|Upon arrival of a Samsung NX10 test sample, it is tested in our DIWA Lab. The technical data of the rigorous tests are processed and translated into understandable data. Inside the lab, testing takes place in standardized circumstances. An environment in which cameras, both compact and system concepts can be compared without a problem. Besides that, the Samsung NX10 system camera is extensively used in practice and evaluated as for operation and shooting in practice. This combination of lab tests and the testing in practice, results in a final conclusion that is carefully reviewed.|
|Samsung NX10 image quality
One of the big theoretical advantages of a larger sensor is that you have higher quality. If that is really the case in practice depends on the chosen settings. Those settings are chosen by the user as well as the manufacturer. The latter has more influence on the end result with the processor. The practice tests show fine performances, and the results of our DIWA Lab, that is run by Kai Thon, test manager of the DIWA Awards, support that.
Samsung lenses for sharp pictures
What is directly noticeable when you look at the photos is the high amount of sharpness. Of course that is mainly due to the lens, but it also depends on the measure of sharpness of the camera. All three lenses perform outstandingly on this part. The 30 mm pancake wins the prize, it is almost too sharp. On the other parts, the 30 mm outclasses the other lenses. Next to most compact lens, it is also the best lens. It is not for nothing that it is my favorite. Not that the other lenses are not good, to the contrary. They belong to the best kit lenses that I have seen, on almost all levels. The 18-55 mm distorts quite a bit in the furthest wide angle position, but we see that more often. For the rest, the test results speak for themselves.
Samsung NX10 noise reduction
The Samsung NX10 itself performs far above my expectations. In comparison with the Micro Four Thirds, you can clearly see that the sensor is larger. Concerning noise, among others, you see the advantages. The higher ISO values can be used without a problem. It is only a bit bad above ISO 800, but even then it is still excellent. Remarkable in the curve is that there is less noise to be seen at ISO 3200. The noise reduction is obviously working well here. Very good performances!
|Dynamic range and color reproduction
Logically, the dynamic range decreases with increasing sensitivity. The graph shows a fine line. Only at ISO 1600 does the dynamic range become a bit narrower, but it remains good. There are a lot of cameras that do not perform as well on this point. This also left me pleasantly surprised by the Samsung NX10. The color reproduction is also exemplary. The Samsung NX10 delivers very beautiful, natural-looking photos and the color reproduction stays constant throughout the whole range. Not only do you see that in the graph, but also in the test shots. The white balance is also very constant and reliable. Even the automatic white balance is good, which is normally a bit unstable.
Samsung NX10 sensitivity
If criticism has to be made about the image quality, then at most you can say that the sensitivity is not achieved. The Samsung NX10 is actually constantly about 30% less sensitive than the given value. Because the deviation is fairly constant, you can easily take it into consideration. With the practice shots I hardly noticed the lack of sensitivity. The images looked well exposed.
Samsung NX10 RAW & JPEG
I photographed most of the test shots in RAW. Samsung forced me to shoot in JPEG as well, because I work with a Mac and Samsung does not deliver software for it, only a RAW converter for Windows. That is actually not of this time anymore. It is inconvenient that Samsung has chosen for its own RAW format, instead of DNG. Most programs can process that format. Pentax also offers it as an option. I think that Samsung should have done that, too. The only possibility of working with RAW files right now is to convert the files to DNG with the DNG converter (version 5.7) and then open them in Lightroom or Camera RAW. Even Adobe CS5 does not yet support the Samsung NX10’s files.