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conclusion:We like it

88

The NX30 puts SLR-like feel and controls into a mirrorless body, resulting in a solid shooter that TrustedReviews calls "one of the best-designed CSCs for some time." In addition to its intuitive controls, the NX30's menu system is easy to use and friendly, with ePHOTOzine saying that "menus are easy to navigate with clear text and built in help." When it comes to overall performance What Digital Camera says it's "pretty impressive," but warns the NX30 can "struggle a little when it comes to processing images during shooting." The processing speed is forgivable, thanks to the NX30's overall image quality being quite good. Pocket-Lint says image noise is kept to a "minimum," with "detailed" textures resulting in "excellent" image quality. There are no shortage of great mirrorless cameras right now, but not many offer the same SLR feel the NX30 does. If you prefer the larger body and SLR approach the NX30 is certainly worth your attention; those who want to save a few bucks but still get great performance out of their camera should consider the OM-D E-M10 from Olympus instead.

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Critic reviews

8.3
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    8.7
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    7.4
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    10
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    8.7
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    8.0
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    8.2
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8.5
2 reviews
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    9.0
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    7.0
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    6.0
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    10
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    9.0
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    9.0
8.0
Macworld Mar 17, 2014

With its mix of snapshot and DSLR-type controls, this is a device that is easy to get to grips with and which will deliver great-looking shots with plenty of colour and contrast straight out of the camera.

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8.0
PC World May 29, 2014

The Samsung NX30 is an excellent mirrorless camera with a unique titling EVF, but its burst shooting duration is limited.

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7.0
Gizmodo May 6, 2014

As much as the NX30's appeal may elude experienced photographers, it actually fits the bill for people who desire simple, one-lens setup that doesn't cost a ton.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 18, 2014

At £899 the NX30 isn’t pocket money, but don’t be tempted to call it expensive just because it isn’t a "real" DSLR. It may be lacking the mirror, but in every other respect it’s a high-end, semi-pro camera that could leave you asking why you’d want anything larger.

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9.0
TechRadar Mar 17, 2014

It seems like Samsung has finally made a camera which enthusiasts can aspire to own. It's a great camera to use, and crucially, images are fantastic. The NX system is starting to become a more complete package, with a decent, if limited, range of optics currently available.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Mar 7, 2014

Although the NX30 might not boast the best build quality of all CSCs in its class, it's a model that has an awful lot going for it. ... the model also handles particularly well, and with the inclusion of Lightroom 5 as standard you're looking at a pretty complete package for those wanting to invest...

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8.0
T3 Mar 11, 2014

It handles well, it's responsive, it takes clear and punchy pictures, and apart from the price tag, which is sure to come down after launch anyway, we have very few grumbles.

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8.0
PC Pro Feb 27, 2014

The Samsung NX30 represents a seriously tempting package, offering the best features of a DSLR without the potential bulk. With a rapidly growing lens line-up, it’s almost as flexible, too, which makes the £899 asking price – roughly equivalent to a Canon EOS 70D or Nikon D600 – far easier to...

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9.0
ePHOTOzine Feb 27, 2014

The Samsung NX30 would make an excellent choice for anyone with Samsung lenses, and the introduction of additional lenses is a good sign, although the relatively high introduction price may put some off.

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9.0
Photography Blog Feb 24, 2014

Despite our reservations about the level of build quality, the new Samsung NX30 offers more than enough innovation, performance and image quality.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 2, 2014

The NX30, meanwhile, builds on the NX20's formula with upgrades to image quality and the display. The new mirrorless cam sports both a more light-sensitive 20.3-megapixel sensor and a fast hybrid autofocusing system that takes just 80ms to find its subject.

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CNET Jan 2, 2014

While Samsung's ramping up its connectivity with NFC for quick connections and stressing more app-based features like improved Flickr and Dropbox integration, and group sharing, I think the built-in tilting viewfinder is the most attractive new feature.

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Tom's Guide Jan 2, 2014

The NX30 viewfinder is bright, without noticeable pixels, providing a very good preview of a shot. It doesn't, however, have the lifelike color and detail of an OLED viewfinder, such as in Sony's pro-level A7 and A7r cameras.

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Digital Photography Review Jan 15, 2014

The 'guts' of the camera are considerably different, with Samsung leveraging other divisions of the company. The DRIMeIV processor uses a single-core, 800Mhz Cortex-A9 processor, as well as a SGX540 GPU, which are similar to what you'd find inside a lower-end smartphone these days.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 2, 2014

It sports a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 3-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, tiltable EVF with eye contact sensor, and has a swathe of Wi-Fi connectivity options and access to cloud services. You can even get your email on the camera. A DRIMeIV image processor runs the show.

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Imaging Resource Jan 2, 2014

While the sensor in the Samsung NX30 continues with the 20.3-megapixel resolution we've seen in several previous NX cameras, its performance has been improved by moving to a new manufacturing process that uses copper, rather than the more common aluminum, metal interconnects.

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DigitalCameraReview Jan 2, 2014

DCR was unable to upload the photos shot with the NX30 to a computer, but at first glance, photos looked crisp on the LCD display. Zooming in made it easier to check on the quality of each photograph for blur and other imperfections.

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TrustedReviews Jan 15, 2014

Clearly the NX30 it has a lot of potential – it’s nicely made with a logical control layout and a strong specification. Samsung has done smart things with the design and fit and finish, too, making this a CSC worth looking out for when it comes out later this year.

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TechRadar Jan 2, 2014

The camera also features, for the first time in a Samsung CSC, a tiltable electronic viewfinder with 2,359k dot resolution. The 3 inch touch screen display is also movable, offering full articulation.

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Expert Reviews Jan 8, 2014

It’s a very capable-looking camera though and should provide some competition for our current favourite the Panasonic G6 which currently costs around £650.

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8.0
liquidmachine liquidmachine

I was looking for a more compact camera to lug around with me on a daily basis. I went from a Nikon P7800, Sony NEX 6, Samsung NX30, Sony A6000, and then finally back to the NX30. In the end the DSLR feel of the NX30 kept winning me back because DSLR's are all I shoot with. The Good: - DSLR...

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