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Another Compact Camera Offers Changeable Lenses By RIK FAIRLIE Published: January 6, 2010

Samsung has announced its first camera with interchangeable lenses, the NX10, which is being shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

The NX10 is Samsung’s answer to the Micro Four Thirds format developed by Panasonic and Olympus. Like the Panasonic and Olympus models, the Samsung NX10 omits the mirror box to create a smaller camera. The NX10 uses an APS-C size CMOS sensor (which is larger than sensors in Micro Four Thirds cameras), and it has a proprietary lens mount, which means you’ll need to choose from one of three Samsung lenses. (An adapter will make it possible to use some third-party lenses with the NX10.) The 14.6-megapixel camera is relatively compact and has a roomy 3-inch Amoled display (that’s active-matrix organic light-emitting diode, which reportedly offers superior image quality while consuming less power). The NX10 has a built-in electronic viewfinder and a pop-up flash, two features missing on Olympus’ E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera. Details not yet disclosed include, most notably, price. That’s a key factor in the race for alternatives to digital single-lens reflex cameras because the latest Micro Four Thirds cameras have full-sized price tags. RIK FAIRLIE

Another Compact Camera Offers Changeable Lenses