Review Date: August 11, 2014
Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur
Photoxels Gold Award – Interchangeable Lens Camera
The Samsung NX30 has matured into a mirrorless DSLR that should appeal to serious enthusiast photographers. It is well built, handles very well and provides the exceptional image quality and performance that serious photographers have come to expect from an enthusiast DSLR.
The NX30 is more compact and lightweight than a traditional-mirrored DSLR. Image quality is excellent with good detail and low noise up to ISO 800, and ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 are very usable. Exposure metering is accurate and dependable. CA is non existent using the 18-55mm kit lens. Thanks to its hybrid sensor incorporating both Phase detection and Contrast-detect AF, we find the NX30’s autofocus to be even more precise and faster, even in low light conditions.
The AMOLED screen display is beautifully clear and bright, with a very wide angle of view. It is fully articulating and is now a touch panel, which means that touch AF is now possible and super convenient. The NX30 has one of the nicest viewfinder screen we’ve used and the high resolution EVF is now tiltable for even more viewing convenience. Consistent controls operation also makes the NX30 a very intuitive camera.
The NX30 is packed with Wi-Fi capabilities, a strength which Samsung cameras have become known for. Usable Live View will make it perfect for those upgrading from a compact point-and-shoot and who prefer the large display screen for composing. The NX30 is also easy to use in Auto mode and more serious photographers will appreciate the semi-auto and full manual modes.
The Samsung NX30 is a compact and lightweight mirrorless DSLR that beginner and serious photographers will like from the moment they pick it up. It is user-friendly with DSLR-level features, performance and image quality. Overall, it is a well designed camera that delivers where it counts the most: image quality and performance. Highly Recommended.