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 LCD, Live View, viewfinder and video
As micro-system cameras, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and Samsung NX10 are reliant on Live View displays for composing and framing images. Both cameras have 3in screens, although the 614,000-dot monitor of the NX10 is of a slightly higher resolution that the 460,000-dot screen of the G2.
Samsung has used an AMOLED screen in the NX10, which has a higher refresh rate, consumes less power and is brighter than a conventional LCD display. Although the NX10’s display certainly looks better outside in bright sunlight, it doesn’t offer that much of an advantage over the screen of the G2 in most other lighting conditions. In fact, the G2’s screen has a distinct advantage as it is articulated and touch-sensitive, which makes it easier to take photographs at low, high or other awkward angles.
With no mirror box, the viewfinders of both cameras are electronic. Here, the G2 has the advantage, as it has a 1.44-million-dot display compared to the 921,000-dot electronic viewfinder of the NX10. In practice, though, I found both to be perfectly usable.
Although electronic viewfinders are often frowned upon by more traditional photographers, they have come a long way since the low-resolution EVFs that used to be found in early bridge cameras. Electronic viewfinders can even offer a benefit compared to optical viewfinders because the image can be magnified to aid manual focusing – something that is difficult with the smaller viewfinders found on many entry-level DSLRs.
Both the G2 and NX10 can record HD video footage at 1280×720-pixel resolution, but photographers wishing to shoot video footage should opt for the G2. Unlike the NX10, the G2 has an external microphone socket, which means that sound can be recorded in stereo as well as in mono, and the external microphone can be positioned further from the camera lens. The noise produced by the lens when focusing and zooming will therefore not be recorded, unlike when the internal mono microphone is used.