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      28.04.2011 16:12
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      GREAT CAMERA

      .Why I chose the camera
      I got this camera in June 2009 as a birthday gift, at the time I was studying photography and was in great need of a camera that I could use on my projects that I had been set but that would also act as a camera I could take out with me on weekends and holidays so I needed something with lots of features, high megapixels but small and handy to take around with me. Of course Samsung is a well established name in the world of technology and at the great price of £169.99 from Argos there was nothing else at this price of the same standard at all. I believe you can get this even cheaper now from Amazon but I always think with cameras it's best to shop around a little first.

      I believe I chose the right camera, still in tact but a little rough around the edges - I would highly recommend getting a camera case as mine just gets stuck in my clutch bag/handbag and has resulted in lots of scratches. At the least I would get a screen protector. Unfortunately the camera does not come with a built in time machine so I will have to learn my lesson for next time.

      Design
      I opted for the red and silver design however I believe it is also available in silver and black (as shown in the picture), bronze and black or plain matt black. It has a strong all-metal exterior and it is a great shape making it comfortable to hold despite its compact size. It is very attractive for a camera and is stylish as well as convenient and comfortable...don't you wish they made shoes too!


      Features

      There is a lot of fun and useful features including face, smile and blink detection, a range of colour options, scene mode programs, auto, program and even manual exposure. Image adjustments include sharpness, saturation and contrast, as well as a wide range of colour options. There are also several options in playback mode, including red-eye correction and automatic contrast balance. It also has an HD video setting that you can record either with or without audio - I believe the maximum recording time is 20minutes which is about average for a camera and you can still use the zoom facility.

      The camera is touch screen which others find very confusing to use so it is rather amusing watching them try to work it out (especially when drunk) the touch screen itself is very sensitive and responds to a light fingertip touch. It responds to a finger not a stylus so unless you have very thin fingers you may have a problem operating the camera. I personally have no problems with this but I think a man perhaps would.

      At 14.7-megapixels and a 3.6x zoom Schneider-Kreuznach lens the camera really can take fantastic photos and at the time there really wasn't many cameras on the market that could say that and have the extensive list of features that the Samsung offers. The camera also comes with a rechargeable battery and a plug for charging which can be taken out of the main plug socket and plugged as a USB direct to your computer. I think this is a great feature and it means you don't have numerous wires for one camera it lets you charge and upload with only one cable.

      Overall feelings on the camera
      I think my main hang up on this camera is where the buttons are positioned when I'm personally using the camera it doesn't cause a problem, but when I ask someone to take a photo of the group for example first take - they turn the camera off. I don't know how because the button is bigger and raised as opposed to the small 'on/off' button but there you have it, 7 times out of ten...they turn it off! Then there's the flash, it's a little square that pops up - people don't expect it so maybe 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 they put their finger over it, very annoying! If it's not either of those two issues there's always the clown that finds the pop of the flash hilarious and ruins the photo with either a shocked expression or bursting out in laughter.

      Besides the positioning of the buttons I think this is an amazing camera especially for the price tag! I would definitely buy it again and would recommend to anyone! If anyone is thinking of purchasing this camera and has any queries please do not hesitate to contact me, I think I have provided all the information I would need but all the other specs you would be able to find over the internet :)

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        04.04.2010 17:42
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        Feature packed compact camera at a reasonable price

        When I started looking for a new digital camera to take away on holiday I had a few simple criteria that I wanted it to fill: large screen, high quality photos, decent zoom, easy to use and of course a reasonable price.

        I went for the Samsung NV100HD, I got it online at Tesco Direct where it was about £50 cheaper than anywhere else. I pleased to say that he camera fulfilled all my needs very well.

        The screen is as big as I've seen on any compact digital, with a sharp image and easy to use menus accessed using a user friendly and responsive touch screen. This doesn't make the camera bulky though, it isn't the smallest compact you can buy, but for the amount of features it has you'd be hard pushed to find smaller.

        The image quality/size at 14.7 mega pixels is more than you'll ever need for this type of camera. I took the camera Skiing recently and found that although a lot of shots were taken from a distance you could zoom in even further than the 3x optical zoom after the picture was taken without a noticeable drop in quality.

        The one gripe I would have with this camera is the pop-up flash; technically it works very well but practically speaking it can be a bit awkward as the flash is on the top left which is where you naturally hold the camera. It is ok if you are using the camera yourself but we found that if you give it to someone else to take a picture of you they often put their finger over the flash meaning they have to have a couple of goes at it. A simple way round this is to take a picture and let the flash pop up before you hand it over.

        I haven't used the Video recording facility a great deal, but it does seem very high quality, especially when played through an HD TV.

        Overall this camera is a good buy, the best compact camera I have used.

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        27.09.2009 10:35
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        Excellent compact camera

        I went on my first proper holiday in years last October so dug my decade old trusty camera out. Looking at it I realised that it was three mega pixels and the camera on my mobile phone was of a better specification. With this realisation I decided it was about time I replaced it. Then came the big question, what to replace it with?

        Now the last thing I wanted was a huge camera around my neck making me look like a Japanese tourist every time I went out and as I'm no avid photographer a big SLR wasn't necessary so a compact camera was certainly the way to go. I did my research and this being a new release had by far the best specifications being a mighty 14.7 mega pixels and having allsorts of options which we'll go over later.
        I purchased this camera in October 2008 from Play.com and paid £169.99, unfortunately it didn't arrive so they resent it and I finally got it in the November after my initial holiday. Not a good start but I have used it many times since, so onto the camera:


        Packaging

        The box it comes in is much smaller than I expected being roughly the size of five stacked DVDs. Upon opening the box everything was well packaged. The box contains the camera itself, manuals, and software. A component HD cable so you can connect the camera to your TV for playback functionality, a USB cable which also doubles as the mains charger and a wrist strap. Also included is the rechargeable battery but no memory card.


        USB cable

        The USB connection on the camera is unique to Samsung so only a Samsung cable will connect. The included cable has a indicator light at the camera end. This changes colour from red to green when the battery is fully charged. The connections are all very robust and I've never felt like they're likely to get damaged or snap. The other end of the cable is a standard USB connection so it easily connects to your computer, TV or other USB compatible device such as an Xbox. This same cable also doubles as your mains charger, included with the camera is a mains adaptor which the USB cable plugs into so you can also charge the camera from a wall socket. A very well designed multiuse cable.


        Appearance

        The overall size of the camera is a mere 94.9 x 59.5 x 19.9 mm making it very pocket friendly.
        This camera comes in a variety of colours but mine is silver with a black edging to the top, bottom and one side of the camera, it looks very sophisticated. The bottom of the camera has the battery and memory card hatch, the USB/charger connector and a tripod mount on it.
        The top of the camera has the power button which is small and difficult to accidentally press in your pocket but easy to use when you want to. It also has the shutter button which changes colour from red to green when the auto focus has done its bit and a dial settings selector which I'll discuss later. The flash is of a popup design on top of the camera on the left hand side so when it is not in use the lines of the camera aren't intruded upon.
        The front of the camera just consists of the impressive wide focus Schneider lens, the flash viewfinder and has Samsungs logos on it.
        The rear of the camera has a large 3 inch touch screen with several small buttons down the side of it which access the menu, slideshows and control the zoom.
        Overall the camera is very attractive and looks classy and elegant.


        The Flash

        The flash unit automatically pops up when you depress the shutter button if it is required. As I've mentioned the flash is on top of the camera on the left hand side which unfortunately is the exact place where you would naturally put your finger so it can catch you by surprise. This is the only badly designed thing about an otherwise impeccable camera. The flash itself performs well and can light up even the darkest environments although on close up pictures it can reflect back at the lens making part of the picture far too bright.


        Settings

        You can edit just about every setting imaginable on the camera in manual mode, I actually have no idea what half the things are for so I stay well away from that and stick to the other modes which are: Automatic, Video, Scene, Beauty shot, Night mode, Anti-shake and Program.
        I generally stick to the Automatic mode, which despite the name is fully automatic as you still have to set whether you want landscape or macro (close up) mode. Although you can manually change most of the settings such as flash, focus style and picture quality it isn't really necessary. I just set the picture quality to maximum and everything else to automatic and the resultant pictures are incredible.
        Anti-shake mode is very good if you're cold or have had a couple of drinkies as it makes turns on both stability modes which makes a huge difference and the pictures come out without any blurriness.
        The video shoots in 720p high definition and, if watched back on a HD TV look as good as any television channel.
        Beauty shot is a very clever idea; it takes out any blemishes in a persons skin tone allegedly making them look more beautiful. I'm not sure it actually makes too much of a difference to the end result but maybe that's because I'm so beautiful without it.
        Scene and Program modes are very similar, you chose from a variety of pre-programmed situations which should result in the best photos. I never actually use these as I find automatic mode more than sufficient.
        For Night mode to work effectively you would really need a tripod as the shutter stays open for a long time in order to get enough light for a good shot. To hold the camera in this mode makes the image very blurry just from your breathing. I have tried it by putting the camera on a wall and the image is actually very good.


        Functionality

        The touch screen is the best I have ever come across. It always knows exactly where you've touched and makes no mistakes. When the camera is on there are virtual buttons along the bottom of the touch screen which you use to change the camera settings. The screen is quite easily scratched as I found out after two days of owning the camera so a suitable case is a must.

        The 3x optical zoom is accompanied with a follow on digital zoom meaning you can focus successfully on something a long way into the distance. While the optical zoom functions perfectly with the Schneider lens the digital zoom is a little disappointing. When the digital zoom is in use the resultant pictures are grainy and can be out of focus. I have actually taken to using the extent of the optical zoom and going no further so I do not use the digital.

        Because the camera is 'Plug & Play' I have not ever actually installed the Samsung software. The included software is the generic Quicktime and Adobe along with Samsung Master which can be used to edit photos and videos although as this can easily be done with Windows I'm not sure why you would use this.

        Battery life on the camera has been remarkably impressive; one charge has easily lasted me a two week holiday of normal camera use. I would say the battery lasts for approximately three hours before a charge is required.

        When you have the camera set to 14.7 megapixels and the quality set to superfine the pictures are about 5MB which is a very large file. A lot of websites will not allow you to upload photos of this size so if that is your intended use for the photos you'll need to adjust the settings. I find with the settings on 'Fine' and 8 megapixels the file sizes are about 1.5Mb which seems fine for websites.

        Due to the potentially very large file sizes the onboard memory of 40MB is nowhere near large enough and an additional memory card is therefore a necessity. The camera supports MMC SD and SDHC memory cards. I opted for a SDHC as these are available in a large 8GB capacity.

        Other capabilities of the camera which haven't come up elsewhere but I feel are worth a mention are the smile and face detection technology. This is capable of monitoring numerous faces at once and automatically taking a photo when everybody is smiling.
        You can also create a slideshow on the camera and add music and effects to create your own unique gallery.




        A superb, well made camera with a myriad of options and functions for everybody of all experiences. Reliability and picture quality are second to none and I would recommend this camera to anybody. Even a year on this hasn't aged technologically or aesthetically. You can still expect to pay about £170 for it today, still worth every penny!

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        15.08.2009 13:38
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        This camera is definitely worth the price I paid - £159

        There aren't many cameras that I would rave about, but this one I can't help it. It first caught my eye when I saw one of my friends using it, and upon hearing it was 14.7mp, I was really impressed. The results looked amazing on the screen, too. So the next weekend I had a look for it and found it on Play.com and Argos. It was cheaper from Argos, and I also prefer buying things from shops rather than online too, so I purchased it.

        When I got home, I straight away plugged it in to my laptop so it could start charging, I couldn't wait to start taking photos on it. The charge took very little time at all, probably about half an hour for full battery, and I found that having full battery on this camera does last ages. I've had the camera for about 3 months now, and use it avidly, and I think I've only had to re-charge it about 5 times! The camera comes with a strap, charger, USB cable, manual and the cables you need to plug it into a TV (haven't tried this yet though).

        One of the first things that I really liked about the camera was the pop-up flash, that comes out automatically or if you simply turn the flash on. It's a strong flash that I find covered a lot of distance, and then you can use your finger to click the flash back into place. This flash is better than most in-built ones on compact cameras as it's sort of external to the camera, but connected to it at the same time.

        Another impressive feature is the touchscreen. Yep, thats right, a touchscreen camera. You use the touchscreen to change the settings to take a photo, to scroll through old pictures, and to edit photos. Unfortunately, this does mean that lots of fingerprints and smudges are often on the screen, but these can be wiped away with anything soft. The screen is really big, much bigger than any other compact camera I've had, so it's a lot easier to see the pictures.

        The camera has an on/off button, and all the different camera modes 'auto', 'landscape', 'portrait', 'night', 'video' etc can be used by turning the scroll wheel which is conveniently next to the shutter button for ease of use.

        The different modes are very useful, but generally for most pictures I turn the camera to 'auto', as it's very clever and usually knows all the right settings to take a photo. A particular feature I like is that you can change the focus modes, so either you have one point of focus (the middle of the screen), or lots of different points of focus, and the camera then cleverly detects where these are and then you take the photo.

        Transferring pictures to the computer is really simply. A USB lead comes with the camera, so you connect one end to the camera and the other end to the computer, select 'Computer' on the camera screen and then you can do everything from the computer. I find the easiest way to do it is to go to My Computer, click on the camera, and then all your photos are there, easy as that!

        This camera gives really professional results and yet at the same time is compact therefore is easy to carry around with you!

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          19.07.2009 15:02
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          A supreb stylish easy to use camera

          Ever since my first digital camera ended up attempting to learn to swim last year and has no longer been able to charge have I needed a new one. I have been avoiding purchasing a new one, but the final straw came just before I went to a friends wedding and I pulled out the camera to remember that it had completely dead. There and then I decided that I needed to replace it. So after hunting around loads of electronic shops and reading comments left on websites, I choose Samsung NV100 model. My previous camera was also a Samsung and this is a brand that I have grown love for all of electronic products.

          The Camera's Look
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          The Camera comes in two colours; you can choose either a black finish or a silver finish. I chose the silver finish as I personally think silver looks more modern. The camera itself is two tones as the top and one side of the camera are a rich deep read colour.

          One thing to notice about the camera is that this is really light device and only weighs 140 gram. This was a noticeable difference compared to my old model which was roughly the same dimensions as this model.

          Along with the camera comes the usual range of devices like a USB cable so that you can transfer your pictures to computer, a handle which can be attached at the side of the device to hold it, camera software to run on your computer and a charger. There is also a full instruction manual in the box for those who would like to know more about any of the camera features.

          Main Features
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          The camera has loads of good things going for it, here are my favourites.

          First and fore most, is the large 3" touch screen operation. This is great for navigating around the menus and for scrolling through your pictures. This handily also gives you access to decide on the function and settings that you wish to set on the camera.

          Obviously you can get into any of the modes from here and you have 8 automatic modes (one of these modes is a mode called beauty shot!) preset on the camera which help capture the moment in any conditions. If you are brave enough there is also a manual mode where you can set the finer details of the picture quality yourself, but let's face it, I have never used this mode. Also from the modes you can get into movie mode where you can record and excellent quality HD video. In fact when you look at the camera it is pleasing to see a lack of buttons as it makes you think it is simple to operate and I have to say that this was the case. When operating the touch screen, if you make a mistake there is a simple button in the top right hand corner of the display to go back.

          The picture quality on this camera is also amazing. This is helped by the wide variety of modes available (as mentioned above) but also due to the fact that the camera is 14.7 mega pixels. My old camera was merely 10 (really this was only 3 years old and was top of the range then!). The pictures on this device are noticeably clearer, sharper and it is able to cope with a wobbly hand or the subject moving slightly. This was my biggest criticism of my previous camera as it did not always hold a great picture. The picture quality is helped enormously by the optical zoom that is available which is an impressive 3.6. This also has a lens that advances from the front of the camera to again give sharp images of the subject when they are quite a distance away.

          Battery life is something that I was keen to ensure was a key feature of whatever camera I bought owing to my last exploits. The great news is that this camera last forever! I took this camera to the wedding I went to and have used it on several other occasions and the device never seems to want charging. This is helped by the simple fact that it is similar to a computer, the camera will turn itself off after a period of inactivity, this is something my old camera did not do. This will obviously save you money in the long run as well by not having to charge each before each and every time you use it. The camera can be charged in a conventional way or if your transferring files to your computer via the USB cable the camera will take a little bit of power to charge itself.


          So are there any drawbacks?
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          I have only noticed two very trivial drawbacks.

          Firstly the file size of any pictures you take is around 3mb. That's ok when placing them on a computer, but sadly if trying to attach pictures to certain websites it will not accept the picture as the file size is too large, ciao for example! The camera comes with an impressive 30mb internal memory; however this is only 13 pictures when you think about the file size. Usually the file size is around the 1mb size and this is quite a difference. Obviously this is caused by the picture quality and sharp images that the camera delivers but it worth bearing in mind before purchasing this. The camera also takes the usual memory cards so this memory can be easily expanded on.

          Secondly the pop up flash is in a place that I place my hands on the camera which means that it try's to pop my finger out of the way. Obviously this is a good feature when you know about it as its one less thing to worry about when taking pictures, but it can take a bit of getting used to.

          Price and availability
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          We purchased this camera from Argos. The camera's recommended retail price is £199.99. However Argos appears to always have a deal on with this one to lower the price to £159.99, which for the picture quality and a HD Video camera as well is excellent value.

          Conclusion
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          As I said I needed a new camera and this is a camera that I would happily recommend to anyone. The picture quality is wonderful and the touch screen on the device is simple to use.

          The camera itself looks stylish and is a nice compact size and weight making it easy to carry around with you.

          Thanks for reading, this review is also published on Ciao.co.uk, under the same username

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            17.06.2009 06:44
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            Great all-round High Definition compact

            For a compact camera this is quite a powerful little guy to carry around with you.

            I spotted this in the Jan sales with £100 off and for a top of the range compact it was well worth splashing the cash on one considering what you get for your money!

            Not only do you get a 14.7 megapixel camera. Yes, that's right - a 14.7! You also get a built-in High Definition video recorder. With a decent memory card inside of the Samsung NV100HD you can take a lot of really great high quality snaps and the camera itself is very compact, hence the name. Since buying this I've never left the house without it.

            The picture quality you should expect from the camera is very sharp and detailed, what else do you expect from something that has a crazy amount of megapixels! The camera comes with a 28mm Wide Schneider Kreuznach Lens and 3.6x Optical Zoom, with Advanced DRIM Engine Image Processor. With these combined with the included Perfect Portrait System (Face Detection, Smile & Blink Detection, Beauty Shot) and Dual Image Stabilisation (Digital & Optical Image Stabilisation) means you can capture just about ANYTHING as a beginner with not much effort.

            If you want to take photos of family and friends, this is great for group shots as it detects everyones faces in the photo before taking the shot - so no more blurred or out of focus photos ever again! With the image stabilisation features it means you can take photographs of kids, animals and people who just can't stand still for a single second! With continous shooting modes you can get some good photos of sports and activities and if those kids and animals are ultra-fast there's settings that will capture even that!

            Self-portraits or taking shots of other people also benefits multiple shooting modes that allow a novice to pick up the camera and take really good pictures, along with advanced settings that allow you to change ISOs and aperatures, white balances just like you can with a DSLR.

            The NV100HD comes with a really impressive 3.0" hVGA Touch Screen LCD @ 460K pixels using the Smart Touch 2.0 User Interface. If you own an iPhone, or are familiar with touchscreen devices, the one on the Samsung rivals it easily.

            Once you've taken your shots you can use the touchscreen to quickly select photos from thousands and edit them with the built-in camera software. There is even a nice 'beauty shot' application, which works when taking a photo that smooths out textures on your face and softens the lighting to give you a semi-professional studio shot.

            One of the key selling points to this camera (other than the impressive list of features above) is the High Definition Video and Still Image feature that allows both video and photographs to be captured in High Definition!

            I've taken various videos with it, close-ups, low-light, slow moving, fast moving objects and it is quite a reasonable HD video recorder. In places it can be slightly jerky, but if you have a steady hand it can take 'most' average home videos spot on with next to no issues. I even took a 20minute HD video of a coach journey shot outside of the window to give it a good test, then played it back on a 50" HDTV when I got home via a HDMI cable. The results were quite great to be perfectly honest. I wasn't expecting it to look as clear and as sharp as it did!

            With a memory card in place you are pretty much set to go for a long time and when you get home and if your Blu-ray player supports SD cards (most do) you can truely benefit from the HD capture and the 14.7 megapixel quality. The end results (even below average photos) look stunning, even on a huge 50" TV!

            The Samsung NV100HD is a really great camera - you will be shocked that you can just slip this into your pocket!

            Last but by no means least...the battery life! This is a key feature for all cameras and rest assured, the life on the battery is nothing but excellent! I usually have problems getting a battery on a phone or camera to last, but this one is head and shoulders above the rest. I must of been able to take about 50 photos (most without flash) and record about 20-30 minutes worth of max quality HD video to take the batter down to half from a full charge. On a full charge without using much flash or recording HD video you can shoot for hours on end without worry of your battery going to die on you.

            To top it all off, this little gem even looks and feels great. I don't usually get excited about hardware, but this is something worth shouting about.

            If you're wanting to upgrade your compact and you fancy tinkering with a HD cam and video recorder - this is money well spent.

            *EDIT: This review was written when the camera was full price. You can now currently pick up this great little gem for less than half price if you shop around!*

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              Overall a good investment

              Since I lost my digital camera on a night out I've been looking for one to replace my old faithful! This camera was recommended to me by a friend and so far it has served me well.

              I've had it for about four months now and taken it with me to all sorts of parties and nightclubs and so far it has survived them all. It's always getting pulled in and out of people's hands; I've even dropped it on the floor and it's survived thus far!

              It has a great flash so even in the darkest corners of a club you get clear and focused images with minimal red eye. It has a good memory capacity and it is very simple to upload them onto your computer. You can get them onto facebook in seconds!

              The battery has a good life and so far it has lasted me to the end of the night and well into the day after. As long as you look after this camera it should last you for a long time.

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              Just the right camera for me.

              For absolutely months on end I have been thinking about buying a digital camera. Now I as I am supposed to be saving every penny of my money and spend too much already on leisure activities, the thought of splashing out a huge sum of money on a camera scares me. Therefore, I decided instead to save up all the vouchers and points I earn online from things like cash-back sites and even reviews, until I could buy something on Amazon. So finally I had a budget of about £200 (yes, it took a while) and being limited to buying from Amazon as the seller, I spend hours searching out a camera. By the time I came across the Samsung NV100, I had become extremely impatient. The last few cameras I had been interested in had reluctantly okay reviews or something missing that I wanted. When I found this camera, the reviews were fairly positive and the negative comments were things like "awkward touch screen" and "poor positioning of the flash". Generally these are things I'll happily live with, as long as picture quality is not compromised.

              I was going for high Megapixels, although aware that they do not necessarily mean top quality pictures. This camera boasts 14.7, and is therefore miles above the average. To be honest I'd have been happy with 10. I also wanted at least 3 times optical zoom. Not digital, as my sister had emphasised to me, apparently digital zoom is as good as plonking the snaps on the computer and then enlarging them. This camera has 3.6X optical and 5X digital zoom. More might have been nice, but for my first ever camera, this was good enough. Finally I wanted a decent sized screen for viewing the pictures as I take them, and this was bigger than the average I had seen, and 3 inches.

              Impressed and impatient, I put in my order. It cost me £169.99, and if I had only waited a week or two longer I could have paid only £149.99, so for this I am gutted. Still, my delivery was faster than expected and I received the camera in time for my sister's birthday, Christmas and a couple of nice evenings out with friends.

              First impressions

              When I rushed through the order, I forgot to choose the silver, so ended up with black, but when I opened the packaging and saw the camera, I have to admit I was probably more pleased with the black finish than I would have been with the silver one. Plus most people have silver, don't they? I had heard that the camera is bulky and not much in appearance. However, in my opinion, even with the lens fully out, the camera is fairly sleek and nice in appearance. It was also not too 'girly' for my dad, who I guess is going to be borrowing it! It seems touch enough, but I won't be trying my luck, just to be able to comment on how easily damaged it is! The screen looks very nice, but as the camera does not come with a case included, I was concerned it would quickly get scratched. We charged it, albeit not fully, and on that very day took it out for my sister's birthday meal.

              When you first switch on and start up, you have to set the date and time, and this feature can then be used to record when your pictures were taken. It is quite easy to do and I mostly figured out the basics without too much reference to the manual.

              The first person to test drive my new gadget was actually a restaurant waiter, who, poor thing, struggled a bit, determined to figure out how to zoom in and out. Admittedly, if you've not read the manual, the Samsung camera can look pretty confusing, and it is hard to figure out where all the functions are, how you switch them on and when they are working. He also did not know how to work the flash, and the restaurant is pretty dark, with mostly candle lighting. The dark pictures came out blurry and noisy, but once we had the flash sorted, they came out perfect, with full colour, and crisp, clean images. As I had read, the flash was an awkwardly placed pop-up on the top of the camera, right where you would normally have your fingers. Still, I did think there was enough space to grip the camera well.

              Someone had been fiddling with the dial on the top of the camera, which changes the modes, and when my dad and I started to try out the camera, we found that it was focusing itself, spotting faces and taking pictures! So yes, the face detection - and smile detection, in fact, does work quite well. Actually on one occasion it spotted one of my sister's friend's chest and seemed to think that was a face - so beware of pervy snaps eh!

              I did figure out the zoom (pressing the T and W buttons) but I'm not sure how you can tell when you are at the maximum optical zoom. I only used this function within medium sized room, so I am not sure how effective it is for landscape pictures. However when I have had a chance to try this I will update - maybe add some pictures too.

              Motion should not be a problem with this camera apparently, particularly with dual stabilisation, but I had to admit I did have a few pictures that came out completely blurred. I'm not sure yet why this is although a few people were trying the camera and it may have automatically taken shots as they moved it. On the other had, my sister tried taking a couple of shaky shots that came out perfect, so it is hard to tell.

              There are different scene modes that you can use to take pictures in different settings at the best possible quality. As I've only had the camera a short time I've not tried many, but I have so far seen the difference using these features can make. Again, when I have some decent snaps to show of this I will put them up.

              Generally the picture quality is not exactly outstanding, and this cannot be expected just because of a number of Megapixels, but it is certainly as good as most cameras with 10MP and above. I think had it been quite an extra cost to go from say, 12 to 14MP, I would have felt that was money wasted, but given the low price, I was still pleased.

              Video

              I took it out another time, and at some point must have changed the function to video, and so accidentally took a video. Now maybe when I am more familiar with the camera I will be more aware of what mode I am in, but I think this may take time getting used to, as it can be confusing at first. Anyway, it gave me a chance to try out the video function. Obviously, video picture quality is not as good as stills, and this does show pretty well. However, watching the video it is very smooth and still of reasonable quality, just probably not enough to warrant using it over a good video recorder. I think you need to use a different kind of software than the one I have installed to view videos, so at the moment I have not seen them on my computer, only on the camera.

              Memory

              The camera has an internal memory of 40MB And also takes SD, SDHC and MMC memory cards - I am using the 8GB SDHC at the moment. I have an 8GB SD in mine and this is probably more than I will ever need. Remember, you can always transfer your pictures onto a computer and free up space on memory cards, so to me I can't see why you would need much more. The memory card is easily inserted into a space within the battery compartment and is safely locked away. I think the internal memory is only used when you do not have the card in, and you can transfer pictures from this memory across quite easily.

              Power

              I received the camera on the 22nd and started writing this review on the 29th. I've not had to charge this camera since the first day, and I have been playing with the different sounds and flicking through the pictures a lot. I've taken about 50 shots plus a video and the battery icon is still showing as full.

              This camera can be charged via your electric socket or using the USB it can be plugged into your computer for charging. I'm not sure how useful this feature really is. My thinking was that it is great if you forgot the charger, but then you'd have to have remembered the USB lead anyway, right? Also, I expect this would be a lot less energy efficient, but if it ever comes in useful, I promise to return to my review and explain why.

              Touch screen

              So as I was saying before, the NV 100 HD has a lovely 3inch HD LCD screen, which is excellent quality and also looks quite nice. This is also a touch screen, and the first thing I noticed about that was that it meant that while in use, I had prints all over it! This can get annoying, and I conveniently have a DVD cleaning cloth which I had to keep using to wipe it clean. I do somewhat prefer using buttons, except when scrolling through my pictures, I quite like using the touch screen to slide along. The sensitivity is just right, but be careful about gripping the camera by the screen. I'm also very conscious of my long nails, which are not ideal with this. It is slightly fiddly and sometimes I accidentally scroll too fast, for instance, but I soon got used to this and it is not that hard to use. Plus, it's something new, so it is impressive.

              User manual

              There is a quick start guide book that you should really read before you do anything at all with the camera. This covers the basics, like safety, setting up and charging your camera, as well as taking pictures and videos and transferring files. It also has some hints for photography and common problems, like how to make sure dark pictures do not come out blurry.

              The CD-ROM that comes with the camera has an electronic manual, which is opened in Adobe Acrobat (there is actually an old version included on my CD so I did not need this, but it is available online if you want to upgrade). I have briefly read the manual to check a few things. It seems a lot less detailed than I expected, but with contents lists that link straight to the right pages it is easy to find the information that is there. Once you have the basics about the different buttons, the rest is more a matter of trial and error - that's the best way to pick things up.

              Software

              I've installed the software and uploaded some pictures already. You get Quicktime from Apple, which I don't think is great but I'm happy just transferring files across and using my own Windows programs. The software included is Samsung Master, and when I opened it I found it had already found all my old pictures on my computer, which is handy. It loads up quickly as a kind of explorer and looks very easy to use. When you open up a picture, you can also edit it, e.g. remove red eyes (although the camera has ways to avoid red eyes etc.), and add artistic effects. You can do slide shows, emails, web albums, printouts and screensavers from this. To be honest I will probably not use it, but it does look helpful if needed.

              Conclusion

              All in all, so far I am very happy with this camera. I've had it only a week and a bit but already I'm finding that I can't stop taking it out to admire it (okay, I like nice things and don't have many!) or play with it. It is smart, a perfect size, not too heavy or light. It is a little confusing to begin with, but I'm sure this I will get used to. The picture quality is very good and memory is not an issue. The power lasts enough for my usage. Frankly, for me, this is perfect.

              As a buyer, you may have completely different needs from me, but hopefully if I have covered as many aspects as possible with the good and not so good things, you'll be able to decide whether this is actually what you need. Based only on my needs, I will be rating this highly, but please don't just go by the rating alone. Currently, prices are going down, and I would expect to pay quite a bit less than I did, but at a reasonable price it is well worth it.

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