Background and Identification
Apart from its prominence in the computer industry, Hewlett-Packard (HP) also has a line of digital cameras, PhotoSmart. Introduced in 1997, the PhotoSmart system began as a combination of cameras, scanners for existing photos and negatives, and photo printers. Later, HP rebranded its line with numerous cameras under the PhotoSmart name categorized within different series. The early HP camera models were based on the Digita operating system. The first and original HP digital camera was called the PhotoSmart. As an Intel Miniature card-based model, the PhotoSmart was a basic camera with VGA-resolution and simple LCD. In the early 2000s, HP partnered with Pentax, a Japanese camera maker, to distribute some of its cameras under the PhotoSmart cameras. Many of the cameras were sold with the Pentax branding on the camera lens.
In November 2007, HP announced that it would seek an alternate business model for its branded camera line. The company was working to find an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner that they could license to design, source, and distribute digital cameras under the HP brand.
Within the PhotoSmart Line, consumers can find the C Series, the E Series, and the M Series, along with several other models not specified within various series.