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Need A Good Camera? Avoid The Hp Photosmart M305

Reviewing: Hp Photosmart M305  |  Rating:
PJ Richards By PJ Richards on
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I originally purchased this camera as a replacement for one I dropped and damaged. I assumed that because it bore the HP name, I was pretty safe in purchasing it. It had all the features I required to photograph listings for online auctions incl 3x optical zoom and room for a memory card. It offered a choice of settings (macro, landscape, portrait, etc.) and had built in flash.

The camera installed easy and was easy to operate. Right about the time the warranty ran out, I started getting a low battery signal - even with fresh batteries. I missed wedding pictures and other irreplaceable moment memories before I realized the batteries were not the problem.

I tried cleaning the battery contacts. I tried adjusting the battery contacts. All to no avail. HP posted an alleged fix but the fix is the same version of software that's already on my camera. A bit more searching online diagnosed the problem within minutes. I had purchased a lemon. Worse, it wasn't just my camera. It appeared to be most of the M305s. There are entire forums devoted to the low-battery error message. : (

This camera destroyed any faith I had in HP. I'm now considering paying the cost of repair on the camera I dropped. At least I'll know what type of product my money is going into. I will, in the future, visit the forums before making any new digital camera purchase.