Samsung NX10 Review
Rear of camera controls
The back of the NX10 is mainly taken up by its 3.0" 614K dot OLED screen with a fairly standard - but also fairly comprehensive - selection of buttons to its right. As was the case with the Panasonic G1, Samsung has clearly decided that it makes more sense to ape the layout familiar from entry-level DSLRs and super zoom 'Bridge' cameras, rather than risking anything too avant garde or idiosyncratic. So there are AEL, Exposure Compensation and Function buttons in easy reach while shooting, and a four-way controller, Display, Play and Delete buttons for non-shooting moments. It may not be terribly adventurous but it works when you try to use it, which is undeniably a more sensible way to do things.
Interestingly, although the NX10 offers a comprehensive selection of direct external controls, there's no button that directly changes anything or toggles between options - everything brings up a settings screen which then requires the use of the dial or four-way controller. Again, this will be immediately familiar to compact camera users and will prevent accidental changes, but does prevent really fast operation.
On screen settings adjustment
Because all its shooting settings can be shown as compact-camera-like icons around the sides of the display, the NX10 doesn't offer a status panel screen. Instead there's a function menu that gives access to those shooting parameters that don't already have their own button. In the Scene, Smart Auto and Move modes you get a cut-down version of the menu described below.
The Function menu (and those invoked by pressing the dedicated buttons on the body) is very pretty to look at and the use of a virtual 'loupe' (the circular thing in the middle of the screens below) makes it quick and easy to see the current setting you've selected. It's not that quick, however, as changing anything requires several button presses.
|The Function menu||Setting image size|
Buttons / controls (Record mode)
Takes you to the camera settings section of the menu system detailed later in this preview
Used to give direct access to four commonly-used shooting settings:
• AF mode - selects between single AF, continuous AF and manual focus modes
• WB - displays the white balance options
• ISO - select the sensitivity or engage Auto ISO mode
• Metering - chose between Multi, Spot and Center-weighted
|OK/AF point selection
Acts as a confirmation button or, when in 'Selection AF' mode, allows you to move and choose the size of the AF area.
Adjusts the exposure settings to produce an image brighter or darker than the camera's meter would give. In aperture priority mode this changes the shutter speed and vice versa in shutter speed priority mode. In program mode it will adjust either. (Not available in Smart Auto mode).
|AEL||Auto Exposure Lock
Locks the exposure settings based on the current metered value.
Buttons / controls (Play mode)
Enters the camera's image playback mode
Takes you to the playback section of the menu system detailed later in this preview
Advances through the images, when the left or right edges are pressed. When an image is magnified, all four directions of the controller work, allowing navigation around the chose image.
Marks an image to prevent accidental deletion.
- 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
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