Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230

Samsung NX10 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 front

Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 Key Specs

Samsung NX10
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Announced April 2010
  • Newer Model is Samsung NX11
Sony W230
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 30-120mm (F2.8-5.8) lens
  • 156g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Announced February 2009
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Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 Overview

In this write-up, we will be contrasting the Samsung NX10 and Sony W230, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Samsung and Sony. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the NX10 (15MP) and W230 (12MP) and the NX10 (APS-C) and W230 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor size.

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The NX10 was launched 14 months after the W230 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Samsung NX10 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony W230 being a Compact camera.

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the NX10 scores against the W230 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX10 over the Sony W230

 NX10 W230 
AnnouncedApril 2010February 2009More modern by 14 months
Screen resolution614k230kCrisper screen (+384k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony W230 over the Samsung NX10

 W230 NX10 

Common features in the Samsung NX10 and Sony W230

 NX10 W230 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry around your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Samsung NX10 comes with outer measurements of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") having a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs) while the Sony W230 has measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the NX10 versus the W230.

Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the NX10 and W230 is 80 and 95 respectively.

Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to envision the contrast between sensor sizes simply by reading specifications. The image underneath will give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the NX10 and W230.

Plainly, each of these cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The NX10 featuring a bigger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field easier and the Samsung NX10 will offer you extra detail utilizing its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures far more aggressively. The fresher NX10 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX10 Portrait photography details
Sony W230 Portrait photography details
manual focus
megapixel count decent (15MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has face detect focusing
exports RAW files
you can focus manually
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX10 Street photography features
Sony W230 Street photography features
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (499g)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX10 Sports photography factors
Sony W230 Sports photography factors
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good battery power (400 per charge)
low fps (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX10 Travel photography factors
Sony W230 Travel photography factors
good battery power (400 shots)
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
flash built-in
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (499g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
has built in flash
no Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (30mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung NX10 Landscape photography info
Sony W230 Landscape photography info
manual focus
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
good battery power (400 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
no Timelapse mode
you can focus manually
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (30mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual exposure
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung NX10
Vlogging with Sony W230
has face detect focusing
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (499g)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (30mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
no mic port
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Samsung NX10 vs Sony W230 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX10 and Sony W230
 Samsung NX10Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
General Information
Make Samsung Sony
Model Samsung NX10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-04-07 2009-02-17
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor DRIM Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 15MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4592 x 3056 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 15 9
Lens mounting type Samsung NX fixed lens
Lens focal range - 30-120mm (4.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.8-5.8
Macro focus distance - 4cm
Available lenses 32 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 614 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology Active Matrix OLED screen -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 920 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.57x -
Minimum shutter speed 30s 1s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 11.00 m 3.90 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180s -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 499g (1.10 lb) 156g (0.34 lb)
Dimensions 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 63 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 572 not tested
Battery life 400 pictures -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model BP1130 -
Self timer Yes (2 sec to 30 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail price $626 $180