The 3x Schneider-Kreuznach zoom (35-105mm equivalent) on the 10.1-megapixel Samsung NV10 (street $290) bulges out from the black aluminum body, as if to say "this isn't your typical point-and-shoot."
Turn the camera around and you'll see something entirely new in menu navigation: Samsung's Smart Touch controls. While they do take some getting used to, they'll be familiar to anyone who's ever used an iPod's clickwheel. Skim a finger over the buttons quickly, and they'll slide to a selection or setting. Push on one that corresponds to that selection and it locks it in. iPodders will get it. Curmudgeonly types probably won't, at least at first.
With fun features such as an animated GIF shooting mode and funny photo frames, the NV10's target market is likely Web-savvy teens, college students and young professionals.
On the playback side, there are slideshow fade options, and the mode dial also can be set to show personal photo galleries.
In the lab, the NV10 posted Extremely High color accuracy with an average delta E of 8.22 in manual white balance at ISO 100. Noise is an issue at ISOs 800 and 1000, and Resolution is Excellent at ISO 100 (2090), but drops to Extremely High at ISO 400 (1660), and Very High at ISO 1000 (1480.)
It's a great looking-camera, from the hidden pop-up flash behind the Samsung logo, to the innovative new interface on the back. It's not all bells and whistles and pretty looks though: it posts lab numbers that are on par with its competitors that wear more traditional outfits. It's a camera to give as a gift to your teenage nephew, but not your father-in-law.
Certified Test Results:
Noise: Moderately Low at ISO 100 (2.2) and 200 (2.3), Moderate at ISO 400 (2.7) and Unacceptable at ISO 800 (4.0) and ISO 1000 (4.7)
Resolution: Resolution is Excellent at ISO 100 (2090), Extremely High at ISO 400 (1660), and Very High at ISO 1000 (1480.)
Color Balance: Extremely High. Average Delta E: 8.22 ISO 100 Manual mode.
In the Box:
Samsung NV10 $290
SLB-0837B Rechargeable Battery
SAC-45 AC Adapter
Software CD-ROM (USB Driver, Digimax Master Software, DivX Player)
1-Year Limited Warranty
Full specs from BH Photo:
Ultra Compact Point-and-shoot Digital Camera
AVI MPEG-4 video with Audio
640x480 @ 30 fps
640x480 @ 15 fps
320x240 @ 30 fps
320x240 @ 15 fps
3x optical zoom & Color Effects available during video record
Clip length limited only by available memory
Voice Recording up to 1 hour; Voice Memo in Still Image up to 10 seconds.
Compatible Memory Cards
Secure Digital (SD)
Includes 20MB Built-in Memory
Still Image Capacity
Superfine Fine Normal
10M 3 7 10
7M 5 9 14
5M 6 13 18
3M 10 18 22
1M 36 58 72
SLB-0837(B) Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (800mAh)
SAC-45 AC Adapter (included)
SCC-NV2 Cradle (Optional)
Direct Print Capable
Yes (NTSC & PAL)
System & Software Requirements
• Windows 98/98SE, 2000, ME, XP
• Pentium II 450MHz processor (700MHz or faster recommended)
• 200MB of available hard-disk space (1GB recommend)
• 64MB RAM (128MB recommended)
• USB port
• CD-ROM drive
• 1024x768 pixels, 16-bit color monitor (24-bit color display recommended)
• DirectX 9.0 or later
• Power Mac G3 or later
• Mac OS 9.x, OS X (10.1-10.4)
• 110MB of available hard-disk space
• 64MB RAM
• USB port
• CD-ROM drive
• QuickTime player or a media player that supports AVI file format.
• DivX (For movie clip)
2.5" TFT color LCD (230,000 pixel)
English, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Italian, S. Chinese, T. Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Thai, Bahasa (Malay/Indonesian), Arabic, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Turkish
Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show with Effect & BGM, Movie Clip, Photo Gallery, Editing (Color Effect, Trimming, Rotating, Resizing), Movie Editing (Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming)
2.4 x 3.8 x 0.8" (60 x 97 x 19mm)