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Samsung's NV7 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung: 7mpix, 7x stabilized zoom digicam
(Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 08:59 EDT)

Of the three new NV-series cameras introduced together by Samsung this week, the NV7 OPS will doubtless attract the most interest.

The reason? A combination of a seven megapixel CCD imager with a whopping 7.1x optical zoom - and image stabilization to boot. The lens fairly dominates the Samsung NV7 OPS' front panel, and while the camera itself strongly resembles its other NV-series siblings it would be the largest of the group even without that lens. Samsung's NV7 has an attractive body nonetheless with softly curved side edges, and mostly smooth panels , save for that lens, and a gently angled handgrip on the right hand end (as seen from the rear). The lens is branded as a Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan, and offers a moderate 38mm wide angle to a useful 270mm telephoto focal range. Maximum aperture ranges from f/2.8 at wide angle to f/3.7 at telephoto, and as well as Samsung's Advanced Shake Reduction software, the OPS is the only NV-series camera to also include mechanical stabilization, dubbed "Optical Picture Stabilization" by the company. The NV7 also offers ISO sensitivity from 100 - 1000.

A 2.5" LCD display takes up a fair amount of real estate on the back of the camera, and is surrounded by a whopping thirteen unmarked buttons that are accompanied by a graphical user interface on the LCD that guides you as to their functions. Beyond these buttons, other controls should be a snap - there's only a mode dial, shutter button and zoom lever to contend with. Eleven scene modes should help make the camera approachable for beginners, but more experienced photographers will be pleased to find functions such as shutter- and aperture-priority plus a fully manual mode at their disposal. Images are stored on SD / MMC cards, or in 19MB of built in memory, and power comes from a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.

The Samsung NV7 OPS ships this fall priced at $449.99.

Samsung NV7 OPS
Samsung's NV7 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 Schneider Lens
f = 6.3 ~ 44.7mm
(35mm film equivalent : 38~270mm)
Lens F No. F2.8 ~ F3.7
Digital Zoom Still Image mode : 1.0X ~ 5.0X
Play mode : 1.0X ~ 8.0X (depends on image size)
LCD Monitor 2.5" color TFT LCD (230,000 pixel)
Shake Reduction - Mechanical OPS (Optical Picture Stabilization)
Shake Reduction - System ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction)
Focusing Type TTL auto focus
Focusing Range Normal : 80cm ~ infinity(Wide), 2m ~ infinity(Tele)
Macro : 10cm ~ 80cm(Wide), 60cm ~ 2m(Tele)
Auto Macro : 10cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 60cm ~ Infinity (Tele)
Super Macro : 1cm ~ 10cm
Shutter Type Mechanical and Electronic shutter
Shutter Speed

Auto : 1 ~ 1/2,000 sec.
Manual, S Mode : 15 ~ 1/2,000 sec.
Night : 4 ~ 1/2,000 sec.
Fireworks : 4 sec.

Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE or Manual Exposure
Metering : Multi, Spot, Center
Exposure Compensation +/-2EV (1/3EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Slow sync, Flash off
Flash Range 0.2m~4.2m(Wide),
Flash Recharging Time Approx. 5 sec.
Sharpness Soft, Normal, Vivid
Effect Normal, B&W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Negative, Composite, Frame, GIF animation
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, 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, A/S/M, ASR, Effect, Scene
* Scene : Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn,Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Continuous : Single, Continuous, H. Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture
Self-timer : 2 sec., 10 sec., Double self timer(10sec. & 2sec.), Remote controller
Movie Clip With Audio (recording time : Depend on Storage size)
Size : 640x480, 320x240 (7X Optical Zoom and Mute in Zooming)
Frame rate : 30 fps, 15 fps
Color Effect & WB selectable
Movie Editing (Embedded) : Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Storage Media Internal Memory : About 19MB
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 : AVI (MPEG-4)
Audio : WAV
Image Size 7M : 3072X2304 pixels,
5M : 2688X2016 pixels,
3M : 1920X1440 pixels,
1M : 1024X768 pixels
Storage Capacity (256MB MMC) Not yet available
Image Play Type Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show with BGM & Effect, Movie Clip, Photo Gallery
Editing Color Effect , Trimming, Rotating, Resizing
Interface Digital output connector : USB 2.0
Audio : Mono
Video output : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
DC power input connector : 24pin Connector
Power Source Rechargeable battery : SLB-0837 (860mAh)
Adaptor : SAC-45, SUC-C2
Cradle : SCC-NV2 (Optional)
* Included battery may depending on sales region.
Dimensions (WxHxD) 106 X 62.3 X 20.9mm (projecting part 35.7mm)
Weight 245.2g (without battery and card)
Camera Driver Storage Driver (Windows98 / 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP, Mac OS 9.0 ~ 10.4)
Software Application Digimax Master
Special Features High resolution, 7.2 mega-pixel 1/2.5 CCD
Slim Bridge Design for portability and a fresh way of taking pictures
7x optical zoom and OPS (Optical Picture Stabilization) function for stable shooting
Improved ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) system
Innovative UI using Smart button for the first time in a digital camera
TV quality MPEG-4 VGA (640*480) 30 fps video support
Photo Gallery function for convenient picture viewing
Multi-charging system including USB and high capacity SBP-4442 battery kit
Various Shooting mode including GIF and Motion Capture
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 9.2 ~ 10.3
For playing back a movie clip : Mac OS 10.1 or later MPlayer, VLC Media Player
Minimum 64MB RAM
110MB of available hard-disk space
USB port
CD-ROM drive
QuickTime player or a media player that supports AVI file format.
DivX (For movie clip)
More Photos
Samsung's NV7 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.
Samsung's NV7 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.
Samsung's NV7 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!.

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung's New 'Slim-Bridge' Camera Redefines The Style of Technology

NV series camera features 7x optical zoom, optical picture stabilization in a body measuring just .8-inches thick.

Secaucus, NJ (PRWEB) July 5, 2006 -- Samsung Camera is pleased to announced a breakthrough in digital camera design with the launch of the NV7 OPS. Part of Samsung’s new NV Series, the seven-megapixel NV7 OPS has effectively created a new “slim-bridge” product category, packing an extraordinary 7x Optical zoom into a super-slim body measuring just 4.2” x 2.5” x .8”. This innovative and unique model also features two types of image stabilization—Optical Picture Stabilization, which physically adjusts the CCD to combat handshake and Samsung’s Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR), electronic image stabilization to ensure a steady, crystal-clear shot in almost any shooting condition.

The NV7 is one of three new models that make up the NV Series of digital still cameras from Samsung. All three models feature unique, slim designs with sleek bodies in brushed black, stainless steel and a trademark Samsung blue ring located around the lens. This premium line was developed after two years of extensive market research, and as a result, two of the NV models feature a revolutionary, easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows users to easily toggle through menu functions using a convenient touch pad located along the LCD on the back of the camera, instead of the traditional dial located at the top of the camera. For outstanding image quality, the NV7 features legendary Schneider optics.

“We worked closely with our designers to develop a long-zoom camera that would fit within the lifestyle of today’s style-conscious consumer and came up with the slim-bridge design,” says Stewart Henderson, National Marketing Manager at Samsung Opto-Electronics. “As part of the NV Series, this model is sleek, compact and includes important features like optical picture stabilization in a package that can be easily slipped into a purse or pocket.”

For outstanding image quality, the 7-megapixel NV7 includes a world-renowned Schneider 7x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 38-270 mm in 35 mm format). For clear images in undesirable shooting conditions, the NV7 includes an Optical Picture Stabilization system. The system combats the many causes of blurry images, including handshake, long zoom shooting, long exposures and nighttime shooting, by incorporating a sophisticated CCD shift mechanism that senses motion and that will automatically shift the CCD to compensate for the movement. Also included is Samsung’s Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) that electronically combats blurry images in environments lacking sufficient lighting.

For the more advanced photographer looking for additional control, the NV7 provides multiple manual functions at the user’s fingertips. The NV7 features three kinds of manual exposure adjustment, including Aperture Priority, which allows more control of depth, Shutter Priority, which allows better capture of fast motion, and Manual adjustment, which allows users to set the shutter and aperture themselves. For additional control, the NV7 also includes an Auto Macro function that automatically adjusts shooting distance and focus between 10cm to infinity, as well as a super macro mode that enables subjects to be photographed up to as close as 4 cm.

For smoother video and a larger view of the movie on LCD and TV screens, the NV7 can record in VGA (640x480) at 30fps. The NV7 also 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 NV7 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 NV7 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.

The Samsung NV7 has an MSRP of $449.99 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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