Samsung NX30 Review

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Overview of the Samsung NX30 Camera

The Samsung NX30 is another in the long line of very powerful mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) from Samsung. With this camera, you will be very pleased with the high image quality and advanced shooting features. In addition, the performance is very fast and extra features are very nice.

The image sensor of this Samsung camera has the 20.3MP resolution. And you can easily make large prints with the NX30 because the lighting in the scene is nice.

Samsung included all of the latest “must have” features with this model, among which there includes a touch screen display that’s also an articulated LCD screen. The built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity are two extra great features. Besides, you can have the manual controls you need to tweak the NX30’s settings to create high-quality photos.

Best of thing about the NX30 camera is the easy-to-use feature. If the price tag is a bit lower versus its MSRP of $999, it will easily become the best mirrorless ILC currently on the market. Even the current starting price is high, the Samsung NX30 ranks highly in the current market. And it’s a camera that can meet the needs of photographers with different skill levels.

Summary of the Samsung NX30 Camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 20.3 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • 3.0-inch AMOLED screen is an articulated touchscreen which has the 1.037 million pixel resolution
  • The image size is 5472 x 3648 pixels at maximum
  • The camera uses a Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • The dimensions are 5.0 x 3.8 x 1.6 inches
  • The camera weighs 13.2 ounces
  • There includes a CMOS APS-C image sensor:  (23.5 by 15.7 mm or 0.93 by 0.62 inches)
  • A HD 1080p movie mode is supported

Pros

  • Photo quality is excellent, either in RAW or JPEG
  • Strong mixture of manual control and automatic shooting options
  • Display includes both touch and articulated capabilities
  • Easy-to-use Wi-Fi connectivity
  • NX30 works quickly in all shooting modes

Cons

  • Camera’s size is a little larger than some other mirrorless options
  • Extendable electronic viewfinder seems like overkill with articulated display screen
  • Video quality could be a little better
  • Having memory card compartment on the side panel would have been a better design
  • Starting price is a little high
Samsung NX30 Camera Review Buy

Samsung NX30 Camera Review Buy

Detail Review of the Samsung NX30 Camera

Image Quality

Samsung use an APS-C sized image sensor which has the resolution of 20.3 megapixels. Therefore, the image quality with the Samsung NX30 camera is outstanding. There are two image formats you can select, including: RAW, JPEG, or apply both the image formats at the same time

The image exposure is great and you can obtain accurate colors within the majority of types of scenes. And you can easily make large prints with the photos shot with the NX30.

There are several problems with image quality when you shoot photos in low light conditions. But you can use the built-in popup flash unit with the NX30, and you can obtain images of average image quality with this popup flash. You may also need an external flash unit which is purchased separately by attaching it to the hot shoe.

Instead of using the available flash unit, you can choose to increase the ISO setting in low conditions. The noise will be very unnoticeable until you set the ISO up to 3200 or higher.

You’ll be pleased with the good full HD video quality with the Samsung NX30 as well.

Performance

Thanks to a powerful internal processor, the shutter lag and shot-to-shot delays has been basically eliminated. The NX30 camera is able to shoot up to 9 frames per second. In addition, a fast and accurate autofocus system also contributes to make the performance much better. If in a case, you need the manual focus, this capability is available with the NX30 as well.

The AMOLED screen is extremely sharp, which measures 3.0 inches diagonally and has the resolution of 1 million pixels. It is super easy to use the camera with this touch screen capability. And this screen is an articulated screen too.

The on-screen menus are well organized with this Samsung camera and especially, the touch screens is a great design. It is very easy to use this model because the NX30’s menus are of a similar quality. Through this on-screen menus, you can apply any of several special effect options to make your photographs more interesting.

The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi is another extra advantage which is also easy to use. This is not common with very many digital cameras.

Design

In the design of the Samsung NX30 camera, the extendable viewfinder is one of the most interesting features. The limitation that you can extend and angle the viewfinder is 80 degrees to the back of the camera body. With the above number, you can find it easier to use the viewfinder while mounted to a tripod. However, I am not sure whether the extendable viewfinder is all that necessary while there included an articulated display screen with the NX30. Anyway, it is great to find a viewfinder in a mirrorless camera, even extendable or not.

In addition, it’s a little odd that the Samsung memory card slot is located inside the battery compartment on the bottom panel of the camera.  In regard of the extendable viewfinder increases using the NX30 on a tripod, it would be better that Samsung put the memory card slot on the side of the camera body. At that location, you can get access to it with the camera attached to a tripod. You won’t not able to get access without removing it from the tripod if the compartment is at the bottom of the camera.

The NX30 is a little thicker than its past mirrorless ILCs, which has a nice right-hand grip. It is also nice to see the organization of the NX30’s buttons and dials in locations that are easy to access while naturally using the camera.

 

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