features a 2.5x digital zoom and 1.8" high-resolution color LCD. It also includes infrared for printing via HP's JetSend technology. The camera ships with an 8 MB CompactFlash card and includes HP photo imaging software. The new camera is compatible with USB-equipped Macintosh systems. The HP PhotoSmart 315 is available now.

The HP PhotoSmart 215 includes a 2x digital zoom and a 1.8" color LCD. Additional features include auto flash, auto focus, auto exposure and a self timer. The PhotoSmart 215 ships with a 4 MB CompactFlash memory card and a USB cable. ArcSoft Photo Impression and ArcSoft Photo Montage software are bundled with the new camera. The PhotoSmart 215 digital camera is expected to ship later this month.

HP also says it has started shipping the new PhotoSmart 912 and 618 Digital Cameras, but they were not available on the company's Web site at press time. The 912 is a $799, 2.24 megapixel digital SLR camera with 36-bit color depth. It includes a Pentax lens with 3x optical zoom and wireless printing using HP JetSend infrared technology. It also has a 2" flip-up color LCD, manual focus, manual exposure and color and flash control. It ships with a 16 MB CompactFlash card.

The PhotoSmart 618, coming in at $599, is a 2.1 megapixel model that also features a Pentax lens with 3x optical zoom and wireless printing. It also has multiple, automatic shooting modes and aperture priority, shutter priority and three meter modes.

For more information, visit http://www.hp.com.

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