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Samsung NV8 Digital Camera - Test shots - Detail and lens perfomance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

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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The level of detail is about average for an 8MP camera. It would have looked better on a less overcast day.

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The lens does produce some barrel distortion at wide angle.

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In this crop from the image above, centre sharpness is very good.

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The Schneider Kreuznach lens produces excellent corner sharpness.

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The same building, but at the telephoto end of the zoom range. There is no trace of pincushion distortion.

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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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