Compared to... Canon EOS 550D

As with the Nikon comparison, the major differences between the Samsung and Canon are the distinctions that come from one of them being a DSLR and one being mirrorless (with most of that difference coming down to whether you want to use the camera to your eye most of the time or would prefer to line-up shots using the rear screen).

The Canon offers a slightly faster continuous shooting rate but again loses-out in terms of side, weight and price. In most other respects the cameras are comparable, in spec terms.

Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Samsung NX10 vs. Canon EOS 550D

Camera settings:

  • Samsung NX10: Pentax FA 50mm F1.4 (F8, via adapter), Manual Exposure, ISO 100
    JPEG 14MP/Super Fine, Neutral WB, Standard Picture Wizard(Standard), Self-Timer
  • Canon EOS 550D: Canon 50 mm F1.4 lens (@F8), Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
Samsung NX10
Canon EOS 550D
5.5 MB JPEG (4592 x 3056)
6.4 MB JPEG (5184 x 3456)

At the opposite end of the sharpening spectrum from the Nikon sits the Canon 550D which emphasizes every little edge and detail. The NX10's JPEGs (at default settings), don't come anywhere close to representing fine detail and, looking at the finest patterns in the scene, it looks like it may not be capturing the same level of resolution as the Canon.