Samsung has its sights set on the digital camera market with the new NV range.
The NV7 OPS is the model that I’m most interested in. It’s not as small, slim or light as the other NV cameras, but it does represent a viable alternative to my Digital SLR. I think that the NV7 OPS looks great – almost like an old rangefinder camera, but far smaller.
There lens on the NV7 OPS looks good, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38 – 270mm at f2.8 – f3.7. The NV7 has a lower resolution CCD than the NV10 at 7.2MP, but any photographer will tell you that good optics are far more important than megapixels.
The NV7 OPS also employs Samsung’s ASR technology, but the OPS moniker stands for Optical Picture Stabalisation. OPS is similar to the technology inside Sony’s new Alpha SLR, where the CCD can physically move to counteract camera shake.
Samsung has also developed a new “cross hair” interface called Smart Touch. This is very intuitive and makes navigating the menus very quick and easy. There’s also full manual control on offer, with both shutter and aperture priority.
The NV7 OPS will be available shortly after the NV3 and NV10 at £299 but I’ll be badgering Samsung for a review sample long before that.
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