Samsung NX10 Review
Studio Tests - Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS lens
The NX10 is available in kits with two lenses - the image-stabilized 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom, and the fast, compact 30mm F2 'pancake'. On this page we're going to see how the zoom measures up in our studio tests.
The NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS is fairly typical for a kit lens, producing reasonably acceptable results at most settings. The corners are very soft towards the wide end at larger apertures, and distortion is quite high, but this is balanced by notably low lateral chromatic aberration. Overall it's pretty well on a par with typical kit lenses such as the Nikon 18-55mm F3.6-5.6 VR or the Olympus M ZD 14-42mm F3.5-5.6. Only Panasonic's Lumix G 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS really does any better, but this is substantially due to the integration of software correction for distortion and chromatic aberration into the overall system design.
At the wideangle end, central sharpness is very high wide open, but the corners are distinctly soft. They sharpen up progressively on stopping down, with the best results obtained around F8-F11. At longer focal lengths sharpness becomes more consistent across the frame, and the lens performs just as well wide open as stopped down. As usual on APS-C, apertures smaller than F11 give noticeable softening due to diffraction.
Lateral chromatic aberration is extremely low, especially in the visually more disturbing red channel. Indeed it's much the lowest of all kit zooms we've yet tested, and this shouldn't be overlooked as it results in cleaner-looking images.
We consider falloff to become perceptible when the corner illumination falls to more than 1 stop less than the center. There's really nothing to see here at all.
Distortion is distinctly high for an 18-55mm kit zoom, ranging from 2.2% barrel at wideangle, through neutral at 24mm, to -1.9% pincushion at the tele end. Indeed it's very unusual to see such high levels of distortion outside of a superzoom design.
Software Correction of Lens Aberrations
Software correction of lens aberrations has become increasingly common recently - most notably it's fully integrated into the image processing of the NX10's most obvious competitors, the Micro Four Thirds system cameras from Olympus and Panasonic. We were therefore interested in finding out whether there was any evidence for Samsung adopting a similar approach with its NX system.
We've looked into this by comparing the NX10's JPEG output with the corresponding raw files, converted using Samsung's own software (Raw Converter 3), Adobe Camera Raw, and dcraw via conversion to DNG. This allows us to draw conclusions on which corrections Samsung is using. Our conclusion is that the NX system behaves much like conventional DSLRs; neither distortion nor falloff (vignetting) is being corrected, and while colour fringing due to chromatic aberration is suppressed in the camera's JPEGs, it isn't (necessarily) in RAW.
Chromatic aberration suppression in JPEG
Here's a real-world example showing how the camera suppresses chromatic aberration in its JPEG output, in comparison to the raw file converted using Samsung Raw Converter 3 (SRC 3) and Adobe Camera Raw 5.7. The JPEG processing appears to detect and desaturate edge fringing, which works well in the case of high contrast edges, but is less effective in regions where CA is less obvious. In the examples below showing two different crops from the same image, the camera has removed fringing very effectively from the edges of the white bars (upper right), but less so from the tree trunk (bottom left corner). Samsung Raw Converter 3 and Adobe Camera Raw both show fringing (to a greater or lesser extent) in both crops.
|Samsung NX10, 18-55mm @ 18mm F7.1|
100% crops, camera JPEG
100% crops, raw + SRC 3
100% crops, raw + ACR
Optical Image Stabilization
The 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS incorporates in-lens Optical Image Stabilization. Like Panasonic's similarly-named technology, there are two modes, but they behave subtly differently. Mode 1 runs the stabilizer when the shutter button is half-pressed, while Mode 2 runs it all the time (and therefore probably has a negative impact on battery life). There's no automatic panning detection, so OIS should probably be turned off for panning shots. When activated the OIS unit is near-silent in operation, but when the lens is taken off the camera it rattles around audibly inside the lens (again like Panasonic).
We've generally found the optical stabilization units in SLR lenses to be pretty effective in real-world use, and to quantify this, we subjected the 18-55mm to our studio image stabilization test, using the long end of the zoom (55mm). We take 10 shots at each shutter speed and visually rate them for sharpness. Shots considered 'sharp' have no visible blur at the pixel level, and are therefore suitable for viewing or printing at the largest sizes, whereas files with 'mild blur' are only slightly soft, and perfectly usable for all but the most critical applications.
|OIS OFF||OIS Mode 1||OIS Mode 2|
It's clear that Samsung's OIS is providing some real benefit here: about two stops in Mode 1, and one stop in Mode 2. This is certainly worth having, and more or less on a par with the image stabilized 18-55mm DSLR kit lenses from Canon and Nikon (although it's some way off the current best for in-lens systems, which can provide up to four stops of stabilization). Given that Mode 1 is both more efficient, and likely more battery-friendly, it seems the logical choice (for the 18-55m at least).
- 16 Photographic tests (DR)
- 17 Photographic tests (Lenses)
- 18 Photographic tests (Lenses)
- 19 Photographic tests
- 20 Movie Mode
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (RAW)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 28 Compared to (Resolution)
- 29 Conclusion
- 30 Samples
|Fascia walkie talkie building London by ian herridge|
from Abstract Architecture
|Global Reach by cjf2|
French President Emmanuel Macron has lodged a legal complaint against a paparazzo who snuck onto the president's private vacation property to take pictures.
Ever wonder what the difference is between compressed, uncompressed and lossless compressed Raw files? Photography Life's Nasim Mansurov breaks it down for you in this informative article.
The oldest known portrait of a US president was just discovered after over a century in storage. It's going up for auction in October, where it's expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000.
If you're using the popular Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens with Sigma's MC-11 converter, listen up: you'll want to update your lens and converter firmware ASAP.
If you've heard it once, you've probably heard it a thousand times: never check in your camera gear when flying. This shattered $11,000 lens is what can happen when you do.
Lensrentals just did its first Cine lens comparison, pitting five top-notch 35mm primes against each other: the Zeiss CP.2 35mm T2.1, Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5, Sigma 35mm T1.5 FF, Rokinon Xeen 35mm T1.5 and Schneider Xenon 35mm T2.1.
A team of Google researchers have found that slightly warping watermarks when embedding them into images can help prevent automatic removal.
You don't have to empty your savings account to take your photography to the next level. These cheap buys cost about $50 or less, and come with outsized benefits for your photography.
Joey L, Dani Diamond, Brandon Woelfel and Jessica Kobeissi go head-to-head in an episode of "4 photographers shoot the same model."
The latest flagship phone from Asus combines a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 main sensor with a smaller Sony IMX351 chip for 2x zoom and a background-blurring portrait mode.
The company behind popular photo editor Picktorial 3 just released the X-Pack: a preset package that allows you to add Fuji's in-camera film simulation profiles to your RAF files in post.
Photoshop. GoPro. Every once in a while a product emerges that defines a category. And sometimes, it vanishes just as quickly as it arrived on the scene. This week's Throwback Thursday remembers the Flip, the pocket camcorder everyone had – until they didn't.
The Nokia 8's dual-cam combines the image data from a 13MP RGB sensor and a 13 monochrome chip for better detail, improved dynamic range and lower noise levels.
The company behind retail giant B&H Photo has agreed to pay out $3.2 million in monetary relief and back wages to settle a discrimination and harassment case from 2016.
After a popular Facebook teaser and some studio portrait samples, Godox has finally officially released the Godox A1 smartphone flash and flash trigger. Cheap, versatile and innovative, color us intrigued.
Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV has won the European Imaging and Sound Association’s Professional DSLR of the Year award, making this the third year in a row that the brand has beaten Nikon to the top spot in the professional camera category.
A photograph and quote tweeted out by former president Barack Obama has officially become the most popular tweet of all time, receiving over 1.3 million retweets and 3.4 million likes.
Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and in this episode of Advancing Your Photography we learn the extreme technique he used to capture one of his most famous still life photos.
Instagram just released a small update that will make a huge difference if you're active on the photo sharing app: threaded comment replies.
Venus Optics has announced the price and delivery date of the second lens to join its Zero-D line up: the 15mm F2 for Sony’s E mount. A lens they've dubbed, "the world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame."
Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.
The Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM is an understated jewel of a lens, and one that we've enjoyed on a variety of cameras since its release almost five years ago. Its relatively small size and image stabilization make it a versatile tool for a variety of photography - check out our sample gallery.
You don't need a fancy studio or tons of gear to capture the kind of classic product photography you see in magazines. In this video, Dustin Dolby shows you how to do it with just a couple of speedlights and some know-how.
The life-logging camera is trying to make a comeback. Say hello to FrontRow, a live-streaming enabled life-logging camera from Ubiquiti that hangs on a necklace like a pendant.
When a prospective client approaches you, don't just say "yes" right away. Here's a useful list of questions you should be asking before you decide to take the job and name your price.
Samsung just revealed a blazing-fast new Solid State Drive capable of data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s.
DJI has developed a 'Local Data Mode' that lets pilots fly without being connected to the Internet. The mode should calm recent fears over data privacy and security when flying DJI drones.
After 1.7 million downloads on Apple computers since the launch in November 2015, Aurora HDR will be available for Windows PCs for the first time with the 2018 release.
The company behind the new Meyer Optik Goerlitz lens manufacturing business has formed a new brand to bring back the Biotar 75mm F1.5 that was made by Carl Zeiss Jena in the 1940s and 50s.
The updated Qualcomm Spectra system is a dual-camera setup that is capable of sensing depth and motion in real time.