Samsung NV 10 Digital Camera

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The NV10 sports a whopping 10 megapixels in a compact digital camera no bigger than a packet of 20 cigarettes, which in our minds is a tad excessive for the average consumer digital camera user.

Following the same lines as the NV3, the NV10 features a protruding 3x optical zoom lens, ISO settings up to a rather low 1000, 11 scene modes and something Samsung calls "Smart Touch".

The new "Smart Touch" system works by users gently touching navigation buttons which line the 230k colour 2.5-inch TFT screen in order to call up menu items, manipulate the settings, or view your pictures.

Lightly touching the buttons - there are seven on the bottom and six up the side - brings up a cross hair looking graph graphic. So for example the bottom button will bring up the megapixel count, while the side buttons bring up the choice of whether you want it to be 1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 megapixels.

In use it takes a little getting use to, partly because the screen is so clear and bright that we found we wanted to touch it more than the buttons, however, it does mean that everything is very accessible, there aren't any deep menu structures here.

Aside from the plethora of buttons, like the NV3, the NV10 is very retro in its design. The jet black metal case has that Praktica feel to it and like the NV3 it too has nice little touches like the blue circle around the lens making it stand out from the crowd.

Inside and the camera offers both the Optical Picture Stabilisation (OPS) and an Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) processing function. As well as TV quality MPEG4 VGA (640 x 480) 30 fps video recording (including zoom and pause) and a photo gallery function.

The camera also features a virtual dial mode so you don't have to look at the top of the camera to see what you are selecting.

You can record VGA resolution video at 30 fps and view it without loss of quality on larger screens, like a TV. In-camera movie editing functions mean that you no longer require a PC all the time. This holds true for digital still images as well, with special effects like sepia toning, photo frame, negative image and others right on the camera.

The Samsung NV10 also includes Text Recognition, where you can photograph pages and then extract text from them using Digimax Reader software bundled with the camera.

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