Samsung NX10 Mini-DSLR Compact Camera - NX10: Handling, Construction and More

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


Smaller is not necessarily better when handling is concerned.  The shape of the body and its weighting plays a big role in how comfortable a camera is to hold and shoot. Once I got used to the smaller grip on the NX10 I have to say that it felt pretty good in my rather average size hands. I could see it getting a bit uncomfortable though for those with larger mitts.

Smaller is Better?



The NX10 employs a standard all plastic body just like the vast majority of consumer cameras. That doesn't mean that it feels cheep though.  Just the opposite. It feels solid and has good build quality as well as being decently balanced.



NX10 Display


Like other cameras in its class Samsung chose to equip the NX10 with a 3" LCD with approximately 640K dots. This translates into a real world resolution of 640x480 which may sound low until you remember that it's only a 3" screen. The key difference between Samsung and some of its competitors is that the NX10 uses a new technology called AMOLED. The AMOLED should give this display an edge in terms of picture quality and power consumption with the downside of being a bit harder to see in direct sunlight.  Luckily for the consumer there is a viewfinder included for just such situations.



Normally an SLR would get its viewfinder through a mirror and pentaprism assembly but as we've explained before those elements have been nixed in this breed. Many other manufacturers have been content to just say goodbye to the viewfinder or offer it as an add-on. Samsung however considered it important enough to include one in the body which is what gives it a sort of SLRish hump in the middle. This is an electronic viewfinder which actually features the same 640x480 resolution as the main display. The viewfinder displays the exact same information as the main display except it is not susceptible to glare from bright lights.



The viewfinder is triggered by a small sensor which blanks the main screen and activates the viewfinder when you eye gets close enough. Usually this works just fine, but I did notice that when using my right eye in portrait mode it wouldn't always activate. I wish Samsung would put an option in the menus to force the viewfinder to be active all the time.  This would cater more to users who are more used to the DSLR.



Inputs/OutputsOn the side of the camera there is a sturdy flap covering the camera's input/outputs. A dc power port is available if you wish to bypass the battery, perhaps for studio work. For convenient viewing on a television there is an HDMI output as well as a standard composite output. Composite video signals are such low quality and resolution though so you wouldn't want to use this options unless it is an emergency. Besides the standard usb port for connecting to your computer there is a port to connect a remote trigger. 



StorageThe other side of the body finds a ubiquitous SD card reader. The slot takes both SD and SDHC cards so capacity shouldn't be an issue. SD media is super cheap right now so it makes sense to get at least an 8GB card. Just beware that there are a wide range of card speeds out there and that a slow card will significantly impact your burst shooting once the tiny buffer on the camera fills up. 


BatteryThe NX10 uses a proprietary 1300mah battery which - according to the manual - should be good for 200 - 400 photos.  Of course this is heavily dependant of judicious use of the flash. From my experience the battery does run out fairly quickly especially compared to a regular DSLR.  However Samsung was kind enough to include an extra battery to help mitigate this shortcoming.