Samsung NV7 OPS Review
Samsung cameras have been getting gradually more mature and gradually more sophisticated over the last couple of years, but they have struggled to produce models with that design 'je ne sais quoi' that makes them genuinely desirable. Some of their cameras have looked like fake Sonys, others, like the L85, simply hit too many branches when they fell from the ugly tree. Well that's all changed with the 'NV' range, where Samsung's designers finally hit their stride. The all-black metal body is a genuine head-turner, and it looks, for want of a better description, like a 'real' camera. The clean, somber minimalist design makes a refreshing change from the shiny silver virtually interchangeable models from most other manufacturers. Aside from finally giving Samsung cameras its own unique identity the NV series also introduces a touch of real innovation in the form of its new 'Smart Touch' control system - a rare attempt to put all the power of a modern camera literally at the user's fingertips.
Although the body itself is very slim - it appears to be almost identical to the NV10 - the huge lens makes for a very deep camera (2.2 inches when powered down), certainly not one you can slip into a jacket pocket. The lens and may body look strangely unbalanced and unmatched, but as a whole the NV7 OPS actually handles pretty well.
In your hand
Although it's not the easiest camera in the world to hold with one hand, the inclusion of a small grip means it is possible - though only just, as the super smooth finish tends to slip through the fingers. We found it a lot more stable in two hands (the large lens barrel supported by the left hand). The fit and finish is - like the NV10 - excellent, and the careful choice of materials and surface finishes give the NV7 something previously unheard of in a Samsung camera - a real air of luxury.