The Samsung NX11 updates the original NX10 Compact System Camera of last year. Now straight from the box with i-Function lens compatibility, is this latest Samsung NX release enough to push the range forward? The What Digital Camera Samsung NX11 review finds out…
Image Quality & Value
Samsung NX11 review – Image Quality
The NX11 avoids the super-high ISO settings offered by some competitor cameras, instead opting for a sensible ISO 100-3200 range. Although there is some image noise present throughout this range, image quality is otherwise decent and sharp from ISO 100-400. It may not win the prize for retaining sharpness above this setting, but the larger sensor size certainly puts itself above and beyond the capabilities of some similar Panasonic models, such as the Lumix G2. ISO 800 through to ISO 3200 soften and increase in image noise presence exponentially, with ‘blotchy’ colour noise and significant softness from noise reduction rendering ISO 3200 just off the mark.
Samsung NX11 review – Value
At around £480 the Samsung NX11 is competitively priced. The Sony NEX-5 costs about the same (but doesn’t have a viewfinder), the Panasonic Lumix G2 is actually a little less at between £420-460 and adds the benefit of a vari-angle touchscreen, while the £500 Olympus E-PL2 is the priciest of similar-spec Compact System Cameras.
The only slight concern is the availability of product. With few online retailers and not many large chain stores stocking the Samsung NX-series it’s a wonder as to how much reach the product will garner over coming months.