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

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Samsung NX30 review – Autofocus

The Samsung NX30 boasts an advanced hybrid autofocus system that uses the 105 phase-detection and 247 contrast-detection points. This is the same autofocus system first used in the NX300 and later in the Galaxy NX. However, Samsung says it has improved the autofocus speed by 35% when compared to the NX300. When used, it certainly did appear faster, most noticeably in low-light situations. In very low light the focus would lock on to low-contrast subject areas in around 1/2sec with a good degree of accuracy, although not faultlessly. In optimum lighting conditions the focus is very snappy and accurate achieving focus without much delay.

Thanks to the touchscreen, manually selecting a focus point using spot AF is very easy and achieves great results. Also, for those with a preference for manually focusing, the NX30 has focus peaking and controllable MF-assist that enlarges an area x5 when the focus ring is moved. I found this particularly useful for shooting portraits with a shallow depth of field in order to get the focus precisely on the eyes.

  1. 1. Samsung NX30 at a glance:
  2. 2. Samsung NX30 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Samsung NX30 review - Metering
  4. 4. Samsung NX30 review - Dynamic range
  5. 5. Samsung NX30 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Samsung NX30 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Samsung NX30 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Samsung NX30 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  9. 9. Samsung NX30 review - Our verdict
  10. 10. Hands-on review
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