Samsung HZ30W

Samsung HZ30W front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 245g - 107 x 61 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Alternate Name is WB600
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #193 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over-all #865 out of 1465 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.

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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.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
great zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has HDMI socket
lighter than competition in class (245g)
long reach (360mm)
manual focus
offers tracking autofocus
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
quite wide (24mm)
cannot use external flash
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW format
does not posses selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
no external mic socket
no headphone socket
no Time Lapse recording
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f5.8)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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The following is a visual of the Samsung HZ30W with a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Samsung HZ30W dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the HZ30W.

Samsung HZ30W topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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manual focus
can't use external flash
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Samsung HZ30W Street photography advice

Having a moderate points tally of 60, the Samsung HZ30W is reasonably appropriate for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (245g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Samsung HZ30W Sports photography advice

A horrible sports photography score of 42 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.

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great zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

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.

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lighter than competition (245 grams)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long zoom (360mm)
no Timelapse function
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)

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.

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you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode

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.

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really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (245g)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic port

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.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Samsung HZ30W
Also called as
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-360mm (15.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
5.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
245 grams (0.54 pounds)
Physical dimensions
107 x 61 x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Pricing at release