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Samsung NV20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and usability. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions about the color. Opinions are divided on the responsiveness.

design, portability, image quality, usability, lens


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung NV20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 117 reviews)

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Samsung NV20 Review


The Samsung NV20 is the latest addition to Samsung's extensive range of compact digital cameras, slotting straight in at the top of the premium NV range. Offering 12.1 megapixels, a 3x zoom lens equivalent ...

The Samsung NV20 is virtually indistinguisable from the older NV10 model that we reviewed a year ago, both in terms of appearance and features. A premium-level product that is both well made and well thought ...

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Amazon review summary for Samsung NV20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Samsung NV20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, image quality, value for money, low-light, zoom

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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great cam for a great price


this camra is great and all but is lacking the upgrade lense feature that some people really look forward to, but because of that it stays a great slim size. it uses SDHC but most memory cards dont have that high of capacity so carry like two 4 gig...

has alot of good and cool features, as well as its fast paced shooting. has anishake is slim to stick in any pocket, pretty durable dropped mine a couple times only scratches on it. small charging kit comes with it. touch pad idea is great

battery life when using flash isnt the greatest especially since this thing has alot of bells and whistles that light up, the wires for charging it and the wall unit are smaller than most so it makes up for it. the touch pads sometimes get frustrating...


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Samsung NV20 review


This flagship model of Samsung's 'New Vision' range of cameras is characteristically slimline, at just 18.6mm in depth. Frontal high points include a Schneider Kreuznach lens that's resistant to ghosting and flare but prone to a bit of purple fringing...

Vibrant image quality ; Strong build ; Comfortable to use

Controls can feel awkward ; Image noise

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Samsung NV20 digital camera


Is 12 megapixels for a compact possible?

Design, effects mode

It might look good, but in use it's awkward, gimmicky and worse of all the images aren't great

It might look good, but in use it's awkward, gimmicky and worse of all the images aren't great

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Samsung NV20 digital camera review


Samsung has updated its NV10 model with the 12.1 megapixel NV20, but is this a camera that is trying to do too much or are the results amazing? We get snapping to find out. The NV20 is Samsung's first 12-megapixel compact camera with a 2.5-inch LCD...

Design, effects mode

Too many megapixels, washed out colour, control interface

It might look good, but in use it's awkward, gimmicky and worse of all the images aren't great

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Samsung NV 20 Review – 022


The Samsung NV 20 has an elegant jet-black finish with a contoured shell to snuggly fit the hand. If this hasn't already made you envious, then maybe all the other functions this new Samsung has will.

MPEG-4 video ; Easily navigated button system ; Sharp Schneider-Kreuznach lens

Fiddly zoom control ; Raises the ISO before the flash ; Expect grainy results from high ISO

The 12 million pixel, 3x optical zoom Samsung NV 20 is a cute and comfortable digital compact to hold. The shape is elegant and there is no doubt it takes sharp images, thanks to the Schneider-Kreuznach lens. The actual zoom control is a little fiddly...

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Samsung NV20


A cool looking compact with some fab features under the hood

Overall, very good image quality - but the interface is challenging to work with, especially if you're shooting fast

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Samsung NV20


This flagship model of Samsung's 'New Vision' range of cameras is characteristically slimline, at just 18.6mm in depth. Frontal high points include a Schneider Kreuznach lens that's resistant to ghosting and flare but prone to a bit of purple fringing...

Vibrant image quality, Strong build, Comfortable to use

Controls can feel awkward, Image noise

The NV20 seems well built and is comfortable in the hand, especially for such a slim camera, but the Smart Touch controls can feel awkward to use. Image quality is vibrant but at the expense of blown highlights, while noise is a problem, even at the...

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Samsung Digimax NV20


The Samsung Digimax NV20 is a 12 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens. It just about fits into a pocket. In terms of both style and its menu system it is different to many other cameras on the market.

Looks good - feels good it the hand

Noise/pixilation in some pictures - purple fringing in places

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.

Product Specifications

PRODUCT FEATURES: Compensate brightness of objects automatically even in harsh light environment like back-light scene or scene which has too different light contrast between object and background Fast ASR technology prevents the degradation of image clarity and color, which is sometimes found in flash photography. With Fast ASR the effects of image blur are reduced in lower light conditions. You can even take well exposed, sharper pictures in low light conditions without using a flash at all, which guarantees brighter and more natural pictures The high-quality optics in Schneider-KREUZNACH lenses delivers crystal-clear images with every shot. The bright F2.8 lens offers even resolution from the center to the edges. For more natural-looking pictures, each lens surface is multi-coated to minimize the "ghost" or "flare" phenomenon The Royal black, which developed by Samsung design team of NV20, is not just black. It will radiate different colors in middle of Deep Black, Dark Brown and Violet. High glossy finishing of head part will give more luxury feeling With Samsung's unique multi charging system, your travel has become even lighter. You don't have to carry n cradle, AC adapter and power cable for your travel any more. With a multi charge kit, SAC-46Kit (SAC-46, SUC-C2), you can conveniently charge the camera on a power point, your laptop or desktop computer and o data communication between pc and camera simultaneously Samsung NV20, the second generation of NV series is equipped with 12.1-mega pixel CCD respectively Navigating complicated menu systems is a thing of the past! The brilliant Smart Touch user interface makes accessing menu functions and reviewing your images an absolute pleasure. This unique touch-sensitive system gives you easy, intuitive control over the camera, and the large2.5" LCD gives you a real view every time Stable Grip for protection of camera shake, Pop-up Flesh, Blue Ring surrounding Lens barrel and Smart Touch on back are special Icons of Samsung NV series. Those Icons are enough to represent you as most valuable person in the world The NV20 has a built-in Face Recognition AF & AE feature that detects up to nine different faces, enabling you to take perfect portraits of friends and family. In addition to automatically adjusting focus and brightness to optimum levels, this feature also senses and removes red-eye Red-eye Fix for natural, flattering portrait shots a special red-eye fix algorithm on the camera automatically eliminates red-eye from your pictures. You can remove red-eye during image payback, or for even greater convenience, set the camera to automatically detect and eliminate red-eye from your shots as they are taken

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
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.72"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.8 mm ( 1/1.72 ) / 14.8 mm ( 1/1.72" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

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 (3Mpix) / 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