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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 – Noise, resolution and sensitivity

Images shot at ISO 100-400 show very little signs of noise in both the JPEG and raw files. Even when closely inspected, only slight luminance noise is visible in the raw files while the JPEG has this noise largely removed. Raw images at ISO 800 show slightly more signs of luminance noise, but this is minimal. The JPEG images show little signs of noise due to the in-camera noise reduction. Thankfully, at this ISO sensitivity a good balance between detail and in-camera processing is achieved. For JPEG shooters ISO 800 offers the best balance between high sensitivity without a great loss in detail. JPEG images up to ISO 3200 are usable, but they show signs of heavy in-camera noise reduction. This removes practically all the noise, but simultaneously removes much of the finer detail that results in a softer image.

However, the raw files are still very good right up to ISO 3200, with mostly luminance noise present. Using Lightroom’s noise-reduction tools, a far superior level of detail can be achieved than the JPEG.

At ISO 6400 in both the raw and JPEG files, luminance noise is evident on even small-scale images and chroma noise starts to creep in, getting progressively worse until the maximum ISO of 24,800.

These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the Samsung NX 85mm f/1.4 lens at f/5.6. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution at the specified sensitivity setting.

  • 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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