Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Novel Samsung camera user interface

A well done user interface design ...

"Samsung’s just come out with a couple of cameras in their new NV line that use their “Smart Touch” UI. Instead of the standard hardkeys + navigation key provided on most cameras, the screen has a set of unlabelled buttons to the right and below the screen and a zoom rocker switch. The controls are used as sliders and buttons are to ‘triangulate’ and then select options on the screen.

DPReview wrote: “Virtually all settings can be changed with just two button presses using a system that – once mastered – is incredibly fast and powerful. It’s not perfect, but it’s a big improvement on the pages and pages of menus it replaces.

What really makes the NV10 stand out is its unique Smart Touch user interface. Instead of having buttons for specific purposes all over the camera, the NV10 has 13 "Smart Buttons" around the LCD. The function these buttons perform depend on what icon is above it. If I want to change the resolution, I first press the third button from the left. This brings up the various resolutions, and I use the buttons on the right to select one. It takes a lot of getting used to, but it is a real time saver compared to the menus usually found on digital cameras (in most cases)."    (Continued via Small Surfaces)    [Usability Resources]

Samsung NV10 - Usability, User Interface Design

Samsung NV10

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