Samsung HZ30W summary
Samsung HZ30W is Samsung's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally introduced on January of 2010. The camera has got a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "WB600" in other countries.
The HZ30W places at #201 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #847 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.
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Samsung HZ30W family
The Samsung HZ30W is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed range below.
Samsung HZ30W Gallery
You can check the HZ30W from various angles in the gallery here.
Samsung HZ30W Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Samsung HZ30W based on aspects that are often regarded as essential in a camera.
Samsung HZ30W Sensor details
The size of the sensor in the Samsung HZ30W is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.
The picture below illustrates the HZ30W's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The HZ30W sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Samsung HZ30W dimensions
Samsung HZ30W is 0.54 pounds (245 gr / 8.64 oz) & the volume of the camera is 107mm x 61mm x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Samsung HZ30W is less heavy in comparison with various rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The following is a visual of the Samsung HZ30W with a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the HZ30W.
Samsung HZ30W Lens specs
The HZ30W houses a built in lens and it has a focal range of 24-360mm making it a 15.0 x zoom which is perfect and is going to allow you to zoom right in.
At the widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.2 and that is kind of slow and not great for low light events and you will struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to increase the ISO resulting in noisy files. On the tele end, 360mm is excellent zoom and comes to f5.8 making it pretty sluggish and you might need to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Samsung HZ30W Connectivity
The HZ30W has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Several applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Samsung HZ30W Video specs
The highest possible video quality in the Samsung HZ30W is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in H.264 format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should really aim for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means you get little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to get an alternative camera if you want good sound for your video clips.
Samsung HZ30W Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing in the Samsung HZ30W so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.
Samsung HZ30W Display and Viewfinder
The Samsung HZ30W has got a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details for Samsung HZ30W are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be quite useful.
Samsung HZ30W Shutter specs
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Samsung HZ30W Flash and Hot shoe specs
Samsung HZ30W has only built-in flash lacking external flash support.
Samsung HZ30W Autofocusing specs
Samsung HZ30W has just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing.
It also features Tracking AF for moving subjects. Samsung HZ30W has manual focusing if required during low light conditions or you need more exact focusing control.
Samsung HZ30W Battery life
The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the best (600) battery life within this group of cameras.
Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the strongest battery life:
Samsung HZ30W for various forms of photography
The following chart indicates a outline of the Samsung HZ30W for various forms of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Samsung HZ30W
The Samsung HZ30W receives a rating of 29 which is horrible, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos & ability to work with external flash.
Samsung HZ30W Street photography advice
Having a very good points tally of 61, the Samsung HZ30W is a fine pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Samsung HZ30W Sports photography advice
A horrible sports photography score of 43 means the Samsung HZ30W is just not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Samsung HZ30W
Weight is pretty crucial when getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Samsung HZ30W gets a very good 63 as a travelling camera which is a good option to purchase for your travels.
Samsung HZ30W Landscape photography factors
For anybody who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung HZ30W at it's horrible score of 43 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Samsung HZ30W
A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Samsung HZ30W is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a horrible rating of 30.
Samsung HZ30W Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the HZ30W, here is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall into the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart here will give you a bird's eye view of the HZ30W compared to it's highest rated competitors suggested previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you may see as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.