Samsung NX10 Hands-on Review at CES 2010!

The Samsung NX10 is probably one of the best at the show this year, the hybrid DSLR camera is small and light like a point-and-shoot camera while camera lenses can be interchanged using adaptors.

On my hands-on experience, the NX10 provided clearly better experience over existing point-and-shoot cameras such as being able to manipulate the depth of the field. Although I am not a total expert on DSLRs as I have only owned a DSLR camera for 2 months, I think the Samsung NX10 is a great choice for those of you who want something portable than a full-fledged DSLR camera but falls short of real DSLR cameras such as my Canon EOS 7D.

Also note that Samsung NX10 can shoot 720P HD videos, not full 1080P HD like the Canon 7D. Of course, the new Samsung NX10 is aimed at value and performance so pricing should be under $1000 for the camera body itself. (according to the Samsung rep)

Regardless of its shortfalls, I think this still is a great camera for people who either don’t want to carry their heavy DSLR cameras or looking to upgrade from their point-and-shoot cameras.

We will have to wait and see what Samsung comes up with next, this certainly is exciting to try out the new Samsung camera in person.

Press Release:
Ridgefield Park, NJ (January 4, 2010) – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the Samsung NX10 – an innovative digital camera that provides users with optimum image quality in a sleek, compact body. Delivering creativity without compromise, users can now be as creative as they want on the move, without having to compromise perfect images. The NX10 will be on display during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, in the Samsung booth #11026 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The NX10 incorporates a fast and decisive auto focus (AF), 14.6 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor and unique, large 3.0” AMOLED screen, allowing users to easily view their images, even in bright sunlight. Users can also record in HD movie to create the full story. Available in two colors, Noble Black and Titan Silver, the Samsung NX10 is small, light and ergonomically designed to ensure maximum portability for everyday use.

The Samsung NX10 ensures users never miss a moment, with one of the fastest AF in its class on the market. The company’s latest innovation, the new DRIMe II Pro engine and advanced AF algorithm, also provide ultra fast AF speed with the higher precision of contrast AF.

The Samsung NX10 has the heart of a DSLR embedded inside the compact frame of a digital camera, successfully integrating the APS-C size CMOS sensor with a mirrorless interchangeable lens, for a sleek, lightweight camera that users can easily take with them everywhere they go.

Consumers are not just limited to taking shots but can also tell their own stories in video format with HD movie recording (H.264 codec).

Samsung continues to extend the usage of AMOLED screens across many products, using a large 3.0” AMOLED screen in Samsung NX10. AMOLED provides easier viewing even in bright sunshine and at acute viewing angles, meaning users no longer need to shield their screen with their hand. The category leading screen also provides 10,000 times faster response rate than conventional LCDs, has a far lower power consumption and higher contrast ratio – 10,000:1 vs. 500:1.

“The new Samsung NX10 marks the start of the next generation of cameras,” said Mr. SJ Park, CEO of Samsung Digital Imaging Company. “We know from our detailed research over several years that what consumers want from their cameras is evolving, which we’ve reflected in the development of the Samsung NX10. With specialist equipment open to everyone and no longer restricted solely to the professional, more and more people want to capture something creative and tell a story through their camera – but they also want something compact that they can carry around with them all day. The large sensor and the ultra fast auto focus give consumers the quality they demand as well as the compactness they want in one exceptional package.”

Mr. Park continued: “Samsung has always been quick to implement cutting edge technology and no more so when it comes to quality of images. 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.”

The Samsung NX10 also contains a range of intelligent features to put professional quality images within reach of the amateur photographer. The Samsung NX10 includes in-depth manual controls and also a Smart Auto function which automatically detects the surrounding environment of the shot and selects the best shooting mode. Its Smart Range feature also enables the user to vividly express both bright areas and dark areas in the same frame, and the Supersonic Dust Reduction system keeps those dust particles clear of the image sensor that can often impair an image. It even senses when the user brings the camera close to their face to look through the viewfinder, and puts the AMOLED screen on standby to conserve power.

One Response to Samsung NX10 Hands-on Review at CES 2010!

  1. Andy says:

    I appreciate the information, but for shutterbugs we like to know stuff like the sensor type and size, how the lenses are interchangeable, how it felt in your hands, what features did the marketing guys think we’d like.

    The first look, was more like a first passing flutter in the corner of my eye. But I still love the article! Keep those CES pics coming!

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