As well as being compared against other compacts, the HP Photosmart E317 is also often compared to super zooms. The HP Photosmart E317's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ40) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W180)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the HP E317 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.7"), is slightly larger (compact (99×32×53 mm) vs compact (94×58×24 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes significantly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 9.8 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180
3 years newer
$180

Significant advantages of the DSC-W180 (vs the E317)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 2.1"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W180 (vs the E317)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-W180 and E317

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 173 g vs 150 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the HP E317 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (99×32×53 mm) vs prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)), is thinner (2.1" vs 3.6") and is slightly lighter (150 g vs 499 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (113k dots vs 230k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 9.8 MP).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
4 years newer
$420

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the E317)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the E317)

  • Significantly heavier: 499 g vs 150 g

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and E317

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Compact (99×32×53 mm)
  • Light weight: 499 g vs 150 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 2.1"