Samsung NV7 OPS

Last Update: Video Review by TigerDirect (15 October’07)

Samsung NV7 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 05.07.06) with 7.2 megapixel CCD sensor, 7x optical zoom (equivalent to 38 – 270 mm in 35 mm format), Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR), text Recognition, a feature unique to Samsung digital still cameras, allows users to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from the image taken using the bundled Digimax Reader text recognition software, and a 2.5″ LCD screen display. The Samsung NV7 will be available in stores from Fall of 2006 with an estimated retail price of $449.99 USD.

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

Samsung NV7 OPS Reviews

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Samsung NV7 OPS video review by TigerDirect;

CNET reviews the Samsung NV7 OPS and writes;
“The good: Long zoom for its size; pause during movie capture; voice notes. The bad: No optical viewfinder; LCD washes out and has narrow viewing angle; all-around noisy photos with poor white balance; camera automatically mutes audio while zooming in movies. The bottom line: The Samsung NV7 OPS’ novel, engaging interface can’t compensate for merely adequate performance and so-so photo quality. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

LaptopMag reviews the Samsung NV7 OPS and writes;
“On the plus side, the Night and Super Macro modes performed very well, and once we tweaked a few settings, we were able to capture some good photos. The 7X optical zoom is one of the highlights of the NV7 OPS. While it adds to the camera’s bulk, it also got us very close to a building across the street without sacrificing quality…Overall, the Samsung NV7 OPS feels solid and produces decent images in most situations, although its interface involves a bit of a learning curve. If you’re not quite ready for a DSLR, however, this digicam is worth a look.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DigicamReview reviews the Samsung NV7 OPS and writes;
“Sometimes a little bit of noise is acceptable, especially if you can use the lowest ISO setting for noise free photos, but the NV7 features noise even when using ISO100. The “Smart Touch” interface is an interesting idea, but whilst it was designed to make using the camera easier, none of the buttons are labelled, and I found the controls fiddly and difficult to use, meaning even the simplest of changes were time consuming. The camera has appealing features, such as CCD-shift image stabilisation, a 7x optical zoom lens, however, it also has a number of annoying faults: for example optical image stabilisation is off by default, the lens is rather bulky meaning the camera is difficult to fit in your pocket, noise is visible at all ISO settings, and battery life is disappointingly short. Overall, it makes it difficult to recommend this camera. It produces bright colourful images, and is fairly speedy in operation, but I found it annoying and awkward to use, even after several weeks of trying to get used to the user interface.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ThinkCamera has reviewed the Samsung NV7 OPS and writes;
“With all the extra featureson the Samsung NV7 the battery life suffers. I got a measly 40 photos before it conked out on me, which is disappointing to say the least. I know, in the “old” days we went out with a 36 exposure film and came back with some unused. But nowadays you would expect to be able to take at least 100 photos on one charge. I suspect it was down to me trying out the OPS, playing back the photos on the LCD and using the flash quite a lot.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCRP has reviewed the Samsung NV7 OPS writes;
“Overall I was a bit disappointed with the photo quality on the NV7 OPS. While photos were well-exposed with pleasing, saturated colors, there is way too much noise and noise reduction artifacting compared to other cameras in this class — even at ISO 100. The noise reduction is especially annoying, as it destroys details and leaves solid areas (like sky or water) looking mottled. For this reason you want to keep the ISO as close to 100 as possible, as things get worse quickly as the sensitivity goes up. None of this matters if you’re sticking to small prints, but if you’re planning on doing larger prints (8 x 10 or above) or viewing at 100% on screen, you will do better looking at another camera.”

CEN has reviewed the Samsung NV7 OPS writes;
“The menuing system has been pulled out behind the four button curtain and is unique and easy to use. It has many features that set it apart from other cameras in its price range….If you are looking for a digital camera that is compact and will fit into your shirt pocket, this model is not it. Likewise, if you want a camera that has a lens that retracts into the body, you’ll have to look elsewhere, perhaps the NV10 in Samsung’s line. In all, the feature set to the NV7 is deep, yet accessing those features is very easy, thanks to its original, unique menuing interface. Highly Recommended.”

ePhotozine reviewed the Samsung NV7 OPS and wrote;
“Handling and overall control is superb, but that lens does make it awkward to just slip into a pocket. The benefit of the lens is that images are nice and sharp throughout, but image quality really is not great, with noticable variations and artefacts even at ISO100. That said, flash produces very nice tones in portraits, the macro function is brilliant and the button-LCD system enables the camera to be used without ever reading the manual. The NV7 has a real quality look and feel. If handling and looks are more important than outright image quality, then this is a unique and spectacular compact camera. If you are intending to print your images large though, this is perhaps not the camera for you. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviewed the Samsung NV7 OPS and wrote;
“The Samsung NV7 is a premium-level product that is both well made and well thought out, with a unique menu interface that makes the camera easier to understand and navigate than a conventional system. The Samsung NV7 really does look and feel different to most other cameras out there and is superbly designed and built. The 7x zoom lens opens up a wealth of photographic opportunities and is coupled with an effective image stabilisation system, although that fact that its turned off by default whenever you power-down the camera is puzzling to say the least. So, as with the NV10 that we reviewed a couple of weeks ago, the Samsung NV7 offers a truly unique user experience, but sadly the images that it produces do not match the high quality of the rest of the camera. Thankfully the purple fringing problem that plagued the NV10 has been largely cured on this camera, but the NV7 is still as noisy, with even the slowest speed of ISO 100 displaying some noise. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET Asia reviewed the Samsung NV7 OPS and wrote;
“The NV7 took 2 seconds to power up and another 1.8 seconds to shut down. It captured its first shot at a disappointing 3.2 seconds, which means you could have already missed an impromptu shot if your camera was in the off position…There are five selectable sensitivity settings on the NV7. At ISO 100 our shots were rather clean, but noise began to creep in at ISO 200 and became visibly noticeable at ISO 400. The discerning difference came at ISO 800 where there was a sharp drop in image quality and color and our test shots looked like they were covered with a layer of sand. Even in our real-world shots at the lowest ISO setting, we could still see noise at 100-percent magnification.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Samsung NV7 OPS Samples

Samsung NV7 OPS Sample Photos posted @ DigicamReview
Samsung NV7 OPS Sample Photos posted @ DCRP
Samsung NV7 OPS Sample Photos posted @ CEN
Samsung NV7 OPS Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog

Samsung NV7 OPS User Manuals (PDF)

– Download Samsung NV7 OPS User Manual (English)
– Download Samsung NV7 OPS User Manual (Spanish)

Samsung NV7 OPS Press Release

New York, NY – Samsung Camera is pleased to announced a breakthrough in digital camera design with the launch of the NV7 OPS. Part of Samsung’s new NV Series, the seven-megapixel NV7 OPS has effectively created a new “slim-bridge” product category, packing an extraordinary 7x Optical zoom into a super-slim body measuring just 4.2″ x 2.5″ x .8″. This innovative and unique model also features two types of image stabilization – Optical Picture Stabilization, which physically adjusts the CCD to combat handshake and Samsung’s Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR), electronic image stabilization to ensure a steady, crystal-clear shot in almost any shooting condition.

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