Samsung has announced the NV100HD (Known as the TL34HD in the US), which it describes as "The World's highest 14.7 megapixel 28mm Wide angle lens digital camera." And even without the qualifiers, that's an awful lot of pixels. More impressively, it can record 720p HD video and incorporates a high-resolution, 460K dot, touch screen. It also features optical image stabilization alongside Samsung's digital stabilization system and many of the company's other image processing features.

Press release:

Samsung Announces World's Highest 14.7 Mega-Pixel 28mm Wide Digital Camera

16 July 2008 - Samsung is breaking new ground with the launch of the world's highest 14.7 megapixel 28mm Wide angle lens digital camera. The Samsung NV100HD continues the style and smart functionality of the NV range and boasts impressive high definition technology.

The new flagship of the NV range – the NV100HD has a world class 28mm Schneider Kreuznach Wide Angle Lens incorporated into its sleek body design and features Samsung’s intuitive Smart Touch 2.0 User Interface, Smart Touch makes it easier to navigate the cameras comprehensive set of features and with the ‘Matrix Menu’ users can now change functions even faster. Incorporating Smart Touch within a touch screen gives the user fast access to creative settings as well as intuitive control of images, for example, a simple X on the screen signifies delete.

The 14.7 megapixel NV100HD enables users to record high definition videos and super sharp movie-quality recordings. The camera’s High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) delivers crystal-clear images and movies via a single cable for ease of use. Users can now watch their movies and pictures on a big-screen LCD or plasma - with superior HD quality. Samsung’s Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) means that it is possible to control the NV100HD and compatible Samsung TVs with just one remote control.

720p resolution video can be recorded at up to 30 frames per second and is easy to view on the 3.0” hVGA LCD screen. This screen has been specifically designed with 460K pixels to provide more detail and sharper images to view. The NV100HD also includes Dual Image Stabilisation – by integrating Optical and Digital Image Stabilisation the user obtains vastly improved image quality and outstanding shots without the blur, even in low light conditions.

The NV100HD ultra-compact digital camera also features a highly sensitive ISO 3200 and Samsung’s Perfect Portrait System which contains a range of features; “Face Detection”, locates the subject’s face within the frame and automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure better composition and image quality for portraits; in “Blink Detection Mode” the camera will take a series of shots when closed eyes are detected, to ensure subjects are captured with their eyes open; in “Smile Mode” a picture is automatically taken when smiles are detected in "Beauty Shot" mode facial skin is retouched for a brighter and smoother skin tone.

“Thanks to the success of our award-winning NV range Samsung has achieved a number one position in the compact market. The NV100HD which has advanced features and a ground breaking Touch Screen Interface takes the success of NV into another phase” said Robert King, Director, Samsung Cameras UK.

The NV100HD is priced at £229 and comes complete with a rechargeable battery system. It will be available from leading high street and online retailers from August 2008. All Samsung Cameras include a two year warranty. Customers requiring further information should call 0845 726 7864 or visit samsungcamera.co.uk