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Samsung NV15

alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the value for money and image quality. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and flash. Comments about the screen and responsiveness are mixed.

usability, design, portability, image quality, value for money

flash, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung NV15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung NV15


Just like its predecessor, the NV15 is slim enough (97 x 60 x 19 mm) to fit into any pocket with ease. It's a bit on the heavier side because of its all-metal body, but that's not really worth your concern.

Overall the NV15 makes a great family/vacation camera at Rs 17,990 (street price with bill and warranty). Its small, easy to use, packed with fun features, and gives great results. So long as you don't expect any manual functionality, you'll be more...

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Samsung NV15


In the Summer of 2007, Samsung added three new models to the stylish NV series of digital cameras.The NV line is known for it's elegant design, innovative Smart Touch interface, premium Schneider optics, Advanced Shake Reduction and Face Detection...

That's not to say the NV15 is just a fashion statement - it's packed with advanced, innovative ideas. The most prominent feature is a Schneider-KREUZNACH zoom Lens. Each surface of this lens is multi-coated to minimize "ghost" or "flare" artifacts. The...

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Samsung NV15 Review


One of three mildly updated additions to Samsung's premium NV series, the sleek NV15 is a super-compact offering a features set that moves well beyond point-and-shoot expectations.

Great high-end styling and super-solid construction ; Enough features to keep most people happy for a long time ; Warm, vibrant image color ; The Smart Touch interface (if you love it)

Some serious image quality concerns ; Limited battery life and an awkward charging arrangement ; Dodgy auto-focus system ; The Smart Touch interface (if you hate it)

uses Secure Digital external memory, supporting both standard SD cards and newer, high-capacity SDHC formats up to four gigabytes. At its highest image quality settings, the NV15 fills up a 1 GB card in about 200 shots


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Best Camera For the Price


Overall hands down this is the best camera I have used besides my SLR's , For the price this is a all in one camera with a 10 Mega pixel resolution you cannot ask for more. This camera has a ton of features and modes but do not be afraid after playing...

Easy to use , Awesome picture quality , Small But Powerful camera , Sleek Design Sturdy Solid , Rechargeable Battery Long Battery life

Flip Up flash

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Samsung NV15


Excellent metallic body and good picture quality. Unique system of highlight buttons takes some learning but works well when you are up to speed.

Secondary reason for buying this camera was for the AVI/MPEG4 movie mode enabling me to only take one shirt-pocket sized camera on holidays i.e. for stills and movies. Very disappointing in that the red vertical streaking prevalent in similar cameras...

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Samsung NV15


I have recently bought NV15 and made about 300 shots. It is very nice dcam with good quality and excellent design. Especially I like smart buttons which are extremely user friendly.

Unfortunately, there was a technical problem. After my last shot the lens did not retract nor expand and remained in the middle position.So, I can't make any shots now. Perhaps I bought rejected camera.

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Owners Opinion: Samsung NV15 (Vincent Anthony, 3 Jan 08)


For $169 USD, you can't get a better compact digital camera. You'll be paying a lot more for the same features in a Nikon or Canon point and shoot & get it in an ugly silver plastic body. This camera feels like a rock with its metal body. Image...


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Owners Opinion: Samsung NV15 (Ray_man, 1 Nov 07)


What great build quality & performance. Coming from a DSLR background and having used digicams for over a decade, I'm quite pleased with the NV15. I shoot mostly w/ a Nikon D70 with a plethora of pro lenses. While the NV15 doesn't offer the same level...

About the only problem I've had to contend with is the noise at higher ISO levels (400+) ; Feature enhancements I'd like to see include ; The Auto ISO that allows you to define the Max ISO it move to ; Auto flash close/retraction. I've read about the...

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Owners Opinion: Samsung NV15 (K1000Photographer, 12 Oct 07)


This is in no way a "me too" camera. It is so different from the norm that it is quite a gamble for Samsung. The solid, mini rangefinder look they went after is magnificent. The menu system and usability are so different yet a head above anything I...

The wrist strap is too long. That actually is my biggest problem, so I really can not complain

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Amazon review summary for Samsung NV15


alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Samsung NV15 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, design, portability, image quality, value for money

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung Digimax NV15 10.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Advanced Shake Reduction Optical Zoom

Product Specifications

For outstanding image quality NV15 features premium Schneider optics with a 3x optical zoom. On the back of the camera's brushed, stainless steel bodies, lies Samsung's Smart Touch user interface. Smart Touch enables easy navigation of the camera's comprehensive feature sets by simply sliding a finger across the control buttons positioned around the 2.5" LCD screen. The NV15 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. This camera features 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung SLB-0837

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Cafe / Children / Close-up / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Food / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sunset / Text


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:21.9mm
Min Focal Length:7.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Animation / Black & White / Blue / Custom Effect / Frames / Green / Negative / Red / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None