Compared to... Panasonic DMC-GF1

Of course as well as competing with the DSLRs on one side, the Samsung also faces competition from other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, including the miniature mirrorless models, such as Panasonic's GF1 and the Olympus PEN series. These dispense with viewfinders (though everything except the Olympus E-P1 can accept a clip-on electronic viewfinder), to offer some of the smallest interchangeable lens cameras on the market. They too can boast the seamless live view that allows them to be used in a way that will be instantly familiar to users of compact cameras.

The Panasonic has a a 12MP sensor rather than the Samsung's 14.6MP one, but is smaller, offers a direct movie record button and is currently backed-up by a larger lens range, thanks to it being a more established format. Interestingly, although both cameras have screens with the same number of dots, Samsung claims its OLED screen's arrangement gives it a higher perceptual resolution. However, as has already been discussed, you don't get this apparent advantage because of the low resolution of the feed the screen is receiving from the sensor.

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 Panasonic GF1

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

  • Panasonic DMC-GF1: Olympus 50 mm F2 Macro lens (F6.3, via adapter), Aperture Priority, ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
Samsung NX10
Panasonic DMC-GF1
5.5 MB JPEG (4592 x 3056)
6.6 MB JPEG (4000 x 3000)

In this comparison the difference isn't simply one of sharpening - the 12MP Panasonic has one of the lightest anti-aliasing filters we've seen and hence it's capturing at least the same level of detail as the Samsung. However, this means the Samsung is able to avoid the moiré that is appearing in some of the finest repeating patterns in the scene.