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 – Verdict

Both the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and the Samsung NX10 are excellent micro-system cameras, and each has distinct advantages.

While the G2 has an innovative touchscreen, it doesn’t actually offer much in the way of improving or speeding up the camera handling. That said, the Touch Shutter does brilliantly combine the touch-sensitive screen with the G2’s fast AF system.

Of the two cameras, I prefer the handling of the NX10.

For those more used to DSLR cameras, the button placement of the NX10 should feel a lot more familiar, and the menu system is bright, clear and simple to navigate.

While the APS-C-size sensor that Samsung has used in the NX10 is physically larger and of a higher resolution than the Four Thirds-size sensor found in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2, there isn’t a huge gulf in terms of image quality.

In fact, the differences are hardly noticeable at lower sensitivities, and our noise test shows that Panasonic is actually slightly better at controlling colour noise at higher ISO settings.
There is very little to choose between the two cameras and the decision about which is better may depend on their intended use. If video capture is a priority, I would opt for the G2; it also has the faster of the two AF systems. However, if you want a camera that handles more like a DSLR, then the NX10 is the better option.

Given that the NX10 is the first Samsung NX-series camera, it will be very interesting to see how the range develops. As it stands, it is a strong competitor against Panasonic’s G series.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 Scores

   Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2  Samsung NX10
 Tested as: Enthusiast-level MSC  Entry-level MSC
 Rated:  Good  Good
 Overall score:  85%  86%
 Features:  8/10  9/10
 Noise/resolution:  28/30  28/30
 Dynamic range:  8/10  8/10
 LCD/viewfinder:  9/10  8/10
 Build/handling:  8/10  9/10
 Autofocus:  8/10 7/10
 Metering:  8/10  8/10
AWB/colour:  8/10  9/10

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 Focal points

Adobe Camera Raw support

Camera Raw 5.7 offers support for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and the Samsung NX10, even though the NX10 isn’t officially listed. Adobe has added the proviso that although raw files from these cameras are supported, ‘profiling and testing is not complete’. Expect full support in version 6.1 of Camera Raw.

Sensor cleaning

Both cameras come with built-in sensor-cleaning systems. It is wise to take extra care when changing lenses as the sensor in these cameras is not protected by a traditional shutter or mirror mechanism.

Aspect ratio

With an APS-C sensor, the native aspect ratio of the Samsung NX10 is 3:2, compared to 4:3 on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2. Both cameras have the option of shooting images in 16:9 aspect ratio, which is handy for displaying images on widescreen televisions. The G2 can also shoot images in 1:1 square format.

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 at a glance
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 - Features
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 - Build and handling
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 - White balance and colour
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 - Metering
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 LCD, Live View, viewfinder and video
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 - Autofocus
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 vs Samsung NX10 - Verdict
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