Samsung NX30

Samsung NX30 front
  • 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
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung NX30 summary

Samsung NX30 is Samsung's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera originally launched on January of 2014. It uses a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Samsung launched this model to replace the earlier Samsung NX20 (Read Full Comparison)

The NX30 ranks at #28 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras & over all #151 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please test our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your personalized factors.

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Samsung NX30 history

The Samsung NX30 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX1 front thumbnailSamsung NX1
NX30 vs NX1
28MPAPS-C15.0 fps2014
Samsung-NX30 front thumbnailSamsung NX3020MPAPS-C9.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX20 front thumbnailSamsung NX20
NX30 vs NX20
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX11 front thumbnailSamsung NX11
NX30 vs NX11
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX5 front thumbnailSamsung NX5
NX30 vs NX5
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX10 front thumbnailSamsung NX10
NX30 vs NX10
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
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Samsung NX30 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Samsung NX30 based on features that are often regarded as useful in a digital camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
above average minimum ISO (100)
comes with phase detect AF
decent MP (20 megapixels)
delivers RAW formats
does have external microphone socket
does have HDMI socket
features face detection focusing
features tracking autofocus
has built in flash
has manual focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
NFC connectivity
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
provides focus by touch
screen can move to multiple angles
screen is OLED
screen is selfie friendly
sensor size is good (APS-C)
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
touchscreen capability
very good screen resolution (1,036 thousand dots)
lack of headphone socket
lack of image stabilization
lack of Timelapse recording
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Samsung NX30 Sensor specifications

The Samsung NX30 is run by the DRIMeIV chip. The sensor measurement on the Samsung NX30 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 to 25600. RAW photos are supported therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the NX30's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The NX30 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX30 dimensions

Samsung NX30 weighs 0.83 pounds (375 grams / 13.23 ounces) & has external size of 127mm x 96mm x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454 grams and the Samsung NX30 is less heavy in comparison with other rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Samsung NX30 besides a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.

Samsung NX30 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button layout on the NX30.

Samsung NX30 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX30 Lens specifications

The NX30 uses the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses available for purchase. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the NX30.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-8mm-F3.5-Aspherical-IF-MC-Fisheye-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
Rokinon-14mm-f2.8-IF-ED-MC-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC14mmf/2.8 552g
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Samyang-16mm-f2.0-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS16mmf/2.0 583g
Samsung-NX-60mm-F2.8-Macro-ED-OIS-SSA lensSamsung NX 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA60mmf/2.8 389g
Samyang-12mm-f2.0-NCS-CS-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS12mmf/2.0 260g
Samsung-NX-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 549g
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Lensbaby-Burnside-35-Samsung-NX lensLensbaby Burnside 3535mmf/2.8374g
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Samsung NX30 Connectivity

The NX30 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy files and at times adjust settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Samsung NX30 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution on the Samsung NX30 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance between video quality vs file sizes but 1080p won't give you any room to downsample. While the camera offers a microphone port, it is unfortunately missing a headphone port which means you will not have the capability to monitor your sound levels.

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Samsung NX30 Weather Sealing

Samsung NX30 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions could ruin the camera.

Samsung NX30 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX30 houses a 3 inch fully articulated display supporting a resolution of 1,036 thousand dots.

The screen is selfie friendly for self portraits as well as group shots if needed. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you are able to shift focus point plus change settings using your finger.

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The View Finder specs for Samsung NX30 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,359 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.66x

Viewfinders can be really helpful during bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Samsung NX30 Shutter specifications

Samsung NX30 has the ability to shoot continuously at 9.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Samsung NX30 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Samsung NX30 features both built-in flash along with external flash support.

Samsung NX30 Autofocusing specifications

Samsung NX30 features both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & exact in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be valuable for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor boasts 247 focus points to select from. Samsung NX30 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to switch where you focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for objects that move. Samsung NX30 comes with manual focusing when needed during low light conditions or you want to have more exact focusing control.

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Samsung NX30 Battery life

The battery life (BP1410) on the Samsung NX30 is fashioned to last for 360 images as per the CIPA requirements making it about the same as it's competitors. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 has the best (810) battery life within this class of cameras.

Below is a listing of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that have the best battery life:

Samsung NX30 for varying kinds of photography

The following illustration provides a rundown of the Samsung NX30 for varying kinds of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Samsung NX30 Portrait photography features

The Samsung NX30 receives a score of 78 which is wonderful, meaning that it is a excellent option to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos & flexibility to work with external flash.

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has manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW files

Street photography with Samsung NX30

Getting a very good points tally of 75, the Samsung NX30 is a good fit to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
supports focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization

Samsung NX30 Sports photography details

A above average sports photography points total of 73 suggests the Samsung NX30 is a fine option for photographing sports. A camera should have fantastic tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization

Samsung NX30 Travel photography information

Size is super important in buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Samsung NX30 gets a above average 74 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable fit to purchase for your holidays.

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offers touch to focus
good MP (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
lack of Time Lapse mode

Samsung NX30 Landscape photography highlights

For anyone who is planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung NX30 with it's above average grade of 71 as a landscape camera is a fine pick within the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
decent sized screen (3")
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode

Samsung NX30 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should really posses a moving display, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Samsung NX30 is a superb pick for vlogging as it delivers a fantastic rating of 76.

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screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
includes face detect focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with microphone support
does not have image stabilization

Samsung NX30 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the NX30, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall within the family of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line graph just below offers you a summary of the NX30 versus it's highest ranking competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are several cameras you may check out as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung NX30
Advanced Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Samsung NX
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
1,036 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
9.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
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
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
375 gr (0.83 lbs)
Physical dimensions
127 x 96 x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3")
Battery life
360 photographs
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 - 30 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Cost at release