The NV5 offers the combination of a seven megapixel CCD imager with a whopping 7x optical zoom. The lens dominates the Samsung NV5's front panel, and while the camera itself strongly resembles its other NV-series siblings it is among the largest of the group even without that lens. Samsung's NV5 has an attractive body nonetheless with softly curved side edges, and mostly smooth panels , save for that lens, and a gently angled handgrip on the right hand end (as seen from the rear). The lens is branded as a Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan, and offers a moderate 38mm wide angle to a useful 270mm telephoto focal range. Maximum aperture ranges from f/2.8 at wide angle to f/4.0 at telephoto, and as well as Samsung's Advanced Shake Reduction firmware. The NV7 also offers ISO sensitivity from 100 - 1000.
A 2.5" LCD display takes up a fair amount of real estate on the back of the camera, and is surrounded by a whopping thirteen unmarked buttons that are accompanied by a graphical user interface on the LCD that guides you as to their functions. Beyond these buttons, other controls should be a snap - there's only a mode dial, shutter button and zoom lever to contend with. Eleven scene modes should help make the camera approachable for beginners, but more experienced photographers will be pleased to find functions such as shutter- and aperture-priority plus a fully manual mode at their disposal. Images are stored on SD / MMC cards, or in 19MB of built in memory, and power comes from a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.