Is the new Samsung NX10 the future of Micro System Cameras? The What Digital Camera Samsung NX10 review sees how it stands up against the established Micro Four Thirds system...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Samsung NX10

Overall score:88%
Image Quality:80%


  • AMOLED screen, built-in EVF


  • AF a bit sluggish, No Mac support for Samsung-own Raw converter software


Samsung NX10 Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Samsung NX10 review – Value

As far as Micro System Cameras go, an NX10 strongpoint is undoubtedly its price. Not because it’s ‘cheap’, but what it offers (for sub-£500 in many stores) is a savvy and accessible price-point that ought to see its deserved success.

When seen against the Olympus PEN E-P1 it may not have as ‘cool’ a finish, nor the compact-size of Panasonic’s GF1 (though that’s admittedly fifty per cent more costly), but the NX10 is a fair performer with many decent features.

The Olympus E-PL1 may nuzzle closer to the £500 price whereabouts, as does the 18-month-old Panasonic G1, but for a new to market product the NX10 is a most tempting proposition.

Samsung NX10 review – Verdict

Samsung NX10 product image shot front side with 18-55mm OIS kit lensThe NX10 offers great value and will open the mirrorless market up to a variety of users.

Whether performance will outsmart the entry-level DSLR market (and, based on its design the NX10 appeals very much as a DSLR-replacement camera) is another matter altogether, one that only the consumers can answer.

Apart from some image noise issues this is a generally solid Micro System Camera that, as and when more lenses arrive, will show yet more potential and sit well against stiff competition.

It may not appeal to those looking for a truly compact system and the AF performance needs a bit of a kick before it can be top of its game, but overall this is good footing on the first steppingstone for Samsung.


DoF Prview:Yes
Built-in Flash:Yes, user-activated pop-up (GN 11)
Max Flash Sync:1/180th second
AF Points:35-zone system AF (contrast detect)
Focusing Modes:Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus
Exposure Comp:1/3EV Step ±3EV
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
White Balance Bracket:Yes, ±3EV
Colour Temp Control:2500 – 10,000 Kelvin
Other:Dioptre adjustment: -4.0 - +2, DoF preview, Built-in pop-up flash (GN 11), Face Detection, Beauty Mode, Green LED AF assist lamp,
Dust Reduction:Yes, Super Sonic Wave filter
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens-based (where applicable)
Weight:353g (no battery or card)
Movie Mode:Yes, 720p HD
Dimensions:123mm x 87mm x 39.8mm
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:DC IN, HDMI out, AV Out
Power:BP1310 rechargeable li-ion battery
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Field of View:100% approx, 0.86x magnification
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (JPEG: 3fps to 10 shots; RAW: 3fps to 3 shots)
White Balance:AWB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent White, Fluorescent NW, Fluorescent Daylight, Tungsten, Flash WB, Custom Set, Color Temp. (2,500-10,000K)
Viewfinder Type:Electronic Viewfinder, 921K-dot
Metering System:TTL 247 (19x13) Block segment
File Format:Raw (SRW), JPEG, Raw + JPEG
Compression:Standard, Fine, S.Fine
Exposure Modes:P, A, S, M, Night, Portait, Landscape, 9 Scene modes, Movie, Smart Auto
Shutter Speeds:30 – 1/4000th second, plus Bulb (to 8mins)
Lens Mount:Samsung NX (also K-mount and GX lenses via optional adaptor)
LCD:3in, 614K-dot AMOLED (not LCD)
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Output Size:4592x3056
Sensor:14.6MP APS-C Type CMOS
  1. 1. Samsung NX10 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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