CES 2010: Hands-on with Samsung NX10

Wily Samsung announced its NX10 camera – a new rival to the micro four thirds brigade – just before CES. This attracted hordes of geeks to its CES 201

The NX10 adopts the same principle of cameras like the Olympus PEN – removing the reflex mirror and optical viewfinder in favour of smaller dimensions. But the key difference from micro four thirds cams is that the NX10 uses the same APS-C sized sensor as standard DSLRs.

This theoretically means better low light performance, with the downside that its lenses are much larger.

This becomes obvious when you see it in the flesh. With the 30mm pancake lens fitted, it looks like a slightly more compact DSLR (but definitely not pocketable).

Fit the 50-200mm lens, though, and all the effort and expense of removing the mirror and viewfinder seems a little wasted.

Still, there's no doubt Samsung knows how to design a camera, and the NX10 felt good in the hand with a sensible button layout in our brief play.

There's no pricing or release date available for the NX10 yet, but we'll bring it to you as soon as Samsung gives us the word.

[by Mark Wilson]

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