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Samsung NX30 review

Fantastic all-rounder with lots of added extras

Samsung NX 30

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You can achieve pleasing shallow depth of field images, even while using the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

Samsung NX 30

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Colours straight from the NX30 are pleasingly vibrant.

Samsung NX 30

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At high sensitivities, the NX30 does a good job of maintaining lots of detail, while keeping noise levels to a minimum. If you zoom into 100% there is some evidence of image smoothing, but it's certainly not something that should bother the average printing or web size image.

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Automatic white balance does a great job of producing accurate colours, even in mixed lighting conditions.

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Whites are vibrant and crisp, straight from the camera.

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There are a number of prime lenses available for the NX system. This was taken with the 20mm f/2.8 lens, which is small and makes for a great walkaround lens, offering an equivalent of 30mm in 35mm terms.

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On occasions, the NX30 has the tendency to underexpose, so you'll need to dial in some extra compensation to get a well balanced exposure.

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The NX30's 20 million pixel sensor is great at resolving plenty of detail.

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Shooting from awkward angles is no problem with the NX30, as both the screen articulates and the EVF tilts to help you get the shot you want.

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There is a 60mm f/2.8 macro lens available for the NX range, which is useful for capturing lots of detail.

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Another example of how well colours are represented by the NX30.

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The NX30 is well suited to a wide variety of different shooting subjects, including portraits. This was shot with the 60mm f/2.8 macro, which offers a nice focal length (92mm equivalent) for classic portrait work.

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The camera's ability to quickly focus on the subject makes it ideally suited to lots of different scenarios.

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Another example where positive exposure compensation needed to be dialled in to get the best from this shot.

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Colours directly from the camera are vivid, while the camera's metering system hasn't coped too badly with the very bright light in the corner of this scene.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilySmart NX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesNear Field Communication (NFC), Face Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)975 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height95.5 mm
Width127 mm
Depth41.7 mm
Product SeriesNX
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNX30
Product NameSmart Camera NX30
Product LineSmart
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX30ZZBGBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationDiscover life's hidden moments
  • Discover amazing detail with a powerful 20.3MP APS-C sensor
  • Shoot fast with Advanced Hybrid AF and 1/800sec shutter speed
  • Share and save anywhere and anytime using NFC and Wi-Fi
  • Swivel and tilt the vivid touchscreen display for the best angle
Package Contents
  • Smart Camera NX30
  • 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS III