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Best overall uncompromised APS-C package
on 8 February 2011
Overall a highly competent first try by Samsung in the mirrorless market, research pricing properly and you'll get brilliant value for money too.
Terrific frankly, nice clean shots up to 800ISO suitable for your big enlargements, a little bit noisier at 1600 but still fine, 3200 maybe for emergencies only - there's a NR function you can switch on that kicks in at 3200, but if you want to get technical best thing apparantly is to shoot in RAW at 1600 and above and process to your own NR taste rather than relying on the jpeg output. I'm referencing the 18-55mm kit lens - If you use the bright & fast 30mm 2.0 lens you're less likely to stray up beyond 800 anyway. The sensor is the same as used in the (now discontinued) Samsung GX20 dslr, and Pentax models of that time - from review sites around the net it seems that the overall IQ comfortably matches entry-level DSLRs, and has a more controlled dynamic range (shadow detail, highlight clipping) than it's smaller-sensored 4/3s competitors.
Excellent - professional reviews liken it to mid-range DSLRs. High quality plastics, good solid feel to it all, buttons a little mushy but nothing's cheap. Hinged doors to battery, AV connections and SDcard slot all decent. Having handled all direct competitors, this feels the most solid.
Ergonomics of a shrunken dslr - comfortably works with left hand cupping the body and lens, right hand curled round the handle, with right thumb controlling main function buttons. Great AMOLED screen, pretty intuitive main and function menues. Having the electronic view finder (evf) and flash built in also makes it a more flexible user experience, and better value - No need to attach or pay extra for a flash (a la Samsung's own NX100) or a evf (a la Olympus).
Ease of Use
It's more of a shrunk down dslr, rather than an upsized compact, so for a dslr user it's a doddle to get familiar with the controls and functions, less so for those trading up from a compact - I think that the Sony and Olympus rivals designed their models with compact users in mind - Samsung with the NX10(and Panasonic w the G series) have designed with DSLR users in mind. It also lacks those easy-use and fun features you get with some other models - No easy-guide "Background defocus", "Action blur" etc modes with adjustable toggles, no fun picture modes like miniaturization, vignetting etc.
Small but growing range of lenses - Not as extensive a range as some of the competition right now, and the 20-50mm is just a duplicate version of the 18-55mm, gains i-function but loses OIS. Overall the range of lenses available are better value than the competitors - When shortlisting what mirrorless models you're considering, also check out how much the lenses etc are - you might be shocked by what some of the other makes are asking for their different lenses, flashes, straps and even cases!