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

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 (RAW):

A good jpeg engine can make up for a bad sensor so to really find out how good this sensor is we need to shoot in raw mode.

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.

  

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

 

Deprived of its noise reduction the NX10 sensor is pretty much on par with the D60 at least as far as noise is concerned. This means that big kudos go out to the NX10 software team for being able to reduce so much noise without significantly impacting image quality.

 

Let's see how well that JPEG engine stands up when pitted against Lightroom3.

NX10 ISO 100 Camera

NX10 ISO 100 Lightroom3

NX10 ISO 1600 Camera

NX10 ISO 1600 Lightroom3


NX10 ISO 3200 Camera

NX10 ISO 3200 Lightroom3

 

Again the in camera JPEG engine does fairly well. It is slightly more blotchy at high ISOs than Lightroom3, but it also removes more noise (I could have set LR3 to a higher noise reduction as well, but didn't want to sacrifice details).  I think that the results are very good for a camera in this market segment.