Summary: The Samsung NX30 is another in the long line of very strong mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) from this manufacturer, offering a good mix of strong image quality, advanced shooting features, fast performance, and nice add-on features. You'll find a 20.3MP image sensor with this model, and you can create large prints with the NX30, as long as the lighting in the scene is good.
Excerpt: Samsung NX30: Connected Flagship . Samsung's NX-series of mirrorless compact system cameras welcomes a new flagship with the NX30. Like its predecessor, the NX20, this new Samsung is styled like an SLR and it sports an improved version of the older camera's 20.3-megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor.
Summary: At the beginning of 2014, Samsung's award-winning NX-series got a new sibling soon, in the form of the NX30. It features a 16MP CMOS image sensor mated to the DRIMeIV Image Processor for faster shooting (1/8000 sec shutter and 9 FPS continuous shooting), improved performance in lower lighting conditions, as well as the the NX AF (Auto Focus) System II for a quicker and more even focus. In terms of viewfinders, there are two.
Pros: NX30 shoots extremely sharp and well exposed photos, Both RAW and JPEG formats available, Camera works extremely fast with especially strong autofocus capabilities, Great mix of basic and advanced shooting options, Touch screen makes this advanced camera easy to use, Great to have articulated display screen, Addition of electronic viewfinder expands this camera's versatility, Multiple wireless connectivity options available, Wi-Fi capabilities are among the easiest to...
Cons: High ISO settings tend to show some noise, Video results could be a little better, Camera is larger than most mirrorless ILCs, Price could be a little lower, Battery compartment and memory card compartment are together, rather than separate memory card compartment on side panel
Conclusion: The Samsung NX30 is an excellent mirrorless camera with a unique titling EVF, but its burst shooting duration is limited.
Pros: Snappy autofocus. 8.6fps burst shooting. Excellent high ISO performance. Solid control layout. Vari-angle touch-screen display. Tilting EVF. Integrated flash. Wi-Fi with NFC. 1080p60 video with mic input.
Cons: Limited burst shooting. EVF lags in dim light. On the bulky side. No alternate kit or body only purchase options. Dedicated charger not included.
Excerpt: The new Wi-Fi-enabled 20.3-megapixel Samsung NX30 ($999, with 18-55mm OIS i-Function lens) is not just your ordinary Compact System Camera (CSC). Targeting the enthusiast photographer, it has more DSLR-like features and qualities than smaller, lighter CSCs, and it’s more expensive. But, does it have the chops to attract advanced users with their eyes on enthusiast DSLRs? Yes, it does.
Pros: High-quality stills and videos, Very good EVF, twisting touchscreen AMOLED screen, Responsive, 9 fps burst mode
Cons: Relatively expensive, ISO results not best in class
Summary: The Samsung NX30 provides a DSLR-like experience in a mirrorless camera, with the very un-DSLR-like provision of great live view performance. Its built-in EVF, high-resolution APS-C sensor and connectivity features are very useful, and though we don't feel it's a class-leader in any particular way, the NX30 provides a nice option for those who want the ergonomics of a DSLR and the modern touches of a mirrorless camera.
Pros: High resolution 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, Good image quality, especially with a bit of Raw processing, Quick hybrid AF system rarely falters in good or moderate light, High resolution built-in EVF turns on automatically via eye sensor, Flip-out LCD helpful for video and tripod work, Good level of direct control access, Responsive touch screen adds another level of control, Fn menu provides shortcuts to useful settings, Reliable Wi-Fi sharing and remote control
Cons: Screen and EVF prone to lag in low light, Auto ISO limited to 3200 maximum, Default noise reduction leaves noise behind and drains color from scene, On/off switch easily bumped into On position, One proper command dial not as useful as twin dial setup, Continuous AF only auto focus option while recording video
Samsung Smart Camera NX30 review: 20.3-megapixel compact system camera
13 April 2014
Conclusion: With its mix of snapshot and DSLR-type controls, the Smart Camera NX30 is a device that is easy to get to grips with and will deliver great-looking shots with plenty of color and contrast straight out of the camera. While there is nothing here really that competitors don’t already offer in some shape or form, the NX30 includes welcomed features such as an eye-level viewfinder, a tilting touchscreen, Wi-Fi and NFC. The NX30 is compelling package. Gavin is a Macworld U.K.
Pros: Adjustable eye level viewfinder and tilting rear panel AMOLED display, Intuitive operation, Clear and colorful image quality requiring few tweaks
Conclusion: As it sits at the top of Samsung's line up, the NX30 goes head to head with the likes of the just recently announced Sony a6000, Sony's most advanced APS-C compact system camera, the Panasonic GH4, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and arguably even the Fuji X-T1, with which it shares a relatively similar shape, if not the retro styling.
Pros: Articulating touchscreen, Great handling, Tilting EVF
Cons: Easy to accidentally set focus point, Limited number of lenses, Buttons not customisable