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Samsung NV30 - Samsung NV30

By Cliff Smith



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung NV30


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Like most of the other cameras in the NV range the NV30 features Samsung’s unique Smart Touch control interface. This consists of two rows of square unlabelled black buttons, below and to the right of the monitor, which are used to navigate a cross-hatch of on-screen menus and to scroll through images in playback mode. Smart Touch does take some getting used to, and people with large fingers (like myself) may find it fiddly to operate, but once you figure it out it’s actually a very quick and simple way to access every option the camera has to offer, completely replacing the conventional menu and D-pad system. It also looks pretty cool.

The NV30 also has another new control, a second mode dial on the left of the top plate. This offers a selection of Photo Style modes, such as Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro etcetera. Style options like this aren’t exactly a new idea; similar features are available on many other cameras, but having them set by a quick dial is different. However while this may encourage people to experiment more, the Photo Style dial is also easy to jog accidentally, and you may not notice until its too late that you’ve been shooting in soft focus mode for the past thee hours.

Apart from the difference in sensor resolution the specification and other features of the NV30 are very similar to the L210 that I reviewed last week. The lens certainly seems to be identical, except on the NV30 it receives the prestigious Schneider-Kreuznach brand name. Its optical performance is also apparently identical, although that’s no bad thing because it is very good.


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/produ...


November 18, 2008, 10:04 pm

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

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