Samsung uncovers Interchangeable-Lens NX10 Camera (Jan 04, 2010) — Samsung is the earliest company out of the gate with a key camera declaration at CES 2010, unveiling the initial model in its NX series. The company teased the NX series at PMA 2009 early previous year; however the NX10 is the primary real-world NX series offering.

NX10-frontThe Samsung NX10 is an interchangeable-lens model that’s somewhat less bulky than a DSLR, offering a 14.6-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor that’s considerably larger than the sensors found in Micro Four-Thirds system cameras from Panasonic and Olympus. The NX10 has the capability to shoot 720p HD video as MPEG-4 files at 30 frames per second.

Similar to the Micro Four-Thirds system cameras released previous year by Panasonic and Olympus, Samsung’s NX cameras eradicate the mirror box found in the body of conventional DSLR cameras. This allows the NX10 to have a more compact frame than a DSLR whilst still retaining the ability to exchange lenses; the NX10 clocks in at 4.8 inches wide, 3.4 inches high, and 1.6 inches deep, and it weighs 0.78 pounds without the lens.

The compact body comes at the price of the through-the-lens optical viewfinder found in conventional DSLRs. Instead, users will utilize either the NX10’s 3-inch-diagonal AMOLED screen to create shots, or the eye-level electronic viewfinder.

During some concise hands-on time with the camera, the NX10’s AMOLED screen looked bright and sharp, whereas the eye-level EVF has a proximity sensor that mechanically turns off the LCD and powers on the EVF once you put your eye to it.

Samsung in addition announced three lenses for the latest NX series cameras: an 18mm-55mm optically stabilized lens (which is the NX10’s kit lens), a 50mm-200mm stabilized lens, and a 30mm prime lens. Users will require purchasing stabilized lenses to get optically stabilized shots, as the NX10 does not have body-based stabilization.

Additional key specs consist of a pop-up flash on top of the camera, a HDMI port for playing back videos on an HDTV screen, and a supersonic dust-removal system for the APS-C sensor. Samsung is too touting the camera’s autofocus speed, which it says is a key advantage of its DRIMe II Pro imaging engine.

No pricing has been announced, although the Samsung NX10 is slated for availability in the Spring as a kit with the 18mm-55mm stabilized lens. The camera will be offered in black or silver.

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