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NV 10 or NV 11 or something else ? please help.
I have been planning to buy a small camera which I could carry around with all the time..

Because I end up leaving all my other cameras (Nikon D50 and Fuji S7000) at home as they are to bulky to carry around.and I would also like to have (at least) some manual control..

I don't want to spend a lot of money as this is a spare camera, and would like to spend about 200-250USD for it..

I was looking at the options I have and see there are quite a few nice small camera form Sony, Nikon,Canon, Casio and Samsung..

Now, Samsung might sound a little weird next to the other so called 'famous' brand but I am really interested at it's NV series,especially because of it's killer look..

And Amazon is selling NV 10 for I99.95 US$ which sounds really lucrative to me for a 10 MP 3X optical zoom camera with such great finishing and some manual control..

But I am confused about it as many of the online review says the picture quality is not as good as it looks (infact some are saying it's quite bad),.

Is there any other camera which I am missing out which you think I should consider.like Casio or something..

I am also little confused between NV 10 and NV 11, NV 11 is coming for 273 US$ and has 5x zoom and Face-Detections as additional features.Are the difference really significant without 5x and 3x?.

Overall, I am really confused which one to pick. .

Could you guys please help me out?..

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Casio Ex-V8 or V7. Both have manual mode and have 7x zoom. The IQ is OK and the zoom can be used in movie-clips (which are very efficient in size) too. (At least it will work as a handycam:-).

Second choice would be Pentax A40/30 (10MP, SR, Manual Mode, 3x zoom. A40 has 12MP)Than Casio ExZ1200 followed by Fuji F50fd..

Saiko wrote:.

I have been planning to buy a small camera which I could carry aroundwith all the time.because I end up leaving all my other cameras (Nikon D50 and FujiS7000) at home as they are to bulky to carry around.and I would also like to have (at least) some manual control..

I don't want to spend a lot of money as this is a spare camera, andwould like to spend about 200-250USD for it.I was looking at the options I have and see there are quite a fewnice small camera form Sony, Nikon,Canon, Casio and Samsung..

Now, Samsung might sound a little weird next to the other so called'famous' brand but I am really interested at it's NV series,especially because of it's killer look..

And Amazon is selling NV 10 for I99.95 US$ which sounds reallylucrative to me for a 10 MP 3X optical zoom camera with such greatfinishing and some manual control..

But I am confused about it as many of the online review says thepicture quality is not as good as it looks (infact some are sayingit's quite bad),.

Is there any other camera which I am missing out which you think Ishould consider.like Casio or something..

I am also little confused between NV 10 and NV 11, NV 11 is comingfor 273 US$ and has 5x zoom and Face-Detections as additionalfeatures.Are the difference really significant without 5x and 3x?.

Overall, I am really confused which one to pick. .

Could you guys please help me out?.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

Thanks for you reply Ajay!.

Why are you not considering NV10/ NV11.

I am little biased towards those two as I really like the look and price is much less (NV10) than the options you have suggested...

Comment #2

The older NV cameras hyped the color a bit. I bought an NV 15 and the photos are much more natural looking...

Comment #3

Saiko wrote:.

Why are you not considering NV10/ NV11.

These are fine cameras (well built), at the lowest ISO (good details). But images are excessive saturated & contrasty. Read below:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/samsungnv10/page3.asp.

And these do not have image-stabilisation. The feature is a must have on such noisy P&S cameras to facilitate shooting at lowest possible ISOs..

Casio Ex-V8/V7 have more zoom, image-stabilisation, internal zooming lens (you can keep it switched on in the pocket for candid shots), excellent movie mode (I would give that feature a priority as I have small kids . All cameras suggested in prev. post have image-stabilisation and manual controls, while IQ at low ISOs is good (In fact I would not go beyond lowest ISO, as far as possible). Casios are much faster too (focus, shot-to-shot delay, flash recycle)..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #4

The NV10 is old. The NV 15 fixes the saturation and contrast issues. Noise is also down as a result. One must also realize that the photos do look a lot better than the competition althought there is a little more noise. The heavy handed noise reduction typically used is quite destructive. It is a trade off but well worth it.



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Comment #5

NV10 is for 199USD or NV15 for 249USD...do you think it's really worth the difference?for the same MP count and Zoom range..

How effective is Face-Detection? does it really work...or just another gimmicky function?..

Comment #6

Well, the NV 15 is now $229 at Circuit City, and I believe the difference is worth the price. Face Detection works but not that well. It usually focuses right without it, so I do not use it. It does overexpose 0.3 EV but one can set the exposure comp and leave it. The big difference I found between the NV 15 and my DSLR was that the NV 15 darkens the shadows some. On some photos, this is not a problem, otherwise, I lighten shadows by 5 - 10 with the shadows and highlights tool in photoshop.

This is a big departure from what others are doing and is a leap in the right direction..

IQ is great but it may not review well since the photos are not overly punchy like the me too cameras and pixel peepers will find some noise. Photos are beautiful on screen and they do print well...

Comment #7

IQ is great but it may not review well since the photos are notoverly punchy like the me too cameras and pixel peepers will findsome noise. Photos are beautiful on screen and they do print well..

Thank you so much for the explanation, I am more or less convinced about NV15, but it would be great if you tell what made you prefer NV15 to NV11, as the face detection and enhanced iso (1600, if not 3200) there along with 5x optical zoom is present in NV11..

What does IQ (above) mean?! (sorry if it's a dumb question)..

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