The 7.1-ounce HP Photosmart R717 is a nice-looking camera, with a pleasingly curvy design, a brushed-metal front, and an easy-to-grip rear surface. The 1.8-inch LCD screen isn’t terribly large, but it’s more than bright enough to read and can be adjusted to a lower setting to save on battery life. The buttons are nicely laid out on the rear right side of the camera; the only control not in immediate reach of your right thumb is the Shooting Mode button, located to the left of the R717’s top panel. The included optical viewfinder provides decent coverage of your frame, though if you’re zoomed all the way out, a piece of the camera’s lens is visible in the lower-right corner of the window. HP deserves kudos for its extremely well-designed menu and user interface; clicking OK on any menu function pulls up a detailed explanation of what to expect at every setting of each included feature. Furthermore, the menu’s uncomplicated layout makes it an engaging, educational tool for anyone just getting their feet wet in digital photography.