Samsung NV24 HD Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Samsung NV24 HD
Resolution: 10.17 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Lens: 3.60x zoom
(24-86mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
ISO: 80-3200
Shutter: 8-1/1500
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.4 x 0.7 in.
(99 x 61 x 19 mm)
Weight: 4.7 oz (133 g)
MSRP: $349
Availability: 03/2008
Manufacturer: Samsung
10.17
Megapixels
3.60x zoom
1/2.3"
size sensor
image of Samsung NV24 HD
Front side of Samsung NV24 HD digital camera        

The Samsung NV24HD has a ten megapixel CCD image sensor coupled to a 3.6x Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan optical zoom lens that spans the range from an unusually generous 24mm wide angle to an 86mm telephoto. There's an optical image stabilizer function in the lens, and this is part of a dual-pronged approach to camera shake as the NV24 also includes software "stabilization" both in still image and movie modes. Movies look to be the Samsung NV24's forte, with a stereo microphone and the ability to shoot 720p (1280 x 720 pixel) movies at 30 frames per second with H.264 compression. 640 x 480 and 320 x 240 pixel videos are also possible, with the latter resolution allowing up to 60 frames per second shooting, and the NV24HD is unusual in allowing use of the optical zoom during movie recording. Once you're done with shooting high-res images and movies, you can get them onto your HDTV courtesy of an HDMI connection - but only if you purchase Samsung's "HDMI CEC" cradle, an optional extra. Without the cradle, you can still view your images on an NTSC or PAL TV set, but only at standard definition.

There's no optical viewfinder on the Samsung NV24, with images instead being framed and reviewed on a touch-sensitive 2.5" LCD display that also serves as a method of controlling the camera. Further controls include a traditional mode dial, and what Samsung is calling a "Photo Style Selector" dial. The latter allows the user to quickly select between seven different color profiles - Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm or Classic. As you'd expect, there's also face detection functionality, which is used both in focusing and exposure metering. The Samsung NV24 HD also includes a generous 14 scene modes that help users get the most from the camera, including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Café, Food, and Self Portrait modes.

The Samsung NV24 HD goes on sale from March 2008, priced at US$349.

 

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