Samsung goes HD with compact flagship
Featuring beauty mode, for slightly less ugly photos
The camera giant’s expanded its NV compact range with the launch of the NV100HD, which also sports the world’s only 28mm wide angle lens with 14.7 megapixels.
Samsung's NV100HD: the only 28mm wide angle snapper with 14.7Mp
The NV100HD becomes the flagship model in Samsung’s NV compact camera series and users navigate around the snapper’s 3in "hVGA" - a larger-resolution downscaled for "more detail and sharper images".
It's touch-sensitive too. A “Matrix Menu” allows a photographer to execute functions with their fingers, rather than a stylus. For example, if you want to delete a hideous shot, then drawing an 'X' on screen sends the image to the bin.
Samsung’s gone one better than standard image stabilisation and included "Dual Image Stabilisation" on the NV100HD. The feature combines optical and digital image stabilisation to create what Samsung claimed will be “vastly improved image quality” and “outstanding shots without the blur, even in low light conditions”.
Beauty Shot improves skin tone in snaps
Videos are recorded at up to 30 frames per second at 720p resolution. There’s an HDMI port on the camera for connecting the snapper your HD TV.
All the usual settings are featured, ranging from face and blink detection to smile recognition. However, a mode dubbed "Beauty Shot" claims to retouch the subject’s facial skin for a “brighter and smoother skin tone” – without use of Pentapeptides or Botox.
Samsung’s NV100HD will be available in the UK next month for £230 (€260/$460).
I’ve got the NV24HD, had it for a few months and I’m going to be selling it on. The image quality is pretty disappointing, the noise and grainy look of the pictures are really poor. The Image stabilization and face detection in my opinion don’t work.
Though having said that if this improved (and I mean improves) on the pics I could be tempted, but it sounds like more of the same, oh well.
Nice try Samsung