Feeds
60%

Samsung NV4 multimedia camera

Nice looks, shame about the handling

High performance access to file storage

In addition to the multimedia capability, the NV4 offers up to 8.2 megapixel performance, 3x optical zoom 6.3-18.9mm (equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera), 1-1/2000sec shutter speed range, ISO range from 80-3200 (the latter only works if the file size is 3MB or smaller), multi, spot and centre-weighted metering, movie recording in SVGA (800 x 592), VGA (640 x 480) and QVGA (320 x 240) – all modes offer 20f/s, with VGA and QVGA modes also offering 30 and 15f/s shooting).

The NV4 uses a modified Xvid MPEG-4 file format and comes with converter software for converting other video file formats. You also get digital image stabilisation (a poor person’s version of an optical system), face detection technology and red eye fixing.

Samsung NV4 compact camera

Around the back is a 2.5in, 230,000 pixel LCD screen

As usual, there are bunch of shooting modes (13, including nightscan, children, fireworks, food and cafe), various image editing modes (for saturation, contrast, sharpness, resizing and various colour effects). Other shooting modes include single shot, continuous, auto exposure bracketing and motion capture (fast time lapse).

When it comes to operating the NV4, we’re afraid to report that it’s a case of nice looks, shame about the handling. This is certainly a pocketable camera, measuring just 94.5 x 57 x 17.5mm and weighing 139 grams minus battery and card, but from then on, it’s almost all downhill.

Let’s start with the tiny power button. Yes, a power button should be designed so that it’s not easy to accidentally switch on the camera when it’s in your bag or pocket, but the NV4’s button is so deeply recessed, that you need the muscles of Desperate Dan to press it on.

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics
LightwaveRF and Arduino: Bright ideas for dim DIYers
WTF happened to Pac-Man?
In his thirties and still afraid of ghosts
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!
Monochrome handset ushered in modern mobile gaming era
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.