Samsung Go Mirrorless: The NX10

Samsung have launched a new mirrorless camera called the NX10 and three NX-mount lenses to match; a 30mm f2 pancake, 18-55mm OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) & 50-200mm OIS zoom lens. The fundamental features of the NX system are similar to the Micro Four Thirds system: Offering the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, compact dimensions due to the absence of an optical viewfinder and superior image quality thanks to a large sensor (relative to compact digital cameras).

The Samsung NX10

The rear of the NX10, including the 3 inch AMOLED screen

The Samsung NX10 has two notable differences to the Olympus E-P1 and Panasonic GF1. First, the 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor - It’s APS-C sized like most digital SLRs. This could offer a substantial advantage in low-light performance at high ISOs. The NX10’s sensor is 23.4x15.6mm with a pixel density of 4MP/cm2, whereas the sensor in the E-P1 & GF1 measures 18x13.5mm with a 5MP/cm2 pixel density. The second difference is the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), which is useful when conditions are too bright to compose images with the screen.

What else is different between the NX10, E-P1 and GF1?

Quick NX10 vs E-P1 vs GF1 Comparison

  Samsung NX10 Olympus E-P1 Panasonic GF1
Megapixels 14.6 12.3 12.1
ISO Range 100-3200 100-6400 100-3200
Viewfinder Screen or 921k EVF Screen only Screen or optional EVF
Screen (pixels) 3.0" OLED (614k) 3.0" LCD (230k) 3.0" LCD (460k)
Flash Pop-up & Hotshoe Hotshoe Pop-up & Hotshoe
Image Stabilisation In-lens Sensor based In-lens
Weight 353g 335g 285g
Dimensions 123 x 87 x 39.8mm 121 x 70 x 36mm 119 x 71 x 36.3mm

The 3.0” screen uses AMOLED technology (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) which provides a response rate 10,000 times faster than conventional LCD displays, requires less power and offers an excellent 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The NX10 also features 720p HD video capture, contrast-detect AF and a sensor cleaning unit. The frame rate is respectable, managing 3 fps (for 10 JPEGs or 3 RAW files).

So, what’s the verdict – would the Samsung NX10 be on your comparison list while shopping for a take-me-everywhere camera?