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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 – Our verdict

What the Samsung NX30 lacks in build quality it makes up for in handling. The placement of the buttons has been refined from its predecessor and made even better. In-hand, the camera feels very well balanced, even with some of the larger lenses in Samsung’s ever-growing lens line-up. The Wi-Fi connectivity works very well and offers some unusual ways to upload and back up images that could prove useful.

The highlights of the Samsung NX30 are the LCD and EVF. Both are exceptionally good and could rival some the best compact system cameras and entry-level DSLRs on the market. I found the images from the camera had an impressive dynamic range and achieve good noise performance right up to a sensitivity of ISO 800. After that, JPEG images are burdened by in-camera noise reduction that start to breakdown a lot of detail, increasing in intensity progressively towards the maximum ISO. Thankfully, the raw images are good up to a much higher ISO and a lot of detail is retained that can be brought back using the free copy of Lightroom 5 included.

Providing low-light performance at high ISO sensitivity isn’t imperative, as the Samsung NX30 will do a fantastic job in many situations. With fast autofocusing, exceptionally good handling, class-leading LCD and EVF and extensive connectivity, the Samsung NX30 is great in most situations.

  • 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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