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Samsung NX10 review

Is this high-res hybrid more than just an SLR-a-like?

Our Verdict

For

  • Solid build
  • Hi-res, APS-C sized sensor
  • Solid ISO performance
  • Good quality kit lens
  • Some HD exposure controls

Against

  • Eccentric layout
  • Dull looks and styling
  • Limited range of lenses
  • Limited accessories
  • Lacks full HD movie recording
  • Cheap and nasty lens cap

Samsung's been trying to break into the lucrative keen-amateur camera market for some years now, and the Samsung NX10 is its best effort to date.

Previous Samsung bridge cameras and GX-series SLRs were bulky and expensive affairs; while not bad cameras in their own right, they simply couldn't ace similar models from the big Japanese makers.

Despite Samsung's best efforts in a highly competitive market, it's not sold as many D-SLRs as compacts (it's been selling a million compacts a year).

With the advent of the advent of Micro Four Thirds-based hybrid cameras, Samsung's seen a fresh opportunity to take some market share from Canon, Nikon and the rest. But we need to remind readers from the outset that the Samsung NX10 is not based on Micro Four Thirds technology.

Samsung's boffins have come up with their own solution, but the outcome is basically the same; namely a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera with Electronic Viewfinder.

samsung nx10

The nature of hybrid camera technology levels the playing field somewhat between DSLR makers, who can draw on a strong optical and 35mm camera heritage, and consumer electronics specialists, such as Samsung and Sony. Suddenly it's less about esoteric mirror arrangements and reflex viewinders and more about circuit-board wizardry.

Another selling point of the Samsung NX10 is the inclusion of a three-inch OLED screen. As you'd expect from a big player in TVs, Samsung claims this offers a wide range of viewing angles and better contrast than more conventional rear screens.

The Samsung NX10's resolution is right up there too. While some Micro Four Thirds hybrid have felt a bit compromised when it comes to sensors, the Samsung NX10 packs a 14.6 megapixel, APS-C sized chip.

The size is significant, as sensor-wise at least, it puts the Samsung NX10 on the same level as a consumer DSLR.

Currently selling for around 500 quid, the Samsung NX10 is very keenly priced. It takes the fight to the similarly priced Panasonic GF1 and Olympus Pen family, and also competes against entry level D-SLRs, such as Canon's EOS 500D.

So plucky Korean contender Samsung has certainly got a fight on its hands.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.6 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
ColourBlack
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)353 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3056
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeOLED
Total Camera Resolution15.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height87 mm
Width123 mm
Depth39.8 mm
Autofocus Points35
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNX10
Product NameNX10 Mirrorless Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX10ZZBABGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Never compromise when it comes to capturing life's most precious moments. The Samsung NX10 offers an incredible 14.6 Megapixels and APS-C size CMOS sensor which delivers high-quality images and rich, natural color. It's the perfect size to carry with you everywhere, but still packs powerful features like high definition recording and an AF function for fast action shots.

Battery Life400 Shot/3.33 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • NX10 Micro Four Third Digital Camera
  • USB Cable
  • Battery
  • Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Charger
  • AC Power Cable
  • Quick Start Manual
Display Resolution614000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year