August 31st, 1999

[9:15 AM]
HP Announces Mac-compatible Digital Cameras And A Printer To Match!
Hewlett-Packard Company today announced new HP PhotoSmart digital cameras and printers today. These products are designed to work together, allowing users to print directly to the printer from the cameras themselves. According to HP:


HP PhotoSmart C500 - This digital camera is targeted at users who need exceptional quality and functionality. The HP PhotoSmart C500 digital camera is a full-featured digital camera that delivers outstanding photographic results. It features:

  • 2 Megapixel resolution
  • One-button, 3x optical/2x digital zoom
  • 2-inch color LCD allows preview and postview of photos
  • Wireless printing using HP JetSend infrared technology
  • 16MB Compact Flash memory standard equipment
  • Small (5.2" x 3.05" x 2.1") and lightweight (.821lbs)
  • 3 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries with charger included.
  • The camera is compatible with any USB-capable Mac or PC.

HP PhotoSmart C200 - This camera is ideal for first-time digital camera buyers who need great features and an outstanding value. It features:

  • 1 Megapixel resolution
  • 2x digital zoom
  • 8MB Compact Flash memory standard
  • 1.8-inch color LCD for preview and postview of photos
  • Also small (5" x 3.15" x 1.9") and lightweight (.68lbs).
  • Uses 4 AA batteries
  • The camera is compatible with any USB-capable Mac or PC


HP PhotoSmart P1000 - The ideal desktop printer for everyday printing and more. The printer features:

  • Direct printing from many digital cameras, plus wireless printing from the HP PhotoSmart C500 digital camera
  • 11 pages per minute (ppm) black and 8.5 ppm color
  • up to 600 dots per inch (dpi) black print
  • 2400x1200 dpi in color on photo paper
  • 4-inch x 6-inch photo tray
  • USB and parallel connectivity

The new printers are slated to ship today, while the cameras should start shipping by November 1, 1999.


HP PhotoSmart C500 Digital Camera - US$799
HP PhotoSmart C200 Digital Camera - US$299

HP PhotoSmart P1000 Printer - US$399

The Mac Observer Spin: We got a chance to preview these and other products from HP at the most recent MACWORLD Expo New York. All we can say is -- HP is strong on the Mac again! They never really left, actually, but now they're here with a vengeance... and that's nice to see! These digital cameras (especially the C500) have been designed with the end user in mind. Coming with rechargeable batteries, 16MB Compact Flash, and a lens cover standard equipment is fantastic news for anyone looking to buy a digital camera. Most people will invest in these as aftermarket add-ons, so to have them included in the box makes this all that much more valuable.

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