Samsung NX30

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Samsung NX30

Samsung NX30 Review

The Samsung NX30 feels like more of a mass-market device than its premium price-tag might suggest, with an all-plastic body that weighs just 375g. If you’re expecting a metal chassis with machined controls, the NX30 is not the camera for you. This isn’t to say that the NX30 isn’t well-built though, and you’ll certainly appreciate the NX30’s lack of bulk during a long day’s shooting. At 127 x 95.5 x 41.7mm, the NX30 isn’t that much bigger than some Micro Four Thirds cameras, impressive given the physically larger APS-C sensor inside.

The lenses are still the main area where the NX30 suffers in comparison to the Micro Four Thirds cameras, especially if you’re looking for the smallest overall package. The NX30 is relatively tiny when twinned with the 30mm pancake lens, but the 18-55mm and especially the 50-200mm lens are quite a lot bigger and heavier than their MFT’s equivalents. This is completely understandable given the larger sensor that lies at the heart of the NX30, and is the trade-off for the image quality advantages that an APS-C sensor offers. Only you can decide if size and portability or image quality is more important to you.

Optical image stabilisation is supplied via the lenses, rather than being built-in to the NX30’s body. It can be turned on and off via the OIS menu option, rather than via a more handy switch on the lens barrel, with two different modes available. When enabled, the NX30 automatically compensates for camera shake, which is a slight blurring of the image that typically occurs at slow shutter speeds when the camera is hand held. In practice we found that it does make a noticeable difference.

Samsung NX30

Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 5472 x 3080, 3648 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3712 x 2088, 2640 x 2640, 2976 x 1984, 2944 x 1656, 2000 x 2000, 1728 x 1152, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 1024
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor DRIMeIV
Image
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (with fine-tuning)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (1.2x – 2x)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 247
Lens mount Samsung NX
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,036,000
Touch screen Yes (Touch AF, Touch shutter)
Screen type AMOLED
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1× (0.67× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 11.00 m (ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot shoe, wireless via built-in flash)
Continuous drive 9.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 – 30 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3-shot)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Uncompressed output over HDMI at 30p
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD, SDHC, SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Dual channel 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (wired or via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP1410 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 360
Weight (inc. batteries) 375 g (0.83 lb / 13.23 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 58 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.28)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

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