Samsung introduced the NV series of digital cameras, and its designers somehow figured out how to keep them improbably thin and stylish while hanging some honking long zoom lenses on the outside of a couple of them.
Top of the list is the NV 7, aptly named with its 7-megapixel CCD and 7x optical zoom with a body that's less than an inch thick. That's a versatile zoom, the equivalent of a 38-270mm lens in 35mm format. It has two different kinds of image stabilization, one of which we think is actually useful—its optical picture stabilization—and the other which is a digital method Samsung calls Advanced Shake Reduction. The NV7 will be $450.
Also in the lineup is the $400 NV10, a 10-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch color LCD display. Its image stabilization is the digital variety, the Advanced Shake Reduction. Bringing up the rear, the low end of the series is the $350 NV3, a 7-megapixel shooter with a 2.5-inch LCD display and a 3x optical zoom. Samsung says all three cameras will be available this fall.