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Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W

Portability
68
Imaging
45
Features
36
Overall
41
Samsung GX-1S front
 
Samsung HZ30W front
Portability
91
Imaging
35
Features
40
Overall
37

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W Key Specs

Samsung GX-1S
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 605g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Announced January 2006
Samsung HZ30W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 245g - 107 x 61 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Also referred to as WB600
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Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W Overview

The following is a in depth assessment of the Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W, one is a Advanced DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are manufactured by Samsung. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the GX-1S (6MP) and HZ30W (12MP) and the GX-1S (APS-C) and HZ30W (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor measurements.

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The GX-1S was launched 5 years before the HZ30W which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Samsung GX-1S being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Samsung HZ30W being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple overview of how the GX-1S scores vs the HZ30W in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung GX-1S over the Samsung HZ30W

 GX-1S HZ30W 

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ30W over the Samsung GX-1S

 HZ30W GX-1S 
LaunchedJanuary 2010January 2006Newer by 48 months
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution230k210kCrisper screen (+20k dot)

Common features in the Samsung GX-1S and Samsung HZ30W

 GX-1S HZ30W 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera often, you have to consider its weight and proportions. The Samsung GX-1S provides outside dimensions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") with a weight of 605 grams (1.33 lbs) while the Samsung HZ30W has measurements of 107mm x 61mm x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

Contrast the Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you choose at that time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the GX-1S and the HZ30W.

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the GX-1S and HZ30W is 68 and 91 respectively.

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W top view buttons comparison

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to visualise the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by checking a spec sheet. The picture underneath might provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the GX-1S and HZ30W.

As you can see, both of those cameras have different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The GX-1S because of its bigger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF easier and the Samsung HZ30W will give you more detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more aged GX-1S is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W sensor size comparison

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung GX-1S Portrait photography advice
Samsung HZ30W Portrait photography advice
51
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
MP count low (6MP)
29
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Samsung GX-1S as a Street photography camera
Samsung HZ30W as a Street photography camera
60
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors (605 grams)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
60
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (245 grams)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Samsung GX-1S as a Sports photography camera
Samsung HZ30W as a Sports photography camera
39
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has phase detect AF
no liveview
low fps (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (6MP)
42
great zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung GX-1S Travel photography highlights
Samsung HZ30W Travel photography highlights
52
lighter than competitors (605g)
built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
MP count low (6 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
63
lighter than average (245 grams)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
great zoom (360mm)
lack of Timelapse function
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung GX-1S Landscape photography info
Samsung HZ30W Landscape photography info
47
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (6 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse mode
43
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung GX-1S Vlogging features
Samsung HZ30W Vlogging features
9
lack of video recording
30
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (245 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone port
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Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung HZ30W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung GX-1S and Samsung HZ30W
 Samsung GX-1SSamsung HZ30W
General Information
Make Samsung Samsung
Model Samsung GX-1S Samsung HZ30W
Also called as - WB600
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2006-01-16 2010-01-19
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 6MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3008 x 2008 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax KAF fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-360mm (15.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.2-5.8
Macro focus range - 3cm
Total lenses 151 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 210 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 16s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 5.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Video data format - H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 605 gr (1.33 lb) 245 gr (0.54 lb)
Physical dimensions 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") 107 x 61 x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model 4 x AA SLB-11A
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/MMC card SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $850 $280