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

Product Overview

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Samsung NX10

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Samsung NX10 review


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The competition

The only direct competition for the Samsung NX10 currently comes from the Micro Four Thirds cameras. With video capture, built-in flash and an EVF, the recently announced Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 looks to be the closest match to the Samsung NX10, although it sports a smaller 12.1-million-pixel Four Thirds sensor. The more advanced Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 will also offer competition, although it is expected to cost more.

In contrast, the Olympus Pen E-PL2 has no EVF, but it does carry a pop-up flash and is capable of video capture.

The NX10 is the cheapest of all four cameras, with a street price of just over £500. This includes the optically stabilised kit lens, but a non-stabilised version of this lens will soon be released, which could bring the price down even further.








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.
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
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, liveview and video
  10. 10. Our verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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