Samsung NV20

Last update: Review by ThinkCamera (01 May’08)

The Samsung NV20 is a point-and-shoot digital camera features 12.1 megapixels CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 34-102mm), Fast Advanced Shake Reduction (Fast ASR), Innovative User Interface “Smart Touch”, Face Detection AF & AE, ISO 80-3200, and a 2.5″ color TFT LCD screen. The camera measures 96.5 x 60 x 18.6 mm and it weighs 151.7g.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Samsung NV20 Reviews

ThinkCamera reviews the Samsung NV20 and writes;
“Priced around the £150 mark with a sturdy body and a lithium ion battery makes it extremely competitive…And, as long as you stay below ISO200, that’s exactly what it is!”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Samsung NV20 and writes;
“This camera just falls short when it comes to picture quality. If it could improve by a few percentage points in key areas it would be a very useful camera. It has a unique design and style. There is also a basic manual exposure mode.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCW reviews the Samsung NV20 and writes;
“Pros: Build quality; innovative user interface; good-quality photos. Cons: No optical viewfinder; mediocre face-detection; no optical stabilisation. Overall: Well-made; offers a go”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Unbeatable reviews the Samsung NV20 and writes;
“The Samsung NV20 is a thoughtfully made digital camera that has many impressive features to assist in creating superb images. There are a few minor flaws that can be improved upon given a bit of time and effort, but overall the NV20 produces some great results and is a strong and solid, as well as attractive, camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Samsung NV20 and writes;
“Overall we weren’t that impressed by the NV20, it might look good, but in use it’s awkward, gimmicky and worse of all the images aren’t great. Like the NV10 before its Nice looks don’t cover up its failings, and it’s a shame to see Samsung hasn’t learnt from its mistakes first time around.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

Samsung NV20 Samples

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Samsung NV20 User Manual (PDF)

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Samsung NV20 Press Release

Samsung Camera today introduced three new models to its revolutionary NV series of advanced point & shoot digital cameras – the eight mega pixel NV8, 10 mega pixel NV15 and 12 mega pixel NV20. All three new cameras feature the sleek, elegant design and innovative Smart Touch interface that have become the hallmarks of the NV Series, and set the camera family apart from competitive offerings in the market.

New Image outstanding image quality, the NV8, NV15 and NV20 feature premium Schneider optics with a 3x optical zoom. On the back of the cameras’ brushed black, stainless steel bodies, lies Samsung’s Smart Touch user interface. Smart Touch enables easy navigation of the cameras’ comprehensive feature sets by simply sliding a finger across the control buttons positioned around the cameras’ 2.5″ LCD screens.

The NV8, NV15 and NV20 represent the next generation of Samsung’s award-winning NV series of digital cameras “The NV8, NV15 and NV20 represent the next generation of Samsung’s award-winning NV series of digital cameras,” said Stewart Henderson, Vice President Marketing, Samsung Opto-Electronics America. “This is not your typical family of point-and-shoot digital cameras. At Samsung, we take great pride in the NV series because of the firsts that it brings to market, including our revolutionary Smart Touch interface, as well as the WOW factor that makes the cameras stand out from the crowd. Packed to the brim with advanced, innovative features, the NV8, NV15 and NV20 are targeted towards the experienced digital camera owner looking for a step up model that breaks free of the ‘me-too’ look and feel that many manufacturers often follow,” concluded Mr. Henderson.

Tthe NV8, NV15 and NV20 can also shoot at ISO 3200, and boast an improved Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) feature as well as Samsung’s new Auto Contrast Balance (ACB) and Image Noise Reduction modes. ACB automatically adjusts the brightness of subjects composed in harsh lighting, such as those that are back-lit, and the Image Noise Reduction helps limit the amount of noise in captured images, especially those shot at higher ISO settings. No matter what lighting environment shooters find themselves in, they can rest assured that the NV8, NV15 and NV20 will deliver uncompromising results.

All three new cameras feature Samsung’s Face Detection technology, which makes taking pictures of family and friends a snap. Samsung’s Face Detection feature detects up to nine faces and automatically adjusts focus and exposure to ensure better composition and image quality. Additionally, with 14 scene modes to choose from, including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Café, Food, and Self-Shot, shooters can effortlessly adjust the camera and capture the best image possible in any setting. All images can be saved to each of the cameras’ 20MB of internal memory or to an external SDHC/SD card with a guaranteed maximum of 8GB.

The NV8, NV15 and NV20 also include a high-resolution movie mode, with the ability to record at VGA resolution (640×480) at a maximum frame rate of 30fps. Shooters can also take advantage of the cameras’ movie stabilizers and 3x optical zooms while recording video and with Samsung’s Successive Recording mode, can pause, and then resume filming without having to save the clips as individual files.

NV20: $399 MSRP – available Fall 2007

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