Samsung NX10 Mini-DSLR Compact Camera - Image Quality and Noise - JPEG

Article Index
Samsung NX10 Mini-DSLR Compact Camera
Samsung NX10 Full Specifications
Samsung NX10 Design and Size Comparison
NX10: Handling, Construction and More
NX10 Menu Options and Settings
NX10 Physical and Software Controls
NX10 Focus, White Balance, Burst and More
Image Quality and Noise - JPEG
Image Quality and Noise - RAW
Dynamic Range and Image Stabilization
Movie Mode and Final Thoughts

Image Quality (JPEG):

The NX10 packs a whopping 14.6 megapixels into an APS-C sized sensor. The higher megapixel count may sound nice on paper but it can lead to serious noise problems from crosstalk and interference. To help us test this we are pitting the NX10 against a Nikon D60.  The D60 is an entry level DSLR that utilizes the same sensor size, but with a mirror assembly instead. Even though the D60 was supplanted by the D3000 it remains an excellent starter camera.

 

Both the D60 and the NX10 are using standard kit lenses @ 35mm. The aperture is set to f.8 both for depth of field and because cheaper lenses tend to do better when stepped down a bit. The D60 also tends to overexpose a bit so a -1/3 EV exposure compensation was applied.

Noise:

 

NX10 ISO 100

NX10 ISO 200

NX10 ISO 400

 

 

D60 ISO 100

D60 ISO 200

D60 ISO 400

NX10 ISO 800

NX10 ISO 1600

NX10 ISO 3200

 

 

D60 ISO 800

D60 ISO 1600

D60 ISO 3200

 

Surprisingly enough the higher resolution of the NX10 does not seem to put it at a disadvantage when it comes to noise. It is very clean all the way up to ISO800 where noise begins to be evident. ISO 1600 is still usable, but ISO 3200 should probably be avoided unless it is an emergency.

 

Detail:


NX10 ISO 100
 
 
D60 ISO 100
 
 

NX10 ISO 200

 
D60 ISO 200

   


NX10 ISO 400
 
 
D60 ISO 400
 
 

NX10 ISO 800
 
 
D60 ISO 800
 
 

NX10 ISO 1600
 
 
D60 ISO 1600
 
 
 

NX10 ISO 3200
 
 
D60 ISO 3200

 

Again the NX10 performs admirably in preserving details. Even at higher ISOs the noise reduction technique is balanced and not overpowering. After viewing these results I was a bit surprised that Samsung didn't try to push this sensor further just for the sake of upping their spec sheet. Most Samsung point and shoot cameras produce far worse results at their highest ISO levels.