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Samsung NV4 multimedia camera

Nice looks, shame about the handling

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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.

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