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By Cliff Smith



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Samsung NV30


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Fortunately the internal components of the NV30 are clearly much more sophisticated than the L210, because its performance is much better. It starts up in well under two seconds, which is fast, and shuts down again even more quickly. The autofocus system is also much better, focusing quickly and reliably in good light, and also working outstandingly well in low light. A very bright AF assist lamp means it can also focus reliably in total darkness at a range of several meters.

Shooting performance is also very good. In single-shot mode at maximum picture quality the NV30 can maintain a shot-to-shot time of well under two seconds, while in continuous mode it shoots at just under one frame a second. It also has a high-speed burst mode that fires three shots in just under one and a half seconds.

Picture quality is generally good, but perhaps a little disappointing given the overall quality of the camera. As I mentioned earlier, the lens is very good, producing very little wide-angle distortion and excellent corner-to-corner sharpness, with only a tiny hint of chromatic aberration at the far corners of the frame.

What problems there are stem from the sensor and image processing. The camera doesn’t cope well with bright highlights, producing hard purple fringing around burned out skylines, and also suffering some fringe effects with very bright saturated colours. This is only really a problem on very bright sunny days, but could be a problem if you were planning to take the NV30 on holiday with you.

Noise control is another area where the NV30 is similar to the L210. Pictures are smooth and noise-free up to 200 ISO, still usable at 400 ISO, but deteriorate rapidly from 800 ISO upwards, which is about average for a compact in this price bracket.


The Samsung NV30 is a very nice little camera, but with a few limitations. It is very well made, handles well and performs quickly and reliably, with especially impressive low-light performance. Picture quality under most circumstances is very good, and the distinctive styling and unusual control system are bound to start a few conversations. The limited zoom range looks a bit weak compared to other recent premium cameras, but there’s no denying that the NV30 is excellent value for money.


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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