The larger APS-C format of the Samsung NX10 goes up against the Micro Four Thirds system of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 as we test two micro-system cameras in our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 camera test
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 – Dynamic range
The NX10 and G2 have an identical dynamic range of around 11.5EV, which puts them on a par with their DSLR counterparts. When using Adobe Camera Raw to adjust JPEG files from both cameras, I was able to lighten the exposures by up to +4EV to bring out detail in shadow areas that would otherwise have been lost. Although this introduces a degree of image noise, it is useful to know that both cameras have enough latitude to lighten dark areas.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 – Metering
In most situations, the NX10 and G2 will be used in their evaluative metering modes and, for the most part, exposures are identical. When there is a difference it is usually only around 0.3EV, which
can often be explained by the different aspect ratios of the two cameras. This may affect the amount of highlight and shadow areas, and alter the exposure accordingly. Where there is a difference it usually results in images from the NX10 being lighter.
In evaluative metering mode, the G2 tends to make sure that burnt-out highlight areas are kept to a minimum, but this does occasionally mean that shadow areas aren’t as bright as they could be. Images taken by the NX10 in evaluative metering mode sometimes sacrifice highlights to ensure that darker midtones and shadows have detail.
Image: In spot metering mode there was no difference in how the cameras exposed this scene