Samsung NX30 Review
Body & Design
The first impression you get upon picking up the NX30 is that it's light - perhaps too much so. Samsung says that its designers spent a lot of time designing the grip, which has paid off, as it fits perfectly in your hand. The EVF protrudes away from the camera by a decent amount, but this also keeps nose prints off of the AMOLED display.
In terms of size, the NX30 is considerably larger than its predecessor, as well as other mirrorless cameras in its class. If you exclude the EVF, the Samsung is essentially as large as a Nikon D5300.
In your hand
|The newly designed grip on the NX30 makes it quite nice to hold. It feels solid in the hand even in portrait orientation.|
Viewfinder and LCD
The NX30 is the first Samsung mirrorless camera to offer an articulating EVF which tilts upward by as much as 80 degrees, making it easier to get those low-angle shots. This is quite a nice feature for shooting flowers in bright daylight where a screen can easily become washed out. The main screen is also articulated and can be closed to protect the screen when not in use.
The articulating EVF pulls out and rotates up to about 80 degrees for low angle shots. It can also just be pulled directly out to help avoid nose smudges on the screen.
One thing we did notice about the viewfinder is that when it's in an extended position, it's quite easy to accidentally push it back into the camera.
The display on the NX30 has been dramatically improved compared to the NX20. This fully articulating AMOLED display has 1.04 million dots (arranged in an S-Stripe pattern) and is 33% brighter than the screen on the NX20, according to Samsung. The display is also touch-enabled, which allows you to easily focus or take a photo.
Compared to NX20
The NX30 is marginally larger than the NX20, but has a much more substantial grip as you can see on the top-down comparison. This allows the shutter button to move forward, leaving more room for an additional Wi-Fi button and dedicated drive mode dial.
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