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Following its debut at CES 2010, Samsung announced that its new digital camera, the NX10, will be available in April from $849.

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At an event in Sydney last night, Samsung Australia’s Digital AV Marketing Manager, Sagar Dave said that the NX10 is the evolution of digital cameras.

“This camera gives you the full freedom to express yourself and we are bringing a compact and stylish product that promises high performance, while retaining a focus on value,” said Dave.

The NX10 is a mirrorless camera, and sits somewhere in between a DSLR and a point-and-shoot model. According to Samsung, it is a camera that is portable, high in quality and lightweight enough to take travelling or pop in your handbag.

During our hands-on test at Taronga Zoo yesterday afternoon and this morning, we found the camera to be easy to use. We took photos of snakes, echidnas, and koalas using the pancake lens (30mm) on Aperture Mode, switched to the Tele Zoom lens (55-200mm) as we took photos of the giraffe, and used long exposures to take photos of the animals last night.

 
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Just one of the photos the SmartHouse Team took at Taronga Zoo this morning.

Users who are not familiar with the use of Program, Shutter Priority, or Aperture Priority can tinker around with the settings as the camera will ‘advise’ you if the setting is not the best by highlighting the number in red. Other key elements found on the camera include in-depth manual controls and a Smart Auto function, which automatically detects the surrounding environment of the shot and selects the right shoot-mode.

The 3.0-inch AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen in the Samsung NX10 allowed us to view the photos under the sunshine, while its built-in sensor turns the screen off when we brought the camera close to our face to use the viewfinder.

Samsung said that the original line up of Pancake, Standard Zoom and Tele Zoom lenses launched with the Samsung NX10 during CES will be complemented by the introduction of a further five new lenses this year. This means that there will be a total of eight lenses designed specifically for the Samsung NX camera system available this year.

Finally, the camera can also take HD (720p) videos and saves it in H.264 format.

The NX10 will be available in April for $899 with the pancake lens (30mm), or $849 for the NX10 with the 18-55mm lens.

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