Samsung NX10 Mini-DSLR Compact Camera - NX10 Focus, White Balance, Burst 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


I am a photography enthusiast not an expert, nor do I have a lot of fancy color calibrated equipment. I can give you my impressions and test shots but that is all.



Focus in all modes is fairly fast. Not as fast as a DSLR but fast enough not to be annoying. It also is fairly effective. The fast majority of focus errors were a result of not selecting the right focus point rather than a poor focus lock.

The ability to get a focus lock in low light or poor contrast situations was also not a problem. This is probably due in part to the friendly green AF lamp that the NX10 has. I much prefer an AF lamp to the strobe flash approach taken by some other DSLR manufacturers.

Face detection on this camera is somewhat of a mixed bag. Straight on it had no problems discerning that a face was present, and once a face lock was gained it was able to hold it even when the head did turn slightly. However trying to acquire an initial face lock from even a slight angle resulted in failure. If the camera fails to get a face lock it will fall back to standard multi-point AF.

Face Detect OK

Face Detect Fail


The bottom line is that face detection will work OK in a photoshoot environment but it won't work at a party where the subject is not staged.


Manual Focus Zoom When AF fails, and it will, you will need use manual AF. Here is where the NX10 employs a nifty feature that automatically enlarges the image when you move the focus ring. This helps to get a much finer focus than is possible by just looking at the original image. I found myself wishing that more cameras would implement this feature.


For a contrast detect focus system the NX10 performs surprisingly well.


Startup time:

One of the most annoying things about compact cameras is how long the take to start up. When you have small children, that could mean a missed shot. The NX10 is quite quick. It takes just around 2 seconds from when you switch the camera on to taking a picture. A DSLR will come in under a second but the difference is small.


Burst Speed:

Samsung's manual says... JPEG : 3 fps up to 10 shots - RAW : 3 fps up to 3 shots - which I did confirm to be true. How fast you shoot after that depends partly on the speed of your card, and partly on how fast the camera can process the images. This is a significant step up from most compacts but falls short of most DSLRs. The situation gets even worse if you try to shoot Raw+JPEG as you will only get one, maybe two shots off before the camera has to buffer.



The NX10 is fairly conservative with its exposure, tending more to the darker side unlike Nikon which tends to be a bit overexposed. I did find myself reaching for the exposure compensation button from time to time, but not frequently enough to be annoying. Most of the trick in getting exposure right is selecting the right metering mode for the situation.


White Balance:

White balance is very hard for a camera to get right. I shot two pictures one with 3500K lighting and one with 2700K lighting. Both of these color temperatures are fairly warm.  Unfortunately the NX10 didn't pick up on the color temperature very well, resulting in a warmish brown tinge to the picture.  You can mitigate this by shooting in raw mode or by manually adjusting the white balance when in an odd lighting environment. 



The small popup flash built into the body should be only used close to your subject, but when used properly it can be effective. It meters well so as not to overexpose your subject.