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Samsung NV7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 246 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and image quality. The design and portability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the contrast and viewfinder, and views about the energy efficiency and color are mixed.

usability, portability, design, image quality, build quality

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung NV7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Samsung NV7 OPS


Samsung's NV7 OPS simply confounds me: for a company to clearly have spent a lot of time working on a novel but quite usable new interface, but implement it in a sluggish camera that produces noisy, overprocessed photos just seems, well, wrong....

Long zoom for its size; pause during movie capture; voice notes

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 Samsung NV7 OPS' novel, engaging interface can't compensate for merely adequate performance and so-so photo quality.

Expert review by:

Samsung NV7


Somewhere between pocket digicam and digital SLR lies the 7.2-megapixel Samsung NV7 OPS. At its heart, the SD card-based NV7 is still a point-and-shoot camera,

Incredibly intuitive control system with no learning curve. Powerful shot management features. All-metal, super-solid construction. Minimal shutter lag of about 0.6 seconds with flash and focus. Nifty in-camera effects, like an animated GIF creator....

Big and heavy. Poorly balanced. Imperfect color and image stabilization in shots. Lens does not retract. Twice the weight of many pocket cams

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Samsung NV7 OPS


Tons of settings and lots of control make this digicam a good upgrade choice, once you figure it out.


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Samsung NV7 OPS


Manual, S Mode : 15 ~ 1/2,000 sec.

Superb build and finish ; Huge feature set in a very compact body ; Extensive photographic controls & some fun features ; Unique styling & user interface ; Bright, punchy, fairly detailed ISO 100 images ; Big, fairly fast (F2.8-4.0) 7x zoom ;...

Excessive noise at ISO 200+, visible noise at ISO 100 ; Smearing of low contrast detail at all ISO settings (Noise Reduction) ; Unimpressive ISO 400-1000 results; suitable only for small prints ; Corner and (mild) edge softness ; Excessive contrast and...

I don't often get excited about new compact cameras when I first see them, but last summer when I got my hands on a (very) early pre-production sample of the NV7 OPS I was genuinely pleased to see a company like Samsung taking the risks with design and...

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Samsung NV7 OPS First Impressions Review


With a unique "Smart Touch" interface, the Samsung NV7 OPS is making waves at Photokina 2006. The 7.2-megapixel digital camera nixes the traditional multi-selector and opts for a more innovative system. It isn't a touch screen and it isn't buttons -...

- Smart Touch interface - High resolution LCD - Includes optical image stabilization - Great movie mode - Interesting effects

- Preproduction model displayed significant color fringing and barrel distortion - Heavy - No print orders - Rickety flash unit

Samsung priced the NV7 at $399 and I can take plenty of guesses why. Perhaps it's the 7.2-megapixel image sensor. Perhaps it is the high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD screen with the groundbreaking Smart Touch interface. Maybe it is the 7x optical zoom lens...

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Samsung NV7 OPS


Not yet reviewed.

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Samsung NV7 Review


The Samsung NV7 is part of Samsung's new NV range of compact digital cameras. Offering 7.2 megapixels, a 7x zoom lens equivalent to 38-270mm, optical image stabilisation, ISO 100-1000 and and...

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Samsung NV7 OPS


In playback mode these buttons work as a sort of "scroll wheel" -- just run your fingers across the button buttons to move between photos. Sometimes the buttons are too sensitive (like when browsing photos) and sometimes not sensitive enough (like when...

Good value for the money ; Very stylish design, one of a kind; great build quality, save for the battery/memory compartment cover ; Optical image stabilization (though see issues below) ; Large, high resolution 2.5" LCD display (though see issues...

Images are noisy and plagued by noise reduction artifacts, even at low ISOs ; Redeye a big problem ; User interface can be frustrating; sometimes too sensitive, other times not sensitive enough; simple tasks take to long to accomplish ; Poor battery...

The Samsung NV7 OPS is a camera with a lot of nice features that ultimately is as let down for reasons I listed earlier. If you are intrigued by its design and features and will be sticking to small prints then it may be worth a look (just buy a spare...

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Samsung NV7 Digital Camera


The first thing I noticed on the NV7 is the rather large lens piece; very impressive. Often overlooked on cameras in this segment is what I consider to be among the most vital aspect - Glass - its ability to accurately and abundantly allow light...

If you want to simply use it as a "point and shoot" camera for sending e-photo's, then the NV7 is worth a look as a it comes in at a competitive price, decent image quality and is very intuitive to use.

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Should be better


The style and the build quality of this thing is great. Its built like a tank and has some fun features.However I cant hear a thing because all of the NOISE. Wow noise, I have messed with the settings a ton and cant get rid of it even with a ton of...

Build Quality

Noise and Noise

Product Specifications

With a state-of-the-art zoom and the unshakable ability to capture a dynamic moment in time, the NV7 OPS produces an image as refined as its design. The desire for a more advanced photographic experience has been answered by the NV7 OPS, the first model of the NV Series. The 7.2 mega-pixel NV7 OPS with 1/2.5" CCD and 7x optical zoom uses the ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) system that is unique to Samsung, in addition to brand new OPS (Optical Picture Stabilization) technology for double anti-shake protection. These combined technologies enable you to take clear and natural pictures anywhere and in lower light conditions without using a flash. Innovatively-designed the NV7 OPS comes in a 20.9mm thin black aluminum body with a lens barrel using Samsung's unique blue ring and a pop-up flash. The lens barrel is a clue to the high quality picture taking experience the NV7 OPS offers. Optical capability to take scenery, sports, or other challenging shots, and its innovative UI is expected to attract enthusiasts and those looking for an advanced and easy-to-use camera. The NV7 OPS' Motion Capture option offers up to 20 XGA (1024x768) pictures at 7fps and up to 50 images can be turned into GIF Animation, great for analyzing that golf swing.

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 / 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

Exposure Parameters

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


Model:NV7 OPS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:44.7mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:7
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size: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

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type: None