Samsung has announced a trio of new compacts in its NV (New Vision) series, upping the resolution in the range-topping NV20 to 12 megapixels with 8 and 10 MP sensors available in the NV8 and NV15. All three feature the same attractive styling and innovative 'Smart Touch' interface as before - albeit with tweaks. The NV20 is the first camera from Samsung to feature a new and improved image processing system - it will be interesting to see how that performs when the cameras arrive at the end of August.

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Samsung extends NV Series with 12 mega pixel camera

NV Series strengthened with launch of three stylish new digital compact cameras

30 July, 2007, London, UK - Samsung Cameras, leaders in innovation and digital imaging, is building on the success of the groundbreaking NV Series with the launch of three new premium compact cameras. Continuing the themes of innovative technology and user-friendly features, the new NV8, NV15 and NV20 also sport the stylish blue ring design which has become a trademark for Samsung quality and design in the digital camera market.

All three new models in the NV Series include Samsung’s award winning Smart Touch User Interface which has now been further enhanced for easy and convenient control – a gentle touch is all it takes to navigate menu items, change the camera settings, or view your pictures. Samsung’s new NV models also include improved processing technology which allows faster operation of functions within the camera’s ultra-thin stylish bodies. Improved functions include, faster processing of images and improved noise reduction. Other developments include faster Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) to 0.7 seconds, advanced noise reduction which supports up to ISO 3200 and a new local contrast control which enables the camera to compensate the brightness of a shadowed subject in backlit conditions for even better results.

“Samsung Cameras award winning NV Digital Camera range has set the benchmark for quality and innovation. With new improved processing technology and enhanced features the NV8, NV15 and NV20 build upon this success. Quite simply our new NV cameras ensure photographers of all levels can enjoy taking high quality images they can be proud of” said Robert King, Commercial Director, Samsung Cameras UK.

NV20
The NV20 is Samsung’s first 12 mega pixel compact camera featuring Samsung’s improved processing technology combined with features such as a 3 x optical zoom lens, Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) and Red-eye fix to deliver optimum image quality to all photographers. The sleek NV20 also offers additional functionality such as TV quality MPEG-4 VGA (640x480) 30 fps video recording and a photo gallery function for convenient picture viewing with the Smart Touch interface. The NV20 boasts a 2.5” LCD screen, a multi-charging system and it comes with a rechargeable battery.

NV15
With 10 mega pixels and a 2.5" wide-view LCD, the NV15 provides brighter, sharper, more detailed images. Coupled with Samsung's unique Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) system, the NV15 enables you to take clearer pictures indoors or in lower light conditions. The NV10 also features TV quality MPEG-4 VGA (640x480) 30fps video recording. The NV15 comes complete with a rechargeable battery and can also be charged via USB.

NV8
Functioning as a high resolution 8 mega-pixel digital camera, the NV8 is a stylish yet practical device sure to attract the next generation of digital photographers. With both Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) system and Red Eye Fix technology the NV8 will produce stunning results for photographers of all levels. The NV8 with 3 x optical zoom is encased in a thin body and boasts the stylish black design in keeping with the NV Series. It also has powerful movie capabilities and a 2.5” LCD screen.

The NV20 is priced at £249, NV15 at £229 and NV8 at £199 and will be available from leading high street and online retailers from September 2007. All Samsung cameras also have a two year warranty included. Customers requiring further information should call 00 800 122 637 27 or visit www.samsungcamera.co.uk

Samsung NV8/15/20 specifications

NV20
NV15
NV8
Sensor

• 1/1.72" Type CCD
• 12.4 million total pixels
• 12.1 million effective pixels

• 1/1.76" Type CCD
• 10.3 million total pixels
• 10.1 million effective pixels
• 1/1.76" Type CCD
• 8.2 million total pixels
• 8.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 4000x3000
• 4000x2666
• 3648x2736
• 4000x2250
• 2592x1944
• 2048x1536
• 1024x768

• 3648x2736
• 3648x2432
• 3072x2304
• 3648x2056
• 2592x1944
• 2048x1536
• 1024x768

• 3264x2448
• 3264x2176
• 3072x2304
• 3264x1836
• 2592x1944
• 2048x1536
• 1024x768

Movie clips • 640x480 @ 30/15 fps
• 320x240 @ 30/15 fps
• 3X Optical Zoom
• Movie Stabilizer (User Selectable)
• Movie Editing: Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
• Max 4GB or 6 hours
File formats • JPEG Exif v2.21
• AVI (MPEG-4)
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan Zoom
• 34 - 102 mm (35 mm equiv)
• F2.8 - F5.1
Electronic image stabilization ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction)
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 5x
Focus modes • TTL Autofocus
• Macro
• Auto Macro
Focus distance • Normal: 80 cm - ∞
• Macro: 4 cm - 80 cm (wide), 50 cm - 80 cm (tele)
• Auto Macro: 4 cm - ∞ (wide), 50 cm - ∞ (tele)
AF area modes • Multi AF
• Center AF
• Face Recognition AF
Metering • Multi
• Spot
• Center Weighted
• Face Recognition
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing Yes (unspecified)
Shuttter speed

• Auto, P, ASR, Effect : 1 ~ 1/1,500 sec
• Manual : 15 ~ 1/1,500 sec
• Night : 4 ~ 1/1,500 sec
• Fireworks : 4 sec

Modes

Auto, Program, Manual, ASR, Effect, Scene, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture, Self-timer

Scene modes

Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, BIZ, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Café, Food, Self-Shot

White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent H
• Fluorescent L
• Tungsten
• Custom
Self timer 2 or 10sec, Double self-timer, Optional remote control
Continuous shooting 7fps up to 20 shots
Image parameters • Sharpness
• Effect: Normal , B&W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Negative, Custom Color
Flash • Auto
• Auto & Red-eye reduction
• Fill-in flash
• Slow sync
• Flash off
• Red-eye Fix
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 230,000 dots
Connectivity • DC in
• AV out (NTSC/PAL)
• USB 2.0
Print compliance • PictBridge 1.0
• DPOF 1.1
Storage

• Internal Memory : 20MB
• External Memory : SD / MMC (Plus) (up to 2GB guaranteed)
• SDHC Card (up to 8GB guaranteed)
• MMC Plus (Up to 2GB, 4bit 20MHz)

Power • Li-ion battery pack (SLB-0837. 3.7V)
• Optional AC adapter
Weight (no batt) TBC
Dimensions 96.5 x 60 x 18.6 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 0.7 in)

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