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Samsung NX10 Review
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The Samsung NX10 is an impressive Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL, aka "mirrorless DSLR")
camera that competes very well against entry-level DSLRs. It's hard to believe that this is the
first 100% Samsung-made DIL/DSLR. The NX10 is extremely well built, handles superbly and
provides the image quality and performance beginner and serious amateur photographers have
come to expect from a DSLR.
The NX10 is more compact and lightweight than a traditional DSLR. It's also fast and
responsive with none of the frustrations that usually accompany a first-generation [or for some
manufacturers, even later generation] DSLR. In fact, you never get the impression this is first
generation but rather that some very serious thinking and smart designing went into it. [So, hats
off to Samsung's engineers!]
Image quality is very good with good detail and low noise up to ISO 400, and ISO 800 is very
usable. Exposure metering is accurate and dependable. CA is nonexistent using the 18-55mm
kit lens. We found the NX10's autofocus to be precise and fast, even in low light conditions.
The AMOLED screen display is beautifully clear and bright with a very wide angle of view. The
NX10 has also one of the nicest user interface we've used: the menu structure is well designed
and we love the attractive information display which can be easily read on the EVF without
having to squint at tiny numbers. Consistent controls operation also makes the NX10 a very
intuitive and user-friendly camera.
The NX10 is packed with the regular functionality of a DSLR and is perfect for those thinking of
upgrading from a compact point-and-shoot to a DSLR. It is easy to use in Auto mode and more
serious photographers can progress using the manual modes.
The NX10 is currently available with 3 interchangeable lenses and a K Mount adapter lets you
attach more lenses.
Verdict: The Samsung NX10 is a compact and lightweight Digital Interchangeable Lens
camera that beginner and serious amateur photographers will like from the moment they pick it
up. It is user-friendly with DSLR-level features, performance and image quality. Overall, it is a
well thought-out and fun camera to use. The NX10 wins our Editor's Choice Award 2010 (i.e.
we highly recommend it).
See if you fit the Samsung NX10 User Profile below:
• Desire a quality 14.6 MP resolution
Digital Interchangeable Lens camera.
• Want DSLR-like handling and controls:
zoom ring, manual focus ring.
• Want Live View that works well as on a
• Want fast response times with no
practical shutter lag.
• Want fast and precise auto and manual
• Want a full-featured digital camera with
many pro features.
• Want ability to add on optional
accessories, including lenses and a
choice of powerful external speedlights.
• Want all this in a smaller and lighter
form factor than typical DSLRs.