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.
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
12 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
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.
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: The NX30 is the latest flagship model in Samsung's NX series. Whereas other NX models look like compact cameras, this one is distinctly SLR-shaped. Its viewfinder and pop-up flash are housed in a hump above the lens, and there's a substantial handgrip. It also uses the same APS-C sensor size as consumer SLRs. The net result is a camera that's not significantly smaller than entry-level SLRs such as the Canon EOS 100D . It's actually a few grams heavier than the 100D.