The HP Photosmart 812 is mostly gets compared to compacts and super zooms. The HP Photosmart 812's top rivals come from Kodak (such as the EasyShare C340) and Olympus (such as the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to compact competitors the HP Photosmart 812 has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 34 mm), is slightly larger (mid size (95×41×70 mm) vs compact (92×65×35 mm)), is older (january 2002 vs february 2005), is thicker (2.8" vs 1.4") and is slightly heavier (245 g vs 198 g).

Kodak EasyShare C340

Kodak EasyShare C340
3 years newer
$180

Significant advantages of the C340 (vs the Photosmart 812)

  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 2.8"
  • Significantly better wide angle: 34 mm vs 37 mm
  • Smaller: Compact (92×65×35 mm) vs Mid size (95×41×70 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the C340 (vs the Photosmart 812)

  • None found

common strengths of the C340 and Photosmart 812

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the HP Photosmart 812 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.4), is slightly smaller (mid size (95×41×70 mm) vs prosumer size (117×78×93 mm)), is thinner (2.8" vs 3.7"), is slightly lighter (245 g vs 485 g) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 22 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.9 MP vs 9.7 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
10 years newer
$450

Significant advantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the Photosmart 812)

  • Much better wide angle: 22 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the Photosmart 812)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.6
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SP-820UZ iHS and Photosmart 812

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×78×93 mm) vs Mid size (95×41×70 mm)
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 245 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 2.8"