Photos: 24 hours with the Samsung NV24HD camera

Guest reviewer and renowned torturer Jack Bauer gives the Samsung NV24HD a once-over, and sees how this 10-megapixel wide angle snapper copes with his high-impact holidays

The seconds are ticking away, and Jack Bauer has only moments to save the day. He reaches into his pocket and produces the right gadget for the job... the Samsung NV24HD compact camera. Because he's on holiday and he wants to take a photo. Let's face it, if anyone deserves a few days off, it's Mrs Bauer's little boy.

CTU always has the best gadgets, so Jack will feel right at home with the NV24. It's a clever little 10.2-megapixel compact. Features include high-definition pictures and video, for insanely detailed close-ups of Jack looking stoic. It goes up to ISO 3,200 for low-light situations such as abandoned warehouses and Chinese prisons, or you could just use the pop-up flash. Face detection focuses and exposes for up to nine faces, which coincidentally is how many people Jack can kill just by blinking.

Surveillance missions are aided by a 3.6x optical zoom. It's also one of the widest-angle compacts on the market, with a stunning 24mm focal length, equivalent to a 35mm camera.

You also get dual image stabilisation, which shifts the sensor and jiggles the algorithms to take care of blur from camera shake, if Jack's still got any lingering cold-turkey issues. The NV24HD is available now in silver or black for around £160. Click through to see some more features that make Jack's day. -Rich Trenholm

Update: Read our full Samsung NV24HD review

The Samsung NV24HD's screen measures 64mm (2.5 inches). It's lined by the NV series trademark Smart Touch buttons: touch-sensitive vertical and horizontal buttons that allow Jack to control the camera in a quick and intuitive way.

Modes are selected by a wheel on the top right. Nothing out of the ordinary about that...

...but our hero's keen observation skills have spotted something unusual: the NV24HD has a second control wheel on the left side. This second wheel selects different colour modes, including vivid, soft, cool and forest.

Sadly, Jack and his Samsung have to go now. Apparently his daughter's wandered off again.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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