The Bottom Line
When comparing digital cameras, it's easy to end up focusing on all of the numbers in the list of specifications, inadvertently forgetting the key ingredient that makes a good digital camera: Great image quality.
During my review of the Samsung NX10 camera, forgetting about image quality was impossible, because of the NX10's excellent results in this area. Sharp and bright images, coupled with great response times, make the NX10 a very good option in the "prosumer" market.
With an MSRP of about $700 for the camera body, the NX10's starting price seems a little high ... until you see its image quality.
- Very good image quality
- Quick start up and quick auto focus
- AMOLED screen is very bright and sharp
- Battery life is very good
- Very nice mix of easy to use automatic features and manual control features
- Menu structure could be a little easier to use
- Will find occasional problems with noise in photos
- Not enough features for most experienced photographers
- Resolution: 14.6 megapixels
- Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
- LCD: 3.0-inch, 614,000 pixels (uses active-matrix organic LED technology, AMOLED)
- Maximum image size: 4592 x 3056 pixels
- Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion
- Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.8 x 1.6 inches
- Weight: 17.6 ounces (including 30mm lens, battery, and memory card)
- Image sensor: CMOS (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
- Movie mode: HD video (1280 x 720)
Guide Review - Samsung NX10 Review
For those used to shooting with a point and shoot camera, the image quality in the NX10 model will be a very nice change of pace. Photos are very bright and sharp, especially when shot outdoors. The NX10 works especially well with action photos. With 14.6 megapixels of resolution, the NX10 can create great photos for large prints.
With low light photos, the NX10 isn't quite as good, as you may end up with noise problems in certain lighting situations. You can use the small built-in flash with the NX10, or you can purchase an external flash unit to help in low light photos.
Overall, though, the NX10's image quality is the camera's best feature.
I was especially impressed with the NX10's ability to auto focus precisely and quickly, which makes the camera an outstanding candidate for action photos. The NX10's overall response times are very good, too. Again, if you're used to point and shoot cameras, the NX10 "prosumer" model's response times will leave you pleasantly surprised. (A prosumer camera fits between point and shoot models and high-end, interchangeable lens models in the camera market.)
You may find some noise in your low light photos, depending on the lens configuration you're using with the NX10. The camera's image stabilization sometimes doesn't work well with certain lenses, sometimes resulting in noisy photos.
The NX10's collection of automatic features makes it very easy to use for beginning photographers. The camera also has a nice collection of manual control features, although experienced photographers probably will want more control than the NX10 provides.
Samsung's NX10 is a mirror-less interchangeable lens camera. It offers performance levels similar to a DSLR camera, but it's not accurate to refer to it as a DSLR: Instead, it sometimes is called a "digital interchangeable lens" camera, or DIL.
The NX10 is a small camera, even when compared to other prosumer interchangeable lens models, which should appeal to photographers who are upgrading from point and shoot. If you're used to using a larger DSLR camera, you'll definitely want to try the NX10 before you buy it, just to make certain it's comfortable for you to use.
The 3.0-inch AMOLED screen is very sharp and bright. It's one of the best screens you'll see on a camera.
DIMA awarded the NX10 with its 2010 Innovative Digital Product Award, thanks to its mirror-less shooting design.
Finally, Samsung has stepped beyond the typical black camera body you'll find with most interchangeable lens cameras, by offering a limited edition white NX10 model -- at least in Korea -- along with a black model elsewhere.