Samsung NX30

Released January, 2014
  • 20 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CMOS
  • 3" OLED
While the lens looks and feels very nice, a lot will depend on the price.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung NX30

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Samsung NX30
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Samsung NX30
Focus lag and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Samsung NX30
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Samsung NX30
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung NX30

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Samsung NX30
1,014 ISO
Samsung NX11
553 ISO
Samsung NX1
1,363 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Samsung NX30
125 ms
Samsung NX20
350 ms
Galaxy NX
334 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Samsung NX30
83 ms
Galaxy NX
146 ms
Alpha A6000
22 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Samsung NX30
800 ms
Samsung NX20
3,000 ms
Galaxy NX
2,700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Samsung NX30
9 fps
Samsung NX1
15 fps
Samsung NX11
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Samsung NX30
360 photos
Samsung NX1
500 photos
Galaxy NX
440 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung NX30

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The first lens launches its premium lens "S" line with a 16-50mm f2-2.8 OIS, splash-and-dustproof, i-Function model, a typical higher-end kit-lens alternative.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)
Along with the camera, Samsung has announced two lenses and a flash.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)
Samsung kicks off it's premium S series lens line with a 16-50mm f2-2.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)


Other improvements include dual image stabilization in video, optical and electronic; the ability to program a bunch more controls, such as up to 10 sets of custom settings that map to two slots on the mode dial; dual-band Wi-Fi for improved connectivity; and a software bundle with Lightroom 5.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)
You should also be able to livestream 1080/30p video via HDMI, as well as output clean HDMI.
by c|net (Jan, 2014)

In The News From around the web


Samsung NX30 review

by Amy Davies |
You can press the central button on the navigation pad and then use the navigational keys to move around to the point you require, or you can use the touchscreen to quickly tap the point you require.
Although Samsung was one of the first manufacturers to launch a compact system camera to the market, back in 2010 with the NX10, it's fair to say that the NX range has failed to capture the same amount of attention as CSCs from Panasonic, Olympus and Sony.

Samsung launches NX30 - 'professionally' inspired CSC

by Amy Davies |
The new 16-50mm f/2-2.8 ED OIS lens is the brightest 3x optical zoom lens in its class and is also splash and dust proof for challenging conditions.
The camera also features, for the first time in a Samsung CSC, a tiltable electronic viewfinder with 2,359k dot resolution.
Whether crowds are obstructing the shot or a more creative angle is desired, the 80 degree tilt means that different viewpoints are simple to achieve.
The introduction of OLED Color to the NX30 records the ultimate contrast and real colors, to make it possible for you capture landscapes that are rich and portraits with natural tones.
If you are a fan of moving displays, rotate away - it has both a 80-degrees tilting EVF and a 3-inch rotating Super-AMOLED S-Stripe (not Pentile) touchscreen on the back which is of the twist-and-shout variety, not just up-and-down movement.
Samsung Preview Video Samsung has a 150-second video promoting some of the features of this camera, YouTube-embedded right below as well.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 20 MP
Resolution 5472 x 3648
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 247
Supports continuous Yes


Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1x
Viewfinder size 0.65x
Display type LCD
Display resolution 1,036 k dots


Max continuous shooting 9 fps
Battery life 360 photos
Continuous shooting 9 fps
Focus lag 125 ms
Shutter lag 83 ms
Startup delay 800 ms


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Hybrid detection
Autofocus type Hybrid detection


Size 3"
Resolution 1,036 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 127 x 96 x 58 mm
Thickness 58 mm
Weight 375 g
Is weather sealed No


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi 802.11n
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
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