IFA, Berlin: Alongside the NX200 launch we reported on earlier, Samsung
has also announced the MV800 digital compact.
Using a 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor and a 5x optical zoom that
offers the 35mm equivalent of between 26mm and 130mm, the real talking point of
the MV800 is its innovative flip-up screen.
Joined to the main camera body via a hinge on the top, the MV800’s
monitor can be rotated through approximately 180-degrees. This facilitates both
extreme low and high angle shooting, with built-in orientation sensors ensuring
the on-screen image always remains the right way up.
This innovative flip-out design also means you can shoot
self portraits in both landscape and portrait mode with a clear view of what’s
in-frame. The flip-out design can also act as a kind of makeshift stand when
the camera is being used in playback mode.
In addition to providing a live view feed for composing and
playing images back on, the MV800’s 3in, 288k-dot screen also offers full touch-screen
functionality for finger-jabbing control over the camera. Given that the home
screen and main menu system is populated with square icons that look suspiciously
like ‘apps’, we suspect many smartphone users will feel instantly at home here.
Elsewhere on the
MV800, Samsung has thought to include some useful and fun technology including a
Picture-In-Picture feature that enables you to position a thumbnail-sized image
within a larger one. There’s also a Live Panorama mode that allows you to
create ultra-wide angle images simply by sweeping the camera with the shutter
Last but not least, the MV800 also allows 720p HD video
clips to be recorded, with sound recorded in mono and captured movies stored in
the H.264 format.
The Samsung MV800 will be available from mid-September,
priced at £249.