There’s not been a whole lotta innovation in digital camera land lately, so whoop it up and give a cheer for this new Samsung.
Besides a killer 10MP sensor – only Casio, HP and Polaroid can lay claim to membership of the 10+ club – the NV10 employs a radically different interface. Samsung calls it Smart Touch; we call it genius.
It involves six buttons down the side of the camera’s 2.5in LCD and six along the bottom. Tap one on the side, such as brightness, and the appropriate controls – like a slider to adjust brightness – settings will pop up along the bottom. The clincher is the way they act as standard ‘push’ buttons while doubling as LG Chocolate Phone-style touch sensitive pads.
Also cool: MP4 VGA videos, anti-shake for low-light shots, USB recharging and a totally unnecessary but brilliant glowing blue ring around the lens. The zoom’s a standard 3x job.
The NV10 will set you back £280. Samsung’s also released a new music and video-playing camera, the NV3 (£220). It takes the old i6’s multimedia powers and adds a 7MP sensor.