Samsung announced its version of the mirror-less interchangeable lens system camera, the NX10, today. The new camera has an APS-C size CMOS sensor with 14.6 megapixels and a mount for a brand new NX-series of lenses.
The Samsung NX10 opts to keep a flash and electronic viewfinder on the body, unlike some other interchangeable lens system cameras like the Olympus E-P1 that offer a viewfinder and flash only as optional attachable accessories (that cost extra money, of course). The NX10 also has a 3-inch AMOLED screen that is efficient with power and has fast response time and a high contrast ratio – making it easier to view in direct sunlight than typical LCD screens. The screen is set to dim when the camera detects a face in front of the viewfinder, a feature found on bigger, fuller featured DSLRs like the Canon EOS T1i.
The Samsung NX10 has a mirror-less design that translates to a smaller body and smaller lenses. Samsung’s Jan. 4 press release states that the camera is compatible with a new NX-series of lenses, but the specifications of the lenses have not yet been released.
The NX10 keeps a dust reduction system on board to eliminate dust when switching lenses. Other features include complete manual controls, optical image stabilization in the camera body, a dynamic range optimizer called Smart Range, and “fast and decisive auto focus,” according to the company press release. The NX10 also has HD video, like many of its competitors.
The Samsung NX10 competes with other interchangeable lens system cameras like the Panasonic GF1 and GH1 and the Olympus E-P1 and E-P2. The Panasonic cameras have 12.1 megapixels and the Olympus cameras have 12.3 megapixels on their sensors. Samsung’s NX10 comes with 14.6 megapixels. The Samsung really differentiates itself with its APS-C size sensor with its 3:2 ratio, whereas the Panasonic and Olympus cameras have sensors tailored to the Four Thirds standard.
All of the interchangeable lens cameras flaunt their ultra-portable bodies; the Samsung NX10 measures up at 4.8 x 3.4 x 1.6 inches. This is larger than the Panasonic GF1 with its 4.7 x 2.8 x 1.4-inch measurements and the Olympus E-P1 with its 4.7 x 2.75 x 1.4-inch body. The Samsung NX10 will be available this spring in black and silver colors; pricing is not yet available.
“The new Samsung NX10 marks the start of the next generation of cameras,” said Mr. SJ Park, CEO of Samsung Digital Imaging Company, in the Jan. 3 press release. “For the first time in the market, Samsung has successfully integrated an APS-C size sensor into a compact body by eliminating the mirror box, meaning that our users can now be as creative as they want to be on the move without having to compromise on image quality.”