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Samsung NX10 review

April 3, 2010

Overall Rating:

5

Samsung NX10


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Price as Reviewed:

£599.99

Could a small, mirrorless camera that features a 14.6-million-pixel APS-C-sized sensor give the Micro Four Thirds format a run for its money? We find out

Our verdict

It is always a brave decision to launch a new camera system, but I think that the NX10 and NX system have a bright future. The adoption of an APS-C-sized sensor will appeal to those demanding the quality of a DSLR camera in a compact design.

The three lenses available for the NX10 at its launch should cover most entry-level photographers’ needs, but with Samsung hoping to launch five new lenses this year, the system may also appeal to more experienced photographers used to SLR systems. The compact 20-50mm, 20mm pancake, 60mm macro and 18-200mm superzoom lenses should offer something for everyone, and all these optics and an NX10 should fit into a small shoulder bag.

What I like best about the NX10 is that it’s a lot of fun. It’s small enough to take out when a DSLR might otherwise be too cumbersome. For example, I took it out mountain biking and barely noticed I had it with me, but it is equally capable of being a fantastic little studio camera for portraits or still-life shots.I’m sure other manufacturers will be introducing hybrid cameras with APS-C-size sensors in the coming years, but for now the Samsung has stolen a march on all of them and come up with a real competitor to the Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras.

 

  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 11m @ ISO 100, with a 28mm angle(equivalent to 35mm)
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled vertical-run
  • Memory Card: SD and SDHC
  • Output Size: 4592x3056 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: EVF VGA 640x480 pixels, 921,000 dots
  • LCD: 3in AMOLED with 614,000 dots
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • AF Points: 15 mode or up to 35 in close-up mode, auto or manual selection possible
  • Sensor: CMOS with 14.6 million effective pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/180sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Exposure Modes: Smart Auto, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Weight: 355g (without battery or card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable BP1310 Li-Ion battery
  • File Format: Raw (SRW), JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30secs-1/4000sec in 1/3EV steps plus bulb
  • Drive Mode: 3fps up to 10 shots in JPEG mode, 3fps for 3 shots in raw mode.
  • Dimensions: 123x87x39.8mm
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Metering System: Multi-segment, centreweighted and spot
  • Compression: Three-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • ISO: ISO 100-3200
  • Lens Mount: Samsung NX
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF, continuous AF, Face Detection
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Tested as: Entry-level hybrid camera
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4.0 to +2 dioptre, 20.2mm eye point
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, plus manual and custom

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