Samsung NX30 review

March 6, 2014

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Samsung NX30

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With a 20.3-million-pixel APS-C-sized sensor inside a light DSLR-styled body, is the Samsung NX30 the camera to provide competition to the likes of Olympus, Panasonic and Sony? Callum McInerney-Riley find out

Samsung NX30 at a glance:

  • 20.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 3in tiltable Super AMOLED swivel touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 1,037,000 dots
  • 2,358,000-dot electronic viewfinder with 80° tiltable eyepiece
  • NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • RRP £899.99 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
  • See sample images taken with the Samsung NX30

Samsung NX30 review – Introduction

Comparing the NX30 with other Samsung NX-series cameras, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s very little difference between them. Many of the NX-series models feature the same 20.3-million-pixel resolution that was class-leading when it first appeared. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in resolution in compact system cameras, with the launch of models such as the Sony Alpha 3000 and the Olympus OM-D range.
However, the Samsung NX30 fights its corner with a class-leading LCD, an electronic viewfinder and a host of advanced connectivity features.

Samsung NX30 review – Features

The Samsung NX30 has an APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, measuring 23.5×15.7mm, with a resolution of 20.3 million pixels. This is the same resolution sensor that is used inside many Samsung NX compact system cameras, including the Samsung Galaxy NX and the Samsung NX300. Thanks to the next-generation DRIMe IV processor, a speed of 9fps in full-resolution JPEG or raw format is possible in the NX30.

The standard kit lens supplied with the NX30 is a Samsung 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, which features Samsung’s ifunction button. This equates to a 35mm focal-length equivalent of 27-82.5mm with the x1.5 crop factor of the APS-C sensor.

The Samsung NX30 boasts Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, which allows users to connect to their smart device via the free Samsung Smart Camera app that is available for both iOS and Android. Users can then remotely shoot from their device or preview, download, upload pictures. In addition, the NX30 has an abundance of other connectivity-based features, including the ability to connect to the internet from a Wi-Fi hotspot without the aid of another device. Pictures can then be uploaded directly to the social network, Facebook or the popular cloud storage service Dropbox via a pre-installed app on the camera. This is the first camera-specific device to allow direct-to-Dropbox uploading.

Also featured is AutoShare, which allows users to send each photo taken with the camera automatically to a smartphone or tablet in a predetermined resolution. By default, it is a 2-million-pixel resolution file.

Many companies have their own raw file-editing software CD included with their cameras. This can, at times, be a bit slow and frustrating to use. However, Samsung has decided to include a full version of Adobe Lightroom 5 for free with the NX30. As this software was awarded the Software Of The Year award at the 2014 AP Awards, and it retails for £102.57 direct from Adobe, this is a fantastic addition to the camera package.

  • Dioptre Adjustment: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, custom and manual, with fine-tuning
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 11m at ISO 100)
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: 2,359,000-dot tiltable EVF with proximity sensor
  • LCD: 3in, 1,037,000-dot Super AMOLED
  • Field of View: 100%
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes
  • AF Points: 105 points (phase detection AF), 247 points (contrast AF), selection 1 point (free selection ), multi normal 21 (3 x 7) points, close-up 35 points, face detection
  • Sensor: 20.3-million-effective-pixel CMOS
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, lens priority, smart auto, 16 scene modes, 10 smart filters
  • Weight: 375g (without battery or card)
  • File Format: JPEG, SRW (raw), MP4
  • Power: Rechargeable BP1410 Li-Ion
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec + bulb (max 4mins)
  • Drive Mode: 9fps
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • RRP: £899.99
  • Lens Mount: Samsung NX
  • ISO: ISO 100-25,600
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Single AF, continuous AF, MF, touch AF and shutter
  • Dimensions: 127 x 95.5 x 41.7mm (excluding the projection part)
  • Metering System: 221-block segment TTL metering, with multi, centreweighted and spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: Micro USB 2.0, HDMI, wireless
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG, 1-stage raw
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV
  • Tested as: Enthusiast CSC
  • External mic: No
  • Video: HD 1920 x 1080, at 60fps, 30fps, 24fps

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