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Samsung NX10 Digital Camera Review

By on October 10, 2010
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The NX10 is Samsung’s entry into the mirror less interchangeable lens camera (ILC) market

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A flawed attempt by Samsung to establish themselves in the ILC market

The NX10 is Samsung’s entry into the mirror less interchangeable lens camera (ILC) market competing with the Panasonic Lumix DMC –G2, the Olympus E-PL1 and the Sony NEX-3. After failing to establish a foothold in the DSLR market, Samsung is hoping to establish themselves as an early player in this (still infant) ILC market.

ILCs cameras are basically trying to fill the gap between advanced Point and shoot (P&S) cameras and a fully fledged DSLR by offering the image quality of a DSLR in more compact bodies by eliminating the mirror box which reduces the distance between the lens mount and the sensor making them slender cameras.

Some of the main features of the NX10 are

• 15.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
• 14.6 million effective pixels
• NX lens mount with backward compatibility with Pentax K-mount lenses
• Contrast detect autofocus
• 720p movie mode
• 3 inch AMOLED display.
• Electronic viewfinder

Package

The NX10 is packaged with a Samsung 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS lens for AED 2,999. You’ll also find a BP1310 lithium-ion battery, BC1310 battery charger, shoulder strap, lens hood, body cap, USB cable, printed manual and two CDs containing Samsung master and raw converter and the manual.

Samsung does not provide a memory card with the camera so you’re going to have to buy one unless a local retailer gives one as a freebie with the camera. With the cameras capabilities of taking 14mp images that translates into huge file sizes, it would be recommended to buy a 4GB or bigger capacity memory card.

The camera body

The NX10 when compared to a regular DSLR is quite small but when looking at some of its competitors (NEX, E-PL1, GF1); it’s on the bigger side though it is still quite portable.

The camera is completely made up of plastic which feels well put together and of high quality though the plastic cover the pop up flash, the memory card and the connections door felt flimsy. In fact the pop up flash pop up mechanism stop functioning after using it for a few weeks.

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