Samsung’s award-winning NX10 compact system camera has been updated. We look at the improvements made in the NX11
White balance and colour
Left in its AWB mode, the Samsung NX11 performs well in natural light. Under tungsten lighting it does little, if anything, to reduce the tungsten cast. However, switching to the tungsten white balance setting produces completely neutral results.
The picture wizard mode allows you to select from one of ten different picture styles. Each of these can be edited, and there are also three custom picture styles for saving your own preferences. Of the default styles, the forest setting stands out as being unique to the NX11. It adds a green hue to images, which works very well in woodland scenes captured under a woodland canopy. Used as a more general setting to photograph trees, it renders the rest of the scene too green.
Colours are bright and punchy when using the standard and vivid modes
Both the default standard and vivid modes produce nice punchy images without looking overly saturated. On a bright sunny day with blue skies, colours and contrast look excellent, meaning images can be sent straight to print. Like many other cameras, where there is a big difference between the brightness of the sky and foreground, the NX11 tends to brighten the image and overexpose the sky, which can cause a slight cyan cast. It is worth shooting raw images in these situations and underexposing slightly, so that the image can be edited in raw-conversion software.