Samsung Cameras has launched three new "premium" compact cameras into its NV Series.

The NV8, NV15 and NV20 all include Samsung's award winning Smart Touch User Interface.

This has now been "further enhanced" for easy and convenient control - a gentle touch is all it takes to navigate menu items, change the camera settings, or view your pictures.

The new models also include improved processing technology which allows faster operation of functions.

Improved functions include, faster processing of images and improved noise reduction.

Other developments include faster Advanced Shake Reduction and a new local contrast control which enables the camera to compensate the brightness of a shadowed subject in backlit conditions for even better results.

NV20 - £249

The NV20 is Samsung's first 12-megapixel compact camera featuring Samsung's improved processing technology combined with features such as a 3x optical zoom lens, Advanced Shake Reduction and Red-eye fix.

The NV20 also offers TV quality MPEG4 VGA (640 x 480) 30fps video recording and a photo gallery function for convenient picture viewing with the Smart Touch interface. The NV20 boasts a 2.5-inch LCD screen.

NV15 - £229

With 10-megapixels and a 2.5-inch wide-view LCD, the NV15 also offers Samsung's Advanced Shake Reduction
system and can record TV quality MPEG4 VGA (640 x 480) 30fps video.

NV8 - £199

An 8-megapixel model, this offers Advanced Shake Reduction system and Red Eye Fix technology, 3x optical zoom and is encased in a thin body boasting a 2.5-inch LCD screen.

All models will be available from September.