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HP Photosmart R707 DIWA Award

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Friday 17th, September 2004
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organisation of collaborating websites, today announced that Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P. has been awarded a Gold medal for the remarkable compact digital camera; HP Photosmart R707. The DIWA group of digital imaging experts in Europe and USA came to this conclusion after performing multiple tests of different product samples, based on the comprehensive DIWA test procedure. For a compact amateur digital camera, the HP Photosmart R707 is equipped with a sensible array of user-friendly functions for beginners, as well as advanced modes for experienced or ambitious amateurs. The DIWA testing team also appreciated the camera's unique features, such as on-board "Tips & Tricks" Image Advice menu, automatic red-eye removal and in-camera panorama stitching.

HP Photosmart R707 - High performance
Thanks to 5 Megapixels resolution and innovative HP technologies, like Adaptive Lighting, Adaptive Demosaic, Vignetting and Shading Correction, and Noise Filter, the overall image quality is very impressive for the camera's price tag. Representatives from the eleven DIWA testers say: "The R707 test results were most surprising for most of us. Obviously, HP possesses far more imaging expertise than is found in their excellent printers and scanners. With this compact camera, HP also proves that high performance and low price is not an impossible combination. It just took an outsider to do it".

About DIWA Awards
The Digital Imaging Websites Association (DIWA) is a growing group of independent Web-based specialist publications dedicated to digital imaging. DIWA harnesses the collective talent and expertise of its members, resulting in industry awards that command unparalleled confidence and value, both for consumers and the industry, alike. DIWA awards come in the form of bronze, silver and gold medals.

Unique test scoring procedure
DIWA product test awards are exclusively decided through the analysis of multiple test scores from different DIWA testers, testing different samples of the same product. A very detailed and comprehensive standardized scoring procedure is employed, tailored carefully for each category of product. Multiple testing eliminates the chance of an, isolated, unrepresentative product sample or test error, or even hidden bias, from affecting the trustworthiness of the overall result.

Awards throughout the year
DIWA is also unique in its policy in issuing awards for deserving products throughout the year, culminating in annual best of the year Platinum medal awards. At the heart of the DIWA organisation is its multi-lingual Web site, where you can find links to the latest reviews published by DIWA member publications. The site also archives DIWA awards and is designed to aid consumers in their choice of imaging products.

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