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Samsung NX30 Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 20.3MP CMOS Jul 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Sixteen industry awards
Good technical features
Excellent design
126 Reviews + 16 Awards
Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Gold

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Reviews

Sixteen Industry Awards

This Samsung camera has received sixteen awards from expert review sites.

The editors of review sites Trusted Reviews, Techradar, Altomdata.dk, Smartson.se, M3.idg.se, Pocket Lint, Gagadget.com, Vido.com.ua and Alphr.com all recommend this Samsung digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Three additional expert review sites all said that this camera was superb and gave it their highest award. This Samsung camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com, Tomsguide.com and Reviewed.com.

This Samsung digital camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by both websites Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, both of which concluded that this Samsung camera was very good.

This Samsung camera was given a "Gold" award by review sites What Digital Camera who decided that this digital camera was brilliant.

The expert at one more expert review site concluded that this high megapixel camera was good. 01net.com gave this camera a "4 Star" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on fourty-two expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews this Samsung digital camera has an overall expert rating of 82 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 47 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is marvellous. 23 reviewers (94% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 94% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 7,714 expert and owner reviews (including 311 verified purchases) for Samsung digital cameras and found that on average Samsung has good ratings. We also found that Samsung has good ratings specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Samsung camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Thirteen customers agreed that the product had good features. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au wrote “It has lots of features that allow it to be”. Three years ago expert website Digitaltrends.com said in their review of the Samsung NX30 “It has more DSLR-like features and qualities than smaller, lighter CSC”. Expert review site Pdnonline.com mentioned “It has many features I'd love to see turn up on more serious pro models”.


Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was July 2015 when this Samsung digital camera was released.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Samsung NX30 has a built-in flash. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a built-in flash.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Sixteen owners who bought it reckoned that it was compact. Expert review site Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Technically it's a mirror-less compact system camera CSC”. Expert website T3.com gave the Samsung NX30 a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “A recent survey suggested consumers were of the impression that compact system cameras (CSCs) with their interchangeable lenses were one” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned “Samsung have continued to heavily invest in developing their compact system camera range, with the new flagship NX30 offering the best technologies, image quality” .

Five customers who reviewed it thought it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Think that DSLRa are too bulky”. Three years ago Andy_atgc wrote “The standard lens for the NX20 was always the bulkier and heavier 18-55mm - a very good performer in its own right”. Two years ago Essayguy said on expert website Walmart.com “My Nikon D90 is too heavy to take on some trips.”.

Four customers considered that it was lightweight. Macworld.com wrote on expert website Mac World three years ago “You aren't overly keen on a DSLR's weight, consider investigating Samsung's relatively lightweight Smart Camera NX30”. In the same month expert review site Gizmodo.com.au mentioned “For everyone else, there's mirrorless — compact, powerful, lightweight cameras with large imaging sensors”. Steves-Digicams.com wrote on expert website Steve's Digicams “Camera almost feels too lightweight with a bit too much plasticExtendable EVF feels like overkill or a gimmick when paired with articulated display screenNFC (Near Field Communication”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 375 grams, the Samsung NX30 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Samsung NX30 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Samsung NX30 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this digital camera support video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 640 x 480 pixels and 1920 x 810 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. The best video resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Audio

Quiet

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was quiet. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Very quiet” in their review of this digital camera. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Digital Versus “Is a very discreet and quiet camer”. Three years ago Z gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The system is wisper quiet - although there is significant ambient noise in my office I can't hear the unit from 1 foot away”.

Features Voice Recording

The Samsung NX30 features voice recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Samsung NX30 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Samsung NX30 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also support Wi-Fi.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Samsung NX30 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Lens System

Very Small Digital Zoom

Digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera have digital zooms of between 2x and 80x, and the average digital zoom is 12x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Samsung NX30 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera is 3.5, the smallest is 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 11. The Samsung NX30 has a quite big maximum aperture number (only 5.6) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Samsung NX30 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Samsung NX30 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than a year do not have a touchscreen.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Samsung NX30 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera, the Samsung NX30 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Samsung NX30 features multi burst mode. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Histogram

The Samsung NX30 features histogram, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Very Small Eye Relief

High megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera have eye reliefs of between 18mm and 27mm. With an eye relief of only 18.5 millimeters, the Samsung NX30 has a quite small eye relief compared to most of the other cameras that were released one year ago.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Samsung NX30 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Samsung NX30 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Samsung NX30 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Samsung NX30 has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Microphone in

The Samsung NX30 has a microphone in. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a microphone in.

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Supports PictBridge

The Samsung NX30 supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Has an HDMI

The Samsung NX30 has an HDMI, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

The magnifications of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 0.24x to 4x. The Samsung NX30 has a fairly high magnification (0.96 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Light Exposure

Supports Ten ISO Sensitivities

The Samsung NX30 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800", "25600" and "Auto" are also supported by this Samsung camera.

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Picture Quality

5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The Samsung NX30 has a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 3888 x 2592, 2976 x1984, 1728x 1152, 2736 x 1824, 5472 x 3080, 3712 x 2088, 2944 x 1656, 1920 x 1080, 3648 x 3648, 2640 x 2640, 2000 x 2000 and 1024 x 1024 and 2688 x 1512. Across all cameras of this spec and age the best still image resolution is 6000 x 4000 and the worst is 480 x 480.

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5472 X 3648 Pixels Image Resolution

The Samsung NX30 has a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The best image resolution of all similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera is 6000 x 4000 pixels and the worst is 5184 x 3456 pixels.

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20.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 20.3 megapixels camera.

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Design

Excellent Design

Five people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was well designed. Trusted Reviews wrote “Excellent design”. Expert website Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera “The Samsung NX30 improves over the NX20 in a number of ways, including a more Digital SLR styled design, with improved grip”. Three years ago expert website Trustedreviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “An outstanding feature set and smart design to very good effect”.

Four customers wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The NX30 offers some eye-catching innovation w”. Expert website Dxomark.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Samsung's NX30 offers is a well-rounded camera with a pretty decent level of capability both in the extended feature set” . Markymarkpa wrote “Beautiful pictures, WiFi connection, I am really loving this camera, more features than most others I have used” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it was ergonomic. Three years ago Phils said “Nice ergonomics in terms of the grip”.

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Intuitive Operation

Sixteen customers concluded that it was easy to use. Mac World gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and he said “Intuitive operation”. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert website Digital Versus “This DLSM is easy to use, comes with a swivel touchscreen”. Expert review site Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “It's a great camera to use” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three owners agreed that it was easy to handle. Three years ago website Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned “Good handling” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Two people who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Phils wrote three years ago “The i-Fn menu system is great as is the main menu system” in their review of this digital camera. Nikon Guy mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Very easy access to change settings like ISO, f-stop, shutter” in their review of the Samsung NX30.

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Great Picture Quality

Fourteen owners who bought it concluded that it was good quality. Mac World wrote three years ago “Clear and colorful image quality requiring few tweaks” in his review of this digital camera. Tbreak.ae gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Great Picture Quality”. Website Pcworld.co.nz mentioned three years ago “Good overall performance and image quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Solid Control Layout

Eight people who bought the product thought it was well made. Pc Mag said in their Samsung NX30 review three years ago “Solid control layout”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert review site Expert Reviews “A solid all-rounder with exceptional ergonomics”. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera “A 3inch tilting screen, as well as a tilting electronic viewfinder (EVF), along with built in Wi-Fi, NFC” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Expert review site Todayonline.com said “The NX30 is sturdy”. Expert review site Reviewed.com gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “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”.

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Good Video Capture

Six owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was good for video recording. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com mentioned “The camera can record Full HD video (we're confirming exact specifications) with stereo sound”. Juanv said “The video recording is top notch” in their review of the Samsung NX30. Ziojimi wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I was very impressed with the quality of the Full HD 1080/60p Video, still photo”.

Tilting and Swivelling Screen

Eleven people who reviewed the product considered that it was mirrorless. Expert website Tomsguide.com wrote “With the look and feel of a DSLR, Samsung's NX30 packs mirrorless camera benefits, including rapid shooting” in their review of this digital camera. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “The Samsung NX30 is an excellent mirrorless camera with a unique titling EVF.”. Macworld.com wrote on expert website Mac World “The NX30 is a mirror-less compact” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100.

Nine people who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Website T3.com wrote “Tilting and swivelling screen”. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned three years ago “Super bright screen” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they rated this digital camera 40 out of 100. They also said “Great display” in their review.

Five owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had an electronic viewfinder. Expert review site Dxomark.com mentioned “Although it shares the familiar guise of the Samsung NX20 with its built-in EVF thi”. Uzevla wrote “Certainly it's got much better EVF” in their review of the Samsung NX30. They also mentioned “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” in their review.

Five customers who reviewed it thought it had a good viewfinder. Expert review site Pcmag.com said “The Samsung NX30 ($999.99 with 18-55mm lens) is the company's most full-featured mirrorless camera to date, thanks to innovations like an integrated, articulated electronic viewfinder and class-leading Wi-Fi”. Expert review site Camerastuffreview.com scored the product 78 out of 100 and wrote “It has an electronic viewfinder and an LCD screen” in their review of this digital camera. Jakesj scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert review site Walmart.com “Love the adjustable viewfinder and also rotating 3" screen” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Lens

Two people said in their reviews that the Samsung NX30 had a good autofocus. Essayguy said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Crisp shots, excellent focus” . Three years ago Uzevla mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Second major thing is Autofocus” but in spite of that they only rated it 40 out of 100.

Two people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Andy_atgc wrote on expert review site Amazon “Samsung recently announced a more advanced standard zoom” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Twenty-six people considered that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Samsung NX30 “The NX30 can capture clear and vibrant images”. Three years ago Techradar.com said on expert review site Techradar “Crucially, images are fantastic” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “Samsung has struggled to capture the attention of the interchangeable lens camera-buying public in the past few years, despite the fact that many of its cameras produce excellent images” in their review.

Eight owners said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The DSLR-like NX30 features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, tiltable electronic viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), 3-inch swivelling Super AMOLED touchscreen, ISO range” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Many of the NX-series models feature the same 20.3-million-pixel resolution that was class-leading when it first appea”. Cen wrote two years ago “I like the tilting eyepiece for easy viewing when shooting” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good in low light. Three years ago R54 gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “The image quality in low light is amazing and the video quality is "WOW" I can shoot 1980x1080p 60p can't do that on my 5D MKII”.

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Price

Good Value for Money

Four owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Unbeatable price” however they only gave it a score of 2 stars out of 5. Expert review site Macworld.co.uk gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said “Fuji's X-T1, this Samsung NX30 is more affordable than its rivals”. David said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “I am going to buy the NX1000 because of the massive price drop and the 18-200mm lens” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.


Power

Good Battery Life

Five people who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of the Samsung NX30 “Good battery usage” but they only gave it a rating of 2 stars out of 5. Phils said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Battery life seems good”.


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