Samsung NX10

1. 3.0-Inch AMOLED Monitor: At 4.9×3.3×1.7 inches and 13.1 ounces, the G2 is much smaller than DSLRs, even Four Thirds System models. 2. EVF: The built-in, 921,000-dot electronic viewfinder features VGA (640×480-pixel) resolution and generous eyepiece correction (-4.0 to +2.0 diopters). 3. Built-In Flash: The NX10 has a handy built-in flash unit. Contact:Samsung,

Samsung NX10

LIST PRICE: $699 (with 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 lens)

14.6-MEGAPIXEL APS-C SENSOR: Inside the NX10’s tiny body is a big APS-C-format DSLR image sensor, a 14.6-megapixel Samsung CMOS unit that delivers RAW and JPEG images up to 4592×3056 pixels.

HD VIDEO: As one would expect in this age, the new NX10 features HD video capability, with the ability to shoot 1280x720p HD, 640×480 SD and 320×240 clips at 30 fps, with mono sound when desired, using the MP4 (H.264) format.

INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES: The NX10 features a Samsung NX lens mount, and initially three lenses will be available: an 18-55mm kit zoom, a 30mm “pancake” lens and a 50-200mm tele-zoom. An adapter for Pentax SLR lenses is also in the works, which should add great focal-length versatility,

SENSOR-DUST REMOVER: Each time you change lenses with an SLR, dust can enter and settle on the sensor unit. Once there, the dust will appear in every image you make. Most of today’s DSLRs feature a built-in sensor-dust remover, which uses ultra-high-frequency vibrations to remove any dust that settles on the sensor assembly. The DSLR look-alike NX10 also has this vital feature.

Camera manufacturers have long sought to provide the desirable features of an SLR (top image quality, interchangeable lenses, convenient eye-level viewing, etc.) without the bulk. A bit of history: Olympus’ OM-1 35mm SLR noticeably reduced the size and weight of the SLR back in the early 1970s, but the size of the 35mm image frame and the SLR mirror box set a bulk limit below which no camera designer could go. When DSLRs went digital, smaller sensors could have made for smaller cameras, but most camera makers adapted their large 35mm SLRs to digital duty. The Four Thirds System, featuring a smaller 17.3×13.0mm image sensor, promised smaller DSLRs, but those produced weren’t all that much smaller.

More recently, in 2008, the Micro Four Thirds System was introduced, featuring the same Four Thirds sensor, but doing away with the SLR mirror box, focusing screen and pentaprism finder. The result: cameras that are noticeably smaller than DSLRs, with some even providing eye-level electronic viewfinders so they can be used like DSLRs rather than held at arm’s length like compact digital cameras.

Now, we have a new player. Samsung’s NX10 puts a larger APS-C-sized DSLR image sensor into a tiny body with a built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder that’s about the same size as the Micro Four Thirds models.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The NX10 provides the look, convenience and sensor of an interchangeable-lens DSLR, but in a much smaller size.

VERDICT: The NX10 wraps an APS-C-format, DSLR-sized sensor with high-resolution still and HD video capability in a truly compact body, with an eye-level EVF and excellent OLED monitor.

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