Sam­sung NX 30

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - by Mar­cus Wong

CON­CLU­SION The NX 30 is a ca­pa­ble cam­era with many fea­tures, but if im­age qual­ity is a con­cern, there are more af­ford­able op­tions.

The NX30 is Sam­sung’s lat­est flag­ship Com­pact Sys­tem Cam­era and fea­tures a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sen­sor; tiltable (up to 80 de­grees) elec­tronic viewfinder, a gen­er­ous hand­grip, and a gor­geous pull-out Su­per AMOLED Swivel and Touch Dis­play. Mea­sur­ing just 12.7cm x 9.55cm x 4.17 cm, and weigh­ing just 375g (with­out bat­tery), the NX30 is def­i­nitely a cam­era that you’ll find easy to take along with you daily. The other bonus is that a copy of Adobe Light­room 5.0 (worth $193) is in­cluded with the NX 30 – so that gives you a highly ca­pa­ble im­age pro­cess­ing suite to start with. NFC and Wi-Fi sup­port is built in, so tap­ping your NFC-en­abled phone to the left side of the NX 30 starts Tag & Go shar­ing. Wi-Fi op­tions al­low you to use your phone as a re­mote viewfinder, email selected im­ages to yourself, or con­nect to Sam­sung’s cloud ser­vices. Per­for­mance-wise, the cam­era turns in im­ages with good de­tail, al­beit with a slight ma­genta cast. How­ever, noise seems to be con­trolled in quite an ag­gres­sive fash­ion, as de­tails start to get smudged from ISO 3200 on­wards. Aut­o­fo­cus is fast and nippy thanks to the NX AF Sys­tem II, and con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing goes to nine frames per sec­ond for both full-res JPEGs and raw, up slightly from the NX 20’s eight frames per sec­ond. The strong­est points for the NX 30 are its size and han­dling. It is sturdy and well­built, and de­spite its weight (or lack thereof), feels well­bal­anced and com­fort­able to hold. We didn’t have the more ex­pen­sive 16-50mm F2-2.8 ED OIS for test­ing, but the kit lens seemed a ca­pa­ble per­former in terms of fo­cus­ing speed and res­o­lu­tion. For $1,369, it is rather pricey com­pared to the lat­est of­fer­ings from Canon and Nikon – the EOS 1200D re­tails for only $759 with kit lens and the D3300 re­tails for $919, also with kit lens – but they don’t come with Wi-Fi or NFC ca­pa­bil­i­ties, nor do they bun­dle Light­room.

Pho­tos shot with the NX 30 tend to be a bit heavy in ma­genta.

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