Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black)

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77% Silver Award
It provides similar handling, reliable auto focus, and something that DSLRs haven't figured out yet - usable live view.”

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Key Features

  • 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid phase/contrast detect AF
  • Up to 9 fps contintuous shooting
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 3-inch articulating AMOLED touchscreen with 1,036,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 2,359,000 dots
  • 1080/30fps HD video (H.264/MPEG-4)
  • Uncompressed output via HDMI
  • Built- in Wi-Fi
  • Bundled with Adobe Lightroom
  • JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG capture
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory

Product Description

The Samsung NX30 is a midrange mirrorless camera that features a 20.3MP CMOS sensor and the company's latest DRIMeIV processor. It supports the same NX-mount lenses as its predecessor (the NX20). The NX30 has a Hybrid AF system that combines on-chip phase detection with more traditional contrast detection. Photos can be composed on a fully articulating 3-inch AMOLED display or a unique pull-out, tilting electronic viewfinder. The NX30 has numerous Wi-Fi functions, and now includes NFC for 'tap and go' photo sharing.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 5472 x 3080, 3648 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3712 x 2088, 2640 x 2640, 2976 x 1984, 2944 x 1656, 2000 x 2000, 1728 x 1152, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 1024
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor DRIMeIV
Image
ISO Auto, 100 - 25600
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (with fine-tuning)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (1.2x - 2x)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 247
Lens mount Samsung NX
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,036,000
Touch screen Yes (Touch AF, Touch shutter)
Screen type AMOLED
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 11.00 m (ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot shoe, wireless via built-in flash)
Continuous drive 9 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 - 30 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3-shot)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Uncompressed output over HDMI at 30p
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD, SDHC, SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Dual channel 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (wired or via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP1410 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 360
Weight (inc. batteries) 375 g (0.83 lb / 13.23 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 58 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.28)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
77 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

Beginners wanting a DSLR-like experience, those who want to share photos wirelessly, landscape and travel shooters

Not So Good For

Tracking fast action, very low light, would-be videographers

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Strange delay wireless flash NX30

I'm trying to use the yongnuo RF-603c wireless triggers. They work fine with a NX100 body, but on the NX30 there is a strange delay with the exact same setup. It fires a fraction of a second too late, so it wont sync with the shutter speed, but does fire. Does anyone know what causes this and perhaps even has a solution? My setup: NX30 (with samsung nx 60mm) 2 RF-603c yongnuo wireless triggers tried a sef42a and sef15a samsung flash

Finder80 asked
17 days ago

ANSWERS

I don't believe those triggers are compatible. I have the 603n triggers and have the same issue. I haven't found any solutions. Continue Reading

Bryan M answered
17 days ago

The delay is about 1/8 second, so you should be able to fire with shutter speeds of 1/6 sec and slower. It's not ideal, but it works. Also, I used http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-SM-512-Samsung-NX100-Hotshoe/dp/B004G45UJM/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1403568440&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=hotshoe+adapter+samsung+NX-30 which seems to work. Don't know for sure if it will work with the radio trigger, but it might! Continue Reading

MikeVH answered
16 days ago

Your thread covers a topic that is very important to me. I did some web research and found this interesting web site with a review on your flash triggers. The author writes :"The bad news: these "smart" transceivers are a little too smart for their own good. The unit relies on the Canon E-TTL "wake up" signal from the hot shoe on the camera to figure out it should be a transmitter, which means that if you want to trigger your flashes by simply hand-holding one transceiver (with the other one attached to a flash), you're out of luck. No amount of pushing the built-in "test" button will convince the unit in your hand that it's supposed to be the transmitter, and it just sits there doing nothing. It also won't turn itself into a trigger if it's in a non-Canon hot shoe -- such as the shoe in my older "Cactus" remotes. And with no PC-cord *input* to trigger from, it won't work as a trigger from sound or optical triggers for high-speed flash, either. This is a camera hot-shoe only setup, ... Continue Reading

Raw Jaw answered
15 days ago

QUESTION

NX30

Some specs for the NX30 quote a 2gb card as the maximum size? is this correct?

Slinger49 asked
16 days ago

ANSWERS

Hiya Slinger. In a word mate, NO. Those spevs, wherever you read them, are totally inaccurate. I am running a 64GB card on mine, and it works perfectly. Continue Reading

Taffy answered
16 days ago

Have you tried a 128 gb card? The manual states only up to 64 gb but wondering if the v1.20 firmware allows a 128 gb card Continue Reading

gameguru1360 answered
14 days ago

No I haven't but as I only shoot jpgs a 64GB card is more than enough for my needs. I was in Germany last year shooring with my NX 300, I came back with 560 shots, and still loads of room on the card, and this was only a 32GB card. So a 128GB card would be total overkill in my situation. Continue Reading

Taffy answered
14 days ago

QUESTION

No timelapse on Samsung NX30

Hi, I just got an Nx30 and it looks like the built in intervalometer can only take 10 pictures. Does anyone know if there is a way around this? I figure I can buy an intervalometer/timer from ebay and use the micro usb port, correct? Unfortunately if I do that then there is no way to charge the camera while taking the pictures which is what I was hoping for. Please let me know if I'm missing anything here.

Rezoero asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

You should be able to take more than 10 pics, but I haven't tried the intervalometer yet. I want to say the display shows up to 999 pics or something, but don't have my camera with me. http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201402/20140203160902291/NX30_English.pdf Page 100 of the user's manual has some info. In Shooting mode, press [menu] -> [camera icon] -> Interval Capture, select a shooting interval and the number of shots, press [ok] or [Shutter] to save the settings, press [Shutter] to capture the photo. Are you trying to set the number of shots in timer mode maybe? That is different. Eric Continue Reading

viking79 answered
1 month ago

Confirmed. Intervalometer permits more than 10 images. In fact when shoting in intervalometer mode the LCD screen displays this notice: "Connect the power cable to take large numbers of shots or to take shots over a long period of time." When at '0' count and hitting the backward (count down) arrow key the nunmber '4666' is displayed. Could this be the limit of shots? EDIT:  4666 is the number of Super fine Jpegs my card can hold. I think the only way to exit intervalometer mode is to shut off the camera. Continue Reading

Raw Jaw answered
1 month ago

I was looking at the timer screen.  Somehow i missed that there was a separate option - I will check that later today.  Thanks so much!! Im very happy now. Continue Reading

Rezoero answered
1 month ago
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