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Samsung NV30 review




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Samsung NV30


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I’ve been generally impressed by Samsung’s NV (New Vision) series of digital compact cameras. Since the launch of the NV3 and NV10 in 2006 the NV range has been Samsung’s premium compact camera line, combining the latest technology, superior build quality, stylish design and top-quality optics, but at the same time maintaining Samsung’s reputation for good value for money.

The NV range now consists of eleven models, and the second-from-top is this, the NV30, launched along with the L210 and the range-leading 10.1-megapixel NV40 in January this year. The NV30 is an 8.1-megapixel model with a 3x zoom lens, a 2.5-inch 230k monitor and optical image stabilisation.

In terms of specification the NV30 is comparable to a few other current premium models from other manufacturers, such as the Canon IXUS 80 IS, (£150) or the Sony Cyber-shot W80 (£130), and against these models its £115 price tag is excellent value, but in fact most other manufacturers have moved on to longer zoom ranges and wider angle lenses for their premium lines this year, leaving the NV30 with its limited 37-111mm-equivalent zoom range looking a bit like last year’s news.

Like all the NV models the NV30 is striking to look at. The overall style is in keeping with the other models in the range, and is obviously derived from earlier models such as the NV10 and NV15. Physically it is slightly smaller than the NV15, measuring 94.5 x 59 x 18.8 mm, and also significantly lighter at 133g. Like the other models in the series the body is all metal and the build quality is extremely good. The NV30 is available finished in either silver or the semi-matt black seen here. The distinctive shape is similar to previous NV models, but the shape of the handgrip has been altered slightly, making the camera even more comfortable and secure to hold.


August 5, 2008, 7:56 pm

Picture is extremely big on page 2!

Cliff Smith

August 5, 2008, 8:26 pm

Yes, sorry about that, there were a couple of picture errors that have now been corrected.


August 5, 2008, 9:40 pm

Any chance you'll be looking at the NV24HD at some stage?

Also, it would be great if you could add a couple of lines about the video modes when you do camera reviews, as it's rarely mentioned. What's normally hard to find is things like if you can zoom while you're shooting video or not, what format it records video in and if you can recorded unlimited ammounts of video.

Michael 2

August 6, 2008, 3:48 am

is this the same camera for 䀆 on amazon?


Geoff Richards

August 6, 2008, 11:45 am

Looks like it, Michael - nice find.

I'll see if we can get them listed on our Latest Price for this review.

Duncan Mann

August 6, 2008, 6:56 pm

Though beware the tempting e-mails from Amazon offering a 10MP NV30 - it is in fact an 8MP camera, as will be seen by clicking on the link in the e-mail and checking out the cam on the Amazon website. Ooops. Still good value though at 䀆.


August 6, 2008, 10:34 pm

"iso3200" = iso1200 ( samsung NV24HD )

please visit, diwa labs site ! ;)


August 8, 2008, 3:15 am

I need some help buying a camera. my budget is 𧶀 and i was looking to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 or the Nikon CoolPix S600 and now i have seen the Samsung NV30 and i was wondering if anybody can help me pick one please :) thank you

i will be checkin back on this review if any1 can reply i will very much appreciate it

Thank you again :):)

Lee 2

September 6, 2008, 3:47 pm

this little bad boy is available for 㿻.99 including VAT and Postage on super saver delivery. Value for money at that price! http://www.ebuyer.com/product/...


November 18, 2008, 10:04 pm

The silver Samsung NV30 is available now on Amazon for 㿱!!!

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