Samsung NX30 Smart Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens, 20.3MP, 3" Touchscreen LCD, HDMI/USB 2.0, Wi-Fi & NFC, Black

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About Samsung NX30

The Samsung NX30 Smart Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens is an interchangeable lens camera that provides the benefits of a larger DSLR camera in the compact, lightweight body of a mirrorless system. It combines a 20.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, with the DRIMeIV image processor to deliver high-quality imagery, 9 fps burst shooting and Full HD 1080/60p video capability. A standard ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600 allows you to shoot photos in extreme low-light conditions.

The electronic viewfinder is tiltable 80deg. upwards, which will enable you to shoot at low angles while still looking through the viewfinder. For an alternate viewing method, menu navigation, or to review your shots, the NX30 has a 3" AMOLED touch display. With a 720 x 480 resolution and 1,037k dots, the display can swivel horizontally 180deg. while rotating vertically 270deg.

Intuitive sharing features such as Tag & Go, Photo Beam and MobileLink are made easy with the NX30's built-in NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities. You can instantly share your photos through Dropbox and AutoShare. Remote Viewfinder Pro allows you to control your camera remotely from your smart device.

The included 18-55mm lens features Samsung's i-Function technology, which puts a button on the lens that unlocks the manual adjustment of several settings. Choose from the shutter speed, aperture, exposure value, white balance and ISO and then turn the ring on the lens to adjust your selected parameter. Optical image stabilizer and fast autofocus help deliver clear, sharp imagery.

The Samsung NX30 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Samsung NX30: Bright display, Lightweight and Realistic color

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Bright display (4),Lightweight (4),Realistic color (4)

Samsung NX30 Features

  • No Speed Limit. No Boundaries: Introducing the 20.3 megapixels Samsung Smart Camera NX20 with 1/8000 fast shutter and Built-in Wi-Fi.
  • 20.3MP APS-C Sensor: 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor produces images that rival those of any premium DSLR. Each individual pixel has a large sensor area and receives more light, guaranteeing low noise levels, high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation
  • 1/8000 Fast Shutter: The NX20's 1/8000 shutter speed gives you the flexibility to shoot like the pros-at varying speeds and light exposures. The NX20's shutter even automatically adjusts itself as it senses environmental factors such as temperature and camera direction
  • A Touch of TouchWiz: The NX20's High Speed Capture capabilities let you catch fleeting moments and fast-moving objects without requiring a separate sensor module. The NX20 can shoot at 8 frames per second for better continuous shooting, and shutter lag has been reduced to just 40ms
  • Discover the True Beauty of HD Video: Built with 1080 30p Full HD movie recording capabilities, the NX20 transforms shooting video with a still camera into an art form. Choose from a wide range of viewing angles and zoom with confidence
  • Instant Sharing via Wi-Fi: The NX20's Wi-Fi connectivity lets you connect your digital camera to a wireless network. Save photos and videos directly to a computer or cloud service while you shoot, email them, print them wirelessly, or upload them straight to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube
  • See More. Shoot More: The Clear AMOLED Swivel Display lets you precisely frame images and shoot from just about any angle. Compared to the TFT-LCD found on most digital cameras, the NX20's AMOLED display has deeper blacks and more accurate, vivid colors-even when viewed in direct sunlight
  • Wide Range ISO (12800, 7 Steps): Wide Range ISO makes any lighting situation the perfect one. The ability to shoot as high as ISO 12,800 at normal settings means that even in low light, you'll get rich tonal gradations and true colors.
  • i-Function 2.0: The i-Function 2.0 system makes it easy to adjust key camera settings through a single button and the value ring located on the lens, instead of the body
  • A Better Window on the World: A key feature of the NX20 is the built-in electronic view finder (EVF). Unlike many cameras in its class, the NX20 provides photographers with a true window into reality for both short and long distances. So now you can perfectly frame each shot without any guesswork
  • HDMI: Get superior picture and sound from your HD source. The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a digital connection that can transmit HD video and audio over a single cable
  • Change Is Easy: Samsung NX Cameras incorporate innovative design, advanced features, the ability to change lenses and professional picture quality into a compact form. Plus, Wi-Fi lets you connect your camera to a wireless network.

Samsung NX30 Specifications

Camera Type
Smart Compact System Camera
Effective Pixel
Approx. 20.3 Mega-pixels
Total Pixel
Approx. 21.6 Mega-pixels
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
Focusing Modes
Single AF, Continuous AF, MF
Shooting Modes
SmartAuto(2.0), Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Custom, Lens Priority, Scene, Movie, Wi-Fi
Shooting RAW format shooting
SRW (Compressed)
Display Field of View
Approx. 100%
Main LCD Screen
AMOLED
Display Resolution
VGA ( 640X480 ) 614k dots ( PenTile ) OCR
Front LCD Screen
3.0"
Display Viewfinder
EVF w/ Eye Contact Sensor
Flash Modes
Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, OFF
Flash Sync. Speed
Less than 1/180 sec.
Flash Range
28mm Wide-angle (Equivalent to 35mm)
Optical Image Stabilization
OIS Mode1 / Mode2 / OFF
i-Function
i-Effect: i-Scene (Depends on Lens)
i-Zoom: x1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 2.0
Dust Reduction Type
Supersonic drive
White Balance Modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, K(Manual)
Storage File Format
RAW (SRW), JPEG (EXIF 2.21), DCF, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Image Size 1
20.0M RAW: Super Fine 37, Fine 47, Normal 51
20.0M (3:2): Super Fine 186, Fine 365, Normal 537
10.1M (3:2): Super Fine 397, Fine 727, Normal 1047
5.9M (3:2) : Super Fine 628, Fine 1172, Normal 1648
2.0M (3:2) : Super Fine 1633, Fine 2752, Normal 3566
Burst (5.0M): Super Fine 733, Fine 1354, Normal 1885
Image Size 2
7.8M (16:9): Super Fine 487, Fine 922, Normal 1314
4.9M (16:9): Super Fine 749, Fine 1381, Normal 1920
2.1M (16:9): Super Fine 1579, Fine 2675, Normal 3481
13.3M (1:1): Super Fine 290, Fine 562, Normal 817
7.0M (1:1): Super Fine 538, Fine 1014, Normal 1437
4.0M (1:1): Super Fine 897, Fine 1627, Normal 2232
1.1M (1:1): Super Fine 2654, Fine 4072, Normal 4954
Wi-Fi
Yes (IEEE 802.11n support)
USB 2.0
USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)
Video Out
NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
HDMI 1.4a: (1080i, 720P, 576P / 480P)
Power Source
Rechargeable Battery
Battery
BP1410
System Requirements: Windows 1
PC with processor better than Intel Pentium III 500MHz
(Intel Pentium 800MHz or higher recommended)
Windows XP / Vista / 7
Minimum 256MB RAM (512MB or more recommended)
250MB of available hard disk space (1GB or more recommended)
USB port, CD-ROM drive
1024x768 pixels, 16-bit color display compatible monitor (24-bit color display recommended)
System Requirements: Windows 2
Microsoft Direct X 9.0c or later
intelli-studio 3.0
Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or higher / AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.2 GHz or higher
Minimum 512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)
250MB of available hard disk space (1GB or more recommended)
1024x768 pixels, 16-bit color display compatible monitor
(1280x1024 pixels, 32-bit color display recommended)
USB 2.0, Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later
System Requirements: Windows 3
nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or higher / ATI X1600 series or higher
# 64-bit editions of Windows XP / Vista / and 7 are not supported
Samsung RAW converter 4
Windows XP / Vista / 7
Intel Pentium, AMD Athlon Processor
(Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP or later recommended)
1GB or more RAM recommended
Minimum 100MB of available hard disk space
1024x768 pixels, Full Color (24-bit or higher) color display compatible monitor
System Requirements Macintosh
Power Mac G3 or later
Mac OS 10.4 or later
Minimum 256MB RAM (512MB or more recommended)
Minimum 110MB of available hard-disk space
USB port, CD-ROM drive
Samsung RAW converter 4
Mac OS X v10.6 / v10.5 / v10.4
Power PC / Intel Processor-based or compatible computer (Core 2 Quad or later recommended)
1GB or more RAM recommended
Minimum 100MB of available hard disk space
1024x768 pixels, 24-bit color display compatible monitor
Lens Focal Length
18 - 55 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
Lens Aperture
Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Lens Angle of View
75.9deg. - 28.7deg.
Lens Minimum Focus Distance
11" (27.94 cm)
Lens Autofocus
Yes
Lens Image Stabilization
Yes
Lens Filter Thread
Front: 58 mm
Humidity
5 - 85%
Temperature
0 - 40 deg.C
Dimensions
Lens: 2.48 x 2.56" / 6.29 x 6.50cm
Camera: 4.8 x 3.53 x 1.56" / 12.19 x 8.96 x 3.96cm
Weight
Camera without battery and card: 0.75 lbs / 0.34 kg
Lens: 7.2 oz / 204.11 g

Samsung NX30 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Light Camera

My Nikon D90 is too heavy to take on some trips, but this is close in quality, and much easier to cart around. Crisp shots, excellent focus.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unusable EVF, faulty AF, expensive

EVF is quite small (compared to e.g. similarly priced Olympus E-m10 and likes). Also, diopter adjuster just can't help me get the sharp picture (I need 0 and it works perfectly on every other camera I had). In fact, even the numbers shown in EVF are not sharp. On top of this, neither it adds gain or increases the fps in low light which makes it really hard to see the image. Don't remember the gain and refresh rate in Nex6 but certainly it's got much better EVF. What I remember is Fuji X-E1 wh...

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EVF is quite small (compared to e.g. similarly priced Olympus E-m10 and likes). Also, diopter adjuster just can't help me get the sharp picture (I need 0 and it works perfectly on every other camera I had). In fact, even the numbers shown in EVF are not sharp. On top of this, neither it adds gain or increases the fps in low light which makes it really hard to see the image. Don't remember the gain and refresh rate in Nex6 but certainly it's got much better EVF. What I remember is Fuji X-E1 which has EVF light years ahead of this one, making me see in the dark with such a great EVF. Second major thing is Autofocus. I don't know how much light it needs to use Phase Detection. Under evening indoors light or morning not so bright conditions it uses CF which is simply horrible. It hunts a lot and software fails the lock even when in focus. I can actually see the image coming into the focus but the camera continues to hunt. Horrible AF software. On top of that, I see the AF simply misses even if it locks on subject (Subject is not as sharp as it should be). Maybe the software has a bug and it locks few inches from the subject (will need to test more). Picture preview shows the bare picture only and I can't put the histogram there. That means I always need to press Play to see the picture. On top of that, when shooting using EVF and you move back to see the image on LCD, the preview goes away and the camera is in shooting mode again. This is the ultimate failure - even if not important enough it tells you the camera was never evaluated by anybody who can call himself a photographer. There is no way to quickly adjust Flash compensation. This is ironical given all the "customization" buttons that I just can't assign to what I want. There is iFn+ mode (that drops iFn mode) that lets you assign three buttons. But things you can assign are nothing useful. On top of that, iFn+ mode is actually iFn hold + additional button. So, there was no reason not to have original iFn functionality (press and release)even if iFn+ is enabled, yet it's not there. Very messed-up controls. E.g. type of AF (CAF, SAF etc) vs fancy AF stuff (touch, face detection) are all over the place and I don't even see those in the menu - depending on the shooting mode you'll have one menu accessible from main screen one menu accessible from Fn button etc. Then in the same shooting mode it might be on the LCD or not... Overall, there is just too much fiddling - if confused how to execute this camera, they were supposed to do what Olympus did with their Super Control Panel - all your shooting info is at most three clicks away. Not ideal but no reason for Menu digging anymore... I don't quite see a single usable thing Samsung took from either Fuji, Olympus or Pentax... While Samsung actually did something on their own, iFn for example, it simply is not good enough. Sony RX100 has Fn+Control Ring thing that works better than iFn. I thought it's bad but now I started appreciating it. In fact, even the cheapest and dirties buttons assignment I've ever seen (Sony Nex 3N - right button lets you assign few functions) is better than this. Where this camera shines is the LCD and flash recycle. LCD is 3:2 and matches sensor so it really offers a good preview of your shoots. On top of that, flip LCD and fast flash recycle time makes this camera almost ideal for my needs - waist level kids shoots. More than half of my shoots are w/ flash, looking at LCD under some angle. Horrible cameras from Sony (16:9 200nit dim LCDs on Nex6, recycle time of 5 sec on RX100 and extremely weak flash on Nex) just don't offer anything that suits me. However, Rx100 MK3, with its much improved flash recycles time, might be my final choice (I am trying to find a good Wifi camera - Rx100 works because it's small, NX30 is in the game because it's light). Overall, NX30 is a good camera for 500$. I really don't see what why should it cost more. given there is Olympus E-M10 (or even Fuji X-A1 since this one has unusable EVF anyway)

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
5.0

Great Light Camera

By

from Athens OH

My Nikon D90 is too heavy to take on some trips, but this is close in quality, and much easier to cart around. Crisp shots, excellent focus.

 
4.0

Great and innovativ camera

By

from Aalborg, Denmark

For a beginner or a intermediate user, this camera is perfect. It features a lot of basic functions and offers you a wide range of configurations. Yet it has a lot of pre-configurated features, that makes it easy to use and creates beautiful pictures at once. All the new possibilities to wireless share the content has been awesome when you're not close to a computer. I will recommend this for my friends and family.

 
2.0

Unusable EVF, faulty AF, expensive

By

from San Jose, CA  -  Casual Photographer

EVF is quite small (compared to e.g. similarly priced Olympus E-m10 and likes). Also, diopter adjuster just can't help me get the sharp picture (I need 0 and it works perfectly on every other camera I had). In fact, even the numbers shown in EVF are not sharp. On top of this, neither it adds gain or increases the fps in low light which makes it really hard to see the image. Don't remember the gain and refresh rate in Nex6 but certainly it's got much better EVF. What I remember is Fuji X-E1 which has EVF light years ahead of this one, making me see in the dark with such a great EVF. Second major thing is Autofocus. I don't know how much light it needs to use Phase Detection. Under evening indoors light or morning not so bright conditions it uses CF which is simply horrible. It hunts a lot and software fails the lock even when in focus. I can actually see the image coming into the focus but the camera continues to hunt. Horrible AF software. On top of that, I see the AF simply misses even if it locks on subject (Subject is not as sharp as it should be). Maybe the software has a bug and it locks few inches from the subject (will need to test more). Picture preview shows the bare picture only and I can't put the histogram there. That means I always need to press Play to see the picture. On top of that, when shooting using EVF and you move back to see the image on LCD, the preview goes away and the camera is in shooting mode again. This is the ultimate failure - even if not important enough it tells you the camera was never evaluated by anybody who can call himself a photographer. There is no way to quickly adjust Flash compensation. This is ironical given all the "customization" buttons that I just can't assign to what I want. There is iFn+ mode (that drops iFn mode) that lets you assign three buttons. But things you can assign are nothing useful. On top of that, iFn+ mode is actually iFn hold + additional button. So, there was no reason not to have original iFn functionality (press and release)even if iFn+ is enabled, yet it's not there. Very messed-up controls. E.g. type of AF (CAF, SAF etc) vs fancy AF stuff (touch, face detection) are all over the place and I don't even see those in the menu - depending on the shooting mode you'll have one menu accessible from main screen one menu accessible from Fn button etc. Then in the same shooting mode it might be on the LCD or not... Overall, there is just too much fiddling - if confused how to execute this camera, they were supposed to do what Olympus did with their Super Control Panel - all your shooting info is at most three clicks away. Not ideal but no reason for Menu digging anymore... I don't quite see a single usable thing Samsung took from either Fuji, Olympus or Pentax... While Samsung actually did something on their own, iFn for example, it simply is not good enough. Sony RX100 has Fn+Control Ring thing that works better than iFn. I thought it's bad but now I started appreciating it. In fact, even the cheapest and dirties buttons assignment I've ever seen (Sony Nex 3N - right button lets you assign few functions) is better than this. Where this camera shines is the LCD and flash recycle. LCD is 3:2 and matches sensor so it really offers a good preview of your shoots. On top of that, flip LCD and fast flash recycle time makes this camera almost ideal for my needs - waist level kids shoots. More than half of my shoots are w/ flash, looking at LCD under some angle. Horrible cameras from Sony (16:9 200nit dim LCDs on Nex6, recycle time of 5 sec on RX100 and extremely weak flash on Nex) just don't offer anything that suits me. However, Rx100 MK3, with its much improved flash recycles time, might be my final choice (I am trying to find a good Wifi camera - Rx100 works because it's small, NX30 is in the game because it's light). Overall, NX30 is a good camera for 500$. I really don't see what why should it cost more. given there is Olympus E-M10 (or even Fuji X-A1 since this one has unusable EVF anyway)

 
5.0

The Camera that has a lot going for it

By

from Atlantic City, NJ, USA

Just for the record. Yes I got the Camera at the #DitchtheDSLR event in Times Square on June 4th. But getting this camera for the cost of a trade in has nothing to do with this review. I have been shooting pictures since year book in High School over 25yrs ago no I am not a pro I just do it as a hobby. Lately I have been using a DSLR Olympus 330 evolt and my digital Kodak (not a DSLR) Now that I have the NX 30 this camera the first thing you will notice is shutter speed. This thing is fast I mean very fast. It can really take up to 9shots a second. And the Focus just stays. I took shots of cars going down the street and you would have to see how clear they are in burst mood. The camera is light so carrying it and using it for long periods of time is not a problem. I have done some night time shots of flowers in a garden and with the pop up flash you would have to see how the color just pops. My plans are to get the the zoom lens and I will be attending some pre-season pro football games which I will be taking lots of pictures. Now let's talk connections this camera connects to my Samsung S3 and transfers pics to my phone as I take them when they transfer they geo tagged. There is NFC and Wifi built in. There is also a few standard places you can have the camera send your pics in addition to emailing them. Over all this camera has many feature I still have yet to use and I am really enjoying it. I would say if you want a camera that is built for the future this is the way to go.

 
4.0

awesome

By

from Jeddah Saudi Arabia

its excellent in its looks,features,design,& color.To be simple its cool !

 
5.0

Nx30 - Awesome

By

from El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

Purchased this camera to use for travel and my child's college graduation ceremony. I am extremely pleased with the quality of the HD video I shot inside the auditorium where the graduation ceremony took place. Even though I know who to shoot in manual, I have used the "smart Camera" setting on the Main Dial and the pictures came out very well. Great job Samsung!

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Shopper  hi, I'm not sure is this samsung camera good for shooting fast moving objects (like always running kids)?
Rick T  The NX30 would be fine for moving subjects. Very light weight, easy interface, bright screen. The key is the lens. Consider adding the 30mm to allow for faster shutter speeds.
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