Samsung NX10  (Source: DPReview)
NX10 lies somewhere between a D-SLR and a point-and-shoot

When it comes to digital cameras there are two basic types -- the point-and-shoot and the D-SLR. The D-SLR is a larger and more expensive camera that has lenses that can be changed depending on the needs of the user. The point-and-shoot has less functionality, but is much smaller and cheaper than the typical D-SLR.

There are some cameras in the middle known as Micro Four Thirds cameras. Samsung has announced a new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera today called the NX10 that is different from the Micro Four Thirds units on the market. The camera has a 14.6-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and an eye-level VGA resolution electronic viewfinder. The rear screen is a 3-inch AMOLED unit that promises to use less power, extending battery life.

In addition to shooing high-resolution still shots, the NX10 can also shoot 720p HD video with H.264 compression. Lens options for the camera will be an 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens, a 55-200mm zoom lens, and a 30mm F2 pancake lens for the camera. The lens mount is the Samsung NX mount and the camera weighs 0.78 pounds. The ISO range is 100 to 3200 and the camera uses lens shift optical image stabilization.

Other features include a pop-up flash, HDMI output, and a new DRIMe II Pro engine and advanced auto focus algorithm. Samsung will offer the camera in both black and silver colors with launch in the spring of 2010.

DPReview reports that the NX lens mount is a bit larger than that of the Micro Four Thirds camera on the market and the sensor of the camera is larger as well. The camera is also said to be designed much like an entry-level D-SLR with a range of manual modes and a smart mode that does the work for you. Pricing and exactly availability for the NX10 are unknown.

More details may surface when CES kicks off later this week.

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