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I've owned one of these cameras for a few years now. I bought it quite soon after it was released as it had the highest megapixels and spec for a compact digital camera.
Even now, a few years later its spec is comparable to most other cameras.
If you are looking for a camera to 'lug around', this is it. It's got a metal case which can take bumps and scuffs over time without any problem. Everything about it has a solid feel. It's not the lightest, but is still absolutely fine to pop in your pocket and not notice really. The lens is well protected and the LCD screen isn't prone to scratches or marks.
This is where is takes a little getting used to. You don't have a touch screen, but you do get a row of horizontal and vertical buttons on the back. These are used to select the various functions and settings (the buttons line up to what is being displayed on the screen above them or to the side). It's hard to describe so take a look at a google image to look for yourself.
The zoom function is via a small horizontal switch that is ideally placed for your thumb and works well.
The photo button on top allows you to 'squeeze' to focus and then press down to take, which also works well but it's close to the power button and so anyone using this camera for the first time normal switches it off rather than take a photo! bear that in mind when asking someone to take a photo of you.
Quality of photo and performance.
In good light conditions and when using a tripod in manual mode without a flash on non-moving scenes the quality of colour and depth is excellent. It doesn't perform as well in low light and when you have to use the flash it takes all the depth and depth of colour from a scene. It depends on what you are shooting, family photos or other general use will be fine but for anything else you might get frustrated with the results. This is the case with all compact cameras like this though to be honest; it's not a specific criticism of the Samsung.
The flash pop ups when in auto mode and the light is low, or you can set things up manually.
Battery life is also excellent, which is built in but can be removed. I charge it via a usb lead which is supplied.
It has a wealth of features and you can control the camera in manual mode to change just about everything. It also has a macro mode for close ups of things like flowers etc. The mode will be useful for anyone selling small items for ebay etc where you need close up detail. Anyone looking to take professional looking photo's in good light or alternatively in lower light conditions using a tripod and non moving subjects will be pleased with the results.
It has many other decent features so shoot in most conditions and lots of settings for those who want more than just point-and-shoot, which is does equally well.
Overall, a decent choice of camera that maybe doesn't perform as well as I'd hoped in low light. I have been happy with it though and until it gives up the ghost, I'm sticking with it.
I bought this camera around 3 years ago now and it has by far been the best camera I have owned.
The camera is made of a metal case and feels very sturdy and has a good quality feel compared to some more plasticy feeling cameras. It is quite compact and light and easy to carry around in your pocket or a small bag.
The camera is charged by a built in battery that you can charge on your computer or plugged into a wall socket. The battery seems to last forever and It hasn't run out on me whilst out and about yet.
I have taken some really nice photos using the camera, there is a huge range of special features for all types of ability levels. You can shut off all of the automatic features and manually control everything or you can let the camera do all of that for you. My partner is an avid marathon runner and the fast shot feature is excellent as it takes lots of pictures at the touch of a button so you can choose from the best one. Camera also features red eye reduction and different fun background images you can add to your shots.
Ease of use
There are alot of features on here that you would probably never use (i haven't used most of them) but it is not overly complicated to use. everything is controlled by scrolling the buttons near the lcd screen and is fairly self explanitory.
Advantages: 12 . 1 million pixels, 3x Optical zoom, Fast ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction), touch buttons and so on
Disadvantages: the only one I can think of is that the flash pops out instantly when needed but it does not retract by itself so if you don't want to use the flash you have to push it down manually
I purchased the Samsung NV20 because I had another digital camera that had a very odd batteries which were pretty hard to find in shops.
The camera has a great design it's fairly light and the quality of the pictures are just fantastic. It's a sleek black camera with 12.1 million pixels, touch buttons which at the beginning may look complicated to use but once you get the hang of it it becomes easy and simple.
It has MPEG-4 video mode with a recording time max. 4Gb or 6 hours.
You can take single photos or just keep your finger on the shooting button and it will keep taking continuous pictures which is a great feature as you can make really funny photos. The quality on continuous picture is not as good as when taking single photos but it is good enough. There are several scenes as well that you can put as background: night, portrait, children, landscape, biz, close-up, text, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach and snow, self-shot, food and cafe
Overall the Samsung NV20 is a great digital camera, fantastic picture quality simple and easy to use with many many features that allow us to make funny photos. All these features are available and can be seen on the screen at the flick of a button
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