Samsung NX10 DSLR Review
By Kyle Schurman
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 DSLR 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" DSLR market.
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
A built-in flash would've been nice to have
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,
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 DSLR Review
For those used to shooting with a point and shoot camera, the image quality in the
NX10 DSLR 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
With low light photos, the NX10 isn't quite as good, as you may end up with noise
problems in certain lighting situations.
It would've been really nice if Samsung had included a pop-up flash with the NX10.
You can purchase a compact external flash unit for the NX10, but a pop-up flash
would've worked better in taking advantage of the small size of this DSLR camera.
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" DSLR model's response times will leave you
pleasantly surprised. (A prosumer DSLR camera fits between point and shoot
models and high-end DSLRs 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
The NX10 is a small camera, even when compared to other prosumer DSLR models,
which should appeal to photographers who are making the move from point and
shoot to DSLR. 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 DSLR cameras, by offering a limited edition white NX10 model -- at least in
Korea -- along with a black model elsewhere.