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Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30

Portability
68
Imaging
46
Features
36
Overall
42
Samsung GX-1S front
 
Samsung NX30 front
Portability
75
Imaging
65
Features
85
Overall
73

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 Key Specs

Samsung GX-1S
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 605g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Introduced January 2006
Samsung NX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 375g - 127 x 96 x 58mm
  • Revealed January 2014
  • Older Model is Samsung NX20
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Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 Overview

Let's look closer at the Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30, former being a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and both of them are produced by Samsung. There is a considerable difference between the sensor resolutions of the GX-1S (6MP) and NX30 (20MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The GX-1S was released 9 years before the NX30 and that is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Samsung GX-1S being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Samsung NX30 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going right into a detailed comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the GX-1S scores against the NX30 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung GX-1S over the Samsung NX30

 GX-1S NX30 

Reasons to pick Samsung NX30 over the Samsung GX-1S

 NX30 GX-1S 
RevealedJanuary 2014January 2006Fresher by 96 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1036k210kClearer screen (+826k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Samsung GX-1S and Samsung NX30

 GX-1S NX30 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry your camera regularly, you will need to consider its weight and size. The Samsung GX-1S provides external measurements of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") having a weight of 605 grams (1.33 lbs) and the Samsung NX30 has specifications of 127mm x 96mm x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3") with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. The following is a front view size comparison of the GX-1S compared to the NX30.

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the GX-1S and NX30 is 68 and 75 respectively.

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Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizing merely by checking a spec sheet. The photograph here will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the GX-1S and NX30.

Clearly, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Samsung NX30 to resolve greater detail as a result of its extra 14MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The older GX-1S is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 sensor size comparison

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung GX-1S as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung NX30 as a Portrait photography camera
51
manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
low megapixels (6MP)
79
focusing manually
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detect focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Samsung GX-1S
Street photography with Samsung NX30
60
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than average in class (605g)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
76
fully articulated screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
comes with touch focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung GX-1S
Sports photography with Samsung NX30
39
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
no liveview
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (6MP)
74
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features tracking focus
comes with phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Samsung GX-1S Travel photography information
Samsung NX30 Travel photography information
52
lighter than average in class (605g)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (6MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
75
comes with touch focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
does not have Timelapse function
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung GX-1S
Landscape photography with Samsung NX30
47
manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen is small (2.5 inches)
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (6MP)
does not have Time Lapse mode
72
focusing manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
decent megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung GX-1S
Vlogging with Samsung NX30
9
lack of video recording
76
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone port
does not have image stabilization
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Samsung GX-1S vs Samsung NX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung GX-1S and Samsung NX30
 Samsung GX-1SSamsung NX30
General Information
Make Samsung Samsung
Model Samsung GX-1S Samsung NX30
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2006-01-16 2014-01-03
Body design Mid-size SLR SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - DRIMeIV
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 6 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3008 x 2008 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 11 247
Lens
Lens mounting type Pentax KAF Samsung NX
Available lenses 151 32
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 2.5 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 210 thousand dot 1,036 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - AMOLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.66x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames per second 9.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 605g (1.33 lb) 375g (0.83 lb)
Physical dimensions 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") 127 x 96 x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 77
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.5
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.4
DXO Low light score not tested 1014
Other
Battery life - 360 photographs
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA BP1410
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 - 30 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC card SD, SDHC, SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch price $850 $699