Samsung NX10 Hybrid Camera - A Small Winner

Launch SRP: S$1099

Performance & Sample Images


The main thing that has the Samsung NX10 going in its favor is a DSLR-sized sensor, which is 30-40% bigger than a Micro Four Thirds camera. That also means that NX lens will be bigger and bulkier than the latter's, given that with a smaller sensor, the focal length will be multiplied to a higher degree, hence, a smaller lens. However, compared to DSLRs, the main issue buyers have to contend with is settling for an electronic viewfinder at the benefit of a smaller and more compact body. Interestingly, the NX10 can also shoot in RAW format as well, which gives the users bigger autonomy over their changes during post-production.

For our full evaluations, we managed to land a Samsung NX10 along with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens - a sufficient and casual lens for close-up to wide shots. The camera does not come with built-in image stabilization; rather, the lens comes with a built-in optical image stabilization (OIS) that can be easily toggled on or off by shifting a button on its body.

Both photos were taken at 1/5 sec, 25mm, F4.3, ISO 100 with the only variable being the OIS setting. While shooting with the OIS on, the image appeared to be slightly sharper. Click for bigger image.


ISO and Noise Control

The Camera exhibited very good noise control till ISO800 settings, but while at ISO1600, noise starts to show more prominently. That is not to say that the photos at 1600 and above are not usable, though we reckon that photos shot at ISO3200 would be too grainy to pass off as professional work. Check out our comparison below:-

ISO performance is usable till even ISO800, but noise is more prominently seen on ISO1600 and ISO3200 Click for a high-resolution image.


Auto-Focus and Manual Focus

Samsung has bragged about the camera's auto focus capabilities, even going as far as to saying that the "NX10 has one of the fastest AF in its class on the market". Well, it certainly does live up to this statement, as we found that the focusing is extremely fast and mostly accurate for mid-range objects, even in low light. However, we found that it tends to under perform when dealing with close-up subjects, and will struggle to focus, without success. In the end, we had to either move back slightly or switch to manual focus (MF) mode to finish the shot. This sticky issue can be easily compensated while shooting still objects, but not so for moving objects. Also, testing it on an 18-55mm lens, there were no problems or lags faced when trying to focus on the farthest object within the frame. We have read some reports that the auto-focusing on this camera can be slightly wonky and swims in and out of focus in low light or on low-contrast subjects. However from our use thus far, it has been a relatively smooth ride except for close-up objects.


Sample Images

These are sample images shot with the Samsung NX10. The images have not been post-processed, are copyright to SPH Magazines and we kindly ask that you do not reproduce them elsewhere. Click to see the original full resolution images (which can be rather large). All photos have been shot on Auto White Balance.

Shot at 1/100 sec, F5.6, ISO200.

Shot at 1/100 sec, F6.3, ISO800.

Shot at 1/350 sec, F4.3, ISO1600.

Shot at 1/100 sec, F3.5, ISO3200.

Colors reproduced on the NX10 appear to be slightly over-saturated and vibrant, but this can be easily configured within the camera.

The Good
Sturdy body with clean button layout
Intuitive menus
Good noise performance
Seamless switch from LVF to EVF
The Bad
AF doesn't work well on close-ups
Hand grip is slightly small
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