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Samsung NV30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and design. The responsiveness and usability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the zoom and memory.

performance, usability, responsiveness, design, screen

memory, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung NV30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung NV30 photo camera review


Do you remember what peoples attitude to photo cameras was before? When there were no digital cameras? A person with photo camera was almost an artist for people and at that with a technical grounding. Photo techniques took respect and knowledge of the...

In spite of some disputable decisions, for example touch control keys, I liked the camera: its functional and ergonomics as well as the pictures quality and exposure automatics. The camera does not practically make mistakes in balance of white and it...

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Samsung NV30


The Samsung NV30 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 3x Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan branded optical zoom lens (37mm - 111mm). The NV30 features a lens with built in optical image stabilization as well as software based anti-shake technology …...

These new NV cameras also have 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...

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Samsung NV30 Reviews and Resources


The NV30 also offers Dual Image Stabilization, which combines Samsung's Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) with Digital Image Stabilization (DIS). When selected, the two work simultaneously to curb shake-induced blur in your photos.

Stay tuned to this page for the latest news and reviews on the Samsung NV30 as they arrive.


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Radeon 9700 and NV30 technology explored


Today we take a look at the next-generation graphics chips from ATI and NVIDIA....

We've talked about NV30's potential leg up on ATI's R300. ATI's advantage right now is much simpler: they have a great chip ready to roll immediately. The Radeon 9700 should simply outclass anything else on the market by miles when it hits store...

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Samsung NV30


PROS - Very good image quality. - Very fast and easy to use. - Good lens (Schneider). - IS. - Sharp pictures. - Aluminum body. - Strong flash. - Smart touch interface. - Face Detection.

CONS ; Only 3x optical zoom ; In manual mode, onyl 2 aperture control (2.8 and 7.0) ; Blurry LCD

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Amazon review summary for Samsung NV30


alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Samsung NV30 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

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97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Good quality picture, would be good camera for the price if external memory card was included

Does not have enough internal memory, led to believe that it was more than 20mb but that is all it has. This camera holds only 10 pictures without purchasing an external memory card


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Samsung NV30


The latest NV compact packs in a lot of technology for the price.

The Samsung NV30 is a very nice little camera, but with a few limitations. It is very well made, handles well and performs quickly and reliably, with especially impressive low-light performance. Picture quality under most circumstances is very good,...

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Samsung NV30 Digital Camera


Shape and size wise this is very similar to other offerings from the ‘NV' range previously reviewed. However this unit has not one wheel on the top but two enabling far more choices to be made quickly without delving.

The Samsung NV30 compact digital camera measures 9.5x6x2cm and uses the same system of grid buttons around the TFT to get to the various settings, strange initially but in fact far easier when you are used to it. The TFT is 5x3.8cm and to the right of...

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Samsung NV30


The Samsung NV30 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 3x Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan branded 3x optical zoom lens. The NV30 features a lens with built in optical image stabilization as well as software based anti-shake technology (for both movie...

The NV30 features a lens with built in optical image stabilization as well as software based anti-shake technology (for both movie and still images)


Product Specifications

A premium camera with NV-specific delicate design for user convenience. Blue Ring in stylish colors, design oriented, user-oriented Smart Touch UI, secure feel grip, NV with stylish design is focused on user-oriented functions and secure grip. The unique NV design ensures firm grip, minimizing hand-shakes occurring when shots are taken with the camera being hand held. A contoured grip design and an anti-slip rubber component give the firm grip feel. Ergonomic product design allows reliable operation of the camera with shutter button and mode dial. High picture quality is obtained by employing an 8.1 mega pixel 1/2.5" high resolution CCD sensor. Clear picture quality can be achieved even for images larger than A2. A robust mounted image processor allows for rich gradation, fast and high quality picture processing. The newly designed 3x optical zoom (37-111 mm at 35 mm) supports rich expression of pictures. World's top class Schneider lens completely prevents all chromatic aberration and distortion that occur with lens. The specially designed combination of a non-spherical lens and a low dispersion lens allows for rich expression of high resolution images. With lens-shift method Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), hand shakes are completely controlled without image degradation in poor light conditions. Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) that is fully implemented in terms of image processing speed and picture quality. Concurrent use of OIS and DIS correction of hand-shakes ensures clear picture quality in any shooting condition. The face detection function is the latest technology of automatically detecting the face in the frame. When the function is activated, the focus and brightness are automatically set by the face detection function, so that the user does not have to manually focus. Up to 9 faces detected. Simple shooting of people as the camera automatically detects the face. A brand new Smart Touch interface intended for intuitive and quick menu access is supported by employing special UI for the NV series. Touch key function buttons arranged in 'L' shape ensures seamless setup of menus and functions. This function enables users to conveniently select and control functions using horizontal and vertical keys

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung SLB-1137D

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus/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/Landscape / Portrait mode / Night mode / Text / Close-up / Back light / Beach/snow / Self-portrait / Children / Food / Fireworks / Dawn/dusk / Sunset / Cafe


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:18.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:8.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MPEG-4/MPEG-4 / AVI
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto / ISO 3200 (3Mpix)/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (3Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Calm / Classic / Color Filter / Cool / Forest / Frames / Green / Negative / Neutral / Noise / Red / Retro / Sepia / Soft / Vivid/Soft / Cool / Negative / Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Vivid / Blue / Green / Red / Noise / Frames / Color Filter / Calm / Classic / Forest / Retro
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None