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Samsung NX30 review

March 6, 2014

Overall Rating:

3

Samsung NX30


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Price as Reviewed:

£899.99

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 review – Dynamic range

In scenes with a high level of contrast, the Samsung NX30 does a good job of capturing a good balance between highlight and shadow detail. In testing, the sensor recorded 13.49 stops at ISO 100, which is a very impressive dynamic range for any sensor

Using the supplied copy of Adobe Lightroom 5, I previewed some of the images with the highlight/shadow clipping warning on. I found that only in challenging conditions did the images have blown-out shadow or highlight detail. In addition, a lot of detail can be brought back by adjusting the highlight and shadow sliders in Lightroom to give images a dynamic range boost.

Dynamic range boosts are also available in-camera in the form of two separate automatic settings. These are Smart Dynamic and HDR mode. The Smart Dynamic mode takes an image and lightens/darkens the shadows/highlights to optimise the dynamic range. The HDR mode blends three separate exposures and processes them in-camera.

Image: A ISO 100 the NX30 has a dynamic range of over 13-stops of light. This allows users to capture a great range of tonal detail.

  • 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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