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Samsung's NV3 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung: 7mpix digicam / media device
(Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 06:48 EDT)

Right alongside the July 4th holiday in the USA, Samsung has unveiled its new NV3 digital camera.

Part of a new series of NV cameras launched with three models, the NV3 offers a fairly interesting feature set. The Samsung NV3 has an attractive ultracompact body with softly curved side edges, and silver panels top and bottom, while a blue ring surrounds the prism-folded lens at the camera's top left corner (as seen from behind). Mostly smooth panels should prove extremely pocket friendly. Under the skin lurks a seven megapixel CCD imager, and Samsung NV-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a 38 - 114mm equivalent zoom range.

A 2.5" LCD display takes up a fair amount of real estate on the back of the camera, and is used not only for framing and reviewing of images, but also for the NV3's other multimedia functionality. The NV3 is rather unusual in that it is being advertised not only as a digicam, but also a Personal Media Player, text viewer, and MP3 player. PMP audio and video must first be converted on your computer using the included Digimax Converter application. Text files can be set to scroll automatically, and nineteen languages are supported. Of the three multimedia features, the one that is most likely to be used is the MP3 function, however. MP3 files from 48 - 320kbps including variable bit rate files are compatible, and you can apply one of seven equalizer / sound effect modes during playback. The camera accepts a 2.5mm headphone jack, and includes a 3.5mm adaptor. Given the relatively small screen compared to many dedicated PMPs, it would be safe to assume you won't want to use the NV3 to watch full movies or read novels often - but the ability to listen to your music while on the go could help you save bringing along one extra device on trips. Images, music, movies and text are stored on SD / MMC cards, or in 15MB of built in memory, and power comes from a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.

The Samsung NV3 ships this fall priced at $349.99.

Samsung NV3
Samsung's NV3 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.
Camera Specifications
Image Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
Image Sensor Effective Pixel Approx. 7.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor Total Pixel Approx. 7.4 Megapixel
Lens Focal Length NV Lens
f = 6.3 ~ 18.9mm
(35mm film equivalent :38~114mm)
Lens F No. F3.5 ~ F4.5
Digital Zoom Still Image mode : 1.0X ~ 5.0X
Play mode : 1.0X ~ 12.0X (depends on image size)
LCD Monitor 2.5" color TFT LCD (230,000 pixel)
Focusing Type TTL auto focus (Multi, Center)
Focusing Range Normal : 80cm ~ infinity
Macro : 5cm ~ 80cm (Wide), 40cm ~ 80cm (Tele)
Super Macro : 1cm ~ 5cm(Wide)
Auto Macro : 5cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 40cm ~ Infinity (Tele)
Shutter Type Mechanical and Electronic shutter
Shutter Speed

2 ~ 1/2,000 sec. (Night : 15 ~ 1/2,000 sec.)

Exposure Control Program AE
Metering : Multi, Spot
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (1/2EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red-eye fix
Flash Range Wide : 0.3m ~ 3.4m,
Tele : 0.5m ~ 2.7m (ISO AUTO)
Flash Recharging Time Approx. 4 sec.
Sharpness Soft, Normal, Vivid
Effect Normal, B&W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Negative, RGB, Composite , Highlight, Frame
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Sunset, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
Voice Recording Voice Recording (Max 1 hour)
Voice Memo in Still Image (Max. 10 sec.)
Date Imprinting Date&Time, Date, Off (user selectable)
Still Image Modes : Auto, Program, ASR, Scene
* Scene : Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Continuous : Single, Continuous, AEB
Self-timer : 2 sec., 10 sec., Double self timer(10sec. & 2sec.)
Movie Clip With audio (recording time : memory capacity dependent)
Size : 720x480, 640x480, 320x240 (3X Optical Zoom with sound recording)
Frame rate : 30 fps, 20 fps(only 720x480 size), 15 fps
Color Effect & WB selectable
Movie Stabilizer (User Selectable)
Movie Editing (Embeded) : Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Storage Media Internal memory : About 15MB
External memory(Optional) : MMC/SD card (Up to 1GB Guaranteed)
* Internal Memory capacity is subject to change without prior notice.
File Format Still Image : JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Movie Clip : AVI (MPEG-4)
Audio : WAV
Image Size 7M : 3072x2304 pixels,
6M : 2816x2112 pixel,
5M : 2592x1944 pixels,
5M W : 3072x1728 pixel,
4M : 2272x1704 pixels,
3M :2048x1536 pixels,
2M : 1600x1200 pixels,
1M : 1024x768 pixels,
VGA : 640x480 pixels
Storage Capacity (256MB MMC) 7M : Super Fine 63, Fine 116, Normal 171
6M : Super Fine 74, Fine 138, Normal 195
5M : Super Fine 88, Fine 162, Normal 223
5M W : Super Fine 88, Fine 162, Normal 223
4M : Super Fine 118, Fine 202, Normal 274
3M : Super Fine 131, Fine 236, Normal 318
2M : Super Fine 208, Fine 223, Normal 422
1M : Super Fine 381, Fine 520, Normal 600
* These figures are measured under Samsung’s standard conditions and may vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings.
Image Play Type Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show with Effect & BGM, Movie Clip
Editing Color Effect, Trimming, Rotating, Resizing
Interface Digital output connector : USB 2.0
Audio : Mono for Movie clip & Voice Recording, Stereo for MP3 & PMP
Video out : PAL & NTSC (user selectable)
DC power input connector : 24pin Connector
Power Source Rechargeable battery : SLB-0837 (860mAh)
Adaptor : SAC-45, SUC-C2
Cradle : SCC-NV3 (Optional)
* Included battery may vary depending on sales region.
Dimensions (WxHxD) 94.5 x 57 x 17.5 mm
Weight 142g (without battery and card)
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40 °C
Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%
Camera Driver Storage Driver (Windows98 / 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP, Mac OS 9.0 ~ 10.4)
Software Application Digimax Master, Digimax Converter
Special Features High resolution, 7.2 mega pixel 1/2.5” CCD, 3x optical zoom
Slim Black camera constructed from stainless steel
Sound effects (Normal, Classic, Dance, Jazz, Live, Rock, 3D with stereo speakers) for richer sound
Multifunction convergence device (Digital Camera, Portable Multimedia Player, MP3 Player, Text viewer, Camcorder, Portable disk, Voice recorder,)
ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) for more sharp pictures plus auto red-eye fix
3x optical zoom with sound for perfect video shooting using AGC recording technology
MP3 Specifications
Audio Frequency 20Hz~20KHz
Earphone Port 2.5mm Port (Stereo Type) with 3.5mm Adaptor
Audio Output Maximum Volume Left 40mW + Right 40mW (16Ω)
Noise Ratio 88 dB with 20 KHz LPF
File Format MP3 (MPEG-1/2/2.5 Layer 3),
Bit Rate 48 ~ 320kbps (Including VBR)
Sound Effect Normal, Classic, Dance, Jazz, Live, Rock, 3D
Play Mode All, Repeat One, Repeat All, Random, Random Repeat
Skipping in Play, Auto Skipping
Slide Show On/Off (User Selectable),
MP3&Capturing (Capturing Mode is Auto Default, 3M)
Auto reload function (Remember last played file)
Background skin of MP3 playback using user images
PMP Specifications
PMP Decoder - Movie Xvid MPEG4 (Using Digimax Converter S/W)
PMP Decoder - Audio MPEG Layer 2 (Using Digimax Converter S/W)
Play Mode Seeking in Play (Max 32X), Skipping in Play,
Auto skipping after one file played
Auto reload function (Remember last played frame)
Support Full Screen in Converting S/W
Subtitle Support SMI file (Using Digimax Converter S/W)
Text Specifications
File Text file (TXT extension name, up to 99999 pages)
File Format - Windows ANSI, Unicode, Unicode(Big-Endian), UTF-8 (Windows 2000/ME/XP)
ANSI (Widows 95/98)
File Format - Mac ANSI, Unicode, Unicode(Big-Endian), UTF-16
Function Auto Scroll (0.8sec ~ 2.3sec)
Skipping by 1 page/10pages
Auto reload function (Remember last page)
Support MP3 BGM during displaying text file
Language English, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Russian,
Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Bahasa, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Turkish
* Supportable language is subject to change without prior notice.
System Requirements
For Windows Windows 98 / 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP
PC with processor better than Pentium II 450MHz (Faster than Pentium 700MHz recommended)
200MB of available hard-disk space (Over 1GB recommend)
Minimum 64MB RAM (Over 128MB recommended)
USB port
CD-ROM drive
1024×768 pixels, 16-bit color display compatible monitor
(24-bit color display recommended)
DirectX 9.0 or later
For Macintosh Power Mac G3 or later
Mac OS 9.0 ~ 10.4
* For playing back a movie clip : Mac OS 10.1 or later MPlayer, VCL Media Player
Minimum 64MB RAM
110MB of available hard-disk space
USB port
CD-ROM drive
DivX (For movie clip)
More Photos
Samsung's NV3 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.
Samsung's NV3 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.
Samsung's NV3 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.
Samsung's NV3 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.
Samsung's NV3 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung Unveils NV3 As Part of the Premium 'NV Series' Featuring Distinctive New Styling and PMP Functions

NV3 combines a 7-megapixel digital still camera with the ability to play music and movies on-the-go.

Secaucus, NJ (PRWEB) July 5, 2006 -- Samsung Camera announces the introduction of NV3, one of three new camera models that comprise the revolutionary new NV series of digital still cameras featuring sleek, stylish designs and high technology. The NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still camera that features Samsung’s exclusive Digimax Converter software to play movies and MP3 files. The ground-breaking NV3 is a state-of-the-art digital still camera featuring revolutionary SHD optics with the added convenience of a Personal Media Player that allows users to enjoy video content and their favorite music on-the-go.

Samsung’s new NV Series of digital still cameras are immediately recognizable by their highly attractive and sleek bodies in brushed black, stainless steel and a trademark Samsung blue ring located around the lens of each model. This premium line was developed after two years of extensive market research, and as with the NV3, feature the latest in Samsung digital imaging technology as well as personal media player functions.

“The NV3 is the epitome of the New Vision Samsung has set out to achieve with NV series,” says Stewart Henderson, National Marketing Manager at Samsung Opto-Electronics. “It combines cutting-edge technology with a bold, stylish design and an easy-to-use interface to create a truly unique and desirable product for today’s consumer.”

At the heart of the NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still camera measuring a mere 3.7” x 2.2” x 0.7” with a 2.5-inch, high resolution LCD display. For outstanding image quality, the NV3 integrates a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114 mm in 35 mm format) capability with Samsung’s exclusive SHD lens technology.

The NV3 is equipped with Samsung’s state-of-the-art Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) technology to combat hand shake and ensure crystal-clear images. The ASR function provides enhanced image clarity by electronically compensating for excess hand shake and improving color in environments lacking sufficient lighting where the use of the flash is not desirable. With the touch of a button, the unique technology uses proprietary algorithms to interpret sharpness and color information to deliver an image that looks like it has been taken with the flash. As the flash is disabled, side effects, such as red eye, are prevented.

For entertainment on-the-go, users simply use the included Digimax Converter software to easily convert their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content on the large, 2.5-inch color display. The user-friendly software can seamlessly convert MPEG, AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the NV3. For music on-the-go, the software can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. Users can listen to their entertainment using the included ear buds or on the dual stereo speakers discreetly located on the camera, and for a seamless experience, even listen to their music while taking photos.

In addition to playing video, the NV3 can also make movies using MPEG-4, the high-compression, high quality video format. The NV3 can record in VGA (640x480) at 30fps, for smoother video and a bigger view of the movie on LCD and TV screens. For steady videos, the NV3 includes a movie stabilizer function that automatically detects and corrects minor lateral and vertical camera movement. For additional control the continuous video recording function allows the user to pause and resume video recording at any time, while the built-in movie editing function allows users to edit video in-camera. The NV3 features several special effects functions for creative control in-camera, such as Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame, Negative and Composite Shot. Color effects include B/W, sepia, blue, green and red.

For crystal-clear images, under various shooting conditions, the NV3 features 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow and Text Recognition. Text Recognition, a feature unique to Samsung digital still cameras, allows users to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from the image taken using the bundled “Digimax Reader” text recognition software.

To ensure the clarity of images regardless of shooting range, the Auto Macro function automatically adjusts shooting distance and focus. By using the macro button, users can set the camera to automatically adjust distance and focus from between 5cm to infinity. The NV3 also includes a super macro mode that enables subjects to be photographed up to as close as 1 cm.

All Samsung digital still cameras feature a built-in image editing function allowing users to edit a variety of images without the use of a PC. The Trimming function can be used to cut an undesired part of an image and save only the required part. When short of memory, shooters can use the Resizing function to recover some of the memory space, by resizing and saving images in a smaller size. The Rotating function allows users to rotate an image in the desired direction and save it.

The NV3 features 16 MB of internal memory and comes bundled with ear buds and a powerful lithium ion battery.

The Samsung NV3 has an MSRP of $349.99 and will be available in Fall of 2006.

Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc., Secaucus, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd., Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung Opto-Electronics markets a full line of auto focus cameras, zoom and digital cameras for the amateur as well as the professional under the Samsung brand name. CCTV monitors and lenses, motorized zoom lenses, binoculars, observation and security systems, and video presenters are other products in the family of photographic and optical equipment.

*Technical specifications subject to change prior to product launch

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