First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Samsung NX10 digital camera (preview)
CES 2010: Samsung takes aim at the DSLR and Micro Four-Thirds camera markets with the NX10
- Interchangeable lenses, AMOLED screen, K-Mount adapter
- No release date for Australia yet
The Samsung NX10 is an interchangeable-lens model that's slightly less bulky than a DSLR, offering a 14.6-megapixel APS-C-size CMOS sensor that's significantly larger than the sensors found in Micro Four-Thirds system cameras from Panasonic and Olympus.
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Samsung is the first company out of the gate with a major camera announcement at CES 2010, unveiling the first model in its NX series. The company teased the NX series at PMA 2009 early last year, but the NX10 is the first real-world NX series offering.
The Samsung NX10 is an interchangeable-lens model that's slightly less bulky than a DSLR, offering a 14.6-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor that's significantly larger than the sensors found in Micro Four-Thirds system cameras from Panasonic and Olympus. The NX10 has the ability to shoot 720p HD video as MPEG-4 files at 30 frames per second.
Like the Micro Four-Thirds system cameras released last year by Panasonic and Olympus, Samsung's NX cameras eliminate the mirror box found in the body of traditional DSLR cameras. This allows the NX10 to have a more compact frame than a DSLR while still retaining the capability to swap lenses; the NX10 clocks in at 4.8 inches wide, 3.4 inches high, and 1.6 inches deep, and it weighs 0.78 pounds without the lens.
The compact body comes at the expense of the through-the-lens optical viewfinder found in traditional DSLRs. Instead, users will use either the NX10's 3-inch-diagonal AMOLED screen to compose shots, or the eye-level electronic viewfinder.
During some brief hands-on time with the camera, the NX10's AMOLED screen looked bright and sharp, while the eye-level EVF has a proximity sensor that automatically turns off the LCD and powers on the EVF once you put your eye to it. The camera's physical size is about in line with the first Micro Four-Thirds offerings from Panasonic (the Lumix DMC-G1 and Lumix DMC-GH1).
Samsung also announced three lenses for the new NX series cameras: an 18mm-55mm optically stabilised lens (which is the NX10's kit lens), a 50mm-200mm stabilized lens, and a 30mm prime lens. Users will need to buy stabilised lenses to get optically stabilized shots, as the NX10 does not have body-based stabilisation.
The lens mount on the NX10 is a proprietary NX mount, but Samsung will also sell a K-Mount adapter to allow compatibility with legacy Pentax K-Mount lenses.
Other key specs include a pop-up flash on top of the camera, a HDMI port for playing back videos on an HDTV screen, and a supersonic dust-removal system for the APS-C sensor. Samsung is also touting the camera's autofocus speed, which it says is a key benefit of its DRIMe II Pro imaging engine.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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