Samsung NX10 - Quick Look
DSLR Reviews - DSLRs

by Sebastian Milczanowski

Introduction

At the time I received the Samsung NX10 for this testing my friend Lukas, who is also a photographer, said "I didn't know that Samsung builds such cameras" and he's not the only one for sure. Nevertheless let's have a closer look to find out whether Lukas should consider the Samsung NX as a viable camera system.

Samsung's current systems are ... well ... "clearly arranged" and straightforward. Their portfolio includes just about three models, the Samsung GX20 - a digital SLR camera with Pentax K-mount (basically discontinued by now), the entry level Samsung NX5 - without dust reduction system and lower-grade viewfinder as well as lower display resolution - and finally the NX10. The NX cameras are EVILs - so called "Electronic Viewfinder Interchangable Lens" cameras.

Before we start with the details - here's a comparison of the NX10 to its nearest competitors - the Panasonic DMC-G2 (micro-four-thirds) and the Sony NEX-5:


Samsung NX10 Panasonic DMC-G2 Sony NEX-5
Image Sensor 23.4 x 15.6 mm CMOS 17.3 x 13.0 mm Live MOS 23.4 x 15.6 mm CMOS
Viewfinder resolution 614.000 pixels 1.440.000 dots none
Effective pixels 14.6 MP (4592 x 3056) 12.1 MP (4000 x 3000) 14.2 MP (4592x3056)
Pixel pitch 5.1 µm 4.3 µm 5.1 µm
ISO latitude 100-3200 100-6400 200-12800
Focal length multiplier 1,5 2,0 1,5
Dust-reduction system Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Electromagnetic
Frame rate 3 fps 3.2 fps 2.3 fps
HD video 720p, H.264 720p, AVCHD Lite 1080i, AVCHD
Dimensions (W x H x D mm) 123 x 87 x 40 124 x 83.6 x 74 110.8 x 58.8 x 38.2
Weight (g) 353 371 229
Street Price (Aug 2010) 500,00 € 500,00 € 650,00 €

Both Samsung NX10 and the Sony NEX-5 feature an APS-C sensor with about 14 million pixels. The sensor is more than 30% bigger compared to the micro-four-thirds sensors and even a tad bigger than on Canon APS-C DSLRs. The resulting pixel pitch of 5.1 µm is pretty impressive for such small cameras.
All three cameras offer the usual ISO range, a dust reduction system and continuous shooting of around 3 frames per second. It will be interesting to see how Samsung's "Super Sonic Drive" performs compared to the proven four-thirds "Super Sonic Wave Filter" and the electromagnetic vibration mechanism from Sony. Just like the two competitors, the Samsung NX10 provides video functionality but only Sony offers Full HD quality. In terms of size the Samsung and the Panasonic are similar while the Sony is smaller and somewhat lighter primarily due to the lack of an electronic viewfinder.





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