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Samsung NV15

Review posted 11/16/2007

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In the Summer of 2007, Samsung added three new models to the stylish NV series of digital cameras.The NV line is known for it's elegant design, innovative Smart Touch interface, premium Schneider optics, Advanced Shake Reduction and Face Detection technologies. NV series cameras are designed for photographers seeking a digital point-and-shoot camera that provides something new and different in a consumer- level camera, like the 10-megapixel NV15.

The most distinctive feature of any NV camera is the "Smart Touch" user interface. Instead of labeled dials and buttons to set camera functions, the NV series enables easy navigation of the cameras' menus using unmarked control buttons positioned around the LCD. The NV15 is certainly a fashionable camera with it's multi-textured stainless steel body. The entire NV line has an updated look with contrasting black finishes.

That's not to say the NV15 is just a fashion statement - it's packed with advanced, innovative ideas. The most prominent feature is a Schneider-KREUZNACH zoom Lens. Each surface of this lens is multi-coated to minimize "ghost" or "flare" artifacts. The NV15 can shoot at high 3200 ISO and has Samsung's new Auto Contrast Balance (ACB) and Image Noise Reduction modes.

Samsung's clever Face Detection technology makes taking group photos much easier. This feature detects up to nine faces and automatically adjusts focus and exposure to ensure better composition and image quality. And with 14 scene modes to choose from, including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Cafe, Food, and Self-Shot, you can effortlessly capture the best image in any situation. All images can be saved to either the cameras' 20MB of internal memory or to an optional memory card.

The NV15 includes the ability to record at VGA resolution (640x480) at a maximum frame rate of 30fps. Shooters can also take advantage of the cameras' movie stabilizers and 3x optical zoom while recording video. With Samsung's Successive Recording mode you can pause, and then resume filming without having to save the clips as individual files.

Samsung's unique multi-charging system is very practical. Using the supplied USB cable, you can charge the camera with the AC adapter or from a computer's USB port. The new Red-eye fix algorithm can automatically eliminate red-eye from your pictures. You can remove red-eye during image payback, or set the camera to automatically detect and eliminate red-eye from your shots as they are taken. Samsung also has also provided a Business Card Manager function (used with Samsung Biz Reader software) to help you manage your contacts by taking photos of business cards to store on your PC.

NV15 Major Features:

  • Stylish black aluminum body
  • 10.1-megapixel CCD
  • 2.5" TFT LCD
  • Unique "Smart Touch" user interface
  • Schneider-Kreuznach lens with 3x optical zoom, F2.8 - F5.2
  • "Advanced Shake Reduction" mode (Fast ASR)
  • Face Detection Auto Focus & Auto Exposure
  • New Auto Contrast Balance (ACB)
  • ISO equivalent: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Special effects modes: Normal, B&W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Negative, Custom Composite, Photo Frame, GIF Animation
  • Exposure metering: Multi, Spot, Center-weighted, Face Recognition AE
  • Exposure compensation: ±2EV (1/3 EV steps)
  • White balance presets: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
  • Focal length: Schneider Lens f = 7.3 - 21.9mm (35mm film equivalent : 34 - 102mm)
  • 20 MB Integrated memory, supports SD (up to 2GB), SDHC Card (up to 4GB) and MMC Plus (Up to 1GB)
  • Rechargeable battery : 3.7V Li-ion battery
  • Flash modes: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red-eye Fix
  • Supports Windows and Macintosh OS X computers with USB port
  • PictBridge enabled printer compatible
  • Movie Clip with audio or without audio (recording time max. 4GB or 6 hours)
  • Lightweight at 5.3 ounces (151.7g) without batteries and memory card

The MSRP of the Samsung NV15 is $299.

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Samsung NV15 Specifications

Image Sensor Type 1/1.8 CCD
Effective Pixel Approx. 10.1 Megapixel
Total Pixel Approx. 10.3 Megapixel
Lens Focal Length Schneider Lens f = 7.3 ~ 21.9mm (35mm film equivalent : 34 ~ 102mm)
F No. F2.8 ~ F5.2
Digital Zoom

Still Image mode : 1.0X ~ 5.0X
Play mode : 1.0X ~ 11.4X (depends on image size)

LCD Monitor 2.5" (6.35cm) color TFT LCD (230,000 pixel)
Focusing Type TTL auto focus (Multi-AF, Center AF, Face Recognition AF)

Normal : 80cm ~ infinity
Macro : 4cm~80cm (Wide), 50cm ~ 80cm (Tele)
Auto Macro : 4cm~Infinity (Wide), 50cm~ Infinity (Tele)

Shutter Type Mechanical and Electronic shutter
Speed Auto, P, ASR, Effect : 1 ~ 1/1,500 sec. Manual : 15 ~ 1/1,500 sec.
Night : 4 ~ 1/1,500 sec. Fireworks : 4 sec.
Exposure Control

Program AE
Metering : Multi, Spot, Center, Face Recognition AE

Compensation +/- 2 EV (1/3 EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Slow sync, Flash off, Red-eye fix
Range Wide : 30cm ~ 4.5m, Tele : 50cm ~ 2.4m
Recharging Time Approx. 4 sec.
Sharpness Soft, Normal, Vivid

Normal, B&W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Negative, Custom, Composite, Photo Frame, GIF Animation

White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
Voice Recording

Voice Recording (Max 10 hours)
Voice Memo in Still Image (Max. 10 sec.)

Date Imprinting Date&Time, Date, Off (user selectable)
Shooting Still Image Modes : Auto, Program, Manual, ASR, Effect, Scene
* Scene : Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Cafe, Food, Self-Shot
Continuous : Single, Continuous, High Speed, AEB
Self-timer : 2 sec., 10 sec., Double self timer (10 sec. & 2 sec.), Remote Control (optional)
Movie Clip With Audio or without Audio (recording time : max. 4GB or 6 hours)
Size : 640x480, 320x240 (3X Optical Zoom and Mute in Zooming)
Frame rate : 30 fps, 15 fps
Movie Stabilizer (User Selectable)
Movie Editing (Embedded) : Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Storage Media

Internal Memory : 20MB
Optional Memory Card : SD (up to 2GB), SDHC Card (up to 4GB), MMC Plus (Up to 1GB)
* Internal Memory capacity is subject to change without prior notice.

File Formats

Still Image : JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Movie : AVI (MPEG-4)
Audio : WAV

Image Size

10M : 3648X2736, 7M : 3072x2304
5M : 2592x1944, 3M : 2048x1536
1M : 1024x768

Capacity (256MB MMC)

10M : Super Fine 49 Fine 94 Normal 136
9M : Super Fine 55 Fine 105 Normal 151
7M : Super Fine 68 Fine 129 Normal 183
5M : Super Fine 93 Fine 173 Normal 242
3M : Super Fine 143 Fine 255 Normal 345
* These figures are measured under Samsung's standard conditions and may vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings.

Image Play Type Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show,Movie Clip
Editing Trimming, Rotating, Resizing, Effect
Interface Digital output connector : USB 2.0
Audio : Mono
Video output : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
DC power input connector : 24pin Connector
Power Source Rechargeable battery : SLB-0837(B) (800mAh)
Adaptor : SAC-46, SUC-C2
* Included battery may vary depending on sales region.
Dimensions (WxHxD) 96.5 X 60 X 18.6mm
Weight 151.7g (without battery and card)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40C
Operating Humidity 5 - 85%
Software Camera Driver Storage Driver (Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP/Vista, Mac OS 9.0 ~ 10.4)
Application Samsung Master, Adobe Acrobat Reader, User Manual
Special Features

New Image Processor
ACB (Auto Contrast Balance), Image Noise Reduction, Fast ASR
Innovative UI using Smart touch for the first time in a digital camera
Face Recognition AF&AE with Red-eye Fix
Smart Touch
ISO 3200
World's renowned Schneider Lens
Special Effects (Composite, Photo Frames, GIF)

System Requirements
For Windows

Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME/XP
PC with processor better than Pentium II 450MHz (Faster than Pentium 800MHz recommended)
Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP/Vista
Minimum 128MB RAM (Over 512MB recommended)
USB port
CD-ROM drive
1024x768 pixels, 16-bit color display compatible monitor
(24-bit color display recommended)
DirectX 9.0 or later

For Macintosh

Power Mac G3 or later
Mac OS 9.0 ~ 10.4
Minimum 64MB RAM (256MB recommended)
110MB of available hard-disk space
USB port
CD-ROM drive

NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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