Photosmart M307: HP's Newest is Put to the Testby Stephen Caston on November 27, 2004 12:05 AM EST
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The Timing Tests* NOTE: For all of our time tests, the camera is reset to its factory default settings and set to record using the highest resolution and quality setting. It is set to record in Auto mode. A PNY 512MB SD card was used.
Before reading our results, please refer to our Testing Procedures page.
Startup TimeThe startup time is recorded from the moment that the power button is pushed to the moment that the shutter sounds. The camera is set to record in Auto mode.
|Startup time (seconds)|
The M307 isn't going to set any records for startup speed at 5.89 seconds. In fact, this is the second slowest startup time that we have seen so far, starting up just faster than the Kodak DX4530 at 6.02 seconds and a bit slower than the Olympus C-50 Zoom at 5.70 seconds.
Shutter LagTo record shutter lag, we perform two tests. For the first test, we pre-focus the lens and measure the amount of time that it takes the camera to take a picture after the shutter button is pressed. The second test measures the time that it takes for the camera to take a picture after we press the shutter button without pre-focusing. Each test is performed 3 times and the results are averaged. For more information regarding our testing procedures, please refer to our Testing Procedures page.
|With Pre-focus (seconds)||Without Pre-focus (seconds)|
For pre-focus shutter lag, the M307 puts in a good performance at 0.09 sec. However, without pre-focusing, the camera takes a lengthy 0.93 sec. to take a picture. At nearly a full second for general shutter lag, you will most likely want to pre-focus whenever possible.
Write TimesWe recorded 5 different write times with a PNY 512 SD card:
Single Shot - The time that it takes for a single picture to be written completely to the flash card (the time that the "activity light" is on).
Shot To Shot (STS) - The time until the second shot is able to be taken after the first (shutter to shutter).
Shot To Shot w/Flash - The time that it takes for the camera to take two pictures with the flash, starting from the moment that the first flash is fired to the moment that the second is fired.
Shot To Shot w/Buffer Full - The time between taking the last shot that fills the buffer to the moment that the shutter sounds again.
Clear Buffer - The time that it takes the camera to clear the buffer after a full burst of pictures is taken.
We performed each test three times and averaged the results. Below are the resolution, quality setting, and average file size used for the tests.
2048x1536, Best, Avg. file size = 1.7 MB
|Single Shot||Shot To Shot||Shot to Shot w/Flash||Shot to Shot w/Buffer Full||Clear Buffer|
It's always a bad sign to see a camera take a long time to write a single image. With the M307, it takes 6.02 seconds to do just that. On the bright side, the camera has a 4-shot buffer, so you don't have to wait 6 seconds for each shot. However, a 3.02 second Shot to Shot time is not very impressive. With the flash enabled, the time slows to 5.65 seconds between shots, which is on the slow side of average. After the buffer fills with 4 shots, shooting slows to 8.12 seconds between shots. In Burst mode, the M307 is able to shoot 4 frames at 2.04 fps. This is a relatively impressive speed for an entry-level camera. Unfortunately, there is a hefty price to pay for this shooting speed. Clearing the buffer of all 4 shots takes 23 seconds. Keep in mind, though, that you only have to wait 8.12 seconds to shoot another shot. In short, the M307 leaves much to be desired with its performance speed.