Samsung NX10 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 14
Features 30
Size 79
Price 100

Main Features

  • 15.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 123 x 87 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 499 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced by Samsung NX11. Compare

Samsung NX10 Summary

This review is devoted to NX10 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Apr 07, 2010. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 15.0 MP and a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Samsung has replaced this product with their most recent model NX11. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Samsung NX10 vs. NX11

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #152 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #521 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung NX10 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX10 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 400 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 572
  • Sensor Resolution: 15.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Number Of Focus Points: 15
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Samsung NX10 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung NX10. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10 has the following external dimensions 123 x 123 x 40 mm (48.43 x 34.25 x 15.75″) with the weight of 499 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Samsung NX10, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung NX10 has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 40mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX10 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung NX10 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung NX10 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Samsung NX10 — 400 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Samsung NX10 — 40 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Samsung NX10 — 499 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Samsung NX10 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Samsung NX10 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Samsung NX10 Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung NX10 comes with DRIM Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 15.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Samsung NX10 has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Samsung NX10 features a 15.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Samsung NX10, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 63 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Samsung NX10’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Samsung NX10 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Samsung NX10 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung NX10

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung NX10 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 614k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Samsung NX10’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 920k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX10 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, NX10 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

NX10 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, NX10 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung NX10, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung NX10 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Samsung NX10 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect NX10 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX10 provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Samsung NX10 offers the highest battery life that reaches 400 shots.

How Good is Samsung NX10 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX10’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX10’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX10 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Samsung NX10 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX10 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX10 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX10 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX10 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX10 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.4 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (123 x 87 x 40 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX10 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX10 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX10 can be called a 62 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (15)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (572)
  • Small battery life (400 shots)

Samsung NX10 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX10 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX10 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (499 g)
  • Big size (123 x 87 x 40 mm)

Samsung NX10 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX10 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX10 can be called a 75 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (15 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.8)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (572)

Samsung NX10 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model NX10
Announced Apr 07, 2010
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Samsung NX
Number of Lenses 32
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 614k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 920k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.57
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 11
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 63
DxO Color Depth 22.8
DxO Dynamic Range 10.8
DxO Low Light ISO 572
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.4 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 365.04 mm2
Sensor Resolution 15.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4592 x 3056
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 15
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 499 g
Physical Dimensions 123 x 87 x 40 mm
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type 400 shots
Battery Model BP1130
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC
Storage Slots 1

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