Thanks to relatively low noise at all but the highest sensitivity settings, the NV11's photos look quite good. The camera reproduces colors rather well, and its two separate manual white balance settings offer flexibility when shooting between two nearby locations, like on a shady porch and in a sunny backyard. The photos aren't perfect, though; the NV11 tends to blow out highlights, especially when using the camera's onboard flash. We also noticed some minor processing artifacts creep up around fine details, such as textured fabrics.
With some very nice photos and full manual exposure controls, the Samsung NV11 seems like a decent choice for amateur photographers who want to learn the art, or for dSLR owners who want a reasonably compact second camera. The camera doesn't shoot as fast as we would have liked, though, and its Smart Touch control scheme is definitely an acquired taste. Try out this camera for a bit before you commit to it, if only to find out if its touch sensor controls are right for you.
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