Samsung NV3 review: Samsung NV3

Once on the camera, a simple media player interface lets you play, pause, fast-forward, and navigate your songs, movies, and documents. While functional, the controls aren't nearly as intuitive or as direct as those of an iPod or other dedicated media player. MP3s and movies play back effortlessly. Unfortunately, the camera lacks any useful playlist features for your music.

Unfortunately, the NV3's e-book abilities are poor at best; the camera reads only plain text files and displays those files in a harsh green-on-black interface. Simple notes and directions are handy and legible in small doses, but don't expect to read any Camus or Durkheim on your camera.

As a thin layer of nonfat icing on the media-player cake, the NV3 has a pair of stereo speakers that sit on the top edge of the camera. Unfortunately, they're barely audible even at the highest volume, and they tend to sound watery and uneven. Thankfully, the NV3's included earbuds provide decent sound quality. The camera uses a smaller-than-usual 2.5mm jack, more like the headphone jacks found in cell phones than in MP3 players. If you want to use a normal pair of headphones, you'll need to provide your own adapter.

The Samsung NV3 performs decently as a digital camera. With a shutter lag of 0.9 second and a shot-to-shot time of 2.9 seconds, it won't win any prizes for speed, but it's responsive enough for casual shooting. Burst mode disappointed, shooting 28 images in 33 seconds for a rather sluggish rate of 0.84fps.

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