This week Samsung Camera introduced their new NV Series of digital cameras featuring sleek, stylish designs combined with new high tech features. The three new models in the NV Series are the NV3, NV7 OPS and the NV10. All of these models feature unique, ultra-slim designs with sleek bodies in brushed black, stainless steel and a trademark Samsung blue ring located around the lens. Samsung says that this premium line was developed after two years of extensive market research, and as a result, two of the NV models (NV7 OPS and NV10) feature a revolutionary Graphical User Interface that is said to allow users to easily toggle through menu functions using a convenient touch pad located along the LCD on the back of the camera, instead of the traditional dial located at the top of the camera.
The NV3 is a 7-megapixel model that offers Samsung's exclusive Digimax Converter software to play movies and MP3 files. The ground-breaking NV3 new revolutionary SHD optics with the added convenience of a Personal Media Player that allows users to enjoy video content and their favorite music on-the-go.
“The NV3 is the epitome of the New Vision Samsung has set out to achieve with NV series,” said Stewart Henderson, National Marketing Manager at Samsung Opto-Electronics. “It combines cutting-edge technology with a bold, stylish design and an easy-to-use interface to create a truly unique and desirable product for today's consumer.”
At the heart of the NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still camera measuring a mere 3.7- x 2.2- x 0.7-inches with a 2.5-inch, high resolution LCD display. The NV3 also integrates a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114 mm in 35 mm format) capability with Samsung's exclusive SHD lens technology.
The NV3 is equipped with Samsung's state-of-the-art Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) technology to combat hand shake and ensure crystal-clear images. The ASR function provides enhanced image clarity by electronically compensating for excess hand shake and improving color in environments lacking sufficient lighting where the use of the flash is not desirable. With the touch of a button, the unique technology uses proprietary algorithms to interpret sharpness and color information to deliver an image that looks like it has been taken with the flash. As the flash is disabled, side effects, such as red eye, are prevented.
For entertainment on-the-go, users can utilize the included Digimax Converter software to easily convert their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content on the large, 2.5-inch color display. The user-friendly software can seamlessly convert MPEG, AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the NV3. For music on-the-go, the software can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. Users can listen to their entertainment using the included ear buds or on the dual stereo speakers discreetly located on the camera, and for a seamless experience, even listen to their music while taking photos.
In addition to playing video, the NV3 can also make movies using MPEG-4, the high-compression, high‑quality video format. The NV3 can record in VGA (640x480) at 30fps, for smoother video and a bigger view of the movie on LCD and TV screens. For additional control the continuous video recording function allows the user to pause and resume video recording at any time, while the built-in movie editing function allows users to edit video in-camera. The NV3 features several special effects functions for creative control in-camera, such as Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame, Negative and Composite Shot. Color effects include B/W, sepia, blue, green and red.
The NV3 features 16 MB of internal memory and comes bundled with ear buds and a powerful lithium ion battery.
Next in the NV line-up is the Samsung NV7 OPS. The 7-megapixel NV7 OPS (Optical Picture Stabilization) offers a new “slim-bridge” product design, packing an 7x optical zoom into a super-slim body measuring just 4.2- x 2.5- x 0.8-inches. This innovative and unique model also features two types of image stabilization—OPS, which physically adjusts the CCD to combat hand shake and Samsung's ASR, electronic image stabilization to said to ensure a steady, crystal-clear shot in almost any shooting condition.
“We worked closely with our designers to develop a long-zoom camera that would fit within the lifestyle of today's style-conscious consumer and came up with the slim-bridge design,” said Henderson . “As part of the NV Series, this model is sleek, compact and includes important features like optical picture stabilization in a package that can be easily slipped into a purse or pocket.”
The NV7 OPS features a Schneider 7x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 38-270 mm in 35 mm format). The NV7 also offers an Optical Picture Stabilization system. The system is said to help alleviate the many causes of blurry images, including handshake, long zoom shooting, long exposures and nighttime shooting, by incorporating a sophisticated CCD shift mechanism that senses motion and that will automatically shift the CCD to compensate for the movement.
For the more advanced photographer looking for additional control, the NV7 OPS provides a host of manual functions at the user's fingertips. The camera features three kinds of manual exposure adjustment, including Aperture Priority, which allows more control of depth, Shutter Priority, which allows better capture of fast motion, and Manual adjustment, which allows users to set the shutter and aperture themselves. For additional control, the camera also includes an Auto Macro function that automatically adjusts shooting distance and focus between 10cm to infinity, as well as a super macro mode that enables subjects to be photographed up to as close as 4 cm.
The NV7 OPS can record in VGA (640x480) at 30fps. The camera also includes a movie stabilizer function that automatically detects and corrects minor lateral and vertical camera movement.
The new NV10 is a 10-megapixel model features the distinctive styling of the NV Series including an innovative touch pad Graphical User Interface, a sleek, brushed black aluminum body and compact design. The ultra-thin NV10, measuring just 0.7-inches thick, includes a Schneider 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm equivalent), a 5x digital zoom and a large, 2.5-inch color LCD display.