Samsung NX10 review

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The number of serious DSLR-style compact cameras has been slowly growing over the past year, but all the models we’ve seen so far have been based on the Micro Four Thirds system. The Samsung NX10 offers a similar approach, trading the mechanical mirror and optical viewfinder of a traditional DSLR for lower weight and a smaller size.

It gets there in a slightly different way, however: the main difference between the NX10 and its fellow compact DSLR hybrids is its sensor. Remove the lens and what you see is a far larger sensor than in Micro Four Thirds cameras. In fact its 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor is the same size (APS-C) as employed by the majority of consumer DSLRs, promising greater dynamic range and lower noise in low light.

Another advantage the NX10 holds over its competitors is a built-in viewfinder – not optical but digital – a serious advantage when shooting in bright conditions (others charge extra). As you raise the camera to your eye, it switches from screen view to viewfinder, enabling you to focus and frame your shots without having to squint or shade the screen with a hand. It’s sharp too, boasting a resolution of 920kpixels.

Not that the screen is a bad one. In fact, the NX10’s 3in OLED, 614kpixel display is about as bright and clear as you’ll find on any camera, compact or not, and the OLED panel’s self-illuminating pixels aren’t only good news for image quality but should help battery life too.

Samsung NX10 rear view

Even better news is that it manages to squeeze all this in, along with a pop-up integrated flash, without compromising on portability or build quality. The NX10 may look like a full-blooded DSLR but in the metal it’s a lot smaller, measuring 121mm front to back with the 30mm pancake lens, and 77mm with the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

The shaped, rubberised grip to the right of the lens makes it comfortable to handle, the body feels extremely solid, despite its small size, and there’s a good selection of manual controls littering the top edge and rear panel. A four way control offers shortcuts for focus, white balance, metering and ISO, while a wheel at the top allows quick shutter speed and aperture adjustments.

There are downsides to the design. It’s still a little worrying to see the sensor exposed to the air when you change lenses and not tucked away behind the protective barrier of mirror – this isn’t a camera you can change lenses on casually.


Image quality 5

Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating 14.6mp
Camera screen size 3.0in
Camera optical zoom range 3x
Camera maximum resolution 4,592 x 3,056

Weight and dimensions

Weight 612g
Dimensions 122 x 121 x 87mm (WDH)


Battery type included Lithium-ion
Battery life (CIPA standard) 400 shots
Charger included? yes

Other specifications

Built-in flash? yes
Aperture range f3.5 - f5.6
Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent) 27
Longest focal length (35mm equivalent) 83
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed 1/4,000
Maximum (slowest) shutter speed 30s
Bulb exposure mode? yes
RAW recording mode? yes
Exposure compensation range +/- 3EV
ISO range 100 - 3200
Selectable white balance settings? yes
Manual/user preset white balane? yes
Progam auto mode? yes
Shutter priority mode? yes
Aperture priority mode? yes
Fully auto mode? yes
Burst frame rate 2.6fps
Exposure bracketing? yes
White-balance bracketing? yes
Memory-card type SDHC
Viewfinder coverage 100%
LCD resolution 614k
Secondary LCD display? no
Video/TV output? yes
Body construction Plastic
Tripod mounting thread? yes
Data connector type Proprietary USB

Manual, software and accessories

Software supplied Samsung Master, Samsung RAW Converter 3.1

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