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Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30

Portability
88
Imaging
55
Features
54
Overall
54
Samsung NX100 front
 
Samsung NX30 front
Portability
75
Imaging
63
Features
85
Overall
71

Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 Key Specs

Samsung NX100
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 282g - 120 x 71 x 35mm
  • Announced September 2010
  • Replacement is Samsung NX200
Samsung NX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 375g - 127 x 96 x 58mm
  • Revealed January 2014
  • Old Model is Samsung NX20
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Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Samsung NX100 and Samsung NX30, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and both of them are offered by Samsung. There is a sizeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the NX100 (15MP) and NX30 (20MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The NX100 was introduced 4 years earlier than the NX30 which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras feature different body design with the Samsung NX100 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Samsung NX30 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the NX100 scores versus the NX30 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX100 over the Samsung NX30

 NX100 NX30 

Reasons to pick Samsung NX30 over the Samsung NX100

 NX30 NX100 
RevealedJanuary 2014September 2010More modern by 40 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1036k614kSharper display (+422k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Samsung NX100 and Samsung NX30

 NX100 NX30 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Display size3"3"Same display sizing

Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Samsung NX100 comes with outer dimensions of 120mm x 71mm x 35mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4") and a weight of 282 grams (0.62 lbs) and the Samsung NX30 has sizing 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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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have during that time. Following is a front view sizing comparison of the NX100 compared to the NX30.

Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the NX100 and NX30 is 88 and 75 respectively.

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Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to envision the difference between sensor sizes merely by reviewing technical specs. The image below might provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the NX100 and NX30.

As you have seen, both cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You should anticipate the Samsung NX30 to offer you more detail using its extra 5MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics way more aggressively. The more aged NX100 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung NX100
Portrait photography with Samsung NX30
73
focusing manually
MP count good (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
77
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX100 Street photography factors
Samsung NX30 Street photography factors
76
has image stabilization
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
screen is fixed
75
screen articulates fully
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
includes touch to focus
good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung NX100
Sports photography with Samsung NX30
60
has image stabilization
MP count good (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery life (420 per charge)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
has no phase detect autofocus
73
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX100 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung NX30 as a Travel photography camera
66
better than average battery life (420 per charge)
MP count good (15MP)
missing Time Lapse function
does not have a selfie friendly display
74
includes touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung NX100 Landscape photography info
Samsung NX30 Landscape photography info
75
focusing manually
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization
MP count good (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (420 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse function
71
has manual focus
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX100 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung NX30 as a Vlogging camera
31
has image stabilization
has face detection autofocus
does not have a selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic support
75
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
comes with face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic jack
lack of image stabilization
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Samsung NX100 vs Samsung NX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX100 and Samsung NX30
 Samsung NX100Samsung NX30
General Information
Brand Samsung Samsung
Model Samsung NX100 Samsung NX30
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2010-09-14 2014-01-03
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip DRIMe Engine DRIMeIV
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 15 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4592 x 3056 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 15 247
Lens
Lens mount Samsung NX Samsung NX
Amount of lenses 32 32
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 614k dot 1,036k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology VGA AMOLED AMOLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.66x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual -
External flash
Auto exposure 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 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 282 gr (0.62 lbs) 375 gr (0.83 lbs)
Physical dimensions 120 x 71 x 35mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 1.4") 127 x 96 x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 62 77
DXO Color Depth score 22.6 23.5
DXO Dynamic range score 10.7 12.4
DXO Low light score 563 1014
Other
Battery life 420 photographs 360 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BP1130 BP1410
Self timer Yes (2 sec to 30 sec) Yes (2 - 30 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD, SDHC, SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $386 $699