Samsung NX10 digital camera (preview)

CES 2010: Samsung takes aim at the DSLR and Micro Four-Thirds camera markets with the NX10

Samsung NX10
  • Expert Rating

    Not yet rated

Pros

  • Interchangeable lenses, AMOLED screen, K-Mount adapter

Cons

  • No release date for Australia yet

Bottom Line

The Samsung NX10 is an interchangeable-lens model that's slightly less bulky than a DSLR, offering a 14.6-megapixel APS-C-size CMOS sensor that's significantly larger than the sensors found in Micro Four-Thirds system cameras from Panasonic and Olympus.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    TBA (AUD)

Samsung is the first company out of the gate with a major camera announcement at CES 2010, unveiling the first model in its NX series. The company teased the NX series at PMA 2009 early last year, but the NX10 is the first real-world NX series offering.

The Samsung NX10 is an interchangeable-lens model that's slightly less bulky than a DSLR, offering a 14.6-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor that's significantly larger than the sensors found in Micro Four-Thirds system cameras from Panasonic and Olympus. The NX10 has the ability to shoot 720p HD video as MPEG-4 files at 30 frames per second.

Like the Micro Four-Thirds system cameras released last year by Panasonic and Olympus, Samsung's NX cameras eliminate the mirror box found in the body of traditional DSLR cameras. This allows the NX10 to have a more compact frame than a DSLR while still retaining the capability to swap lenses; the NX10 clocks in at 4.8 inches wide, 3.4 inches high, and 1.6 inches deep, and it weighs 0.78 pounds without the lens.

The compact body comes at the expense of the through-the-lens optical viewfinder found in traditional DSLRs. Instead, users will use either the NX10's 3-inch-diagonal AMOLED screen to compose shots, or the eye-level electronic viewfinder.

During some brief hands-on time with the camera, the NX10's AMOLED screen looked bright and sharp, while the eye-level EVF has a proximity sensor that automatically turns off the LCD and powers on the EVF once you put your eye to it. The camera's physical size is about in line with the first Micro Four-Thirds offerings from Panasonic (the Lumix DMC-G1 and Lumix DMC-GH1).

Samsung also announced three lenses for the new NX series cameras: an 18mm-55mm optically stabilised lens (which is the NX10's kit lens), a 50mm-200mm stabilized lens, and a 30mm prime lens. Users will need to buy stabilised lenses to get optically stabilized shots, as the NX10 does not have body-based stabilisation.

The lens mount on the NX10 is a proprietary NX mount, but Samsung will also sell a K-Mount adapter to allow compatibility with legacy Pentax K-Mount lenses.

Other key specs include a pop-up flash on top of the camera, a HDMI port for playing back videos on an HDTV screen, and a supersonic dust-removal system for the APS-C sensor. Samsung is also touting the camera's autofocus speed, which it says is a key benefit of its DRIMe II Pro imaging engine.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Read more on these topics: photography, digital cameras, ces 2010
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?