Excerpt: 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.
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.
Can Samsung finally make a name for its impressive NX system?
28 May 2014
Conclusion: Within the NX system, the NX30 is the best camera you can buy. Unless you're looking for a more rugged, weather sealed camera with advanced controls like the Olympus OM-D E-M1 or the Panasonic Lumix GH4 , the NX30 comes nicely equipped. But, with the NX300 kit selling for around $500 at the moment, the NX30's near-$1,000 price tag just doesn't provide an amazing bang-to-buck ratio.
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
Conclusion: It seems like Samsung has finally made a camera which enthusiasts can aspire to own. It's a great camera to use, and crucially, images are fantastic. The NX system is starting to become a more complete package, with a decent, if limited, range of optics currently available. The addition of new premium lenses suggests that Samsung is now actively chasing the higher end of the market, which should make things interesting for every other manufacturer – it will be intriguing...
Excerpt: With classic SLR styling and a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the NX30 could easily be mistaken for a new DSLR instead of Samsung's latest CSC. Finding itself at the head of the NX line, the NX30 combines the best aspects of both the NX20 and NX300, but avoids the Galaxy NX's unique Android operating system in favour of a more traditional menu layout.
Excerpt: Digital SLRs are quickly becoming a tool limited to professional and enthusiast photographers. For everyone else, there’s mirrorless — compact, powerful, lightweight cameras with large imaging sensors and interchangeable lenses. Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and recently Fujifilm have dominated the market, but there’s a new player. The NX30 is the first serious mirrorless camera that Samsung has made, and it shows.