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Samsung's NV4 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung NV4 unveiled
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(Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 17:00 EST)

Rounding out a total of four new models for its NV-series today, Korea's Samsung Techwin Co. Ltd. has taken the wraps off its ultra-compact NV4 digital camera.

It should be noted that quite a few of the NV4's specs were marked as preliminary in the information we received, including the image dimensions, internal memory, shutter speeds, flash range, ISO sensitivities and playback zoom. With that proviso, the Samsung NV4 is an eight megapixel camera with a Samsung-branded 3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5" LCD display. Capable of an unusually high resolution 800 x 592 pixel MPEG-4 movie mode, the Samsung NV4 also functions as a personal media player, allowing owners to watch movies and listen to MP3 audio after conversion to the device's required formats with the included software.

The Samsung NV4 will be priced at $279 MSRP when it reaches US shores. Availability has not been announced at this time.

Samsung NV4
Samsung's NV4 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera TypeUltra Compact
ManufacturerSamsung
Model NumberNV4
Dimensions3.7 x 2.2 x 0.7"
94.5 x 57.0 x 17.5mm
Planned Price$279.00
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
8.30 megapixels (total)
8.20 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
3264 x 1836 (6.0 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderNo
LCD2.5", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom12.0x max
Lens
Lens TypeSamsung lens
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length6.3 - 18.9mm (actual)
38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.5 (wide) / f/4.5 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemMulti AF, Center AF, Face Detection AF
Focusing RangeNormal: 33" - infinity (80 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 33" (1 cm - 80 cm)
Exposure
ISO SensitivityAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200* (3mpix or below)
Shutter Speed15 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesMulti, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Detection
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluo rescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Range: Wide : 0.3m - 3.2m, Tele : 0.5m - 3.0m (ISO AUTO)
Creative
Scene ModesNight, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Self shot, Café, Food
Digital Zoom1.0x - 5.0x
Self TimerYes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatAVI (MPEG-4) with audio
Storage
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
OtherDC Input, Earphone
Power
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary SLB-0937
Product Bundle
SoftwareSamsung Master, Samsung Converter, SMS
Flash Memory20.0MB built-in memory
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Remote ControlNo
 

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung Introduces New Slim, PMP Ready NV4

Eight Mega-Pixel Multimedia Powerhouse Joins Samsung’s Flagship NV-Series

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2008) – Samsung is proud to announce the NV4 - the second digital camera in its flagship NV-Series to feature PMP technology, which enables users the ability to enjoy movies, videos and even their favorite music while on-the-go.

The NV4 packs an eight mega-pixel sensor in a stylish and ultra-compact stainless steel body, measuring a mere 3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7". This slim-styled shooter also features a high-quality, non-protruding, 3x optical zoom NV lens, which will help capture amazingly clear and detailed images. To help compose their shots, review their images, or enjoy video clips and movies, shooters can take advantage of the NV4’s large 2.5" LCD screen, which will automatically brighten or dim depending on the current lighting situation. For reviewing and sharing images with others, the NV4 also boasts an intuitive Multi-Slide Show. With Multi-Slide Show, end-users can playback their images using five different slide transitions and can also have their images set to scroll to the camera’s preloaded music or their own favorite MP3 files.

“Samsung first brought PMP technology to the NV-Series in 2006 with the introduction of NV3, and since then, PMP has truly resonated with consumers,” said Stewart Henderson, Vice President Marketing, Samsung Opto-Electronics America. “Like all of Samsung’s PMP capable digital cameras, the NV4 is an all-in-one solution geared towards simplifying the digital lifestyle of today’s tech connoisseur, giving he or she the ability to carry just one electronic device, not several gadgets like they currently do.”

In addition to PMP, the NV4 also features Samsung’s innovative World Tour Guide function, which provides travel information covering 4,500 regions in 30 countries– helping users to plan trips and find their way while on the road.

In keeping with the NV-Series’ philosophy of encouraging users to get the most out of their camera’s robust functionality, Samsung has included a new, secondary Photo Style Selector (PSS) dial. Located on top of the NV4’s slim-styled body opposite the standard mode dial, which allows users to set the NV4 to a designated shooting mode, the new PSS dial represents a revolution in both design and functionality. Empowering the shooter’s thumb, the PSS dial brings a host of creative effects to the fingertip, allowing the user effortless access to seven types of color profiles, including Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm and Classic.

When setting the camera to PMP mode, NV4 users can easily listen to their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content on the camera’s large, 2.5" high-resolution display. The bundled Digimax Converter software seamlessly converts the user’s MPEG, AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the NV4. For music on-the-go, the software can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. To listen to videos or music, the NV4 features a 2.5mm headphone port and external speaker boasting SRS 3D acoustic technology.

The new NV4 also features i-movie mode, which offers users high-resolution SVGA (800x592) MPEG-4 video and advanced editing controls. By using the camera’s Successive Recording mode, users can pause, and then resume filming of video clips without having to save the clips as individual files. Additionally, users can operate the camera’s optical zoom while filming and can engage a movie stabilizer to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur.

In low-light situations, shooters can rest assured that their images will come out sharp and clear as the NV4 is equipped with Samsung’s improved DIS (Digital Image Stabilization) image stabilization system and an ISO equivalent of 1600. When engaged, DIS helps to minimize the effects of hand shake and ensures that the best shots are captured even in dimly lit conditions.

Shooters can also take advantage of the camera’s numerous user-friendly features, including its Face Detection and Self Portrait modes. Face Detection makes taking pictures of family and friends a snap as it automatically detects up to nine faces and adjusts focus and exposure to ensure better composition and image quality – all the user needs to do is point and shoot. Self Portrait mode is a unique functionality that takes the guessing out of taking a self portrait. By utilizing Face Detection technology, the NV4 automatically detects the user’s face, adjusts focus and exposure, and will only allow a photo to be taken if the subject is centered in the frame.

With 14 scene modes to choose from, including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Café, Food, and Self Portrait, shooters can effortlessly adjust the camera and capture the best image possible in any setting.

NV4: $279 MSRP

Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc., Secaucus, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd., Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung Opto-Electronics markets a full line of auto focus cameras, zoom and digital cameras for the amateur as well as the professional under the Samsung brand name.

For full specifications and hi-res images visit the Samsung Camera website at:

www.samsungcamerausa.com

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