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HP Photosmart M425/M525
Digital Camera

User Guide


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  • Page 1: User Guide

    HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera User Guide...
  • Page 2 Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. Windows® is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Removing red eyes...22 Modifying colors...23 Adding borders...23 Recording audio...23 Transferring and printing images...25 Transferring images with HP Photosmart Software...25 Transferring images without HP Photosmart Software...25 Printing images from the camera...26 Using HP Photosmart Express...28 Using the Photosmart Express Menu...28 Setting up online destinations in the camera...28 Sending images to online destinations...29...
  • Page 4 Power indicators...39 Number of shots per battery type...39 Battery performance...40 Recharging NiMH batteries...40 Safety precautions for recharging batteries...41 Specifications...42 Memory capacity...43 Image quality...44 Index...45...
  • Page 5: Getting Started

    Getting started Use this section to get familiar with camera controls, set up your digital camera for use, and begin taking pictures. Camera top and back Shutter button. Video button. Flash button—See Photosmart Express button—See on page Live View/Playback button—Switches between Live View and...
  • Page 6: Camera Front, Side, And Bottom

    (continued) Image Display. Battery Charging light. Camera front, side, and bottom Flash. Self-Timer light (see Microphone. USB connector. Power adapter connector. Tripod mount. Dock connector. Battery/Memory card door. Camera dock insert If you purchase a dock, it will come with multiple clear inserts. When setting up an optional dock for use with this camera, use the dock insert with the square green tag.
  • Page 7: Install The Batteries

    Charge the batteries You can charge batteries in the camera using an optional AC power adapter, in the extra battery bay of an optional HP Photosmart camera dock or wireless dock base, or in an optional HP Photosmart quick recharger.
  • Page 8: Install The Software

    Design Gallery Menu on page For information about supported memory cards, see Install the software The HP Photosmart Software provides features for transferring images and video clips to your computer, as well as features for modifying stored images (remove red eyes, 31).
  • Page 9: Using Your Camera

    Software on page Close all programs and temporarily disable any virus protection software. Insert the HP Photosmart Software CD into the CD drive and follow the on-screen instructions. If the installation screen does not appear, click Start, click Run, type D:\Setup.exe, where D is the letter of your CD drive, then click OK.
  • Page 10 For information on printing images To switch between Live View and Playback, press Using the Design Gallery Menu on page 22 Transferring images with HP Photosmart Software on page 25 Printing images from the camera on page 26...
  • Page 11: Taking Pictures And Recording Video Clips

    Press the Shutter button all the way down to take the picture. To add an audio clip, continue holding the Shutter button down, then release it when done. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera until appears briefly in the upper right corner of the Image Shooting mode indicator.
  • Page 12: Recording Video Clips

    Image from the Delete sub-menu, then press Note To hear audio associated with still images or video clips, transfer them to your computer using the HP Photosmart Software or use an optional HP Photosmart dock to connect the camera to a TV. Auto focus and exposure When you press the Shutter button halfway down, the camera automatically measures and locks the focus and exposure.
  • Page 13: Optimizing Focus

    If the camera is set to a shooting mode other than Fast Shot (see Fast Shot under the shooting modes on page HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera Using the shooting modes on page 15).
  • Page 14: Using Zoom

    exposure, a shaking hand icon ( be blurry because it is difficult to hold the camera still for the length of time required. Try one of the following: ● Set the flash to Auto Flash or Flash On (see ● Set the camera on a tripod or stable surface.
  • Page 15: Setting The Flash

    Fast Shot—For taking images more quickly than in Auto mode in bright light conditions when the subject is a moderate to long distance away. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera to highlight the desired flash mode, then Red eye on page Red-Eye.
  • Page 16 (continued) Landscape—For scenes with deep perspective, such as mountain scenes. Portrait—For pictures that have one or more people as their primary subject. Action—For capturing sporting events, moving cars, or any scene where you want to stop the action. Night Portrait—For capturing images of people at night. This mode uses the flash and a long exposure.
  • Page 17: Using The Capture Menu

    6MP Best—For enlarging or printing images greater than 28 x 36 cm (11 by 14 in). ● Normal (6MP) (Default)—For printing images up to 28 x 36 cm (11 by 14 in). HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera to highlight Deleting images on page to exit the Capture Menu. Burst , then press...
  • Page 18: Exposure Compensation

    (continued) ● 4MP—For printing images up to 20 x 25 cm (8 by 10 in). ● 2MP—For printing images up to 13 x 18 cm (5 by 7 in). ● VGA—For sending images via e-mail or posting them to the Internet. M425: ●...
  • Page 19: White Balance

    Higher ISO numbers allow faster shutter speeds, and can be used when taking pictures in dark areas without a flash, or when taking pictures of fast moving objects. Higher ISO speeds produce pictures with more grain (or noise) and, therefore, can be of lower quality. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera...
  • Page 20: Reviewing Images And Video Clips

    Battery indicator (see Power indicators on page Memory card indicator. Number of electronic Photosmart Share destinations (see Using HP Photosmart Express on page Number of images to print (see images on page 25). ●...
  • Page 21: Deleting Images

    While in Playback, press displayed image is magnified 2x. image. Press to return to Playback. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera Thumbnails to view thumbnails. to scroll through the thumbnails. to exit Thumbnails. (same as Zoom In on the Zoom lever). The currently to pan around the magnified to change the magnification.
  • Page 22: Using The Design Gallery Menu

    Using the Design Gallery Menu You can use the Design Gallery features to enhance your captured images. While in Playback, use to highlight the to highlight an option, then press Remove Red Eyes—See Modify Color—See Add Borders—See Rotate—Rotates images in 90-degree increments. increments.
  • Page 23: Modifying Colors

    To stop recording and attach the audio clip to the displayed image, press To hear audio associated with still images or video clips, transfer them to your computer using the HP Photosmart Software or use an optional HP Photosmart dock to connect the camera to a TV.
  • Page 24 If the currently displayed image already has an audio clip attached to it, the Record Audio sub-menu displays instead when you select ● Keep Current Clip—Retains the current audio clip and returns to the Design Gallery Menu. ● Record New Clip—Records a new audio clip, replacing the previous audio clip. ●...
  • Page 25: Transferring And Printing Images

    Transferring and printing images You can transfer images and video clips with or without the HP Photosmart Software that came with your camera. However, the HP Photosmart Software has several features for transferring and managing your images and also guides you through the transfer process.
  • Page 26: Printing Images From The Camera

    Using a memory card reader You can put your camera’s optional memory card into a (separately purchased) memory card reader. Some computers and HP Photosmart printers have built-in memory card slots which act as a memory card reader. For Windows computers: Insert your camera’s memory card into the memory card reader (or into your...
  • Page 27 Note If you connect the camera to a non- HP printer and encounter problems with printing, contact your printer manufacturer. HP does not provide customer support for non-HP printers. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera Using the Setup Menu on page...
  • Page 28: Using Hp Photosmart Express

    Using HP Photosmart Express With HP Photosmart Express, you can select still images in your camera to print automatically (see online (see Buying prints online on page to your computer or printer. You can also customize the Photosmart Express Menu to include e-mail addresses, group distribution lists, online albums, or other online services that you specify.
  • Page 29: Sending Images To Online Destinations

    To exit the Photosmart Express Menu, press Connect the camera to a PictBridge-certified printer using the USB cable that came with your camera. The images you selected are automatically printed. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera Share Menu Setup..., then press to select it. A appears over the again.
  • Page 30: Buying Prints Online

    Buying prints online You can select images you want as prints and order them online. Verify that your computer is connected to the Internet. Turn on the camera, then press to highlight For each image you want to order as a print, use press Menu.
  • Page 31: Using The Setup Menu

    Korea, and Taiwan. ● PAL—Used primarily in Europe, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, and parts of Asia. on page HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera (Language)—Sets the language. See , then use to highlight to display the menu option’s Set the date and time on page...
  • Page 32: Troubleshooting

    Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries. ● Ensure that the HP AC power adapter is connected to the camera (directly or through an optional dock) and is plugged into a working electrical outlet. Ensure that the HP AC power adapter is not damaged or defective.
  • Page 33 Use only the approved HP AC power adapter. ● If charging the batteries in the HP quick recharger or the spare battery charging bay of an optional HP Photosmart dock does not work, replace the batteries. The camera does not turn on when I connect to AC power, then disconnect, then reconnect.
  • Page 34 My image is too bright. ● Turn the flash off (see ● Move back from the subject and use zoom. ● Adjust Exposure Compensation (see Exposure Compensation under Capture Menu on page My image is too dark. ● Wait for natural lighting conditions to improve, use the flash (see on page 15), or add indirect lighting.
  • Page 35 26). I get an error message when transferring images to my computer. Close the HP Photosmart Transfer Software, remove the camera from the optional dock or disconnect the camera from the USB cable and reset the camera (see camera on page 32).
  • Page 36: Product Support

    Customers with disabilities HP Customer Care, driver and software updates, support information Getting assistance To get the best from your HP product, consult the following standard HP support offerings: Consult the product documentation. – Review – Review the electronic Help section within the software.
  • Page 37 HP Care Pack offers at If you already purchased an HP Care Pack Service, please check the support conditions on your contract. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera...
  • Page 38: A Managing Batteries

    If you are turning on the camera only to view images, hold down camera to start in Playback without extending the lens. ● Connect the camera to the optional HP AC power adapter when you transfer or print. Safety precautions for using batteries ●...
  • Page 39: Power Indicators

    50% of the shots. ● The CIPA number is obtained using the standards established by the Camera and Imaging Products Association. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera Description Battery level is low. Camera will soon power down. Battery is depleted. Camera will power down.
  • Page 40: Battery Performance

    Want to recharge battery Recharging NiMH batteries You can recharge NiMH batteries in the camera when the camera is connected to an optional HP AC power adapter. You can also charge the batteries in an optional HP Photosmart dock that has a battery bay or with an optional quick recharger.
  • Page 41: Safety Precautions For Recharging Batteries

    Do not operate the camera, dock, or quick recharger if NiMH batteries appear damaged. ● Do not disassemble the camera, dock, or quick recharger. ● Unplug the HP AC power adapter or quick recharger from the electrical outlet before cleaning the power adapter or quick recharger. HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera Average...
  • Page 42: B Specifications

    Specifications Resolution Sensor Color depth Lens Viewfinder Zoom Focus Shutter speed Built-in flash Flash working range Still pictures, M425: ● 5.25MP (2654 by 1955) total pixel count ● 5.0MP (2592 by 1936) effective pixel count Still pictures, M525: ● 6.3MP (2934 by 2171) total pixel count ●...
  • Page 43: Memory Capacity

    Power sources include: ● Two rechargeable NiMH batteries ● HP AC power adapter (5 Vdc, 2000 mA, 10.00 W) Operational 0° to 50° C (32° to 122° F) at 15% to 85% relative humidity Storage –30° to 65° C (–22° to 149° F) at 15% to 90% relative humidity...
  • Page 44: Image Quality

    Quality under Using the Capture Menu on page HP Photosmart M425 5MP Best Normal (5MP) HP Photosmart M525 6MP Best Normal (6MP) Note The values shown are for images without audio clips. Sixty seconds of audio adds 330KB to the file size.
  • Page 45: Index

    Date & Time Imprint 18 Delete button 5 digital zoom 14 dimensions 43 direct print 26 Display Brightness 31 dock insert 6 HP Photosmart M425/M525 Digital Camera e-mail images 28 exposure 13 Exposure Compensation 18 F-number 42 Fast Shot mode 15 flash...
  • Page 46 pictures 11, 16 Playback 20 Portrait mode 16 power adapter 6 indicators 39 light 5 ON/OFF button 5 usage 43 print images 26, 28 prints, buy online 30 problems and solutions 32 record audio clips 23 video clips 12 redeye removal 22 Region 8 remaining pictures count 11 removing red eyes 22...

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