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Back in a (not so long ago) time when HD electronics were practically unheard of, Samsung released the NV4, a digital camera, that was able to take clear photographs and smooth videos (a mini camcorder if you must). Digital cameras these days have a lot more gizmos than they did over 4 years ago, when this was released, but how many of us really need those gizmos. We all still want a camera that does the job it's meant to do, don't we? Which is why this camera is perfectly fine for today.
Startup is almost instant, as the lens cover lifts itself quicker than you can say "cheese" and a Samsung logo appears on the screen for a second or so. Complete with 8.2 megapixels and 3x optical zoom, the NV4 takes extremely high quality photographs. Even those photographs and videos where you zoom up close, that you can see a microscopic mould growing on something, don't pixelate too much. In fact, it's rather clear because it has digital image stabilisation to do just that, as well as fix those images we take when our hands our shaking. One of my favourite features is the automatic red eye removal tool, so no more photos of people and pets looking like dark, evil warlords. 4 years of having this camera, I have still yet to have a photo with red eyes, so kudos to Samsung for actually telling the truth. Face detection is always a handy feature for any camera. We all have that photo where the background and strangers are more in focus than the people we intend to photograph. The NV4 has a very good face detection tool to eliminate any of the previously mentioned problems. A 2.5 inch LCD screen is actually bigger than it seems and gets as much of the background it can. As for the appearance itself. A matte dark gray on a stainless steel body gives it that futuristic look and something you would be proud to flaunt.
There are a few little things about this camera that did irk me. One of them (which jacked up its price in the process) is the built in MP3 player. I have yet to use it, simply because I have an MP3 player, and many more if you want to count the other electronics scattered around the home. Samsung must have made this feature for people living under rocks and had no concept of what an MP3 player was. A completely useless feature. Next is the buttons. For those that have stubby fingers, sort of like me, the buttons are very small. I can just about operate them with my pinky finger. At the risk of sounding sexist, I reckon Samsung intended for it to be a female camera (which asks the question, why I have it!). Finally (and it's not really a problem), the actual camera is heavier than it seems. I was completely surprised when I picked it up for the first time and you know with one drop, it's going to shatter into so many little pieces.
A handy little camera that will do the job just as well as many of those available today, at a fraction of the cost. It would probably be one of the better ones to buy if you want something cheap and effective, but make sure your fingers are small enough to use it!
When I was preparing for my holiday last year and took a look at my old digital camera, I finally realised how bulky it was and thought 'do I really want to be carrying this around all holiday?'
We aren't lying on the beach type of people and love to go sightseeing so I try to take the smallest handbag possible, I discovered that my old camera would have taken up most of my space, where would I put my lip balm and travel size sun cream?!
So I went into a few electronics shops to look at the range of different cameras on the market at the time for a very compact one, but I didn't want to compromise on picture quality.
I came accross the Samsung NV4 initially because I am like a magpie when it comes to Pink things! So of course I spotted it behind the counter and asked the assistant if I could have a play. (This also comes in black and silver). This camera is 8.2 megapixels which for a compact camera is great.
One of the features that was quite important for me to have was a shake minimalisation mode, I seem to have a problem with keeping the camera still enough so the pictures don't come out blurry, this camera has this feature so that was another big tick.
There are 6 different modes overall and these are changed easily by spinning the wheel on the top right hand side of the camera. Some of these include Auto (automatically selects the best settings for the situation), Programmable (in which you can change the setting yourself), Digital Image Stabilisation (or DIS - minimises camera shake) Portrait (suitable for photographing people), Scene (suitable for night time shooting), and a Movie Mode (in which you can take video).
On this wheel there is also an option for a Help guide which is great as if you are trying to figure something out when you don't have the instruction booklet you can find out from within the camera!
The modes I use most often are the Auto and the Anti-Shake DIS mode.
Once you have chosen your mode, if you wish to do so there are other buttons for customisable settings within those modes:
- Self timer function (with options of 2 or 10 secs after shutter press, 10 secs after shutter press and then again 2 seconds later, or 6 secs after shutter press when detected motion stops)
- A camera wouldn't be complete without a Zoom and this one is great, although the further you Zoom in when taking photos from a distance, the harder it is to keep the camera completely still, which is where the DIS function really comes into its own.
- There are 4 options of Flash mode, Auto Flash, Red eye reduction, Automatically detect and compensate for red eye effect (to me this seems the same as the previous one, I haven't noticed any difference between the two!), and to stop the flash from going off.
The display on this camera is large considering the overall size, it takes up just over half of the back and is crystal clear so you can see what your pics look like well.
Viewing and deleting the pictures is easily done by pressing the 'play' button and the delete button is clearly marked, always asking if you are sure before going ahead to save you from accidentally deleting your precious snaps!
It comes with it's own internal battery and charger which you plug in when the battery is getting low. The battery life is quite good, I have taken over 500 photos in a day with one charge of the battery. If you don't use it for a while it switches itself off to save your battery life too which is great for absent minded people like myself!
For storing your photos there is minimal space on the camera, (and I mean minimal, about 5 pics!) and also a slot for a standard SD memory card. I use a 2MB one which stores just over 700 pics.
This is a very slim camera and fits in my tiniest handbag along with all my other nescessities! Currently priced at around £120, I paid slightly more for this as they have come down in price since.
This camera is comapct and has all the functions you need to create a quality image.
The screen on the rear of the camera is large and allows you to view your image with zoom and slide show options, all in colour.
The variety of functions this camera has are easily accesible using the wheel on the top of the camera. This is where the video camera function can be found, along with other settings.
My personal favourite feature of this camera is that the USB lead attaches to both the camea and the the mains adaptor so you have the choice to charge your camera two ways.
Sometimes the camera takes a few seconds to display the image you have juust taken, i feel this is a disadvantage.
The upload system is very simple, displaying a sound image. Obviously not the best quality of image that can be processed today but for the size of the camera it does a damn good job!
All in all this Samsung NV4 has a variety of functions and a smart exterior look, everything you would expect from its brilliant price tag and its leading branded name in modern electronical devices.