Samsung NX10 review: Samsung NX10

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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Slim and lightweight body; good value for money; impressive 18-55mm kit lens.

The Bad Not that much smaller than a dSLR; a few awkwardly placed buttons; dodgy orientation sensor.

The Bottom Line The Samsung NX10's slimmer body, simpler mechanics and fuss-free live view make it a compelling alternative to a digital SLR. For a first attempt at a camera of its type, Samsung's done a very impressive job

8.3 Overall
CNET Editors' Choice Apr '10

Olympus and Panasonic were the first companies to launch compact, dSLR-esque cameras with interchangeable lenses. But Samsung's offering, the NX10, is the first such camera to use a dSLR-sized, APS-C format sensor, and one with a juicy 14.6-megapixel resolution at that. At around £490 with the 18-55mm kit lens, the NX10 could really stir things up.

Pow for your pound
The NX10 really does offer you plenty for your money. A 14.6-megapixel resolution isn't quite the highest you can go with an APS-C sensor, but it's not far off. These bigger sensors haven't yet reached the megapixel saturation of smaller cameras, so more megapixels are still worth having -- for now.

The NX10 is also the first example of a brand new camera type, and such models usually cost an arm and a leg. But that's not the case with the NX10. Price-wise, it's highly competitive, and, on the basis of its specs alone, it's ready to slug it out with conventional low-end and mid-range dSLRs.

That barrel distortion's pretty grim, but the 18-55mm kit lens is sharp right to the edges, and completely aberration-free. We can thank the NX10's 'vivid' mode for those incredibly intense colours (click image to enlarge)

The dimensions are a surprise, too. The sensor might be twice the size of those in Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, but the NX10 itself isn't. In fact, if you put the NX10 side by side with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, it actually looks slightly slimmer.

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