|HP Photosmart R937 - Flash memory card
Thankfully HP is not (yet) joining the Megapixel race and the Photosmart R937 is offering more than enough with its 8 Megapixels. It not only makes a difference to the space on your hard drive, you can also use smaller memory cards. I presume a 1GB card will offer you sufficient picture-taking joy. Speed is not a problem. During the test I worked a lot with the slow blue cards and they work satisfactory. If you use a card reader, the Ultra II might be useful. It makes no difference to photographing in itself.
Considering 1GB storage capacity:
8 Megapixels - 3264 x 2448 pixels - Fine - JPEG - 190 pictures
8 Megapixels - 3264 x 2448 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 261 pictures
5 Megapixels - 2624 x 1968 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 405 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1664 x 1248 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 1007 pictures
VGA quality - 640 x 480 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 2000 pictures
Video quality Fine - 640 x 480 pixels - 18 min 42 sec
Video quality Normal - 640 x 480 pixels - 36 min
Video quality Standard - 640 x 480 pixels - 1 hour 8 min 29 sec
|HP Photosmart R937 - Burst mode
The HP Photosmart R937 is not the fastest camera. It standard takes only one picture. You have to turn the burst mode on in the menu to be able to keep pressing the release button and take pictures until the buffer is full. If you use this function a lot, it might be wise to purchase a faster memory card. But I do not think this will happen too often. In Burst mode the frame speed is one frame per second. Not something that impresses. But for a camera in the target-group it is meant for I do not consider that these figures are relevant. Usually one would just take one picture and move on again.
HP R937 - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
SD memory cards are available in different speeds. One big advantage of a faster memory card is the fact that data transfer is possible with faster speeds, providing the computer and the device that reads the card are equipped with the fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. Or you could try a card reader. This is a very useful device that has to be connected to a USB slot and will then be capable of reading a card very fast and writing on to it too. The computer's operating system will view the device as if it is an external hard drive. At the same time you will save energy which is a welcoming addition.
HP R937 - 1100mAh Lithium Ion battery
The battery used in the HP R937 is an 1100mAh Lithium Ion battery. And it is on the tight side. You always have to use the screen while photographing which of course slurps up the energy. And more so because the screen is huge on this camera. You will have to recharge the battery frequently which can be a nuisance on holiday for example. Even more so because there is no separate charger that comes with the camera. In fact, the battery has to be recharged inside the camera. I find this a shortcoming. You can buy an extra battery but no separate battery charger. This should really change.