Camera Review: Samsung NV11

What you get with this camera is a mostly typical 10.1-megapixel compact wrapped in a gorgeous body... and something your friends will certainly notice and ask about!

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Samsung’s NV11 sports a stylish, rugged, all-metal exterior finish that’s bound to turn heads and get attention.

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The Schneider-Kreuanach lens delivers good sharpness and detail at nearly every focal length — in thisshot of grass tufts, you can see every individual seed pod.

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Fully zoomed at 210mm (35mm equivalent), the camera has adequate reach for far subjects, but corners area bit soft (see the next two images for full-sized crops of this image).

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A full-sized crop of the horse-field image, from the center of the frame at full-zoom (210mm 35mm equivalent).

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A full-sized crop of the horse-field image, from the corner of the frame. Images are visibly soft in the corners,with the result visible on 4×6 prints.

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Salt Lake City’s Mormon temple…in such contrasty light, the NV11’s landscape mode kept whites from blowing outwhile still delivering detail in the shadows, along with good color.

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The NV11’s face recognition mode was great for quick snapshots of family and friends, finding and focusing onfaces no matter where they were in the frame. In open shade, color balance is very good, with accurate fleshtones.

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The NV11’s maximum aperture of f/2.8 allows selective focus control that’s often missing from digital compacts.The lens gives smooth, soft out-of-focus backgrounds.