Editors Choice 2005: Digital Point and Shoot Cameras

HP Photosmart R717

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HP Photosmart R717
Given all the software built into this standout model, we wonder if in-camera Photoshop isn't far behind. Here's what you can do with the Photosmart R717's onboard controls: remove redeye; bring up shadow detail in contrasty shots ("adaptive lighting"); tag pictures with an e-mail destination for quick transfer; and, in addition to making multi-frame panoramas with a built-in stitching guide, display a preview of the finished, seamless image. There's a camera in there too: nearly identical to its predecessor, the R707, the shiny and svelte R717 has a 3X, 39-117mm equivalent zoom, 32MB of internal memory in addition to SD memory card storage, and a rechargeable Li-ion battery, but its pixel count has been boosted from 5 to 6.2 megapixels.

About $300.