Samsung Announces N-Series Digital Cameras

Samsung has taken the wraps off its new NV3, NV7 OPS, and NV10 N-series digital cameras, offering a set three slim, feature-laden shooters with a decent selection of features, although they also come with price tags which may make you think twice. The cameras’ naming is a little counter-intuitive: the NV3 is intended to be a simple point-and-shoot with PMP capabilities, while the NV7 OPS carries the most features while the NV10 offers the highest pixel count.

The Samsung NV3 is tiny (measuring just 3.7 inches by 2.2 inches by a slim 0.7 inches) offers a 7 megapixel point-and-shoot capability Samsung’s Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) technology) a 2.5-inch LCD display, and personal media player capabilities, so you can take pictures and carry your tunes and videos at the same time. Users can convert MPEG, AVI, QuickTime, WMV, and ASF files for viewing on the NV3’s built-in display using the including Digimax Converter software; MP3 and WAV audio files can also be converted in “several simple steps” for playback on the camera’s built-in speakers or via headphones. The camera also a 3x optical zoom, 11 scene modes, and ships with text recognition software for extracting text from exams/blueprints/secret documents you might photograph. The camera also sports built-in editing functions (trim, rotate, etc.). Samsung doesn’t say anything about expanding beyond the camera’s built-in 16 MB, but we sure hope that’s doable. Samsung says the NV3 should be available in “Fall” 2006&#!51which we take to mean October or November