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HP (http://www.hp.com) has introduced five point-and-shoot digital cameras and three camcorders with features such as LCD displays, up to 5X optical zoom and fashionable colors. The cameras and camcorders -- due this spring -- come in slim, lightweight designs at prices ranging from US$99 to $199.
Adding to its portfolio of touch-enabled notebooks and desktops, HP now features LCD touchscreen displays on select cameras and camcorders. In addition, select models feature a new user interface that include a high color contrast to help ensure better visibility of menus and a choice of more than 25 scene modes.
When choosing a scene mode, the display shows two images -- how the photo will look in auto mode and how it will look in the selected scene mode. The premium HP CW450t and HP PW460t point-and-shoot digital cameras feature 2.7-inch and 3-inch LCD touchscreen displays, respectively, and a newly designed touch interface for viewing photos with the swipe of a finger. Both have 4X optical zoom and support up to 32GB SD/SDHC memory.
The CW450t (pictured) is available in two colors -- blue and merlot -- and is priced at $109. The PW460t is available in pink and charcoal gray is priced at $149.
The latest HP touchscreen digital camcorders -- the V5061u and V5560u -- feature 3-inch LCD touchscreen displays, 1,080p high-definition (HD) recording and motion-detection capabilities. Additionally, the V5560u features 5X optical zoom and a lithium-ion battery. The V5061u provides a dual SD/SDHC memory card and an option to install AA batteries if the lithium-ion battery isn't charged. The V5560u and V5061u are priced at $199 and $169, respectively.
Designed for on-the-go amateur photographers, the HP CW450 point-and-shoot digital camera features a 2.7-inch LCD display with 4X optical zoom. It's available in black or red and costs $99.
With a lithium-ion battery making it slim enough to fit into a shirt pocket, the HP SW450 point-and-shoot digital camera features a 2.7-inch LCD display and 4X optical zoom. It comes in turquoise or red and is priced at $129.
The HP PW550z point-and-shoot digital camera features 5X optical zoom and a wide-angle lens in addition to a 2.7-inch LCD display and lithium-ion battery. It'ss available in black or plum and priced at $149.
The HP V1020h digital camcorder features 720p HD recording and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, all packaged in a lightweight, slim design. It also includes a USB connector. The HP V1020h is priced at $109 and expected to be available this summer at select retailers.