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HP Photosmart 945
HP Photosmart 945

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HP Photosmart 945

Editor's Review

The 5-megapixel HP Photosmart 945 features an 8x optical zoom, marking HP's first entry into the popular extended zoom category. Despite its impressive credentials, the HP 945 lacks many of the manual controls that experienced photographers need (such as TIFF or RAW file formats and a flash hot shoe). Despite this, casual photographers looking for high resolution and long zoom should give the HP 945 a look.


  • 5.3 megapixels (effective)
  • 8x optical zoom
  • 7x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 100 - 400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 00808736680684
  • Release Date: Dec 08, 2003

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HP Photosmart 945 Reviews

HP Photosmart 945 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
hp945 (ben — 01/31/2007)

the good:
picture quality 95% easy to operate I have taken over 1500 pictures with this camera,and was pleased
the bad:
found the camera slow to start—action shots
eats bateries at functions etc. and like so many others the lens is stock in the out position ,power on and power off.... good paper weight

  • 2.0 out of 5
loved it until it died! (Leigh Anne — 12/25/2006)

I loved this camera for the zoom it had until it died after a year and a half, you pay 400.00 dollars for something and it doesn't even last! Hp support is no support at all they want to sell you a down grade for 100.00 more than you can buy the same thing on Amazon. I will never buy a nother HP again!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad camera (Jenny — 12/07/2006)

I had one 945 which broke within the first month,the lens stopped working. The replacement 945 also broke, the screens turned rainbow. Then they had to give me the upgrade which is also now broken. They won't repair instead they try to get you to buy and upgrade after the warranty is up.

  • 1.0 out of 5
HP 945 Freezes after several months (Mark Hansen — 11/26/2006)

Second HP 945 froze after having several months. Read an article saying they are staying out of the high-end camera market. Can not get replacement from HP. Buy your digital cameras from Canon or Nikon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Dont Bother Buying HP (Christine Engel — 11/09/2006)

Camera locked up after 6 months of use. HP offered to send me a "new" one free of charge. It did the same thing after 5 months. Now they told me the "new" one was actually refurbished and there is no more warranty. They want me to pay $140 to upgrade to a different model. Nobody speaks English , sounds like HP outsourced to India.

  • 2.0 out of 5
great zoom but unreliable (Kevin McCully — 10/29/2006)

This camera has some great features but the overall operation and twitchiness of the camera ultimately makes the camera unreliable. My lens locked up and it was game over. Throughout its short life it had several problems including short battery life even after a "full charge". The large megapixel use limited the number of pictures the camera could hold, and it would sometimes shut down for no apparent reason - which is beyond frustrating. The zoom was outstanding, but the camera was substandard in its overall operation. HP should stick to printers and computers.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Excellent than Terrible (David Boudreaux — 10/10/2006)

Took over 2500 images. All adequate, most excellent with appropriate care when used. Experience helped out a bunch. Then, images were off color, blurry and I think I could actually see the pixels. HP offered a refurbished R817 for about $200 if I returned the HP947. R817 can be bought new for $200. Am now looking at Kodak, Canon, or Nikon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Expensive lesson on digital cameras (David & Linda Cobb — 10/03/2006)

I was extremely disappointed with the HP 945. I have HP everything else (computer, printers), and have been pleased, but the camera was a huge failure for me. The camera never took the quality pictures that I get with my Canon and after very little usage, it started showing streaks across the screen. Shortly after that it went completely dead and I get nothing from the camera. I certainly don't recommend the camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lemon (Evie — 09/28/2006)

For a $600.00 camera I would expect more. I have taken less than 1000 pictures on the camera and the sensor failed out of the blue. HP support No Help - only tried to sell me a new camera. Camera is now wortless. After reading other reviews many had the same problem. I would not recommend a HP camera to anyone

  • 2.0 out of 5
Was perfect until now - Black screen (Jeani Hellenthal — 09/28/2006)

I LOVE this camera, user friendly, great pics. Suddenly the image views (both screen and viewfinder) are black (however the menu shows up, so I know it's not the LCD.) I did some research and found that the CCD (image sensor) made for a few years has had numerous failures. There is a website to go to that explains it and lists the manufacturers who are offering free replacement of the part, even if out of warranty. GUESS WHAT - HP is not one of them. So I am researching this problem and contacting HP. If I success, I will submit follow up.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointed (Kelly — 09/12/2006)

I have 3 HP printers, never have had any problems. I loved the camera and thought I could go by name brand. About a year of owning and enjoying, the camera locked up. No parts available for repair. I called HP and was offered a refurbished for about 175.00, I was extremely disappointed with HP. I'm really upset after reading these comments, This seems to be a common problem.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad CCD image sensor (William Rodman — 09/09/2006)

As with others, my 945 has gradually deteriorated. The image in the view finder, LCD, and printed photos are pink, purple, green, blurry, lined, etc. It must be the CCD sensor because the LCD and view finder show the menus fine, but are blurry/purple/lined when in live view.
When I called HP, the Indian guy offered me a refurbished 945 or a new R817 for $191. Other camera companies, including Sony, Ricoh, Nikon, Olympus, and Canon are replacing their cameras with faulty CCDs at no charge.

  • 1.0 out of 5
$459.00 down the drain (Steve P Urban — 09/08/2006)

In two years, this is the second unit.Camera lens locks up.Customer service say's trade it in for newer camera, some deal!, gonna get replacement for $189.00 .Will I ever buy another HP? yeah, but always buy the extended warranty.Everyone is manufacturing short lived goods,Welcome to the 21st century.

  • 3.0 out of 5
repairable? (jim — 09/07/2006)

i had an 850 or whatever number it was. paid $499 for it. worked great for first year then can't remember what happened to it but after bitching to customer service they agreed to send me a refurbished 945. THANKS A LOT! well this one lasted a year or so. screen was all distorted and now it has froze all white. camera did take awesome piks when i used it. bought a canon rebel the other day so i was thinking of repairing the hp as a backup for ebay piks or less important projects but after searching for their repair site i came across the reviews here. hmmm well i guess its time to call it a loss after seeing they dont offer a repair service. i wonder why i bought an hp to begin with. they arent known for cameras so i guess its partly my stupidity for not going with a known manufacturer!

  • 1.0 out of 5
NEVER EVER BY ANYTHING HP AGAIN! (David Jackson — 08/29/2006)

AFter owning an HP 850 or about a year the zoom started working. Called up HP and they sent me a "used one". To make a long story short and 6 cameras later they finally upgraded me to a HP 945 and it died within the first week. My 7th and final camera finally worked for two years and it is dying( CCD has the horizontal lines in the highlights). HP customer service in India of course tried to sell me a upgrade...Yeah right. Th company has gone to Hell and their products are POS's. Never by anything from HP since they can't stand behind their products.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Never Again! (Bill Brown — 08/16/2006)

Great Camera, when it works. I agree with previous posts, terrible Customer Service, $500.00 down the drain, there idea of an up-grade is a down-grade. Does anybody have any suggestions on a comparable replacement?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not worth the investment !!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera took some great pictures and I loved the zoom lens. However, it doesn't last ! This is not a durable camera !! Remember shelling out $500 for 35mm camera. I still have mine and it still works ! Shelling out $400 on a camera that will only lasts a couple years is not a good investment !!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Acceptable, but batteries dry out very quick (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had the camera for 18 months and have take approximately 2000 pictures.

I think the quality of the pictures is OK. Pictures taken with flash are too dark or you have to compensate with the ISO setting, which give you some distorted pictures.

The worst thing though are the battery life time. I have bought 2500 mAh Duracell rechargeable batteries. Anyway if I use the flash the batteries are gone within just a few pictures. This is really a pain, and I can see on other brands that they last for hundreds of pictures. I will not buy HP again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good Paperweight (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Loved the camera for a year. Locked up. HP customer service acknowledged some problems.
Offered another 945 for $200. I had to ask if it was refurbished. It was.
No thanks HP. Never again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
camera is no longer working properly (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I gave the camera to my wife's daughter a few months ago after I bought a new camera for myself, and was informed that the 945 is now malfunctioning - freezing up suddenly with the lens extended, even when the batteries are fresh. I will not even attempt to have the camera repaired, based upon the experiences of other posters below. The camera is only about three years old and is apparently not fixable. A disgrace, considering I paid $390 for the camera along with add-on lenses, filters, and an adaptor tube. I'll now have to buy my wife's daughter a new camera, and you can bet it won't be a Hewlett-Packard.

  • 1.0 out of 5
bad camera ! ! bad hp ! ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

camera died first week , hp shipped me a refurbished 945 camera, it also died quickly , it didnt suffer , i did . bad hp zd 7000 computer also .GOODBYE, H.P., its been a real day/nitemare

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broke after 2 years and HP won't fix it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera during the short time I owned it. Took thousands of awesome pictures. But, after just 2 years got pink highlights in the viewfinder, which eventually turned to lines. Finally, couldn't see anything as the screen was completely messed up. HP just offered a slight discount on another model. For the $$$ I should have gotten more than 2 years out of it!! HP has lost my business.

  • 1.0 out of 5
ues to work (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

owned this camera 1.5 years..the view screen stayes blacked out 99% of the time and wont let you take a picture .and when it lets the object be viewed in the viewer the pictures come out blured very disapointed
time to buy a new camera
bet you know where i wont go again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Curtain in LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

HP is by far the worst company to do business with. If anyone buys anything from them just remember when it breaks throw it away and buy another(Brand if your smart). The company who will not back up their product will not get any more of my business.

  • 1.0 out of 5
HP Photosmart 945 Digital camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

HP should be ashamed of themselves for putting something like this camera on the market. This camera is basically a very costly disposible camera. I had this camera for 1 year and 10 months and now have to basically throw in the trash. The view screen is blurred and HP won't fix it and won't sale any parts to allow it to be fixed. HP only wants to give me a upgrade of a camera they no longer sale or a camera that is no where close the this camera. Both cameras are down grades not up grades. They also want me to pay $215+ dollars to do this. This will be the last HP camera I buy. If they only took care of their camera customers as they do with computers there would be no problem.

  • 1.0 out of 5
breaks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Took OK pictures until it quit working, then no repair service from HP. $400.00 for it to be repaired from Comp. USA

  • 4.0 out of 5
Works for me (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought the 945 just over a year ago. Have taken Hawaii, Yellowstone, and many other sites while being an amateur, some are pro-quality. A little slow but otherwise no complaints. Would buy again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
hp 945 is a ripoff (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

bought an hp 945 two years ago - love the zoom and all - and took a few thousand pictures
about two weeks after the warranty expired the camera lens motor locked up. couldn't find anyone to repair it and no parts seem to be available from hp. i have bought many items from hp over the years but my 945 experience convinces me to never buy from them again, whether it be computer or camera related. this is the first product i have not been able to find some sort of fix for, and it was quite an expensive investment. i also lost pictures due to the camera failure.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very Poor Construction (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We have owned this unit for approx 1 year. Cover over the eye piece fell off. Now the unit won't focus.

  • 3.0 out of 5
takes great pix but... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

after 15 months the camers froze, red light indicator on the flash, the red light indicator on the writing picture to card on, and white screen on lcd display. All buttons non-functional. Reformatted card, tried new batteries, hp support, etc. ummmm. I love the camera, but wish it would WORK.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hewlett Packard produced a Lemon!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I owned the HP Photosmart 945 camera for one year and eight months; the image in the viewfinder and LCD screen malfunctioned producing a blurred image with horizontal lines. The same images also resulted when I downloaded them to my computer.
After contacting HP's Quality Department, I was informed that this camera is not able to be serviced (at my own expense) and further offered to sell me a choice of three "refurbished" cameras all over $200.00 each.
I initially paid close to $600.00 for the HP 945 Photosmart camera and was very satisfied with the camera only to be told this camera cannot be repaired. I own a Nikon FM SLR that I purchased in 1982 that has never had any repair issues. I hope that the "Digital Age" of photography is not dependent on Hewlett Packard's products and services or we are in for trouble!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't buy HP cameras! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got a 945 for Christmas. It was ok at first and then it froze up on me. I used HP chat to try to resolve the problem. After we determined that it was broke, they tried to get me to buy a refurbished camera for $200+. Their customer service stinks. They don't stand behind their products. I will never buy another HP product based on my experience with this camera. Sorry HP - I spent alot of money with you over the years, but not again. I'm taking my business elsewhere to someone who treats their customers better than this.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Won't Work!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When working properly, this camera takes great pictures and is very easy to use. But after owning the camera fore a year and a half, it quit focusing. It won't focus manually or digitally. I contacted HP and because the warranty is over there was nothing they could do. They offered to trade it in on an HP R817 for a fee of $212. That darn camera only costs $250 anway!!! This is the second HP camera I have owned that has guit working. The other is a R607. Luckily this one is under warranty still so they are replacing it for free. Unfortunately it takes over a month for the process to take place so I will be borrowing a friends Nikon during that time. I will never buy another HP camera. I have many co-workers and friends who own Nikons and Fujis and have never had the first problem out of them. I would not recomend these cameras because of there poor quality and reliability. Spend the extra cash and buy a Nikon, Fuji or Canon!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
What kinda crap?? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I paid a good dollar for this camera in Dec. 2004. Withing a couple of months it would not turn on without taking the batterys out then putting them back in....notified HP and they told me to use only lithium batterys...still happened occasionally then just quit completely after 13 months...never again will I buy HP!

  • 5.0 out of 5
bought it used, and its been an awesome camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought my camera used off of ebay. The previous owner had taken a little over 300 pictures. To date, I have taken....over...11,000 photos, and not one problem with it! It has been outside in all kinds of weather, no complaints in its performance, the only thing I despise about it is the digital zoom. Hp should have went with more optical zoom and left the digital zoom aside. Other than that, this camera has far exceeded my expectations! The amazing detail in the photos has even impressed the most picky 35mm die hards who are leary of digital cameras. I hate that some had such bad experiences with theirs, because this camera has been a pure joy to use out in nature and for portraits.

would buy again!

  • 1.0 out of 5
HP Customer Service Sucks, Don't Buy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It lasted for a little over a year.It broke. Called HP customer service, they told me I could upgrade for $189 and send my old camera back. After about 13 days and numerous phone calls I received my "REFURBISHED" camera. Nobody ever told me that I would get a refurbished camera. I will return it today, and hopefully my refund will be faster. HP keep your business in the USA, you are loosing a lot of customers. I won't buy another HP camera again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
great camera while it worked (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i really loved my camera but by month 6 at disney world it started to show a smudge in all my pictures. called hp and they sent me out a new camera. about 5 months later the thing started turning off and on and running thru the batteries fast. called hp again and told them of the problem and my problem with the rainbow look on all my pictures. thank goodness i am still under warrenty. they no longer have this camera in stock so they are sending me a new camera that is well over 200 less than my 945. we will see how that goes! If you have this 945 camera and anything is going wrong with it and you are still in warrenty, CALL HP NOW!!! i will miss the great zoom on the camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
HP has no repair services (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Broke exactly one year and a week after purchase. Was a great camera, but HP would not even try to repair. They offered to give a small discount on another HP.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hewlitt Packard Refuses to repair camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have contacted Hewlitt-Packard online and by phone to get my camera repaired. The camera has horizontal lines across viewfinder and everything that should be red shows up green. The screen has a pink cast to it. They insinuated that the camera had been dropped which is not the case. The camera has been gradually acting up since last spring. It was a hit or miss as to whether I could use it. The technician gave me a sales pitch on a lesser quality Refurbished camera for $174 with trade-in. I asked them if they could refurbish other cameras why not mine. I feel they did not try to solve my problem at all. I explained to them that the camera has become special to me because I purchased it as a Christmas present for my son, whom has since passed away. I do not want another camera, I just want mine repaired. I feel let down by a company that I felt was reputed to be one of the top companies in the world. But have since learned that they do not stand behind their products by servicing them. I will never by another product from them and would not recommend it to others. To put it plain Hewlitt-Packard Sucks Big Time.

  • 2.0 out of 5
HP945 AutoFocus Failed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 6 months auto focus failed. Difficult to find out what to do. Got free replacement camera-auto focus did not work. $500 down the drain. How unfortunate-HP used to mean quality.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor Lens motor (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved the camera for the almost 2 years it worked. Then the lens motor died and is non repairable. I hate to lose the camera as it was easy to use, took great photos and was large enough to be easy to handle. But apparently it's been discontinued due to several function problems, the lens motor is one. No parts available.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Avoid this camera and especially avoid HP (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 14 months my 945 stopped working. The LCD screen displayed only horizontal rainbow colored lines. I called HP, told them I knew it was out of warrenty and asked where I could take it to get it fixed. Instead I got the hard sell, and I mean hard sell, to buy a refurbished R707xi HP camera for $225. I stuck to my guns and eventually the customer service (?) technician yelled "Fry's, Comp USA and Radio Shack" and hung up on me. Well, Fry's and Comp USA don't service HP cameras. Radio Shack sent it off to their Utah facility. Just got a call from them. It will cost $229 to repair, but parts are "unavailable". They suggest that I exchange it for a R707xi for the same $229.

I won't give HP another dime since they won't stand behind their product and it appears to be non repairable.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Is a good camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the camera in april 2004, I tacked about 8000 photos, the quality is good, but is very slow, no problems, everything is ok and I always travel from Costa Rica with my camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
HP Customer Service Stinks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have the 945 for over a year and thought that it worked pretty well. The pictures were good most of the time. However, one night I used it and set it on the couch, the next morning I picked it up to take a picture of my daughter and the screen was all messed up for no reason. My husband was in contact with HP and first they tried to tell him that it worked he just wasn't using it correctly, but then they finally realized that it was broken and that it wasn't serviceable because of the circut complexity. They tried to get us to buy a refurbished camera for $170, but we decided to put that money towards a non-HP camera. They have terrible customer service and I wouldn't recommend buying an HP camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love the Camera. Great pix Lots of Goodies. Powerful Flash. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't own a 945. I bought the HP 417 for $199.95. First problem I encountered was the spyware on the install cd. They sent me another one. Also with spyware. Their Customer Service Dept is a joke. Waste of time talking to them. Camera dies, but removing batteries and putting them back fixes it. Now I find the "Easy Share" feature doest work. No more HP for me. They should have stuck with making typewriters.

  • 1.0 out of 5
broke (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We have had the camera a year and a half and didn't take all that many pictures with it (maybe a couple hundred) and it is broke. It needs to go to the shop

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I read all the other reviews and I disagree with it not being a wise choice to purchase. I have owned this camera for about a year and have yet to have any problems with it. Are there better cameras out there? Sure! But this one takes excellent pictures for the price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Reliable Workhouse, Good for the Non-professional (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera at work almost since it came out. I work in a lab and sometimes go out in the field. I've used it in harsh conditions (I work a lot with concrete) and it's held up for hundreds of photos. I realize that some of the cameras may have been lemons, but that hasn't been my experience. It does a good job in low lighting conditions without the flash (actual or digital), which is good, because the flash isn't that powerful. I like that it takes AA batteries, even though the Lithium-Ion packs are more long lasting and powerful. If I'm out on the road and the batteries die, I just need to go to a convenience store to be up and running again. And it does a good job of conserving the batteries with NiMHs. the battery life indicator seems to be a bit conservative, though.

I also like the feel of the camera and the control layout (I don't like small cameras). The auto-activation of the viewfinder is a bit gimmicky, but it can be turned off.

If you're looking for a fast camera, with a lot of control over the photos, look elsewhere. But it isn't designed for that. It allows someone who wants to take pictures just enough control to compensate for the environment. And without getting too involved. Admittedly, it might be a bit confusing for the non-technical types to learn. But that's true of most cameras of any sophistication. I do wish it a RAW or TIFF capability, but for my use, that isn't critical. I'm just not that good or dedicated a photographer.

Oh, the reason I have two numbers under how long owned is that I also just bought one for myself because I got a deal on a new one, complete with dock and AC adapter. And you just can't beat that 8X zoom. To the reviewer who had trouble with the wide angle lens, I've used a Sunpak 0.5X mounted on an extender tube and I don't have the problems described. Maybe it's the lens being used?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Three Strikes and Your Out (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera for about 2 days, then it started to freeze up on me and it wouldn't shut off or turn on unless I played with the batteries. Used up battery life like crazy. HP was good at first sending me a 2nd camera, but after being sent a 3rd camera, and then being told that they would not give a refund because I was over the year warranty, put me at odds with HP. I originally asked for a refund only to be told to try another camera, and then another. How convenient to keep sending me replacements until the warranty was over with, then refuse to send me a refund. I now have a useless camera, that was not inexpensive, sitting without being used. As much as I liked using HP products before this, (printers, scanners, etc.), I am now looking into other brands and will definitely check things out before purchasing. As for HP, they are a thing of the past.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad Investment, Serious Limitations (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been using the HP 945 for photographing houses inside and out for real estate purposes, and am very disappointed in the performance. In fact, other agents I know get better pictures from cameras that cost half as much. I'm finally abandoning it and purchasing a different camera.

As the camera comes out of the box, it works fairly well, although I've never found the pictures to be really clear and crisp, and it is slow, slow, slow plus an energy hog.

But, the big problem is that add-ons are basically impossible. I purchased a wide-angle lens which is very important for inside house photos since the 37 mm of the 945 is very narrow for photographing rooms. Unfortunately, the wide angle lens is totally unusable for two reasons: (1)the preflash beam that sets the focus hits the back of the wide angle lens totally voiding that automatic function, and (2)when using the wide angle lens with flash, the lens casts a dark semi-circle shadow over the bottom 1/4 of the picture. These two deficiencies are so serious that I think that HP should warn customers that add-on wide angle lens won't work the same way they warn you that external flashes won't work.

And that is another very serious add-on problem. The inability to use an external flash with the HP 945 is a killer for real estate work. The built-in flash is simply too weak to do a good job on most normally sized house rooms. The digital flash helps, but is no substitute for real light. Slave units that fire on the second flash work, sort of, but good luck on getting the shutter speed right since the camera is unable to communicate with, and thus compensate for, the slave flash.

The built-in light meter on my 945 has always read wrong from the very beginning. It tells the camera that there is more light than there really is so that the pictures turn out very dark on automatic. I have to set the EV compensation to +0.7 in all lighting conditions to compensate for the error in the light meter.

Finally, I have managed to tough out 18 months actually using this camera for real estate work, mainly because I hate to admit defeat. But, I gave up the very first time I tried to use it photographing my grandson. This camera is so slow that I was afraid my grandson was going to grow up before I managed to get a good picture of him!! :)

My advice. Buy something else — anything else. HP makes great printers. Buy them, but stay away from their cameras.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use, Great Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The HP Photosmart 945 is very easy to use in "auto" mode and it delivers the pictures!
It has more advanced controls for those who want it.
Only down side is that it is larger than most cameras.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It takes great pictures, is easy to use and the digital zoom is better then I expected for the price.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Won't buy HP again (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I previously had purchased an HP digital camera and had it stolen. So when we went to buy another we thought we'd try HP again but it was a big mistake. Mostly I end up with blurry pictures and now it's taken to freezing up on me. The only way to get it to work again is to take the batteries out and put them back in. Big disappointment and I'm done with HP.

  • 1.0 out of 5
DON"T BUY HP!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera took decent pictures for a year. Then it died. Pictures were very blurry and distorted. You could not even tell what the pictures were of. Called HP "tech support" and after much run around they offered me to upgrade for $235 to a refurbished camera that sells new on eBay for $190. What a crock. I threw this $500 camera against the wall in frustration. DO NOT BUY HP!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Just froze and died (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera worked fine for over a year, took very good care of it. Then, it just froze on me... lens extended... RED LED permanently ON... LCD screen blank white. All buttons non-functional....Chatted w/HP online help... got no where... finally said it was an "internal" problem. Very disappointed... the designs of these devices should be rock solid by now. No longer rocket science....looking for a new non-hp camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This camera is garbage (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I used my camera approximately 6 times in the last 16 months, twice outside in above O temperature, and NOW it doesn't work. HP informed me it will cost me an ADDITIONAL $227.95 PLUS SHIPPING to get this camera fixed. RIDICULOUS!

HP is overpriced, doesn't stand by their products and should fix this HARDWARE issue at their own cost. I am now a gullible consumer. I thought that if I bought a QUALITY product, it would last for at least two years. In light of the amount I've used it, it should have lasted 5 years. Instead, I bought an overpriced product that doesn't work after 6 uses. I'm tired of purchasing overpriced, under value products and I'm tired of companies thinking this is a disposable world. "Quality Workmanship. We stand behind our products" should be the mantra of all companies, not "we'll take your money and give you c###"!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Returned to HP for refund (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My refund check has been sent. A week after I purchased this camera I called HP to inquire about some concerns. They assured me the camera was malfunctioning and they'd send me a new one. The new one worked well for a few weeks, but then it decided to shut itself off during the circus (my 11 month old son's first trip to the circus). When I turned the camera back on it had deleted the entire memory card of pictures, including my son's first time to see the easter bunny and at the zoo. Needless to say at that point... irreplaceable photos being erased by a malfunctioning camera.... it was going back! Accidents happen but this was unexplainable, especially with the initial problems I had when purchasing the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A most impressive camera for serious digital shutterbugs!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've used the 945 for over 1-yr now and can testify to its 5-megapixel 8x zoom capabilities as be a great value. I really enjoy its multiple imaging capability and would highly recommend it to serious digital users.