New Samsung NX30 adds tilting EVF, improved display, more Wi-Fi features

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Samsung’s latest flagship mirrorless camera has arrived, in the form of the NX30. It borrows the 20 megapixel sensor and Hybrid AF system from the NX300, but has a more traditional SLR-style design. What stands out the most is the camera’s XGA electronic viewfinder, which can be pulled away from the camera and tilted upward by 80 degrees. The 3-inch, 1.04 million dot AMOLED display is 70% brighter than the one on the NX20, and is fully articulated.

In addition to its snappy AF system, the NX30 can also shoot continuously at up to 9 fps, and its shutter speed range tops out at 1/8000 sec. The camera has a built-in GN11 flash, which can also control Samsung’s new SEF-580A external flash wirelessly. Video is also said to be improved, with the ability to record 1080/60p movies with ‘dual IS’, audio level adjustment, and uncompressed 30p output over HDMI.

The Wi-Fi feature is improved with NFC support and even more of the bells and whistles for which Samsung is famous. Photos can be transferred to your smartphone by ‘tapping’ it against the camera, and the Group Share feature can display an image on four devices simultaneously. The new Remote Viewfinder Pro app allows for more control over the NX30 compared to previous versions of the software. The NX30 can also be used as a baby monitor, or for other remote surveillance duties.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

Stay tuned for our first impressions review of the Samsung NX30.

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Press Release:

Samsung Launches the NX30 Camera alongside First Premium “S” Lens

Capture and share high quality imagery in an instant with advanced features, improved flexibility and fast connectivity

SEOUL, Korea – January 02, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced today the professionally-inspired NX30 compact system camera, featuring high quality images and with faster than ever performance. Samsung also expanded its line of NX lenses with the introduction of its first “S” Series premium lens.

“The NX30 continues the evolution of our award-winning NX series of cameras, bringing with it new and improved features such as a better imaging processor and our advanced SMART Camera offering. Not only does this camera deliver the performance users demand, it is also easy-to-use so that moments are never missed,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “The NX30 allows photographers to shoot with confidence, providing a seamless ability to capture moments and share them immediately, delivering exceptionally beautiful photographs while creating an unmatched photo-sharing experience.”

Image Quality at the Core 

High quality images with rich color are guaranteed with the advanced 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. Delivering shots that are bursting with sharp detail and intense colors, the large sensor is ideal for creating rich images with dramatic foreground and background blur, providing professional quality imaging that ignites the visual senses. Featuring the Samsung NX AF System II that boasts fast and accurate auto focusing, this new model ensures all moments, including fast-moving scenes and subjects that make up the beauty of everyday life, will never be missed.  

Capturing short-lived, fast-paced moments in perfect clarity is achievable with the NX30’s exceptionally fast 1/8000 sec Shutter Speed and the 9 frame per second (FPS) Continuous Shooting function. These features help to further break down the action and capture movement beyond what the eye can see so that each split second can be appreciated. 

Featuring a unique, Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), the NX30 makes it easier than ever to discover a new perspective. Whether crowds are obstructing the shot or a more creative angle is desired, the 80 degree tilt means that different viewpoints are simple to achieve. With the ability to move from side to side up to 180 degrees, and upward and downward up to 270 degrees, the NX30’s 76.7mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display offers flexible angles which are especially useful for self-shooting, whether for stills or video capture. 

Smart Connectivity, Tag & Go

Building on the successes of Samsung’s market leading SMART Camera technology, the NX30’s NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities offer the next-generation of connectivity, making it is easier than ever to take advantage of a host of intuitive sharing features. The ‘Tag & Go’ function lets users tap and share memories instantly and easily, pairing the NX30 with NFC enabled smartphones and tablets. 

The Photo Beam feature allows the transfer of an image or video to a smartphone or tablet by simply touching the two devices together with no other configuration needed. MobileLink lets users select multiple images to send to four distinct smart devices at one time, so everyone can treasure photos without the need to take repetitive shots on each individual device. AutoShare automatically sends every photo you take instantly to your smartphone or tablet and the Remote Viewfinder Pro function enables control of the NX30 from a smartphone, allowing the user to zoom and snap shots remotely yet still have full visibility of the scene, opening up new photographic possibilities. Manual settings can still be accessed, including shutter speed and aperture, so that photographers can retain camera control yet have another option as to how they want to frame their shot.

Dropbox, the popular web storage service is pre-loaded on the NX30 in selected regions – making it the first camera-specific device to offer direct-to-Dropbox uploading. Additionally, users of the NX30 in select regions can upload directly to Flickr, the full resolution photo sharing site – another first in a camera-specific device. Using the advanced connected features of the NX30, images can be uploaded automatically so that snap happy photographers will not need to be concerned with filling up their memory cards ever again.

Experience Life from all Angles

The NX30 includes the sophisticated next-generation DRIMeIV Image Processor and a powerful DSP imaging engine that brings an unmatched shooting experience and Full HD 1080/60p movie capabilities. The high light sensitivity of the NX30, with a range from ISO100-25600, produces stunning images even in low light conditions and with OIS Duo technology, steady shots for better movie recording are guaranteed, even while on the move. The innovative technology provided by the DRIMeIV Image Processor also enables the 3D capture of scenes and subjects via the Samsung 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, letting memories live on through lifelike 3D images and videos displayed on compatible 3D devices. The introduction of OLED Color to the NX30 records the ultimate contrast and real colors, to make it possible for you capture landscapes that are rich and portraits with natural tones. 

Advanced video features make the NX30 the ideal solution for movie makers searching for a compact yet high performing camera. In addition to Full HD Video Stereo Recording, the NX30 supports a standard 3.5mm microphone input for high quality audio capture while shooting movies. The Audio Level Meter appears on the display so you can continuously monitor the input level status while recording. In addition, the input level can be manually adjusted to ensure optimal audio quality. Moreover, the NX30 is also perfect for advanced video enthusiasts because of its HDMI live streaming with Full HD 30p output that makes it easy to connect with a large screen, recorder, and other HDMI devices.

Intuitive design is a central feature of the NX30. Two dedicated Custom Modes can be accessed on the mode dial, so that preferred camera settings can be retrieved quickly, while ten additional custom settings can be stored on the camera. The separate drive dial also provides instant access to a selection of popular modes, including continuous shooting, bracketing and self timer. It is therefore fast and simple to select the ideal settings for a shot, meaning that there is no delay in capturing the perfect image.  

Through Samsung’s innovative i-Function system, advanced camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture can be accessed with the touch of one button. For more experienced photographers, i-Function Plus lets users are able to reprogram existing buttons with their preferred and frequently used settings. 

The powerful new SEF 580A TTL external flash with a Guide Number of 58 makes it simple to capture perfect shots, allowing light to travel further and wider. The high speed flash sync mode allows for flash with shutter speeds faster than 1/200 of a second, ideal for brightly lit scenes with selective depth of field. Additionally, this new flash supports wireless strobe sync, bringing an added dimension to images with light that looks natural.            

Premium and Professional Quality in any Situation: 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens

The new Samsung 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens allows photographers of all skill levels to achieve professional image quality through a myriad of new and advanced features. It is the first Premium “S” Series lens, which signifies end-users will be given superior optical-technology to meet their photography needs. Its versatile standard zoom angle of view allows for flexibility to take photos at frequently desired angles and vantage points, without limitations on what is captured. The 16-50mm has an extremely bright aperture (F2.0 at 16mm; F2.8 at 50mm) making it the brightest 3X zoom among equivalent class lenses, adding-value to the overall picture-taking experience and imaging results. Splash and dust proof, this lens is designed to deliver quality results even in extreme, harsh conditions. 

This lens features an Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM), improved from the conventional Stepping Motor (SM), that is 3X more precise in its ability to control and focus on subjects. Coupled with its optical image stabilizer and combination of three aspherical (ASP) lenses, two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses, and two eXreme High Refractive (XHR) lenses, the 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS has the ability to take a steady shot and produce an exceptional photo with ultimate clarity and detail. The combination of these advanced elements work together to enhance the results from the lens. The ASP lenses reduce and nearly eliminate spherical aberration, whereas the ED elements reduce chromatic aberration and the XHR allows for a more compact and light lens.

Excellent Imagery Everyday: 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens

The new 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens was designed for everyday use as well as for photographers who often travel and desire quality and compactness. It is lightweight, weighing only 111g with a compact 31mm frame and a modern and simple design. It is available in two colors (Black and White). With an outstanding wide angle optical performance, the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OISlens includes Silent Auto Focusing and a low zooming noise, excellent for capturing video which is clear and undisturbed by the noise of the mechanism. 

A vital feature of the new lens is its quick control made possible through an Electro zoom with a seesaw type button. This unique feature allows photographers to simply click to zoom and take a photo from any view or angle, similar to a compact camera experience. The smooth zooming operation, applied from the high-end camcorder not only creates superb pictures, but enables high-quality videos. The intuitive operating mechanism, i-Function and UPSM help to take more precise pictures, while the Optical Image Stabilization reduces the blur associated with camera movement adding to the appeal of this lens. 

Please visit our CES booth to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed from January 7-10 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Samsung NX30 specifications

Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 5472 x 3080, 3648 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3712 x 2088, 2640 x 2640, 2976 x 1984, 2944 x 1656, 2000 x 2000, 1728 x 1152, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 1024
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor DRIMeIV
Color space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (with fine-tuning)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
  • RAW (SRW)
  • MPO
Image parameters
  • Color
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
  • Contrast
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (1.2x – 2x)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 247
Lens mount Samsung NX mount
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,036,000
Touch screen Yes (Touch AF, Touch shutter)
Screen type AMOLED
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Custom 1/2
  • Lens priority
  • Smart (scene) mode
  • Wi-Fi
Scene modes
  • Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Creative Shot, Best Face, Multi-Exposure, Smart Jump Shot
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
External flash Yes (Hot shoe, wireless via built-in flash)
Drive modes
  • Single-shot
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Bracket (AE, WB, Picture Wizard)
Continuous drive Yes (9 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 – 30 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3-shot)
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Videography notes Uncompressed output over HDMI at 30p
Storage types SD, SDHC, SDXC
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Dual channel 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (wired or via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP1410 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 375 g (0.83 lb / 13.23 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 58 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.28)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

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I got to handle an NX20 in a store a while back and it had the nicest ergonomics of any APS or even DSLR, and the menu interface shamed all the Japanese brands. I have an EX2F and it’s menus are superb too.

Really like the spec of this NX30, the 60fps video, articulating display and Panasonic GX7 style adjustable viewfinder appeal.


What is appealing to me is the viewfinder distance away from the body. I’m tired of smucking my nose/face into a DSLR viewfinder.


No pricing? What nonsense.


What, no preview?

Jeff Keller



Not a bad stab at this one. The two 16-50’s announced was a good idea, one for compactness and a nice bright zoom, Samsung’s weakness isn’t its lens lineup.

I’m disappointed that its the same sensor as a previous model, but hey, I guess they think they can do it if Canon and Oly and Pentax and Sony do it too. These days the resolution is plenty, but I’d at least like to have seen them put in better low light performance and wider DR from this sensor. Those are improvements I think are needed and vital if you want people to really start noticing and buying.

Overall not too much to complain about here, see what the price is and then take it from there. A decent stab though Samsung.



I’m totally with you on this, since samsung, to get recognition, needs a top new sensor, not a ‘fairly good’ old one. I still hope there will be a higher end nx with a new sensor, after all there is still room for this (and the possibility of one digit model…nx1).


they are destroying carmera market. if they put mobile phone in their dslr.


You are thinking of a different camera, not this one.

Tom Caldwell

Somewhere in the midst of a whole range of very good cameras there is something that must be the “deal breaker”. For me it is a flip out lcd. I used to like this when the lcd screens were small and relatively compact. But now they are large and growing larger, it is a tilt screen for me.

Probably a great camera but the flip lcd does not ring my bells – others are bound to simply love it. Sorry Samsung, (and Canon) huge flip out lcds on faux dslr shapes are aloha from me (just me). Still love my NX10 – the end of my Samsung rage.


I like flip screens too, until you hold the camera in portrait orientation. The need to design a screen that can flip in portrait orientation and in landscape orientation. Otherwise I prefer fully articulated screens, but they do have their drawbacks too.


Complaining about more features? LOL get a load of this guy.


Sounds like he is not complaining about more features he just prefers a certain type of screen. Just like in America, Australians have the freedom of choice from a free market.

I think eventually all screens will be fully articulating but the professionals will be less accepting of the change….at first!


Have you actually used a screen like this in photography? A fully articulated LCD is absolutely the way to go. Much more versatile than a flip-only screen. I have cameras with both LCD types and vastly prefer the fully articulated. Also, in this camera, the EVF would shadow a flip-only type LCD, making it next to useless.

Kenri Basar

Looks serious to me. Samsung is now talking ‘Photography’…


It was already with the underrated nx300, out for almost one year now. Same specs as this nx30, just w/o evf.


Samsung will get the market share in the niche market it aims. So if the other players will not produce very good or bench mark cams priced formidably (i.e really affordable prices) they will practically quit…


Peiasdf :

Those NX lenses and APSC sensors sure work well.


Canon launches the eos m2 just an added WiFi module and minor tweaks. The comes a brand like samsung for Christ’s sake with an weather sealed fastfocussing mirrorless powerhouse. With an f2.0-2.8 16-50mm to boot.

Damn I am impressed with samsung in serious mode. This is bound to get some attention.


I browsed through the specs, but where does it say the body is weathersealed? Great if so, but I am not so sure.


I think the weather-sealing is on the bright zoom lens only and meant for a future body, not NX30. That’s my reading of the press release.


The last time dpreview reviewed a Samsung camera was over one year ago. I mea a review of this cam, and not in a group like they have done.
The big question is: will they review this one? I surely hope so! And the lens too.



Same hw as the 1 year old nx300, so I guess the tiny buffer issue is still there.

My guess and my hope is that there will soon be a higher end nx model with newer sensor and better hw.


How exactly is it the same hardware, when the nx300 doesn’t have an EVF at all, doesn’t have the same LCD, doesn’t have the same body? Even the sensor should be different with different AF specs. So…there is basically *nothing* similar in the hardware of the cameras.


The sensor is the same one that made its debut in the NX300, I think. Both cameras have on-sensor PDAF.


Samsung has produced evolutions of the same sensors for a variety of cameras from the NX200 to the NX30… If you think that because they kept it at 20MP, it is the same sensor… Well, you’re wrong but I suspect that you are perfectly aware of that already. You have no clue as to whether or not the HW has been significantly changed between the NX 300 and 30, why not leave it at that and wait until people get their hands on one? Of course you can carry on “guessing”, it’s your absolute right to insist on looking foolish…


Same processor! Drime iv. Same engine. Same sensor. Of course the ‘exterior’ is different, but I don’t expect iq or performance to be different from nx300 in any way. Of course they could have tuned up the sw a little bit, but than this is feasible also on nx300 with a fw upgrade.

We’ll see who’s right as soon as the first review appear,


I wonder whether Samsung will bake in noise reduction into those high ISO raw files. It’s really a shame they did that in the previous cameras with the 20MP sensor. If they do, the camera is a non-started. If not, then the camera becomes quite interesting.


Gee I didn’t see any “baked” in NR in the ISO 12,600 raws that I’ve shot with the NX300.

new boyz

Every camera maker does that. It’s the matter of who produces the least noticeable cooking.

Michael Ma

I guess they haven’t realized a big growth in the videography market. 1080p at 60p is good, but not with a useless codec for color grading.


now THAT is an improvement over nex. more wifi controlls not just the dum transfer photo. let’s hope it’s compatible with other samsung nx cameras. certainely going to buy. they are very price competitive.


Is this 9 fps with continuous autofocus, or with focus locked?


Guessing it is focus locked, as existing Samsung cams are about 8 fps with focus locked.

Juraj Lacko

All nice but samsung cameras have had always way too large RAW files. We will see its any better this time. Who wants to deal with 50MB files? Not me. The rest of the system would be ok



No, you have a out-dated information about RAW file size. Since NX300, the RAW file size reduced around 20~24 MB.

Kevin Purcell

Ah, Samsung discovered compression!

That was an annoynace with the EX1 too.

The other fix is to convert to DNG. More widespread support and lossless compression in the DNG container reduces filesize by about half.


Agreed, they actually were 0 padding their RAW files out to 16 bits from 12 bits, so 1/4 was just extra zeros. Now they fixed that issue, and also do light compression (lossless I think), so they are very competitive now.


Have they improved JPEG engine? Or at least allow any NR control at all now?


I’m speechless! Wow! It’s a dream camera and lens!


Is the body “weather-resistant” ?


Yes. Splash and dust proof, like the new 16-50 f2-2.8 lens.

I would not expect it to be as weather proof as a high end DSLR, but it should be safe to use in light rain I suppose.


Tapper123, where did you get the info – it is neither in the press release nor in specs.


Im not so sure its splash and dust proof. If it was wouldnt the press release mention it and wouldnt Samsung make a big deal out of it?

I want to hear it from Samsung before I believe it


IQ apart, Samsung has to be commended on so many new ideas, so rare by Canon and Nikon.


Another half-baked product with attractive spec just like most stuff from S. Korea. Samsung should focus on firmware update to get existing products working as advertised.


Have you used any of those Samsung cameras? I went out to actually try Samsung cameras at a store, and I found that they are surprisingly responsive photographically, and easily set up. I would consider them a very strong offering considering where the industry is headed.


Peiasdf… reminds me of another S. Korean product… the Kia and Hyundai cars that were spec’d to have great gas mileage but in reality…


Peiasdf :

Those NX lenses and APSC sensors sure work well.

Hannu Liivaar

Samsung has some excellent primes out there with a reasonable price tag – 30/2, 85/1.4, 16/2.4, etc; many NX system users were missing the “bright” (usually considered /2.8) standard zoom – here we go with not only F/2.8, but /2.0 at the wider end. And the funky viewfinder of NX30 – whoa! Neat stuff! Considering the background of the company (deep pockets + superb electronics), I guess Nikon/Pana/Oly engineers can’t have much of rest this year to keep up!


A+ Traditional, superbly ergonomic format; 20MP sensor; better AF, EVF, communications, etc. This is what a modern digital “SLR-like” camera should be.


@dpreview staff, please please comment on the general operating speed / buffer size when you do your first impressions review. I have the NX20 and am very happy with it except for the small buffer and the way the camera locks you out from changing settings whilst an image is saving. Some info on whether samsung have finally implemented a large buffer would be very welcome in helping potential upgraders decide!


They don’t have small buffer, they have bloated RAWs and second-rate image processing. If they were able to outsource this aspect of their camera and streamline their RAW files, the camera would be a beast in responsiveness.

Samsung should work with Google in collusion with Android OS to produce a RAW standard for Android OS that is geared to be both compact and efficient for image processing for Android devices (for which I hope all Samsung camera’s in the future become).

Bill Bentley

Samsung are actually developing their own OS to compete with Android.


Woops looks like I haven’t looked at Samsung files in awhile…the bloat has been removed and it looks like according to Dpreview’s studio comparison the recent 20MP sensors produces 20MP files…almost no bloat at all. This really is interesting to me…I feel like each mirrorless company has a few steps away from greatness but the Samsung is the dark horse in being one of the closest but least regarded.


what’s Flash Xsync rate?


Ever since Samsung ripped off the iPhone, I can’t view their products as anything other than a cheap rip-off.


I own several Apple products. I did not own any Samsung product except for my TV. But let get the record straight, Apple hardly invented anything.


Being able to be competitive in the smartphone/tablet market, being a primary player in the HDTV market, and having expertise with Android devices somehow makes them a poor choice compared to Japanese companies that can’t even compete in those areas? There are plenty of other companies that couldn’t even get close to replicating Apples success in consumer devices. Samsung devices + android at least gets extremely close.


Almost nothing about the iPhone is original. They just copied what PalmOS phones and Pocket PC’s were doing for YEARS, but did so in a way that better connected with average consumers (i.e. simple UI that even an idiot could operate). I have an old Dell PocketPC in my closet that looks like an iPhone, except it’s much older than the 1st iPhone.

I own both iOS and Android devices, and the Samsung Note II is the best smartphone I ever used. And between me and my wife we have several iPhones and Samsungs to compare.

The next iPhone is rumored to have a 5 inch screen and each iOS release seems to add features that Android has had for years already (although Apple tends to dumb these features down). Who’s copying who?


It is year 2014, let it go man..
If there is any beef between Apple and Samsung.. let them duke it out.

We are consumers, so lets just consume whatever product that best works for us.
This is a dedicated camera with interchangeable lens system that has nothing to do with Apple anyway.


Why not just get the real deal? Canikon/Sony/Oly/Panasonic – all make great cameras. Why buy half-assed POS ripoff from Samsung for which there aren’t any decent lenses?


Samsung’s lens catalog is arguably stronger than Sony’s, I think you have no idea what you are talking about. With the f2.0 – f2.8 16-50 it is one of the *top* offerings in mirrorless lenses.


You are kidding, right?


The lens is not _out_ yet, and you’re already declaring it the “top” offering. Fanboy much?


Define decent lens for me please.
Something tells me that your definition of decent lens is quite differ from mine.

From pure mechanical and performance perspective, Samsung NX system has quite a good lens selection.

While I own and use Panasonic, Olympus and Canon cameras and lenses and none of Samsung NX lenses, I hold Samsung NX lenses with high regard.

If you are too blinded by your hatred toward Samsung to recognize that.. then it is your perspective that needs re-calibration.


Ever have a conversation with someone and it goes back and forth til you realize you are talking to a complete bigot and that you should end the conversation ASAP? This is the same.


grow up manchild.


Declaring a lens to be a top offering before it’s released makes you a fanboy, but declaring it to be the opposite (and declaring a camera to be a POS, also before release) makes you… what exactly?


Considering the size and weight of the 16-50 2-2.8 version, it should be popular with Americans.


OK, the post above belongs in the lens news story. My mistake.


Typing it in the first place was a bigger mistake. use your inner monologue next time, tough guy.


I actually think this is quite true. I’m american. But I’m not in the bigger is better crowd. I used to be. Then I bought a oly xz1 and the rest is history.


Well, to be popular here is also has to be priced right. 😉


@ Cane: Tough guy?? Well, brother Cane, may I humbly suggest you go back to school.


Wow.. that is quite impressive spec..
Pop out tilting EVF and swivel LCD display sounds great!
Looks like it sports 1/8000 sec max shutter speed with ISO 100 as well.
Combined with very useful focal range of 16-50mm(FOV of 24-75mm) @ f/2-2.8.. damn Samsung.. you got my interest..!
I will eagerly wait for the actual review on the camera and the lens.


“Samsung uses/makes excellent ASPC sensors for the NX bodies. Don’t shoot jpeg.”

Granted, its APS sensors may be less then one generation behind Sony and Fuji; nearly on par for all practical purpose.

JPG: Here i take exception, seeing what the above competitors (and also Oly) can recently deliver in OOC JPGs… Hardly worth using LR5, except special shots. Samsung must invest in better JPG, since one doesn’t expect to buy cars with DIY engines. In 2014 an APS-C camera must meet a certain JPG standard IMHO.


I love the tilting EVF. I like that it extends too. That keeps nose prints off the LCD.

DotCom Editor

Tilting EVF? Not exactly groundbreaking. Minolta did that a decade ago with the DiMAGE A1. Worked spectacularly well.


It´s a nice idea (similar to pana GX7) and I really like it.


It seems that Samsung engineers not wasting their time.

kai liu

Samsung should largely improve the video spec. both the tilt evf and articulated screen are good for video. This can be a better still and video fusion camera than gh3 if they really improve the video spec.


I don’t get it? What do you want 4k? I does 1080 @ 60p and has a 3.5mm mic input, what else do you need?

kai liu

video quality.
we all know gh3 has the best video quality among all dslr and mirroless.


Tracking for BIF possible?


I have to wonder why Samsung insists on building mirrorless cameras and a whole range of lenses when these products have proved to be such a commercial failure outside Korea. It would have been much better if they joined another system/mount, such as M43 or E-mount (Sony announced a while back that it’s willing to share the specs with other companies, to get similar momentum and synergy that the Olympus/Panasonic duo is enjoying).


Samsung is patient, and they have been proven right before. They also have enormous resources, so they can afford to be patient. BTW, Hyundai was initially a commercial failure outside of Korea as well.

kai liu

haha..yeah..they are rich enough to be patient and even fail.
let’s see. who knows what happen in 5 years.
By the way I like their move. At least the rest of the industry are all Japanese. Only Samsung is non-Japanese. That is good..


“…to get similar momentum and synergy that the Olympus/Panasonic duo is enjoying”

Like losing money? Why would Samsung join an ecosystem (M43) who is a commercial failure outside Japan? You probably know : the only company making money with a mirrorless system is Leica.


Who would have thought years ago when companies like Nokia/Motorola were the market leaders for mobile phones that a PC company- Apple and a Korean Chaebol would dominate the market.
Sure Samsung might not be good at making everything, but they can not be underestimated.

KL Matt

Exciting, but still ugly as sin!


This is a camera, not a necklace.

I’ll take a great feature set over “stylish” design any day. And IMO this camera looks fine — it looks like what it is; a camera.


The Sony A7, now that’s an ugly camera. Looks like something from behind the Iron Curtain, circa 1975.

KL Matt

This Samsung reminds me of some hideous Buick from the 90’s. The Riviera? You know, the “if we just round off all the corners it will look fine” school of design. Blech. The A7, on the other hand, give me a warm and fuzzy 1980’s Lambo Countache kindof feeling. But I once heard somewhere everyone’s taste is different…


You are right! Man, it should look like … a Canon DSLR. They have that professional melted plastic design, which we all love.



Let’s hope Samsung has solved the raw buffering problems.


The RAW buffering problem is honestly all down to file size. Samsung’s 20MP RAW files on current models are 37MB per image. (They were even bigger on previous versions, NX200 had 45MB RAW) Canon 18MP and Sony 24MP are about 24 MB per image.


It seems to be a very interesting camera.
The DxO Mark rating of NX20 was already good. Probably the rating of the NX30 will be even better.
What I really see as the good news is the commitment for a Premium line of lenses.
If we look in the recent history, Sony launched the excellent NEX7 without balancing the camera with lenses capable to take advantage of its sensor.
It would be nice to see sometime soon a Samsung lens roadmap.


Samsung already has many excellent lenses for this system, far surpassing the optical quality and quantity of the Sony Nex system lenses–excepting the Zeiss labeled Nex lenses.

Samsung does not have a good big zoom lens though.


And unfortunately there are no AF adapters for SLR lenses or you could use some good Pentax telephotos like the 60-250 f4 or 300mm f4. Samsung has a K mount adapter, but sadly it is manual focus only.

Samsung had AF K-mount SLRs prior to NX so you’d have hoped they could have released an AF K-mount adapter.


Once again, it’s dump on Sony NEX time. Creating false news. There are some excellent non-Zeiss lenses in the e-mount NEX stable, too, getting good scores from DxO. The E50/1.8, the E35/1.8, E20/2.8, The 10-18, the 55-210, E30/2.8 macro.


@captura – E20 is barely medicore, E30 is very slow focusing and barely usable for a macro (too short), 55-210 is just a standard dark kit zoom… rest is ok.



And Sony simply ignored the lens deficiencies in the Nex system for years.

Please use the lenses you cite, instead of going by DXO scores.

Jozef M

Yes, problem solved for european large noses, great!


I guess, the success of the Panasonic GX7 has encouraged Samsung to make the NX30’s EVF tiltable 😉


I don’t think the GX7 has been on the market long enough to be declared a success just yet, or to have had any influence on the design of the NX30.


@Revenant, true. The tilting EVF is not a novelty. I have watched couple of GX7 reviews by video folks. They were like “eh, normal tiltable EVF, moving on”. Video cameras (even some consumer-level ones) had/have tilting EVFs for very long time now.


The Samsung EVF is more than tilt-able. It’s telescoping. Quite an excellent feature.


There’s nothing wrong with Samsung following some interesting ideas. More good features and choices the merrier 🙂


Some really nice design here, and the 16-50 f2.0-2.8 lens sounds amazing. I’m a huge fan of the fully articulated screen and tilting EVF combo. I don’t think I’ve ever seen both on one camera before.

Just wish the NX30 and new lens were weather sealed like Oly’s EM’s, at least enough so a little rain/mist would not be a worry.

EDIT: just realized the lens description says “Splash and dust proof, this lens is designed to deliver quality results even in extreme, harsh conditions.” So I’m guessing the camera is as well? I don’t expect real sealing like you’d see on a high-end DSLR, just enough so a little rain or mist wouldn’t force me to stuff the camera in my jacket instead of shooting.


I guess a weather-sealed body is forthcoming then, to go with the new lens, or is the NX30 sealed?


The nx 30 is sealed.


Body type: Ultracompact? I think it should be “SLR-style mirrorless” like A7

Andy Westlake

Fixed, thanks


Sony might be announcing a new model very soon, an ILC-E5000 which would be a direct competitor.


The ILC-E5000 is a renamed NEX-5T with 16.1 mpix old sensor, painted in white and renamed ILC-5000. You can see it here:
What I wait for is a real new development of apsc cameras from Sony, a NEX-7 style with the 20 mpix sensor they use in the ILC-3000, which is a low end beginner model with no focus peaking system and low resolution LCD and EVF.


Looks great.


When can they advance the sensor technology?


The Samsung NX300’s sensor seems to be already on par with the Sony NEX-6 and better than every Canon APS-C sensor.


NEX-6 is a two or three year old cam. We have year 2014. Being as good as the NEX-6 is not good enough.


@whtchocla7e Yes, it’s definitely not good enough if you’re a pixelpeeper that views images at 500% magnification.


Sony (and by relation Nikon, Pentax) doesn’t have an APS-C sensor better than the NEX-6, so not a really problem



Samsung uses/makes excellent ASPC sensors for the NX bodies. Don’t shoot jpeg.


What kind of photos do you take, that require a constant improvement of sensor tech? NEX-6 had excellent IQ in 2012, and it still has. Most system cameras today are capable of excellent IQ, so if you find your images lacking, you probably have more to gain by using better lenses (faster, sharper or whatever you need) and/or improving your technique. Comparing cameras with the same sensor sizes, I just don’t see any great differences between current cameras in real-world use. I see larger differences between lenses and between photographers.



When new Sony bodies launch later this spring with new sensor tech, this “new” Samsung NX30 will be one full generation behind if it does indeed use the ancient NX300 chip. That’s not a good position for Samsung to be in.


@whtchocla7e – NEX6 was released in 2013. Not sure how did you come to 3 years.


The specifications say phase detection so this must be a hybrid PDAF/CDAF autofocus system, but is this accomplished by using phase-detect pixels on the sensor, like Sony?



You are speculating about a Samsung sensor that nobody has tested and a Sony sensor that hasn’t even been released. Forgive me if I prefer not to make conclusions based on the abstract.


NEX6 was launched in 2012. NEX7 has a better sensor. I wonder how come so many people know so much about this cam and how it will perform and will perform subpar already. That it WILL inherit the NX300 small buffer etcetc. Let’s just wait and see. The cam looks nice and might be a great one.



You’re pretty confused if you think the sensor in the Samsung NX300 “subpar”. Right about the buffer.

Certainly for high ISOs 6400 and above the NX300’s sensor is better than that in the Sony Nex 7.


This will never sell in Japan 😛


You think they sell a lot of Sony in S. Korea? 🙂


Yes, Sony actually sells just fine in S. Korea.


Looks fantastic.

And that 16-50 f2-2.8 zoom is definitely something to envy.

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