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Here's a new camera from HP that'll help you answer that age-old - but always tricky - question from your girlfriend: "Do these jeans make me look fat?" Instead of stepping onto a verbal landmine, take her picture with the 8.2MP Photosmart R927, one of several new digital cameras from HP that boasts a special "slimming feature." Before you show her the picture, hit the slimming effect in the Design Gallery in playback, and she'll look as much as 10 pounds thinner on the camera's 3-inch LCD.

"It's a pretty subtle change we've built into the camera," Karl Wardrop, HP's digital imaging product manager told the New York Post. "It's not dramatic. It slims the center of photos and slightly widens the outside to maintain perspective. It's like the (fun-house) mirror from the fair, but not as exaggerated."

While there are many ways to slim (or fatten) a person's physique in Photoshop and other image editing programs, HP is the first manufacturer to offer the effect in-camera. The R927 is available this month for $399.99. Boyfriends of the world can now breathe a sigh of relief. — Dan Havlik

Focus Pocus [New York Post]