Samsung’s award-winning NX10 compact system camera has been updated. We look at the improvements made in the NX11
Build and handling
There are only two slight differences between the bodies of the NX10 and NX11. The first of these, which has already been discussed, is that the mode dial now has three extra modes on it. The other is a sight redesign of the handgrip on the NX11, which is now deeper and more contoured than that of the NX10 and makes it more comfortable to hold.
One of the things I most enjoyed about the NX10 when I first tested it (AP 3 April 2010) was that it felt like using a miniature DSLR – albeit one that has shrunk in the wash. Any DSLR user should find it great to use and very intuitive – more so, in fact, than most other compact system cameras (CSCs). With no discernible differences in body shape or button placement, the NX11 handles just as well.
Of course, the major new feature is the i-Function capability, which adds an entirely new dimension to the camera’s handling. The i-Fn button on the side of the new NX-series lenses can be easily pressed while holding the lens as you normally would, and the focus ring can be used to adjust the setting. Each press of the button switches to a new adjustment, such as white balance, metering, ISO or exposure compensation, and the focus ring then makes the adjustment.
Breaking the habit of pulling the camera away and then establishing which button to press is difficult, but once you begin to use the i-Fn button on the lens the act becomes instinctive and allows you to make adjustments quickly. It would be interesting to see how many other features could be integrated into the i-Function feature. Perhaps it could even be used to edit picture styles, with a turn of the focus ring increasing or decreasing contrast or colour saturation.