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I got given this camera earlier in the year by someone who decided to upgrade to a more modern compact, never one to turn down a camera I was quite happy to have a new gadget, even if it is an old one! Having never had any kind of Samsung camera before this was a bit of a new experience as it's like no other camera I've ever used.
A bit of specification...
I believe this particular camera was released sometime in 2007 and at the time was a fairly decent specification camera with 10 megapixels, 2.5" LCD screen and a lithium ion battery. The flash pops up on the top when needed, there is a bulged grip on the side for easier handling and there is no viewfinder. Unlike many Samsung's this uses standard SD, not the micro varient - from my experiments at home the camera does not seem to like any of my larger capacity cards, so I've stuck to standard SD ones which are 2gb and below (a 2gb card on here gives me almost 400 photos at full resolution which is more than enough).
I'd say this has aged better than many other digital compacts of the same era - from looks alone I don't think many people would be able to place is as a non current model, indeed it's fairly slim line and stylish, so top marks from this perspective.
Ease of use...
As a professional photographer and camera shop employee, I usually find it very easy to get to grips with the basics of any camera, but this Samsung is unlike anything I've ever used before. There's a mode dial on the top which is nice and simple, neither is the toggle zoom complicated, but what I did find confusing is the square buttons lined up all the way along the bottom and right of the LCD screen. These are touch sensitive and do not need to be depressed in order to have a function ie. when reviewing images taken you run your finger across the base buttons to scroll though the images, when you actually want to select a specific function you press the button that lines up with the display on the screen. It's more stylish looking I suppose, but certainly not the easiest to use or most practical option and seems not to have been a concept that caught on as other manufacturers have shied away from such a design.
Quality of photos and video...
For me the photos are so so - they look excellent on the back of the screen with nice accurate colours and contrast, but when viewed at 100% they're very soft (in my opinion). That said this camera wasn't exactly designed for professional use or exhibition display etc - I've used mine on nights out with friends where I'd be upset if my 'nice' compact was broken or stolen, but wouldn't be fussed about this one and the quality is more than adequate for that purpose. I wouldn't bother using the higher ISO's available - they make the image much 'noisier' while seeming to have little overall added light gathering capacity, I'd advise just using the flash instead. Video wise the resoluation is just 480x640 pixels, which was standard at the time (no HD here) so when viewed on a large screen for playback the results are on the fuzzy side but on youtube at the like it's just fine, with sound quality being fairly decent too.
When the camera was given to me the battery was on its way out - it still worked, but lost charge quickly, however for something 5+ years old this isn't unexpected so I just purchased another. There does seem to be a problem with the flash pop up mechanism - sometimes it comes up just fine, other times the camera is saying it needs\wants flash but it doesn't pop up so I have to coax it along a bit. Half the time it moves with just a light nudge from my finger, other times it needs a good yank! I don't believe the camera to have been dropped so it seems more likely to have been some age related issue with the hinge/spring.
Obviously I got mine for free, but I've had a quick look on amazon marketplace where they currently start from £70, on ebay there aren't many but the ones on there you should be able to pick up for £30 odd complete in box.
A slick, thin, small, fairly lightweight, easy to use camera. Can be as simple as point and shoot but with plenty of further features for the more... advanced photographer!
All my friends have been able to get the hang of user friendly lay-out with-in seconds (as you do when you just have to see the photos instantly)
I think it's important when looking into buying a digital camera not be blinded simply by the amount of mega pixels (although this camera has it in abundance). This camera also has a great lens making it even better for the part-time have-a-go photographer. I just love being able to snap rings around me and worry about the finer details later when editing the photos down to look a bit more presentable for the albums.
(I also love wiping the smile off my brother's face when he produces his showy, "i'm a wannabe professional" camera and then mine produces better quality clearer pictures - at a much more reasonable price!)
Two things that I like Samsung and photography, combine the two and I know I'll be onto a winner. The Samsung NV10 was the first Samsung digital camera that I bought having been using a Samsung Slim Zoom 1150 38mm camera for many happy years.
Samsung had launced the NV series with small compact, sleek black aluminium designs. I had looked at the Canon Ixus but decided to stay loyal and opted for the NV10. It features a 10.1 megapixel, with 3x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, the main difference was the Smart Touch interface which uses 7 buttons underneath and 6 buttons up the right hand side of the 2.5 inch LCD screen. On the screen next to each symbol denoting the function, on pressing the button along the bottom it will bring up available options chosen by the vertical buttons; example pushing flash, will bring up flash, red-eye and off. This doesn't sound that simple, but really once you have picked it up and started using the camera it becomes second nature for adjusting settings. Other functions of the camera are chosen by the simple dial on the top next to power button. The dial lets you choose Auto, Photo Gallery, Movie, Scene (for choosing setting for conditions like night, landscape,beach/snow, dawn, sunset, fireworks etc, Effect (set your colour tints or use a photo frame template), ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction), Manual and Program. The lens is a good quality Schneider-Kreuznach with a built in sheild and motorized drive operated by a thumb lever on back of camera. No need for a viewfinder as framing is done by using the LCD screen.
The built in memory is 20Mb, but the SD card slot provides plenty of expansion options. The bundled software and simple USB plug in download is great and works with all Microsoft Windows/Vista and Apple Mac operating systems.
The battery life is very good and is only really drained by use of the video and playback. My only criticism was the flash, on the NV10 is a flip up design. After a time the pin had damaged so it was in a constantly upright position. This was probably my own fault because I never bought a case for it until I had already used and abused the camera for a couple of years.
The picture quality is excellent, even just reviewing on the LCD screen they look good and you can scroll through them by running your finger over the buttons under the LCD screen. The pictures I have taken have come out really well including night shots, in snow and long distance. Video playback is also good and once uploaded you realise how good the sound quality is as well, in terms of being from such a small microphone and due to its position you need to be careful you don't block it or interfere with the sound.
Overall a great little camera, fantastic point and shoot but with options there if you want to try effects etc. This was the first in a wave of great Samsung cameras and you can pick one up on Amazon for £250, but shop around for the best deal because I paid about £200 for mine back in 2006.
I ended up buying the NV10 instead of the NV11 due to the NV11 being out of stock. This was a good idea! The NV10 features a 10.1mp camera, with 3x optical zoom which produces an amazing quality of pictures. Not only does it produce fantastic pictures, it has a wide variety of functions and not only looks the part, but plays it too.
Picture Quality and Functions
Like I mentioned up above, the picture quality is truly staggering. Your pictures won't become pixelated what so ever even if your at 16x zoom. The camera has several different scene selections which optimise the camera for the certain area and time you are in. For example; Wildlife, Landscape, people, night, dusk etc. These scenes are honestly very helpful and make the pictures miles better, especially on nature pictures. The other camera features include state of the art Advanced shake reduction (ASR) technology which is very helpful if you tend to have shaky hands etc., the video recording function, a 2.5 inch LCD screen and much more.
In terms of picture quality, you really do have to hand it to the camera. It boasts a Schneider lens for fantastic quality, added to this, 10.1 mega pixels, 3x optical zoom and then all the scene technology of the camera. The finished pictures are truly staggering, they could have easily come from a professional camera. Every single detail of the picture is shown, even at the maximum zoom level. If it is quality you are after, then this is the camera to choose.
To go alongside the 2.5 inch LCD display the NV10 also shows off with its touch buttons technology. No more pressing buttons, all you need to do is slide your finger along them. I feel that this part of the camera is the most innovative. Along the bottom of the camera there are 10 touch buttons, and around 5/6 going vertical. The touch buttons make it much easier to view pictures with, although you have to work out what to do first. It took me quite a while to realise that you had to run your fingers along the bottom touch buttons. The advantage of having the touch buttons is that you can flick through pictures at a greater speed. Instead of pressing the one button to go back one picture, you can slide along the 10 buttons and go back 10 pictures.
So overall, the NV10 is a fantastic camera. It scores 10/10 on every front that is needed in a camera; Picture Quality, Style, Technology and Ease of Use.
I very strongly recommend this camera if you will be looking for a new one in the future.
I first purchased this camera a few years ago on a trip to Hong Kong. At the time I was delighted with my purchase and since then if I have really felt the need to upgrade it. I am not really a serious photographer (otherwise I would have invested in an SLR) and I was just looking for something that was capable of taking decent holiday snaps and had a good range of features. I am pleased to say that this camera did not dissapoint. I found the picture quality to be excellent and it has lots of different picture settings, with the ability to record video (no sound when using zoom at the same time though). The one thing I dont like about the camera are the two scroll bars that you use for navigating through the various menus. These are quite difficult to master and very often result in you selecting the wrong option.
I purchased this camera about 2 years ago and must say that I have never had a problem with it. This camera is very efficient, not too expensive, great quality and easy to use.
I can highly recommend this camera for anyone wishing to purchase a digital camera. The NV10 is a 10.1 megapixel camera which is very light and can even fit into your pocket. It displays a wide range of features and scene modes, including; Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach and Snow. It also consists of a 3 X optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach lens, which results in great pictures with great quality.
It also has a 20MB internal memory, and also a slot for a memory card, if you are a big fan of taking photographs!
This camera calso onsists of an anti-shafe feature which is fantastic and really useful.
The battery life (Proprietary Lithium) on the camera is great and it is not that often that I actually have to charge it, unless I am constantly taking photos.
The camera comes with a USB charger, which functions as both a USB and a charger.
I purchased this camera a few months ago and i am very pleased with it, it takes excellent pictures, the macro mode is very good for doing close ups. I read another review of this camera and the person said that it was very difficult to navagate all the menus and to view the pictures that you have taken, this guy has to be doing something wrong as i find it very easy to use, if you purchase a memory card with this and save all your pictures to that they all go to the same folder and you can view them all at once with ease you can view them as thumbnails with about 12 or so on the screen at once of you can view one at a time and then zoom in on the pictures and edit them if you wish (crop, brightness and things) it has lots of preset modes on it too for different types of weather and things (sunsets, fireworks, snow etc). I took this with me on a snowboarding holiday and it held up very well i got it out lots going down the slopes and it got a fair bit of snow and water on it and it kept on going. It also does very good videos with good quality sound for a little camera (sound and video both done with this camera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzFlRiqt4VQ all my videos were done with this). This camera cost me about 185 quid new with a 2GB memory card which i think is pretty good value for what your getting. The buttons that you use to navagate the menus and photos and things are pretty unique too they are touch buttons that you roll your finger across to move things, and they also push in to select things, it makes for very quick selection of options as you don't have to trawl through 50 pages of menus to get to the function you want. It's also all made from metal which gives it a good quality feel and it's one of the best looking compact digital cameras out there.
The features on this camera are pretty spectacular for the money! I purchased a memory card to go with it and the pictures have come out really well.
I am no photographer and want to just be able to make simple adjustments in order to get the best picture. More to the point - I want to be able to see the pictures that I have taken with ease!
Which is where my disappointment with this "high tech" camera comes in!
I have had this camera for about 2 months now and I have probably used it 6-7 times!
The ease of use does not exist. The menus are difficult and the book of instructions - you have to have some sort of special qualification to read!
Try as I might - I cannot simply look at all the pictures I have taken in a straight forward manner. If I take a picture in auto mode, those pictures store under that mode. If I take one under manual mode, they store under manual mode?? But I cannot look at them all at the same time?? God forbid if I put them into a seperate album (of which there are 4) as I cannot see them at all.
Try and get hold of Samsung and it is nigh on impossible.
So the long and short of it is (for me anyway) is that the camera and it's functions are fantastic but try and understand them all and navigate round it - you're having a laugh!!