Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530

Samsung NX30 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530 front

Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 Key Specs

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
  • Replaced the Samsung NX20
Sony W530
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-104mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 113g - 93 x 53 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2011
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Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Samsung NX30 and Sony W530, one is a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Ultracompact by brands Samsung and Sony. There is a significant difference among the resolutions of the NX30 (20MP) and W530 (14MP) and the NX30 (APS-C) and W530 (1/2.3") provide totally different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The NX30 was manufactured 3 years after the W530 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Samsung NX30 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony W530 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving right into a in depth comparison, here is a brief overview of how the NX30 grades against the W530 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX30 over the Sony W530

 NX30 W530 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014January 2011More modern by 37 months
Focus manually More exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1036k230kCrisper display (+806k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W530 over the Samsung NX30

 W530 NX30 

Common features in the Samsung NX30 and Sony W530

 NX30 W530 

Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and measurements. The Samsung NX30 features external measurements of 127mm x 96mm x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3") along with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) while the Sony W530 has proportions of 93mm x 53mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") and a weight of 113 grams (0.25 lbs).

Examine the Samsung NX30 and Sony W530 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the NX30 compared to the W530.

Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the NX30 and W530 is 75 and 96 respectively.

Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be tough to envision the gap in sensor sizes simply by viewing specifications. The image below might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the NX30 and W530.

Plainly, each of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The NX30 because of its larger sensor will make shooting bokeh less difficult and the Samsung NX30 will render more detail due to its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The newer NX30 is going to have an edge in sensor innovation.

Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung NX30
Portrait photography with Sony W530
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW files
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX30 Street photography features
Sony W530 Street photography features
screen can move to multiple angles
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
has focus by touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung NX30
Sports photography with Sony W530
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
no image stabilization
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX30 Travel photography details
Sony W530 Travel photography details
has focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
no Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung NX30 Landscape photography highlights
Sony W530 Landscape photography highlights
focusing manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is decent (3")
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse recording
pretty wide (26mm)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX30 Vlogging factors
Sony W530 Vlogging factors
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
offers face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic port
no image stabilization
pretty wide (26mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have external microphone support
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Samsung NX30 vs Sony W530 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX30 and Sony W530
 Samsung NX30Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530
General Information
Brand Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung NX30 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530
Type Advanced Mirrorless Ultracompact
Revealed 2014-01-03 2011-01-06
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS 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 20MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 25600 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 247 9
Lens mount type Samsung NX fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-104mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/2.7-5.7
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 32 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 1,036 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech AMOLED Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.66x -
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 2 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 9.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 375 gr (0.83 lb) 113 gr (0.25 lb)
Physical dimensions 127 x 96 x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3") 93 x 53 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 77 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1014 not tested
Battery life 360 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID BP1410 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 - 30 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $699 $269