Samsung’s award-winning NX10 compact system camera has been updated. We look at the improvements made in the NX11
Noise, resolution and sensitivity
The NX11 can capture fine detail, but the JPEG noise reduction is sometimes a little heavy handed
At low-sensitivity settings, the Samsung NX11 can resolve a lot of detail, with noise not really visible until ISO 800. Even at higher sensitivities it is well controlled, although the noise reduction has an impact when viewing images at 100%. Viewed at this level, it becomes clear that the noise reduction causes a loss of detail, with images suffering a slight loss of surface texture.
On the whole, JPEG images are good, but far more detail can be recovered when editing raw files. The decision not to push the sensitivity to ISO 6400 or above seems to be a sensible one, as it would no doubt have affected image quality. Users would be better shooting slightly underexposed raw images at ISO 3200 and then adjusting them in raw-conversion software to fine-tune the noise reduction and sharpening.
Resolution charts: These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using a Samsung 18-55mm kit lens. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution is at the specified sensitivity setting.