Samsung NX10 review
April 3, 2010
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
Resolution, noise and sensitivity
Image: These images show 72ppi sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using matching 105mm macro lenses. 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.
As it features a 14.6-million-pixel sensor, you would expect the Samsung NX10 to perform well in our resolution chart test, and it did, reaching past 24 when shooting at ISO 100 and 200.
Of course, the in-camera noise reduction does reduce the amount of detail in JPEG images as the sensitivity increases, but at ISO 3200 the NX10 is still able to reach up to around 18 on our chart. This is impressive and is as good, if not better than many DSLRs with similar resolutions.
What is very impressive is that colour noise is extremely well controlled in JPEG files; there is barely any colour noise visible even when the image brightness is dramatically increased. Obviously, noise is more visible in raw files throughout the sensitivity range, but this is easily reduced using the comprehensive settings that can be found in the bundled Samsung raw software.
By leaving some luminance noise in the image, the amount of detail that can be resolved is improved, particularly at higher sensitivities. It would have been useful if Samsung had allowed the user to select the level of noise reduction in JPEG files rather than just providing simple on or off options.
Another issue is the presence of curvilinear lens distortion in both the kit and pancake lenses. This isn’t really noticeable when shooting natural scenes, but it does become an issue when shooting architectural images. I hope that Samsung will release a firmware update in the future to combat this distortion issue in the camera body software.
- 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