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Samsung NV3 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 9.20 (out of 10)
Review: "The Samsung NV3 is a slim-line digital camera that offers a whopping 7 megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom and a large clear bright (even in direct sunlight) 2.5 inch display. Replacing the company's current i6 model the camera goes to town on the multimedia functionality like you've never seen before. It seems no longer can a camera be just that: the NV3 sports an MP3, video and text player to entertain you while you're not capturing your holiday.

The NV3 is a killer camera that oozes style and performance. The 7 megapixel resolution is a bit of an overkill in our mind, however the image quality is second to none. Better still with a sub-£250 price tag ($349.99 U.S.) it's affordable too."

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Digital Camera Review 8.00  09-05-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Samsung NV3 is one of three digital cameras in the new NV-series. The new cameras have fresh new looks from Samsung and have unique feature sets. The ultra compact NV3 has a 7.1 megapixel sensor, a 2.5 inch screen and a 3x optical zoom. It also acts as a personal media player, allowing you to play mp3 files on the built-in stereo speakers or viewing movie files that you've downloaded to the camera.

While image quality, in my opinion, is average, the multimedia capabilities of the camera are attractive, so make sure you consider them if you're considering this camera. The stereo speakers are quite powerful, for being so small, and the included ear buds ensure that you're all set to listen right out of the box."

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Tech Digest 8.00  09-10-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Yes, that's the Samsung NV3, as in eNVy. Strangely, on the box the tagline is "A digital camera that others can only envy" which seems to refer directly to Samsung's competitors, rather than consumers. Odd. The idea behind this one is that it's not just a digital camera, and a 7.2 megapixel camera at that, but it's also a media player. It takes music, text and movies for you to turn it into an all singing all dancing media player.

For £190, this is a really nice compact camera. The number of megapixels means that you can always be sure of getting a high quality picture, and there are enough features to make the most of what you've got. Whether it would ever be used as a media player as they intend is up for debate. Personally, I think it's trying to do everything, and not succeeding in many, and would never replace my other devices with this alone. But if you're pushed for space, or want to minimise luggage, it might just work."

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Trusted Reviews 8.00  09-06-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The NV3 is more than just a camera; it can also play MP3 music, XviD MPEG4 movies and can even be used for reading text files, although why anyone would want to do any of these things on a camera escapes me. It has to be said that the sound quality of the MP3 playback isn’t brilliant even with the supplied headphones, and the sound quality of the movie clips (or at least the sample Korean rap video provided) was fairly terrible. Although it has a 2.5 inch screen with a good resolution of 230k pixels, it is too small to comfortably watch movies on.

The Samsung NV3 is an odd little camera, but a good one. It is beautifully designed, extremely well made, handles comfortably and performs well photographically, although the “bonus extras” of MP3 and MPEG4 playback, and especially the text viewer, are really nothing special. However, at well under £200 it can afford a few quirks, and it’s certainly pretty enough to get away with it."
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Imaging-Resource 7.50  11-06-06 Read Full Review
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 LCD display. Images are stored on Secure Digital/MultiMediaCards, or in 16MB of internal memory.

In short, the Samsung NV3 is a stunning camera design with only average photographic performance. We wish more cameras were designed with this kind of elegance and style, but until the NV-series can deliver images of the quality suggested by that gorgeous exterior, we'll reserve Dave's Pick status for the cameras with imaging beauty on the inside as well as outside."

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DigiCam Review 5.00  11-13-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The NV3 is the "world's second" PMP (Portable Media Player) digital camera - the camera will play Xvid MPEG4 videos on it's 2.5" screen. The camera also features MP3 playback with stereo speakers built into the camera. The NV3 is a 7.2 megapixel digital camera with a high resolution 2.5" screen, and a 3x optical zoom lens.

..Overall the Samsung NV3 (like the Digimax i6 before it) is a great ultra compact digital camera. It provides generally good image quality with very richly saturated colors, has a great screen, and a built in 3x optical zoom lens. The camera is easy to use and it feels well built..."

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DCResource 2.92  08-23-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The NV3 is the ultra-compact of the bunch, offering a stylish metal body, a 7 Megapixel CCD, a 3X zoom lens, and a 2.5" LCD display. The NV3 isn't just a camera, though. It's also a PMP - portable media player - and it can play MP3 music files as well as videos (that must be converted into a special format). In other words, this isn't your typical ultra-compact camera.

As I mentioned, the NV3 isn't just a digital camera - it's also a portable media player. On the camera side you'll find all the usual point-and-shoot features, plus a digital anti-shake mode (which seems to work), built-in color filters, and a redeye reduction tool (which does not seem to work). The camera doesn't have any manual controls, save for shutter speed and aperture controls while in the night scene mode. The NV3's movie mode is quite nice, with the ability record widescreen movies (at 20 fps) or regular VGA-sized movies (at 30 fps) with sound. The zoom lens is active during movie recording."

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CNET Reviews -----  08-23-06 Read Full Review
Review: "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 shutter-release buttons, also atop the camera, are smaller than the speakers, and it might take a few tries before you train yourself not to press the speakers.

Despite some image flaws, the NV3's photos turned out quite well. Noise was nearly nonexistent in the lower ISO settings, becoming a heavy but even grain around ISO 800. We noticed a significant amount of purple fringing along the edges of certain objects, probably due to the camera's less-than-primo lens. The NV3's images look decent and will provide acceptable prints, but expect a noticeable halo around contrasting edges."

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TechTree -----  04-02-07 Read Full Review
Review Summary: More than a camera, the Samsung NV3 resembles a sculpture or a work of art. It's an ultra compact design metal case with a matte black paint and brushed metal finish sporting a 7.0 Megapixel sensor, 3x Optical zoom, 5x Digital zoom, a PMP player and a text file reader. The NV3 also has digital camcorder functionality with MPEG-4 TVD (720x480) 20fps &; VGA (640x480) 30fps with Auto Gain Control (AGC) technology to minimize zoom noise during video recording.

I'd say this is a great buy especially due to the fact that the NV3 comes with ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction). It may not be able to reproduce images as good as some of its competitors, but what the NV3 loses in quality it makes up in it's unique set of features and functionality. .."

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