HP digicam joins the 10MP elite

Like Roger Bannister's four-minute mile, all it took was one snapper – Casio's Exilim EX-Z1000 – to pass the 10MP milestone, and now dozens of others

Like Roger Bannister's four-minute mile, all it took was one snapper – Casio's Exilim EX-Z1000 – to pass the 10MP milestone, and now dozens of others can suddenly do it. The latest is this HP Photosmart.

The R967 leads a new range of six digicams, and is the third compact we know of that's capable of taking huge, poster-sized 10MP photos, the others being the Exilim and Polaroid's i1032 (story here).

It doesn't really offer anything extra to these two snappers – there's the standard 3x optical zoom, a large 3in LCD and some anti-shake tech on-board.

There's also 32MB internal memory and, like the Exilim, the ability to shoot VGA video at 30fps. Polaroid's i1032 differs here slightly by shooting in compressed MP4 to save memory.

Whether its photos will actually be any good or not depends on the performance of the sensor and can only be determined in a group test, in Stuff magazine for example. Look out for our verdict in an upcoming issue soon.

We're just waiting to hear back from HP about the R967's price and availability, but it's expected to ship to Europe in September for around £245. This would put it smack in the middle of the EX-Z1000 (£380) and the staggeringly cheap Polaroid, which will ship for £160.

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