Record Review

The NX10 doesn't offer any options for record review (it doesn't, for example, change to match the currently selected playback style), though you can adjust the amount of time it's displayed for. However, the low-resolution playback image that we complained about in the pre-production sample NX10 which we previewed last year has now been fixed, and the record review image is now of a decent quality to assess sharpness (although it is still not possible to zoom in except in playback mode).

Apologies for the rather poor quality of the screenshots in this and other sections of this preview: the NX10 doesn't allow photography (or menu access) when anything is attached to the AV or HDMI ports, so these were all photographed directly off the back of the camera.


Display modes

The NX10 offers three playback options: Full screen image with basic shooting information, full screen image with detailed shooting information overlay and a smaller image with RGBY histograms and shooting details.

1. Full screen image with basic shooting information. 2. Full screen image with information overlaid
3: Small image, shooting information and R,G,B and Luminance histograms  

Play magnification

In play mode the command dial is used to change the magnification (up to 7.2x in 11 steps) and the arrow keys to scroll around the magnified image. Our production sample fixes two issues we found annoying with the pre-production unit which we originally previewed - it is now possible to magnify raw images, and raw+JPEG files captured simultaneously are displayed as a single numbered image, rather than as two.

However, there's no way of switching between images while they're zoomed-in. This is a shame since it's really useful to be able to jump between and check the focus in multiple images.

Play thumbnail index

Press the drive button to switch to thumbnail index views, there are three different index views; 12 images (3x4), 20 images (5x4) and a simple 'film strip' that shows three images on a single screen. In all cases you can use what Samsung somewhat misleadingly calls 'Smart Albums' - this simply sorts the images by date (day or week) or type. This is useful if you want to view all your movies without scrolling through lots of images too, but it seems to be something of a missed opportunity when compared to the fancy filtering options (such as face recognition) found in some of the newer compact cameras - you can't even jump from one category to another, it just puts the files in a different order.


Image Editing

The NX10 offers a range of Picture Edit options for saved photos, including preset color styles, red-eye removal, back light compensation, resizing/rotating and 'face retouching' (skin softening).

You can apply these edits to JPEG or raw files, which is strange as it provides a function - converting raw to JPEG in-camera - that's not available anywhere else on the NX10. Of course being tied to these 'effects' means you can't actually convert RAWs without changing something (though if you fix red-eye and there's nothing to fix that's more or less what you get).

This is a curious frustration that has been consistent in all 4 NX10 bodies we've seen (including 2 pre-production samples) and we hope that Samsung adds a more obvious (and more sophisticated) in-camera raw conversion option in a future firmware update. Image editing can be initiated in playback mode either by going to 'menu' or with a single press of the 'Fn' button.