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Samsung NX30

from  $799+
88
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

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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User Reviews

80
Liquidmachine
I was looking for a more compact camera to lug around with me on a daily basis....read more
90
usrbingeek
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
ericlwoods
Longwinded Samsung NX30 write up on my blog. Based on my enthusiasm for the...read more
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Key Specs

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Lens mount
Samsung NX
Resolution (effective)
20.3 megapixels
Sensor size
Other
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
Memory card
SD
Model

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Samsung NX) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
20.3 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Other (23.5x15.7 mm)
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
ISO modes
Auto iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal, External)

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
WiFi
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Internal)

Other features

Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
720x480
Screen type
OLED
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