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New Samsung NX30 adds tilting EVF, improved display, more Wi-Fi features

By dpreview staff on Jan 2, 2014 at 16:00 GMT
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Samsung's latest flagship mirrorless camera has arrived, in the form of the NX30. It borrows the 20 megapixel sensor and Hybrid AF system from the NX300, but has a more traditional SLR-style design. What stands out the most is the camera's XGA electronic viewfinder, which can be pulled away from the camera and tilted upward by 80 degrees. The 3-inch, 1.04 million dot AMOLED display is 33% brighter than the one on the NX20, and is fully articulated.

In addition to its snappy AF system, the NX30 can also shoot continuously at up to 9 fps, and its shutter speed range tops out at 1/8000 sec. The camera has a built-in GN11 flash, which can also control Samsung's new SEF-580A external flash wirelessly. Video is also said to be improved, with the ability to record 1080/60p movies with 'dual IS', audio level adjustment, and uncompressed 30p output over HDMI.

The Wi-Fi feature is improved with NFC support and even more of the bells and whistles for which Samsung is famous. Photos can be transferred to your smartphone by 'tapping' it against the camera, and the Group Share feature can display an image on four devices simultaneously. The new Remote Viewfinder Pro app allows for more control over the NX30 compared to previous versions of the software. The NX30 can also be used as a baby monitor, or for other remote surveillance duties.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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Samsung Launches the NX30 Camera alongside First Premium “S” Lens

Capture and share high quality imagery in an instant with advanced features, improved flexibility and fast connectivity

SEOUL, Korea – January 02, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced today the professionally-inspired NX30 compact system camera, featuring high quality images and with faster than ever performance. Samsung also expanded its line of NX lenses with the introduction of its first “S” Series premium lens.

"The NX30 continues the evolution of our award-winning NX series of cameras, bringing with it new and improved features such as a better imaging processor and our advanced SMART Camera offering. Not only does this camera deliver the performance users demand, it is also easy-to-use so that moments are never missed,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. "The NX30 allows photographers to shoot with confidence, providing a seamless ability to capture moments and share them immediately, delivering exceptionally beautiful photographs while creating an unmatched photo-sharing experience.”

Image Quality at the Core 

High quality images with rich color are guaranteed with the advanced 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. Delivering shots that are bursting with sharp detail and intense colors, the large sensor is ideal for creating rich images with dramatic foreground and background blur, providing professional quality imaging that ignites the visual senses. Featuring the Samsung NX AF System II that boasts fast and accurate auto focusing, this new model ensures all moments, including fast-moving scenes and subjects that make up the beauty of everyday life, will never be missed.  

Capturing short-lived, fast-paced moments in perfect clarity is achievable with the NX30's exceptionally fast 1/8000 sec Shutter Speed and the 9 frame per second (FPS) Continuous Shooting function. These features help to further break down the action and capture movement beyond what the eye can see so that each split second can be appreciated. 

Featuring a unique, Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), the NX30 makes it easier than ever to discover a new perspective. 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. With the ability to move from side to side up to 180 degrees, and upward and downward up to 270 degrees, the NX30's 76.7mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display offers flexible angles which are especially useful for self-shooting, whether for stills or video capture. 

Smart Connectivity, Tag & Go

Building on the successes of Samsung's market leading SMART Camera technology, the NX30's NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities offer the next-generation of connectivity, making it is easier than ever to take advantage of a host of intuitive sharing features. The ‘Tag & Go’ function lets users tap and share memories instantly and easily, pairing the NX30 with NFC enabled smartphones and tablets. 

The Photo Beam feature allows the transfer of an image or video to a smartphone or tablet by simply touching the two devices together with no other configuration needed. MobileLink lets users select multiple images to send to four distinct smart devices at one time, so everyone can treasure photos without the need to take repetitive shots on each individual device. AutoShare automatically sends every photo you take instantly to your smartphone or tablet and the Remote Viewfinder Pro function enables control of the NX30 from a smartphone, allowing the user to zoom and snap shots remotely yet still have full visibility of the scene, opening up new photographic possibilities. Manual settings can still be accessed, including shutter speed and aperture, so that photographers can retain camera control yet have another option as to how they want to frame their shot.

Dropbox, the popular web storage service is pre-loaded on the NX30 in selected regions – making it the first camera-specific device to offer direct-to-Dropbox uploading. Additionally, users of the NX30 in select regions can upload directly to Flickr, the full resolution photo sharing site – another first in a camera-specific device. Using the advanced connected features of the NX30, images can be uploaded automatically so that snap happy photographers will not need to be concerned with filling up their memory cards ever again.

Experience Life from all Angles

The NX30 includes the sophisticated next-generation DRIMeIV Image Processor and a powerful DSP imaging engine that brings an unmatched shooting experience and Full HD 1080/60p movie capabilities. The high light sensitivity of the NX30, with a range from ISO100-25600, produces stunning images even in low light conditions and with OIS Duo technology, steady shots for better movie recording are guaranteed, even while on the move. The innovative technology provided by the DRIMeIV Image Processor also enables the 3D capture of scenes and subjects via the Samsung 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, letting memories live on through lifelike 3D images and videos displayed on compatible 3D devices. 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. 

Advanced video features make the NX30 the ideal solution for movie makers searching for a compact yet high performing camera. In addition to Full HD Video Stereo Recording, the NX30 supports a standard 3.5mm microphone input for high quality audio capture while shooting movies. The Audio Level Meter appears on the display so you can continuously monitor the input level status while recording. In addition, the input level can be manually adjusted to ensure optimal audio quality. Moreover, the NX30 is also perfect for advanced video enthusiasts because of its HDMI live streaming with Full HD 30p output that makes it easy to connect with a large screen, recorder, and other HDMI devices.

Intuitive design is a central feature of the NX30. Two dedicated Custom Modes can be accessed on the mode dial, so that preferred camera settings can be retrieved quickly, while ten additional custom settings can be stored on the camera. The separate drive dial also provides instant access to a selection of popular modes, including continuous shooting, bracketing and self timer. It is therefore fast and simple to select the ideal settings for a shot, meaning that there is no delay in capturing the perfect image.  

Through Samsung's innovative i-Function system, advanced camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture can be accessed with the touch of one button. For more experienced photographers, i-Function Plus lets users are able to reprogram existing buttons with their preferred and frequently used settings. 

The powerful new SEF 580A TTL external flash with a Guide Number of 58 makes it simple to capture perfect shots, allowing light to travel further and wider. The high speed flash sync mode allows for flash with shutter speeds faster than 1/200 of a second, ideal for brightly lit scenes with selective depth of field. Additionally, this new flash supports wireless strobe sync, bringing an added dimension to images with light that looks natural.            

Premium and Professional Quality in any Situation: 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens

The new Samsung 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens allows photographers of all skill levels to achieve professional image quality through a myriad of new and advanced features. It is the first Premium “S” Series lens, which signifies end-users will be given superior optical-technology to meet their photography needs. Its versatile standard zoom angle of view allows for flexibility to take photos at frequently desired angles and vantage points, without limitations on what is captured. The 16-50mm has an extremely bright aperture (F2.0 at 16mm; F2.8 at 50mm) making it the brightest 3X zoom among equivalent class lenses, adding-value to the overall picture-taking experience and imaging results. Splash and dust proof, this lens is designed to deliver quality results even in extreme, harsh conditions. 

This lens features an Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM), improved from the conventional Stepping Motor (SM), that is 3X more precise in its ability to control and focus on subjects. Coupled with its optical image stabilizer and combination of three aspherical (ASP) lenses, two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses, and two eXreme High Refractive (XHR) lenses, the 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS has the ability to take a steady shot and produce an exceptional photo with ultimate clarity and detail. The combination of these advanced elements work together to enhance the results from the lens. The ASP lenses reduce and nearly eliminate spherical aberration, whereas the ED elements reduce chromatic aberration and the XHR allows for a more compact and light lens.

Excellent Imagery Everyday: 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens

The new 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens was designed for everyday use as well as for photographers who often travel and desire quality and compactness. It is lightweight, weighing only 111g with a compact 31mm frame and a modern and simple design. It is available in two colors (Black and White). With an outstanding wide angle optical performance, the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OISlens includes Silent Auto Focusing and a low zooming noise, excellent for capturing video which is clear and undisturbed by the noise of the mechanism. 

A vital feature of the new lens is its quick control made possible through an Electro zoom with a seesaw type button. This unique feature allows photographers to simply click to zoom and take a photo from any view or angle, similar to a compact camera experience. The smooth zooming operation, applied from the high-end camcorder not only creates superb pictures, but enables high-quality videos. The intuitive operating mechanism, i-Function and UPSM help to take more precise pictures, while the Optical Image Stabilization reduces the blur associated with camera movement adding to the appeal of this lens. 

Please visit our CES booth to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung's product line will be displayed from January 7-10 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Samsung NX30 specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions5472 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:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100 - 25600
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes (with fine-tuning)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuper fine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
  • RAW (SRW)
  • MPO
Image parameters
  • Color
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
  • Contrast
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (1.2x - 2x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points247
Lens mountSamsung NX
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots1,036,000
Touch screenYes (Touch AF, Touch shutter)
Screen typeAMOLED
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1×
Viewfinder resolution2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Custom 1/2
  • Lens priority
  • Smart (scene) mode
  • Wi-Fi
Scene modes
  • Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Creative Shot, Best Face, Multi-Exposure, Smart Jump Shot
Built-in flashYes (pop-up)
External flashYes (Hot shoe, wireless via built-in flash)
Drive modes
  • Single-shot
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Bracket (AE, WB, Picture Wizard)
Continuous drive9 fps
Self-timerYes (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 BracketingYes (3-shot)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesUncompressed output over HDMI at 30p
Storage typesSD, SDHC, SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless notesDual channel 802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (wired or via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBP1410 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Weight (inc. batteries)375 g (0.83 lb / 13.23 oz)
Dimensions127 x 96 x 58 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.28)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
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Total comments: 161
By captura (3 months ago)

Sony might be announcing a new model very soon, an ILC-E5000 which would be a direct competitor.

By Shamael (3 months ago)

The ILC-E5000 is a renamed NEX-5T with 16.1 mpix old sensor, painted in white and renamed ILC-5000. You can see it here:
What I wait for is a real new development of apsc cameras from Sony, a NEX-7 style with the 20 mpix sensor they use in the ILC-3000, which is a low end beginner model with no focus peaking system and low resolution LCD and EVF.

By keimpe48 (3 months ago)

Looks great.

By DVT80111 (3 months ago)

When can they advance the sensor technology?

By vam (3 months ago)

The Samsung NX300's sensor seems to be already on par with the Sony NEX-6 and better than every Canon APS-C sensor.

By whtchocla7e (3 months ago)

NEX-6 is a two or three year old cam. We have year 2014. Being as good as the NEX-6 is not good enough.

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
By straylightrun (3 months ago)

@whtchocla7e Yes, it's definitely not good enough if you're a pixelpeeper that views images at 500% magnification.

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By tkbslc (3 months ago)

Sony (and by relation Nikon, Pentax) doesn't have an APS-C sensor better than the NEX-6, so not a really problem

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By HowaboutRAW (3 months ago)


Samsung uses/makes excellent ASPC sensors for the NX bodies. Don't shoot jpeg.

By Revenant (3 months ago)

What kind of photos do you take, that require a constant improvement of sensor tech? NEX-6 had excellent IQ in 2012, and it still has. Most system cameras today are capable of excellent IQ, so if you find your images lacking, you probably have more to gain by using better lenses (faster, sharper or whatever you need) and/or improving your technique. Comparing cameras with the same sensor sizes, I just don't see any great differences between current cameras in real-world use. I see larger differences between lenses and between photographers.

By whtchocla7e (3 months ago)


When new Sony bodies launch later this spring with new sensor tech, this "new" Samsung NX30 will be one full generation behind if it does indeed use the ancient NX300 chip. That's not a good position for Samsung to be in.

By arbuz (3 months ago)

@whtchocla7e - NEX6 was released in 2013. Not sure how did you come to 3 years.

1 upvote
By captura (3 months ago)

The specifications say phase detection so this must be a hybrid PDAF/CDAF autofocus system, but is this accomplished by using phase-detect pixels on the sensor, like Sony?

By tkbslc (3 months ago)


You are speculating about a Samsung sensor that nobody has tested and a Sony sensor that hasn't even been released. Forgive me if I prefer not to make conclusions based on the abstract.

By Jorginho (3 months ago)

NEX6 was launched in 2012. NEX7 has a better sensor. I wonder how come so many people know so much about this cam and how it will perform and will perform subpar already. That it WILL inherit the NX300 small buffer etcetc. Let's just wait and see. The cam looks nice and might be a great one.

By HowaboutRAW (3 months ago)


You're pretty confused if you think the sensor in the Samsung NX300 "subpar". Right about the buffer.

Certainly for high ISOs 6400 and above the NX300's sensor is better than that in the Sony Nex 7.

By greypixelz (3 months ago)

This will never sell in Japan :P

By tkbslc (3 months ago)

You think they sell a lot of Sony in S. Korea? :)

By ET2 (3 months ago)

Yes, Sony actually sells just fine in S. Korea.

By tkbslc (3 months ago)

Looks fantastic.

And that 16-50 f2-2.8 zoom is definitely something to envy.

By slncezgsi (3 months ago)

Looks good if you ask me. Let's see how it will be priced - seems to be directed against cameras like OM-D M1

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By HowaboutRAW (3 months ago)

Samsung doesn't build the bodies to that level--for obvious reasons.

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