Samsung NX10 digital camera
Different and impressive
The low-down: Samsung call this 14.6 megapixel a MILC – “mirror-less interchangeable lens
camera”. It is a single lens reflex with the reflex components (mirror and prism) replaced with
an electronic viewfinder. It has the form of a shrunken DSLR and at its heart is a full APS-C
CMOS sensor. Construction and ergonomics are good and the 75mm AMOLED LCD is
excellent. The EVF is acceptable, but no match for a mirror/prism viewfinder. Movie mode is
MPG4 HD (720p). With the 30mm pancake lens attached the camera is reasonably compact
Like: The image quality is very good. The lenses are, subjectively, amongst the very best kit
optics with outstanding sharpness and contrast. Focus speed is not bad for the contrast
detection method, but not as quick as a true DSLR.
Dislike: The major difference between the NX10 and a mirror/prism DSLR is responsiveness.
There is the smallest lag that keeps you half a beat behind the action. It is not a deal breaker,
but it cannot be ignored.
Verdict: We have taken hundreds of test photos with the NX10 and we love it. The reduced
bulk and mass mean that it is better for casual shooting than lugging a full sized DSLR
around. The price is a shock – so much for so little and with no suggestion of cost cutting in
any aspect of construction or performance. This really is DSLR quality for not much more
money than the best of the conventional compacts. If Samsung can explain to customers
just what this is (MILC doesn’t cut it!) then they have a winner on their hands. The camera
comes with the kit 18–55 lens and at the time of release there is also a 30mm pancake and a
brilliant 50–200 zoom. It’s different and it’s impressive.