Samsung NV10

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Samsung NV10 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 05.07.06) with 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35-105 mm in 35 mm format), Digimax Converter software to play movies and MP3 files, Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) and a 2.5″ LCD screen display. The Samsung NV10 will be available in stores from Fall of 2006 with an estimated retail price of $399.99 USD.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Samsung NV10 Reviews reviews the Samsung NV10 and writes;
“I was able to take a single photo in 0.36 seconds and five photos in 9.74 seconds. With flash turned on there was a small increase to 0.58 seconds for a single photo and 10.23 seconds for five photos. These are all average times… I was left disappointed by the picture quality I achieved with the Samsung Digimax NV10. Reading the Samsung website I see this camera has won a number of awards, but it failed to produce the goods in a number of my test shots.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Samsung NV10 and writes;
“The good: This digital camera has decent image quality, relatively quick performance, and full manual controls. The bad: Smart Touch interface isn’t for everyone; No aperture/shutter priority mode; fringing plagues photos. The bottom line: If you can get past its unusual interface and sluggish performance, the Samsung NV10 is a nice digital snapshot camera with some great manual features. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Megapixel reviews the Samsung NV10 and writes;
“The Samsung NV10 is a camera that must be tamed. It takes time to get accustomed to its interface. But once used to it, it can prove to be fast to use, and possibly faster to use than any of the other systems used on other compact cameras. Equipped with a solid group of scene modes, the NV10 also offers a Manual mode that makes it even more versatile. So, while staying within the bounds imposed by the characteristics and intended use of the camera, the NV10 can produce good images that will easily generate bright and vibrant prints.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GearDigest reviews the Samsung NV10 and concludes;
“There’s a lot to recommend the Samsung NV10. A 10 megapixel camera in a sleek compact form factor for $350 (list) represents a fairly good value. The innovative user interface is fairly intuitive, but the user manual leaves a lot to be desired. A novice photographer will experience a steeper learning curve due to skimpy documentation, and more experienced photographers may want a camera that has shutter and aperture priority modes as well as a manual focus, features all missing in the NV10. Of course pricing on the web varies greatly, but for approximately the same amount of money, I’d prefer the HP Photosmart R967.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Samsung NV10 and concludes;
“With a colossal 10Mp resolution, there’s the temptation to take this camera into the countryside for some landscape work, but really that isn’t what the camera, or most other compacts, is for. You really do not need that high a resolution for people and holiday shots which is what this will see the most use doing. The drawback of that high res is that there is noise at every ISO setting, including 100, though there it’s the shadow areas. There’s also a lack of fine detail in the mid to background areas as the lens can’t really resolve it that well. For portraits, which is where the NV10 really is aimed, it’s fine. Hair is rendered well, and ski tones, though veering on the lively side, at least make people look healthy. The controls, design and build quality are the other selling points, and these are all very good. You’ll be shocked at how high quality the body is for the money being asked. This really does lift the camera above what is otherwise an entirely average performance..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

XYZComputing has reviewed the Samsung NV10 and concludes;
“Overall Samsung’s NV10 ended up being one of the best point-and-shoots I have used in a long time. It follows in the tradition of Canon Powershots, like the SD630, in that it combines style, good shooting, with a small size and a large LCD to make for an overall attractive package…In the end the one thing that may be the biggest hurdle to the camera is that it’s from Samsung, not one of its Japanese competitors who are better known for their cameras. If people can get over the brand (which should not be hard given Samsung’s reputation) I think most will be extremely pleased with this camera, especially as the price drops from the original MSRP.”

PhotographyReview have reviewed the Samsung NV10 and conclude;
“The Samsung NV10 is a nice, small digital camera that feels good in the hand. It’s well built and the unique ‘ Smart Touch’ navigation make this 10-megapixel camera a worthy alternative to the Casio Exilims and Canon Elph digital cameras that dominate the market. I would prefer more aperture adjustment options as well as not needing special software to watch movies captured with the NV10. However I can still recommend the Samsung NV10 as a solid, fun point-and-shoot digital camera…The NV10 camera is a good digital camera for someone who wants a small, light camera for candid photos. The Auto mode makes good exposures and the Manual mode offers more control for advanced photographers. The large LCD display and unique ‘Smart Touch’ navigation make the Samsung NV10 a joy to use. “

PCWorld reviews the Samsung NV10 and writes;
“In our lab tests, the NV10’s overall image quality earned a score of only Good. Though its scores for color and exposure accuracy were above average, and its images looked sharp, its downfall was distortion, which our jury noticed in abundance in our test image. Battery life was similarly unimpressive: The NV10 mustered less than 200 shots on a single charge of its lithium ion battery, versus the average of 279..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP have compared the Samsung NV10 to the Canon A640 and the Sony DSC-N2 and write;
“Photo quality on the NV10 was disappointing when compared to that other 10 Megapixel compact cameras (namely the Canon A640 and the Sony DSC-N2). While photos were well exposed most of the time and colors were accurate, the NV10’s photos are noisy, even at ISO 100. And forget higher ISOs — things go downhill quickly. The NV10 also has significant corner blurriness (worse than your typical compact camera) and moderate purple fringing. Redeye was also a big problem (though, to be fair, it is with most cameras in this class).”

Video review by UnbeatableReview

“This is a stylish, well designed camera that looks classy and understated. It’s full of lovely functions meaning you can use it as a novice by aiming and clicking or you could use its manual functions turning it into a sort of SLR camera. The picture quality was excellent and the fact it’s a 10MP digital camera means that you can take photos of up to A3 size. There’s really very little to complain about on this camera and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that other manufacturers ditch the D-pad for this new navigation system.”

PhotographyBlog reviews the Samsung NV10 and writes;
“The Samsung NV10’s image quality is below average. The Samsung NV10’s main drawback in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 200 showing some noise, particularly in shadow areas. The noise gets progressively worse as you go from ISO 200 to ISO 400 and finally the pretty unusable ISO 800 and 1000 settings. The Samsung NV10 didn’t handle chromatic aberrations very well either, however, with purple fringing effects appearing in high contrast situations. The 10 megapixel images were sharp straight out of the camera at the default setting of Normal, and you can change the in-camera sharpening level if you wish.
Rating: ★★★½☆

HardwareZone reviews the Samsung NV10 and writes;
“Overall, the NV10 has a very attention grabbing retro design and we are quite satisfied with the camera’s ergonomics pertaining to the right hand grip design. It is a lovely camera that performs well over our expectations considering that Samsung does not have a long history at making cameras. The NV10 is available now with a RRP of US$338 (S$699). Also in the pipeline from Samsung is the NV7 OPS. Unlike the NV10, it features dedicated anti-shake capabilities via lens compensation which is superior. Do look out for it in our upcoming feature soon. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Samsung NV10 and writes;
“Image quality is also very good. The Schneider-Kreuznach lens lives up to its reputation and produces images that are razor-sharp from corner to corner. There is some barrel distortion at the wide-angle end, but nothing too appalling…Another superb new camera from the most improved camera company in the business. The NV10 combines sleek style, excellent build quality, good performance and innovative design with good photographic results. It is certainly among the best of the 10-megapixel compacts, and good value for money too. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Samsung NV10 and writes;
“For such a small package, it can be surprising how much the Samsung NV10 can actually do. It can record up to an hour of audio, or 10-second clips can be imbedded with images. This can be handy for keeping track of thoughts, locations or names of people in each picture while shooting. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

Video Review by Stuff Magazine

Pocket-Lint have reviewed the Samsung NV10 where they write;
“Manufactures are keen to point out 10 megapixels will give you “plenty of creativity when it comes to cropping”. However so far we’ve yet to see a compact digital camera with 10 megapixels that produces good results without any noise and the Samsung NV10 isn’t the one to break the mould. Nice looking, this camera falls down when it comes to taking pictures and for that reason we can’t recommend it. If you do like the style, and you probably do because it does look nice, opt for the more practical and equally stylish NV3. “

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Samsung NV10 Samples

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Samsung NV10 User Manual

– Download Samsung NV10 User Instructions Manual (English)

Samsung NV10 Press Release

New York, NY – Samsung is proud to announce the newest addition to their technologically advanced and stylish NV Series, the NV10. This 10-megapixel model features the distinctive styling of the NV Series including an innovative touch pad Graphical User Interface (GUI), a sleek, brushed black aluminum body and compact design. The NV10, measuring just .7-inches thick, includes a Schneider 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm equivalent), a 5x digital zoom and a large, 2.5-inch color LCD display.

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One Response to “Samsung NV10”

  1. pETER says:

    Features on this NV10 camera are like those of an SLR. This camera allows me to adjust the ISO, Aperature and exposure settings as well as many other features. I can take B/W pics and more. The camera seem to shut off by itself on ocassion. not sure why. plan to call samsung to find out. The video quality is very good alowing me to shoot XVID mpeg 4 movies that are better than broadcasrt quality at 640 by 480. I think the camera is a bit buggi and a software upgrade from Samsung these issues would be resolved. The camera is very usable even with the bugs. An example of a bug would be that the camera would not take pics at 10 mega pixels in negative mode( that is shooting the pic as a negative) however this worked with 7 MPIX. the B/w and SPIA settings worked fine at 10 MPIX. it dint win the European Compact Camera 2006-2007 by The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). Along with the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) award for nothing.

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