HP Photosmart R817 Digital Camera

Powerful 5x optical zoom in a compact 5.1MP camera

Get up close with a powerful Pentax 5x optical lens – 70% more zoom than a 3x lens – and take exceptional photos at 5.1 MP. Get creative with the latest HP Real Life technologies including video prints and in-camera panorama stitching.


Maximum memory card size 
2 GB
Memory upgrade 
2 (SD/MMC)


Video footnote
Maximum length is limited to the size of the memory card or internal memory.

Technical details

Via included cradle: 1 USB – compatible with USB 2.0 specifications
Minimum system requirements
USB-compatible PC with Microsoft® Windows® 98, 98 SE, Me: Pentium II (233 minimum) and equivalent Celeron® or compatible, 64 MB RAM, 200 MB disk space; Windows® 2000, XP Home and Professional Editions: Pentium® II (233 minimum) and equivalent Celeron® or
Lens focal range 
0.5 m to infinity (wide), 0.6 m to infinity (telephoto), 0.12 to 1.0 m (macro wide), 0.03 to 0.2 m (macro telephoto)
Audio system 
Up to 60 sec
Bundled software 
HP Image Zone software for Microsoft® Windows® and Macintosh with HP Instant Share technology
Colour depth
Compatible memory cards 
32 MB internal memory. Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMediaCard (MMC) card slot
Compatible operating systems 
Microsoft® Windows® 98, 98 SE, Me, 2000, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh OS X 10.2 or later
5.1 cm (2.0 in) diagonal display-size indoor/outdoor viewable colour LCD (640 x 240 = 153600 dots)
Effective sensor resolution
5.13 MP (2616 x 1960 effective pixel count)
Energy Star certified 
Flash modes 
flash off, flash on
Normal (default), macro, super macro, infinity, manual
Internal memory 
32 MB
Light exposure control
Center weighted auto exposure metering (AE), spot auto exposure metering (AE), average auto exposure metering (AE), exposure bracketing
Light exposure correction
+/- 3.0 EV in 1/3 steps
5.25 MP
Memory slots 
1 slot, Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard (MMC) compatible
Optional connectivity
HP Photosmart R-series dock
Package dimensions (WxDxH) 
288 x 110 x 195 mm
Package weight 
1 kg
Shooting modes
Normal (default), self-timer, self-timer (2 shots), burst, video
Storage relative humidity (H-H)
HR : 15 à 85 %
Video capability 
Unlimited (depends on memory capacity)
Viewfinder type 
Colour control 
Full colour (default), black & white, sepia, colour bracketing
Export file formats
JPEG (EXIF 2.2) for still images; MPEG-1 for video clips
I/O ports 
Via included cradle: 1 USB – compatible with USB 2.0 specifications
Image control functions
Date and time imprinting
Light exposure rating
Auto (default), ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400
TTL (through-the-lens)
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh
USB-compatible Macintosh computer with Mac OS X 10.2 or later; 500 MHz PowerPC processor; QuickTime Version 5.0.1 or later; 128 MB RAM; 240 MB disk space; SVGA monitor (800 x 600, 16-bit colour); CD-ROM drive; open USB port
Recommended humidity operating range 
15 to 85% RH
Storage media capacity 
Approximate still image capacity for 32 MB internal memory: 175 images (150 KB) = VGA resolution and two star compression; 52 images (500 KB) = 1 MP resolution and two star compression (**- better); 32 images (800 KB) = 3 MP resolution and two star compre
Technical features
5.25 MP (2668 x 1970 total pixel count) 40x total zoom (5x optical/8x digital); 5.8 to 29 mm focal length; ~ 36 to 180 mm (35 mm equiv.) 32 MB internal memory for photo and video storage; SD/MMC slot for adding more capacity Video recording: MPEG-1, unlim


Power supply type 
1 Lithium-Ion battery (rechargeable) or HP Photosmart 3.3 Volt AC adapter via cradle
Power consumption (typical) 
Power requirements
1 Lithium-Ion battery 1050mA (rechargeable), Universal AC power adapter: 100 to 240-VAC (50/60-Hz) input; 3.3-VDC, 2500-mA output via cradle

Lens system

Combined zoom
40 (5 optical/8 digital)

System requirements

Mac compatibility 

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T) 
0 to 50º C
Operating relative humidity (H-H)
15 to 85%
Storage temperature (T-T) 
-30 - 65 °C
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing) 
15 to 85% RH

Picture quality

Image sensor size
25.4/63.5 mm (1/2.5")

Weight & dimensions

Dimensions (WxDxH) 
Camera: 91 x 29.8 x 57 mm (excluding protrusions)

Other features

Lens system 
40x total zoom (5x optical/8x digital); 5.8 to 29 mm focal length; approximately 36 to 180 mm (35 mm equivalent); f2.8 to f8 (wide); f4.7 to f7.6 (telephoto)
Memory type 
32 Mo de mémoire interne. Logement de carte Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Picture mode
Auto (default), action, landscape, portrait, beach, snow, sunset, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, panorama right, panorama left, theatre, document, my mode
Star technology
HP adaptive lighting: This ground-breaking technology automatically adjusts high contrast photos to reveal the detail that would otherwise be lost in the shadows. Ideal when you're shooting into the sun or using flash. HP Image Advice: Become a better pho
Upgrade type
Optional HP Photosmart R-series camera dock and R-series accessories