Samsung NX30 sensor review: Convincing option?

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday April 29 2014

Sensor Review
Introduction | Samsung NX 30 sensor performance: Good IQ | Samsung NX 30 versus competition | Conclusion
Samsung NX30 sensor review: Convincing option?

Samsung’s new 20.3-Mpix APS-C NX30 is a revamp of the former mid-range NX20 model. Read on to find out if it’s got what it takes to compete with rival mirrorless offerings.

Although it shares the familiar guise of the Samsung NX20 with its built-in EVF this new model features the 20-Mpix CMOS sensor complete with on-chip phase detection AF pixels as found on the current finder-less NX300 model.

The body styling is perhaps an acquired taste but in addition to the Hybrid AF system. the NX30 has a number of new and notable features. Although it looks plastic the body is in fact made from an alloy while the EVF is no longer fixed, it’s a pull out and tiltable unit instead.

At the rear, the screen has been upgraded to a higher quality panel. It’s a tiltable 3-inch 1.04-M dot resolution Super AMOLED type with high brightness and striking color. Samsung has unsurprisingly promoted wireless communication in cameras and this model has Wi-Fi with NFC capability for sharing and remote operation.

Also, as one of their Smart camera models it has some interesting options, including the ability to email photos directly or upload them automatically to social networking sites, PCs or the cloud. As a model intended to appeal to enthusiasts, video has also seen a boost in capability over the NX20s full HD 1080/25/30fps. The NX30 adds a 24fps and slow-motion 50/60 fps options, mic socket with manual audio levels (albeit with no headphone socket) and an uncompressed HDMI output at 1080/25/30fps. Despite the upgraded specification the Samsung NX30 measures a mere 5.0 x 3.8 x 1.6" / 127.0 x 96.5 x 40.6 mm and weighs 21.9 oz / 621 g. It’s available now at $999 including the Samsung 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III OIS (stabilized) zoom lens.

Key specifications

  • 20.3-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 2.36-M dot pull out and tiltable EVF
  • 3.0-inch 1.04-M dot AMOLED tilt touchscreen
  • Full HD (1080p) up to 60fps
  • Uncompressed HDMI output at 25/30fps
  • 9 fps continuous burst
  • Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC
  • Metal body 

Samsung NX 30 sensor performance: Good IQ

Samsung NX 30 versus competition