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Samsung NV3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 280 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the screen and usability are overall positive. The image quality and design are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the memory and shutter. Opinions about the viewfinder and battery are different.

portability, design, image quality, usability, screen

responsiveness, color, low-light, shutter, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung NV3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung NV3


What will they think up next? I bet this company really does have its employees working overtime, specifically, the guys in their Think Tank. These days it seems like having a device dedicated to one feature it can perform is a rather lame idea. Hence,...

The bottom line - The Samsung NV3 although sleek and equipped to be used a personal media device for music and movies at a price or approximately Rs. 22,000, considering the performance, I’m gonna have to say thanks but I’ll pass. These days almost...

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Samsung NV3 Digital Camera (7.2MP, 3072x2304, 3x Opt, 15MB Internal Memory, SD/MMC Slot)


The Samsung NV3 ($250 as of February 15, 2007) is more than an inexpensive 7-megapixel camera--it's an elegant-looking multimedia device. Unfortunately, its fashionable appearance turns out to be its best characteristic.

Attractive, thin-profile case ; Plays music through built-in speakers

Image quality is lackluster ; Battery life is below average

The stylish NV3 has built-in speakers and earbuds for listening to music, but battery life and image quality are subpar.

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Samsung NV3 (Black)


The Samsung NV3's stylish, metal, iPod-size body is not even an inch thick and weighs less than six ounces, making it eminently pocketable. Samsung hides stereo speakers under twin metal discs on the camera's top edge. Both the power and...

Solid images; handy media-player functions.

Heavy fringing; awkward movie format in media-player mode; unresponsive zoom rocker.

This camera-cum-media player doesn't excel at any of its functions, but the Samsung NV3 could be a solid choice if you don't want to buy both a camera and an MP3 player.

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Samsung NV3


Not only can you take pictures, you can listen to your favorite music while doing so. The Samsung NV3 is a great choice for the individual who travels a lot, a teenager, and of course, anyone else who enjoys having access to their camera, music,...

Slim design 7.2 mega pixel cameraIncludes MP 3 player3x optical zoom lens2.5 inch LCD screen

Samsung exceeded expectations when they created the Samsung NV3 digital cam

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Samsung NV3 Digital Camera - Express Review


The Samsung NV3 combines a 7.2 megapixel CCD sensor with a Samsung SHD-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 to 114mm equivalent focal range. To compose shots, the slim NV3 skips any optical viewfinder in favor of its large 2.5 inch...

When you do take pictures in either a normal 4:3 or 16:9 wide aspect ratio, the Samsung NV3 has 11 Scene modes to master difficult situations without mastering the intricacies of photography

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Camera Review: Samsung NV3


Camera Review: Samsung NV3CG800256KSamsungNV3If you were asked to design the ultimate pocket-sized point-and-shoot camera, what would you build into it? Would it be a tank-like design? Made of strong, black satin-like heavy gauge stainless steel? Maybe...

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Samsung NV3


Ultimately all the bells and whistles in the world don't matter if the camera's photo quality isn't up to snuff. How does the NV3 compete in the crowded ultra-compact field? Find out now in our review

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Compact, very stylish and well built body ; Large, high resolution 2.5" LCD display (though see issues below) ; Can play movies, MP3s, and text files too ; AF-assist lamp, decent low light focusing ;...

Details a bit muddy; color saturation drops at high ISOs; occasional overexposure ; Redeye a big problem; removal tool does not help ; LCD outdoor visibility isn't the greatest ; No optical viewfinder ; Using ASR (advanced shake reduction) feature...

If you want a stylish, ultra-compact camera that does more than just take pictures than the Samsung NV3 is well worth a look. It's not the best camera in its class, but it's still quite good, and it earns my recommendation.

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Samsung NV3 Digital Camera Review


The Samsung NV3 is one of three digital cameras in the new NV-series.

Very nice looking ; Nice LCD (except for outdoors) ; Good speakers (for a camera!) ; Good focus times and cycle times

Color saturation too high on images ; Controls took a bit to get used to ; Zoom speed too slow

The NV3 has two siblings, the NV7 and NV10. The 7.2 megapixel NV7 has a 7x optical zoom with optical image stabilization and a unique "Smart Touch" user interface. The NV10 features 10.1 megapixels and the new smart touch interface as well

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Samsung NV3


Samsung Camera announces the introduction of the Samsung NV3, one of three new camera models that comprise the revolutionary new Samsung NV series of digital still cameras featuring sleek, stylish designs and high technology. The Samsung NV3 is a 7...

Product Specifications

Don't be fooled by its compact size. The NV3 features seven different and dynamic ways to entertain your senses, whatever your mood. The NV3 is much more than a camera: it answers the needs of consumers who crave for more, combining a more luxurious design and practical multimedia technology. The NV3 is a convergence device, functioning as a high-resolution 7.2 mega-pixel digital camera. It also acts as an MP3 player using a special audio processing chip delivering 3D, Jazz, Rock, and other sound effects; a Portable Multimedia Player that can be connected to an external speaker for realistic movie sounds; a digital camcorder with MPEG-4 TVD & VGA video support for TV quality images; a voice recorder and a Sound clip function to record voice during 10-second self-timer shooting mode; a text viewer for reading text on the LCD or to use as an e-book; and as a portable disk with a 16M built-in memory and external SD card. The NV3 is a truly practical multimedia digital camera, with features to attract the next generation of digital photographers. With Samsung's unique ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) system, 3x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, and 230K 2.5" LCD, the NV3 is a spectacular digital camera in itself. Its multitasking function enables you to listen to music while taking pictures. The NV3 is a thin digital camera at 17.5mm in depth, encased in a black stainless steel body that is scratch and shock resistant. As with the other models in the NV Series, it uses the unique Samsung digital camera blue ring to maintain its identity with the NV range. The NV3 also minimizes zoom noise in movie recording mode enabling sound to be recorded. With AGC (Auto Gain Control) recording technology, the NV3's video quality delivers a real camcorder like experience.

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:15MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.5
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MPEG-4/MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1000 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Frames / Green / Negative / Red / Sepia/Negative / Black & White / Sepia / Blue / Green / Red / Frames
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None