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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 camera supports an all new line up of lenses with the NX mounts. Samsung also offers a K-mount adaptor which should enable you to mount Pentax K mount lenses though the lens won’t autofocus. Whichever lens you choose, there’s a 1.5X focal length conversation which basically means the packaged 18-55mm lens has a field of view of 27-82.5mm.

The pop up flash has a guide number of 11 meters at ISO 100 with field of view coverage of up to 28mm. It also features a hot shoe enabling you to use an external flash. The cameras microphone which records sound in mono can be found under the NX10 label.

The camera features a 614,000 pixels 3 inch AMOLED display. The screen with its wide viewing angles and faster response time is a pleasure to use with everything looking bright and sharp though in harsh sunlight, it gets washed out while low light usage is quite grainy with poor color rendition. Unlike DSLRs, using the LCD is the primary way to compose images when using the NX10 even though you have an electronic viewfinder at your disposal. The viewfinder displays 100% of the frame with a magnification of 0.86X making it one of smallest one out there. With a resolution of 921,000 pixels, everything looks nice and sharp though like the LCD, low light performance is poor though it does not suffer in harsh sunlight. Both the viewfinder and the LCD offer real time preview of exposure and white balance.

Focusing is broken into a single manual selection mode and three complete automatic modes.

  • ‘Selection AF’ allows you to choose any focus point out of the possible 143 point. Also the size of the focus point can be adjusted with 4 sizes available.
  • ‘Multi AF’ selects one or more of the possible 15 focus points for you in the normal mode while in close up mode, it will select from the possible 35 focus points.
  • Face Detection’ works exactly like a normal P&S camera and can detect 10 faces in a single shot.
  • ‘Self Portrait’ shortens the AF range making the camera focus on your face instead of something further behind.

You’ll find plenty of buttons on the body which makes direct access to the settings easy but due to their smallish size and the fact that most buttons have more than one function can create some confusion.

The right hand grip is small but the light weight of the camera and the rubberized feel of the grip makes it easy to use with a single hand. The camera uses a green AF assist lamp to help in low light focusing and as a countdown light for the self timer. The color green seemed a little annoying to people compared to the usual red found in other cameras while the position of the lamp isn’t very effective with the 18-55mm lens mounted as the lens blocks the beam from lighting up your subject especially when shooting close ups.

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