Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking a look at Samsung’s remarkable new range of digital cameras, including the powerful Pro815 bridge camera and the stylish NV3 pocket snapshot model. This week I’ve got another new Samsung model, the NV10, which manages to combine both power and style in one very tempting package. It has already won the prestigious EISA (European Imaging and Sound Award) this year for Best Product in the compact camera category.
The NV10 is a 10.1-megapixel pocket-sized camera with a 3x optical zoom Schneider-Kreuznach lens (please, one day can we have a quality lens manufacturer with a name that’s easy to spell?). It has a range of automatic and manual options, and features an innovative “Smart Touch” control interface designed to make the camera much quicker and easier to operate despite its relative complexity. It has a list price of £280, but is available online for £228.25.
I’ve already waxed lyrical in previous reviews over the revolution that has occurred in Samsung’s camera design department, so I won’t go overboard on it here. Suffice to say that the NV10 is a remarkably attractive camera, and that the first impression is overwhelmingly favourable. This is, as it says on the box, a digital camera that others will envy. As you can see from the accompanying pictures, it has a very simple shape, with a rectangular cross-section and plain rounded ends. However the form fits the function and the camera is very comfortable to hold. On the front it has a nicely sculpted handgrip with a rubber insert for extra grip, while on the back the lug for the wrist strap doubles as a thumb rest, providing a good stable handgrip.
The body of the NV10 is all metal, and the fit and finish are extremely good. The matt black colour scheme looks classy and understated, and the controls are well designed and clearly labelled, except for the Smart Touch system, but we’ll come back to that later.