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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 – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

The Samsung NX30 camera benefits in many ways from Samsung’s expertise in consumer electronics, and no area benefits more than the LCD display. With a 3in tiltable Super AMOLED swivel touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 1,037,000 dots, the monitor specification is on a par with the best compact system cameras we have seen. In use, I found the refresh rate was very fast and the range of colours is fantastic. Equally useful is the ability to move the LCD 180° to the side, and upwards and downwards 270°, making shooting at high and low angles very easy.

A 2,358,000-dot electronic viewfinder is featured on the NX30, which has an 80° tiltable eyepiece. With its impressive refresh rate, vast display of colours and great contrast, the EVF of the NX30 is matching the high standards offered by the LCD. Most importantly, this EVF has very little delay – engaging the shutter button focusing first means that by the time the scene is viewable through the EVF everything is focused and ready to shoot.

Video is possible in 1920×1080 pixels and 1280×720 pixels in either 60p or 30p, and 24p is available in a resolution of 1920×810 pixels. In addition, a low-resolution 640×480-pixel 30p and a web-optimised 30sec video can be captured.

  • 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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