NX10 at Chipping Campden

Samsung NX10 30mm f2 pancake lens

Chipping Campden is a small town/village in the English Cotswolds. Like many such places it caters for tourists, who come from all over the world. Consequently it has a fair amount of what might be called "English Whimsy"
You can buy things there that you might find difficult to obtain elsewhere! The "Gardening Gadget Shop" and "Psychedelic Sausages" are some of the unique delights available.
The Ferrari in yesterdays post was also spotted there. "Italian Whimsy!!!"

Samsung NX10 30mm f2 pancake lens
Samsung NX10 30mm f2 pancake lens

We had taken along the Samsung NX10, which has been somewhat neglected recently due to a lack of a Mac programme to process the raw files. With the release of Photoshops ACR 5.7 this is now possible, so it seemed a good opportunity to shoot some pictures with it.

As before we found this to be an impressive little camera. Fitted with the excellent 30mm F2 pancake lens it produced excellent images. Its great use is as a light unobtrusive "snapshot" camera that doesn't attract any attention. Very handy for walking the streets of Cotswolds towns for example. While certainly appearing "harmless" it produces very detailed 40MB images perfectly capable of A3 resolution.

Its surprising just how useful the 30mm F2 lens can be. As photographers we all like to cover as many situations as possible from wide-angle to telephoto, but its often liberating to work with one lens. Since this is an excellent lens anyway, there's no compromise in image quality. Apparently the sensor in the NX10 is the same as in the Pentax K7. This begs the question as to what Pentax did to it! Certainly to our eyes the results from the NX10 are significantly sharper than those we obtained from the K7. Pentax do seem to have a tendency to be a bit heavy-handed on the noise reduction, which is a real shame since they have some spectacular lenses.

One small complaint about the NX10. The raw files are huge. Around the 27MB mark. Now being able to convert them to .dng files does help and usually cuts the size in half.

All in all though a nice little camera/lens combination.

Samsung NX10 30mm f2 pancake lens
Samsung NX10 30mm f2 pancake lens