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Samsung NV100HD - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.

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Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.

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Compare this shot with the 10-megapixel Samsung NV9. The 14.7-megapixel NV100HD produces less sharp fine detail, and less tonal gradation. This was shot in bright sunlight.

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The Schneider-Kreuznach lens produces some barrel distortion at wide angle, but it's not too bad.

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Centre sharpness is quite good, although the image lacks detail.

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Corner sharpness is also good, although there is some chomatic aberration.

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The small over-powered sensor has poor dynamic range. The shadows have almost no detail.

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Applying Auto Contrast Balance in playback mode has almost no effect at all.

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stranded

May 21, 2009, 7:26 am

With 14MP, this sensor size and this price the camera should be real crap. I think 5MP would be a lot nicer.

GherkingTR

May 21, 2009, 2:50 pm

I'm still soldiering on with my 3.2MP Powershot A75! Almost no grain at higher ISOs. Remember when it was said that 6MP was all you needed for a A4 300dpi print?

lifethroughalens

May 21, 2009, 8:56 pm

Ridiculous. I would not even bother reviewing these cameras any more, not until they make some claim of image quality improvement or noise reduction or make some other technological quantum leap. I mean, it's just a complete waste of time resources.





15MP in a cr@ppy compact camera with a hole the size of Paris Hilton's brain to get the light through...ain't gonna work! Anyone would be excused for thinking the only reason they're making the MP so large is so that they sell more hard drives needed to store the images!



Cliff Smith

May 26, 2009, 10:36 pm

lifethroughalens - If I didn't review the less-than-perfect cameras, people wouldn't know not to buy them. However to be fair to Samsung, the NV100HD isn't really a "crappy compact". It is well made, has a lot of good features and performs well. It's really only that overcrowded sensor that lets it down. If it has the 10MP sensor from the NV9 ir would be a lot better.

jeanpaulzatwa@yahoo.fr

March 8, 2013, 8:28 am

now i'm at democratic republic of congo but i need to buy a NV 100 HD

this is my adress; jeanpaulzatwa@yahoo.fr

jeanpaulzatwa@yahoo.fr

March 8, 2013, 8:30 am

tell me how to buy a NV100HD

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