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Photos: Samsung's new S1070, L201, L310, NV9 and NV100HD

We got our hands on the new Samsung S1070, L201, L310, NV9 and NV100HD cameras, featuring plenty of colour, the widest angle lens on the market, a cool touchscreen and some dials

Crave will stop at nothing to bring you the latest stuff. That's how we roll. We've got our hands on Samsung's compact camera line-up for the second half of the year. The S1070, L201, L310, NV9 and NV100HD cameras will be available in September, each boasting a sturdy titanium frame

Face detection is souped up with blink detection, which for our money is way more sensible than the smile shutter also added. Perfect portrait is a new feature, allowing you to smooth out blemishes from faces, just like those celebrities but without the bad Photoshopping.

First in the budget end of the range is the colourful Samsung S1070. It's a 10-megapixel point-and-shoot with a 3x zoom that will cost less than £100. Next up is the Samsung L310 -- known as the SL310W to the Yanks -- a 13.6 -megapixel snapper with a 3.6x zoom. It boasts a 28mm wide-angle lens and 69mm (2.7-inch) screen. This will cost around £199 from September.

Pictured is the Samsung L201, known as the SL201 in the US. It's a 10-megapixel snapper with a 3x zoom and a 69mm (2.7-inch). It will cost £129 and come in a variety of colours, including pink.

Click through the links for details and pictures of the other new snappers, including the widest angle lens available on the compact market, a multimedia all-rounder, some analogue goodness and the coolest touchscreen this side of the iPhone. Yeah, we said it. -Rich Trenholm

The latest in the NV series is the 10-megapixel Samsung NV9, dubbed the TL9 by our colonial cousins. It sports a 5x optical zoom and incredible 21mm wide-angle lens. It's also a portable multimedia player, continuing Samsung's line of PMP cameras with extras like tour guides. Hit next for our favourite feature in the range.

The £179 NV9 is a digital camera, but in a nifty piece of retro-futurism, Samsung has built these analogue dials into the top. They display the remaining battery life and memory card space in an awesome 20th -- or maybe even 19th -- century way and look darn cool in the process. What's next? Steampunk cameras in Dixon's?

Hit next for the new top of the range camera in Samsung's compact line-up.

Finally, here's the Samsung NV100HD, known as the TL34D in the States. Like the NV24HD, it shoots stills and video in high-definition resolution. It boasts a massive 14.7-megapixel resolution, as well as 3.6x zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens.

But the biggest change is that the NV series famous smart touch interface has now gone button-free: the NV100 has a 76mm (3-inch) touchscreen with a huge 460,000-pixel resolution. Options are presented along the bottom and side of the screen and you tweak settings by picking which option you want to change, then scooting your finger across the screen to the relevant adjustment.

But smart touch gets even smarter. iPhone-like gestures are included, so you can rotate a picture by simply circling your finger on the screen. Even cooler, you move pictures to a recycle bin by swiping an X-shape on the screen with your finger. This also saves you accidentally erasing images permanently.

Another interesting feature is the motion timer. Activate this and instead of having a countdown to compose your picture, you stroll into the frame, throw some shapes and the camera will only take the snap when it detects there is no motion.

The Samsung NV100HD will cost around £229.