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Image quality is also very good. The Schneider-Kreuznach lens lives up to its reputation and produces images that are razor-sharp from corner to corner. There is some barrel distortion at the wide-angle end, but nothing too appalling.
As you might expect the 10.1-megapixel sensor produces far larger images and a greater level of detail than most people will ever need, and prints up to A3 size would look good. Colour reproduction is very natural, however I did notice some inconsistency in exposure metering. It was mostly very good, but bright skies seemed to confuse it into under exposing rather more often than most multi-zone meters. Not really a problem, but something to watch out for.
The only real problem was image noise at high ISO settings. The NV10 has an ISO range of 100-1000, but only at 100 and 200 was the image quality satisfactory. At 800 and 1000 ISO there was so much noise that the images were frankly unusable.
Other than this however, the NV10 is a superb camera, well designed, innovative, versatile and easy to use. If Samsung carries on like this then its future looks very bright indeed.
Another superb new camera from the most improved camera company in the business. The NV10 combines sleek style, excellent build quality, good performance and innovative design with good photographic results. It is certainly among the best of the 10-megapixel compacts, and good value for money too.
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