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Samsung NX30 18-55 Kit - Black (20.3MP, Digital IS + OIS) 3 inch AMOLED
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- 20.3 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor delivers superb image quality
- 1/8000 sec shutter speed and 9 fps shooting ensure you'll never miss a moment
- Advanced hybrid AF system with phase detection delivers pin-sharp results
- 3" Super AMOLED swivel and touch screen captures the action from any angle
- Tilting 2,359k dot electronic viewfinder provides precise framing
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The NX30 is a high performance compact system camera with interchangeable lenses. Capable of capturing incredible results, its compact size and lightweight body means it can travel with you everywhere, to capture the moments that matter.
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One thing to note is that the battery is now charged within the camera and there is no need for an external battery holder. The disadvantage is that you cannot use the camera and charge a spare battery at the same time; you could charge them sequentially, in advance. The adapter plug with its 3-pin slot-in adapter (the earth prong folds out for use) is connected by a rather short 40cm lead directly to the socket hidden under a flap on the right side with the lens facing away from you. You may want to replace the lead with a longer one for added convenience - it accepts a standard USB micro plug. This lead can also be used when transferring data to or from the camera (firmware updates and image downloads, respectively) although its WiFi functions may be more convenient. When charging, its status LED on the top plate will turn red (extenguished when fully charged) and another red LED to the side of the screen is also illuminated but turns green when fully charged. The other socket under that cover is for HDMI but you will need to obtain the appropriate lead as it isn't provided - it is standard micro-HDMI-to-HDMI. The camera strap is mostly nylon, quite wide for most of its length and branded, but you need to ensure that the strap ends are correctly threaded and secured to the camera as mistakes could be costly should the camera fall; the threading is correct out of the box. When first switched on, you will need to set a default location and time and date settings. Everything else, you can set or alter as and when needed.
One less obvious change is that there is a theoretical choice of kit lens. The standard lens for the NX20 was always the bulkier and heavier 18-55mm - a very good performer in its own right, and the one provided in this instance - and with the same maximum aperture of f/3.5. You now have a choice between that and the 20-50mm, which was always the default for the non-EVF models, for the NX30. About 80g in weight and 25mm in length are saved with the smaller lens. It accepts a 40.5mm filter that is common to all of Samsung's pancake lenses and some others, and is collapsible so that it is potentially pocketable when unmounted; extending it for use incurs a brief delay. Samsung recently announced a more advanced standard zoom, the 16-50mm f2.0-2.8 which it designates as 'Premium' and with a size, weight and price to match (currently around £770); more 'Premium' lenses are planned.
The electronic viewfinder is now extensible by about 35mm from its normally retracted position within the top housing and is then also tiltable up to 80 degrees in fixed increments, which may offer several practical benefits whether fully raised, part-raised or horizontal. It now provides 2.36MP resolution which is considerably increased from 144K on the older camera. The older viewfinder was pretty good, although it could scintillate (some pixels may twinkle) under certain conditions; this new version may not prevent scintillation but the finer resolution will make it far less obvious. The screen has also been improved and now offers 1.03MP (about 60% more than the previous 640K and is rotatable and tiltable, as it was previously, and uses improved super-AMOLED technology which is also to be used in some of Samsung's 2014/15 tablets and smart phones. As with those other devices, the screen is touch-enabled. It was more than adequately bright and easy to use on the NX20 and, now enhanced, is also better. A small flash unit is built into the viewfinder housing. You may think that the camera no longer has a dioptric adjustment as it was external on the NX20; it is still there but you now need to extend the viewfinder to adjust it. The dial is larger and flatter and needs just one finger to set; this is a more intelligent arrangement as it is far more difficult to inadvertently change its setting in its protected location.
Externally, the camera gains a few controls and they are rearranged over the back and top-plate. It's a little larger overall than the previous model; the handgrip is also larger and more comfortable, offering an much improved grip and its thumb grip is larger and texturally improved. Internally, its sensor's pixel count is unchanged at 20.3MP, presumably with the same CMOS chip although Samsung make no specific statement to the contrary and its processor has been updated to the DRIMe IV with a faster CPU and more on-board memory. All of these changes add up to a far more usable and easier-to-handle camera. Although the camera uses SD cards, any capacity and flavour will apparently work, it will readily accept a micro SDcard in a suitable adapter. This may be an advantage if needing to view or edit images on a tablet but most laptops and desktops will accept full-sized SD cards.
Although other manufacturers are now removing from some of their models the low-pass filter over the sensor that they previously insisted was essential - many recognise that they can detrimentrally affect the resolution of their lenses and sensors - but Samsung are apparently not at present following suit. Focusing is said to be faster and more consistent than with the older model, but I never found any general problem with any of its lenses. Samsung also utilises an electronic image magnifier by means of which you can tweak the focus manually for greatest accuracy. On the relatively few occasions where I felt that I needed to use it, it was of great help. The camera now uses the same 105-point phase detection and 247-point contrast detection system as used on the recent NX300 and Galaxy NX, both way beyond the NX20's system, and it should be defeated by far fewer situations; it is also capable of greater accuracy in lower lighting levels than was previously possible. For those occasions when the system needs a helping hand, the focus assist LED is there to be automatically used when required.
WiFi connectivity is retained which is less unique now than when Samsung first included it on the NX20 and with NFC capability, should you have a compatible device; some tablets, smart phones and other devices support NFC, but not all. It also offers full HD (1920 x 1080) movie recording although there are a number of alternatives from other brands at a similar RRP that now offer 4K movie capability. Shooting speed is now improved, up to 9 frames continuously, but these will take some time to write to its storage card. Top shutter speed is now 1/8000 sec but the slowest is still 30 seconds when manually set or Bulb.
The camera offers several white balance settings in addition to Auto, which usually works well even in tricky mixed lighting environments (for example, in an open market with daylight, tungsten, halogen and fluorescent lights each in broadly similar proportions). If shooting JPG only, you could try several frames at different white balance settings and choose the best; if shooting RAW or RAW + JPG, choose Auto and adjust in software. Most other settings such as ISO, aperture, shutter speed and its many digital filter effects can be changed via its menus and from the touch screen. There are several options for bracketing settings when required. You have a choice of three image proportions - 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 and several degrees of resolution for each; 4:3 could easily have been added as it is quite popular and well-suited to some subjects (e.g. portraits).
Samsung's metering system was very accurate in the NX20 and should be at least equal in the NX30. Samsung claim no specific improvements, but none were needed.
Samsung's i-Launcher package, Backup software and its full manual are on one of its two CDs. A fully licensed version of Adobe's Lightroom is on the second which will offer extra capabilities over Samsung's previous self-branded software option.
Samsung's colour rendition with the NX20 was always accurate and impressive, avoiding undue exaggeration or pastellisation. Its skin tones are superb and it could therefore be an excellent portrait camera. There is no reason why the NX30 should be any different. If you want intensified or exaggerated rendition, you can choose it from the menu. As with any digital camera, best results in terms of colour and image noise will be obtained at the lower ISO settings. Colour rendition across the ISO range seems not to fall off quite as rapidly with Samsung's cameras as with many other brands and seems to remain fairly constant until you reach the two or three highest ISO settings when it starts to suffer most. Noise levels become progressively more noticeable after 800 ISO and are quite noticeable at 3200 and 6400 and beyond, but they only become excessive at extreme settings. At the higher settings, luminance and electronic noise will always be fairly high and can be reduced or removed in software but its images are rarely unacceptable. In fact, high ISO performance with Samsung's NX range seems to be significantly better than with some other camera brands.
One area where criticism has been validly raised is in respect of finish and appearance; it is just a little too plasticky for some. Many may expect a few external metal parts or a more expensive look to reflect the camera's abilities and performance but it isn't what Samsung typically do. Unless Samsung have an advanced or 'professional' model in planning, one may question the relevance or potential success of a 'Premium' lens range. The prices will attract few 'normal' users.
One advantage of using Samsung's cameras is that their lens performance across the range is consistently high and their prices are affordable. The lens range is not as extensive as some, but more than others, and it continues to grow year-on-year. Most are broadly within the medium-wide-angle to medium-long telephoto range and usually fixed focal lengths, but the extreme wide-angles and telephotos, and wide- and tele-zooms are poorly represented although there are a few exceptions. Unfortunately, there are limited available alternatives from the independent lens manufacturers as very few support the NX mount.
The camera performs exceptionally well in areas such as focus speed and accuracy, colour rendition, exposure etc. It handles well, far better than did its predecessor, which showed few serious issues. If you are to be building a system with another 2 or 3 lenses, this is an excellent point from which to start. With its other areas of excellence, you should have many reasons to be very satisfied with your choice.