Samsung talks up the NX10 ‘hybrid’ camera


  • Technology
  • Thursday, 01 Apr 2010

By ZAM KARIM intech@thestar.com.my

Samsung claims its new 14.6-megapixel NX10 shooter opens up a new camera category — a hybrid of sorts — since what users will get are DSLR specifications in a compact body.

The camera has done away with mirror components usually found in full-fledged DSLR models, resulting in a sleek 123 x 87 x 39mm casing. And it also sheds a few grams along the way, tipping the scales at only 353g.

Users have a choice of two colours — black and silver.

At its heart is the APS-C size CMOS sensor, which Samsung said boasts a bigger size, better quality and a lower crop ratio than that of the Micro Four Thirds variety.

The sensor works with the new DRIMe II Pro engine and advanced AF (auto focus) algorithm to offer ultra fast AF speed with the higher precision of contrast AF, ensuring more sharp and crisp images.

The built-in supersonic dust removal feature, which vibrates at 60,000 times per second, helps to remove harmful particles to provide users with clean sensor when needed, Samsung said.

Big view

Once the camera is turned around, users will notice that a majority of the back is taken up by the large 3in AMOLED screen.

According to Samsung, the display has a response rate that’s 3,000 times faster than an LCD display and it also boasts a 1,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for easy viewing even in bright sunlight.

Like a compact camera, the NX10’s display doubles as a viewfinder to help users frame their shots properly. The camera also has an electronic viewfinder for the same purpose.

The NX10 also comes with a proximity sensor that senses when a user brings the camera close to their face and it will then put the screen on standby to conserve power.

The NX10 shoots 720p HD quality video in the H.264 format. Other video recording resolutions include the 640 x 480-pixels and 320 x 240-pixels.

Also present is an HDMI port for users to hook the camera up directly to a HDTV.

Intelligent features

The NX10 also offers a range of intelligent features to put professional quality images within reach of the amateur photographer, Samsung said.

For instance, there is a Beauty Shot option where users can change the subject’s face tone and do retouches on the fly to make everybody look good in the picture.

Then there is the Smart Range function which ensures bright spots aren’t saturated and dark spots aren’t too dark so that camera produces a balanced and clear image.

The NX10 supports up SDHC cards up to 32GB in size and to let users quickly scroll through the entire image library fast, images can be organised in various categories.

The camera will be on sale from April 8 with a variety of lens packages.

Two versions will be available in the first batch; the package with an 18-55mm lens will retail for RM2,799, while the 30mm pancake lens package will cost RM3,099.

++++ www.samsung.com.my

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