Samsung NV8 Digital Camera - Samsung NV8

By Cliff Smith

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The most obvious feature of the NV8's design is the Smart Touch control system, which replaces the usual menu and D-pad arrangement with two rows of featureless black buttons below and the the right of the monitor screen. At first glance these might look a bit daunting, but once you've been shown how they work you'll wonder why nobody came up with this idea before. When the camera is switched on, there are two rows of icons on the screen corresponding to these buttons, covering such options as focus mode, flash mode, image size and quality, ISO setting, white balance etcetera, basically all the things that would normally be found on a camera's menu. Pressing the button corresponding to any of these icons brings up a row or column of possible settings on the screen, and to select one of them you simply press the button on the other row corresponding to the setting you want. For variable settings, such as shutter speed or exposure compensation, stroking your finger across the row of buttons moves a pointer on a sliding scale. It might sound complicated but it really isn't, and in practice it means that you can change any camera setting with two button presses. Once you get used to it it's much quicker and easier to understand than a conventional menu system.

With such a comprehensive control system, the NV8's many other features are easy to use, and there are plenty of them. It is one of the few compact cameras to include manual exposure control. Shutter speeds from 15 seconds to 1/1500th of a second can be selected, although the aperture control is limited to minimum or maximum settings only. The main mode dial on the camera's top plate include an Effects setting, and it is here that the NV8's more unusual features are found, including a multi-image composite mode, superimposed picture frames, and a unique animated GIF mode, which can make short stop-motion animations out of a sequence of shots and record them in the ultra-compact GIF format, ideal for sending in emails or posting on the internet.

The NV8 includes a feature called Advanced Shake Reduction, which is an image stabilisation mode. It combines electronic shake reduction with a slight increase in ISO speed to reduce the effects of camera shake. It does work, and can produce stable hand-held shots at shutter speeds as low as 1/10th of a second, but it isn't as good as a mechanical IS system. The resulting images do look a bit over-processed, and shooting speeds in this mode are significantly slower than in the standard shooting modes.

Leadenwinter

June 22, 2008, 10:30 pm

The camera itself seems to be good and functional upon purchase but begins to freeze after a few days use. It has software problems so one should be sure to test before purchase. The camera requires a driver which is not easy to install. Even after installation the camera is not recognised by computers when attached via the USB cable. I tested the camera with five computers and in each case there was a problem.



leonistik

June 25, 2010, 6:59 pm

I have had this camera since 2008 I used all functions, Maybe because this system was xp or lower because it may have a driver error there, But I highly doubt that I have used the driver settings on xp,vista and now 7, vista and 7 are plug and play xp I have the casual screen pop up to transfer files. I Love the macro, the color and settings. if you must see sample pictures google leonistik--look for the site fotothing. All my pictures there are taking with the samsung nv8. The set back and i think its with all samsung camera as I have read was the slow focus, at times that extra second to get a great shot gets ruined because it took its jolly good time focusing, I wouldn't recommend the samsung zoom lens i dislike the quality as opposed to this german company lens, there is a difference i bought a 12MP with a samsung lens and the 12mp quality sucked it was horrible i went back to my nv8 the pictures, were always great, but i use it soo much since i cannot afford a dslr. the fireworks shots are good but you need a tripod as well as any night shots because its very sensitive, I tried to get another battery, but it change the behavior of the camera, thank god i lost that battery . The bad thing i guess its the software error your pressing the shutter and suddenly the camera closes, at times too in the case it opened you would hear beep and then it protects itself closing. thats the behavior of it but im used to it, indoor picture you really need flash or good lighting, not soft light because the images are yellowish, and blurry, naturally right? you do need flash, or a very still hand and still people which is impossible but i have taken indoor noflash captures, I would buy another NV series camera but they are still up there on ebay, I dont know where else to buy the, This nv8 i bought at walmart it caught my eye and i am very happy. I must warn about the flash its a popup flash, some of us like my boyfriend must try to open it, DONT it opens by itself, I rarely used the flash, it wastes the battery and i just prefer flower and daytime shots

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