Samsung has announced prices for its new NX10 hybrid camera, a smaller, mirrorless alternative to a DSLR which offers interchangeable lenses.
We first had an opportunity to see the NX10 system camera in action at the Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in Las Vegas.
Watch our video of the Samsung NX10 hybrid camera
The NX10 has a 14.6Mp sensor and all the functionality of a digital SLR, including full manual focusing, priority modes for aperture and shutter speed, a hot shoe connection and interchangeable lenses. However, as the NX10 doesn’t feature an internal mirror and pentaprism, its body is smaller and lighter than a DSLR.
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Prices for Samsung NX10 lens bundles
Samsung says that the NX10 will initially be released with three interchangeable lens options:
- 30mm f2 pancake
- 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS
- 50-200mm f4-4.56 ED OIS
These lenses will be available to buy on their own, or as bundles with the NX10 body. The basic package of the Samsung NX10 together with the 18-55mm kit lens will be launched at a price of £599.
Alternatively, the NX10 together with the 30mm pancake lens will cost £649 as a package. The camera body, 18-55mm lens and 30mm lens can be bought as a package for £749.
You will also be able to pick up the NX10 together with the 18-55mm lens and the 50-200mm zoom lens for £699.
All three lens combinations will be available to buy in March 2010. Samsung plans to release a further three lenses a year for this new hybrid system.
Samsung NX10 features
The NX10 competes directly with Micro Four-Thirds cameras from Panasonic and Olympus, but it has an ace up its sleeve to nudge it ahead of its rivals: a full-size APS-C chip which measures 28.4mm diagonally – compared to the smaller sensors of Micro Four-Thirds cameras.
Which? digital camera expert Richard Parris says: ‘With an image sensor as large as you’d find in a quality DSLR, this camera has the potential to deliver great shots despite its compact frame.
‘Samsung’s new system could prove a real challenge to Panasonic and Olympus’s micro-four-thirds system, as consumers look for great photo quality from smaller, lighter camera bodies.’
Samsung claims a battery life of 400 shots per charge, a maximum ISO of 3200, 3fps (frames per second)shooting and 720p HD video recording at 30fps.
The NX10 is set to feature an electronic viewfinder with VGA resolution, a 3-inch AMOLED display and a built-in pop-up flash.
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