Samsung NX10 Mini-DSLR Compact Camera - Samsung NX10 Design and Size Comparison

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


No so long ago if you wanted good quality images from a digital camera you were pretty much limited to a digital SLR (DSLR). The point and shoot cameras while being compact and cheap, produced poor images due to their small sensors, especially at higher ISOs. DSLRs used a much larger sensor, accompanied by a mirror and pentaprism as a view finder. Many people including myself felt caught between two worlds, wanting good image quality, but in a more pocketable format.

Then in August of 2008 Olympus and Panasonic introduced the micro four thirds format. This new standard attempted to marry aspects from both the DSLR and the compact segments. The new cameras employed a larger DSLR-like four thirds sensor but removed the mirror and pentaprism assembly allowing the body to conform to a much slimmer profile.


Since 2008, Olympus and Panasonic have release several cameras based off of this new format with a good deal of success. While the new format did lose the gorgeous optical viewfinder this sacrifice allowed it to be smaller, have a better live view and it paved the way for good quality video.

Players like Samsung and Sony, not wanting to be left out have each devised their own similar approaches. I'm not sure why Samsung elected to design an entirely new system instead of licensing the popular micro four thirds approach.  Perhaps the licensing costs were too punative or maybe they simply believed that a unique approach would give them a leg up over the competition. Whatever the case, the NX10 represents Samsung's answer to the micro four thirds standard.

Samsung NX10 Sensor

Like the micro four thirds system, Samsung's NX series drops the mirror and pentaprism in favor a thinner body. However instead of using a four thirds sized sensor, it is equiped with the larger APS-C size usually only found in DSLRs.


This should give Samsung a leg up on the competition when it comes to high ISO sensitivities, but at the cost of a slightly larger body size. The larger sensor also necessitates larger lenses.



NX10 vs D60



From a front on perspective the NX10 doesn't seem that much smaller than the diminutive D60. However a top or bottom view illustrates that the loss of the mirror does indeed result in a slightly smaller camera. The body alone is small enough that one could put it in a large pocket, but after adding the kit zoom this is no longer an option. If you are looking for portability you will have to buy it with a non zoom pancake lens.

NX10 vs. D60 Top Down



Despite being marginally smaller than the smallest DSLR it still dwarfs my old Fuji F50 point and shoot.

F50 vs. NX10 vs. D60