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SamsungNX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens
 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

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    (6)

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    (4)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Large clear LCD (10)
  • Great resolution (9)
  • Compact (6)
  • Fast shutter speed (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family photos (5)
  • Travel (4)
  • Low light (3)
  • Video (3)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (3), Photo enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small but PACKS a HUGE PUNCH

The Samsung NX30 is a GREAT camera... the view finder is such a plus... the image quality in low light is amazing and the video quality is "WOW" I...Read complete review

The Samsung NX30 is a GREAT camera... the view finder is such a plus... the image quality in low light is amazing and the video quality is "WOW" I can shoot 1980x1080p 60p can't do that on my 5D MKII.. I keep it on my 24/7 it's light weight and feels like a mini DSLR.... this is the NEXT BEST THING for SURE!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unusable EVF, faulty AF, expensive

EVF is quite small (compared to e.g. similarly priced Olympus E-m10 and likes). Also, diopter adjuster just can't help me get the sharp picture (I need 0 and it works perfectly on...Read complete review

EVF is quite small (compared to e.g. similarly priced Olympus E-m10 and likes). Also, diopter adjuster just can't help me get the sharp picture (I need 0 and it works perfectly on every other camera I had). In fact, even the numbers shown in EVF are not sharp. On top of this, neither it adds gain or increases the fps in low light which makes it really hard to see the image. Don't remember the gain and refresh rate in Nex6 but certainly it's got much better EVF. What I remember is Fuji X-E1 which has EVF light years ahead of this one, making me see in the dark with such a great EVF.Second major thing is Autofocus. I don't know how much light it needs to use Phase Detection. Under evening indoors light or morning not so bright conditions it uses CF which is simply horrible. It hunts a lot and software fails the lock even when in focus. I can actually see the image coming into the focus but the camera continues to hunt. Horrible AF software.On top of that, I see the AF simply misses even if it locks on subject (Subject is not as sharp as it should be). Maybe the software has a bug and it locks few inches from the subject (will need to test more).Picture preview shows the bare picture only and I can't put the histogram there. That means I always need to press Play to see the picture. On top of that, when shooting using EVF and you move back to see the image on LCD, the preview goes away and the camera is in shooting mode again. This is the ultimate failure - even if not important enough it tells you the camera was never evaluated by anybody who can call himself a photographer.There is no way to quickly adjust Flash compensation. This is ironical given all the "customization" buttons that I just can't assign to what I want. There is iFn+ mode (that drops iFn mode) that lets you assign three buttons. But things you can assign are nothing useful. On top of that, iFn+ mode is actually iFn hold + additional button. So, there was no reason not to have original iFn functionality (press and release)even if iFn+ is enabled, yet it's not there.Very messed-up controls. E.g. type of AF (CAF, SAF etc) vs fancy AF stuff (touch, face detection) are all over the place and I don't even see those in the menu - depending on the shooting mode you'll have one menu accessible from main screen one menu accessible from Fn button etc. Then in the same shooting mode it might be on the LCD or not...Overall, there is just too much fiddling - if confused how to execute this camera, they were supposed to do what Olympus did with their Super Control Panel - all your shooting info is at most three clicks away. Not ideal but no reason for Menu digging anymore...I don't quite see a single usable thing Samsung took from either Fuji, Olympus or Pentax... While Samsung actually did something on their own, iFn for example, it simply is not good enough. Sony RX100 has Fn+Control Ring thing that works better than iFn. I thought it's bad but now I started appreciating it. In fact, even the cheapest and dirties buttons assignment I've ever seen (Sony Nex 3N - right button lets you assign few functions) is better than this.Where this camera shines is the LCD and flash recycle. LCD is 3:2 and matches sensor so it really offers a good preview of your shoots. On top of that, flip LCD and fast flash recycle time makes this camera almost ideal for my needs - waist level kids shoots. More than half of my shoots are w/ flash, looking at LCD under some angle. Horrible cameras from Sony (16:9 200nit dim LCDs on Nex6, recycle time of 5 sec on RX100 and extremely weak flash on Nex) just don't offer anything that suits me. However, Rx100 MK3, with its much improved flash recycles time, might be my final choice (I am trying to find a good Wifi camera - Rx100 works because it's small, NX30 is in the game because it's light).Overall, NX30 is a good camera for $. I really don't see what why should it cost more. given there is Olympus E-M10 (or even Fuji X-A1 since this one has unusable EVF anyway)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent choice for the demanding amateur

By Chrysippus

from Saint Louis, MO

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

      I have just started to use this camera, but I am, so far, delighted with it. I wanted a camera that would be fairly portable, but also take much better pictures (especially in indoor, low-light settings) than my cell phone camera. This seems to fit the bill.

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      5.0

      impressive

      By cen

      from san leandro, california

      Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

      I've been using this samsung nx30 for about 2 weeks now, and im impressed on the result of my photos. I like the tilting eyepiece for easy viewing when shooting, it's great that I can capture RAW file. The swiveling monitor is great for self portrait and group shots. I interchangeably using all my i-function lenses from NX2000 to this,and it's functionality maximize it's potential. The color is vivid and sharp image using my 45mm. Very light and handy, like a mini-me dslr.

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      4.0

      Great camera. Heavier than expected.

      By KenP

      from Loveland, OH

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

        I'm not a professional photographer but I appreciate fine pictures. This camera produces that. It's heavier than I expected (feels about the same as a D3200 with the comparable lens). It's not as well balanced. The body's light and the lens relatively heavy. Love it though!

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        4.0

        Samsung NX30...

        By ZioJimi

        from Springfield IL- Land O' LIncoln

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

            Just bought one of these (9-'15)it's the first new digital that I've gotten...my other camera is a Minolta Dimage A1 8MP. I was very impressed with the quality of the Full HD 1080/60p Video,still photo and general handling of the camera. I am quite pleased with my selection.I would definately buy another and highly suggest a look if you're thinking of getting in digital. B&H's service won me over also...one bad point I was told a "LensCoat - BodyBag 4/3 (Black)" case would fit the camera in the online chat...came up a bit small...in the yard sale tomorrow though.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Pretty dang awesome

            By Photo Joe

            from Missouri

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

              I'm a former full-time wedding photographer. Bought it to replace one of my wedding cameras, knowing it wouldn't be a "perfect" fit. The hot shoe is proprietary, and there's no "closest-subject" focus mode (for occassional dove release). Otherwise, it's great. 20mp is plenty for weddings. VERY INTUITIVE DESIGN.

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              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Pretty decent

              By Nikon Guy

              from St. Louis

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

                Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

                The ergonomics are intuitively designed. Very easy access to change settings like ISO, f-stop, shutter, and white balance. My biggest complaint is that I am a pro photographer who changed careers, and thought that this might replace my Nikon bodies for the few things I still shoot. The hotshoe is standard size, but is fickle about what flashes it will talk to. I wish it was possible to use with radio transmitters, but that seems unlikely. Furthermore, B&H suggests a Samsung flash to buy with this camera, as well as a flash bracket. I see no way to operate the proprietary flash off-camera, but maybe there's a sync cord I'm unaware of.

                It really is a great camera in all other respects, and I will enjoy shooting the occasional wedding, but this is no replacement for pro gear.

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                2.0

                Unusable EVF, faulty AF, expensive

                By uzevla

                from San Jose, CA

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

                  EVF is quite small (compared to e.g. similarly priced Olympus E-m10 and likes). Also, diopter adjuster just can't help me get the sharp picture (I need 0 and it works perfectly on every other camera I had). In fact, even the numbers shown in EVF are not sharp. On top of this, neither it adds gain or increases the fps in low light which makes it really hard to see the image. Don't remember the gain and refresh rate in Nex6 but certainly it's got much better EVF. What I remember is Fuji X-E1 which has EVF light years ahead of this one, making me see in the dark with such a great EVF.Second major thing is Autofocus. I don't know how much light it needs to use Phase Detection. Under evening indoors light or morning not so bright conditions it uses CF which is simply horrible. It hunts a lot and software fails the lock even when in focus. I can actually see the image coming into the focus but the camera continues to hunt. Horrible AF software.On top of that, I see the AF simply misses even if it locks on subject (Subject is not as sharp as it should be). Maybe the software has a bug and it locks few inches from the subject (will need to test more).Picture preview shows the bare picture only and I can't put the histogram there. That means I always need to press Play to see the picture. On top of that, when shooting using EVF and you move back to see the image on LCD, the preview goes away and the camera is in shooting mode again. This is the ultimate failure - even if not important enough it tells you the camera was never evaluated by anybody who can call himself a photographer.There is no way to quickly adjust Flash compensation. This is ironical given all the "customization" buttons that I just can't assign to what I want. There is iFn+ mode (that drops iFn mode) that lets you assign three buttons. But things you can assign are nothing useful. On top of that, iFn+ mode is actually iFn hold + additional button. So, there was no reason not to have original iFn functionality (press and release)even if iFn+ is enabled, yet it's not there.Very messed-up controls. E.g. type of AF (CAF, SAF etc) vs fancy AF stuff (touch, face detection) are all over the place and I don't even see those in the menu - depending on the shooting mode you'll have one menu accessible from main screen one menu accessible from Fn button etc. Then in the same shooting mode it might be on the LCD or not...Overall, there is just too much fiddling - if confused how to execute this camera, they were supposed to do what Olympus did with their Super Control Panel - all your shooting info is at most three clicks away. Not ideal but no reason for Menu digging anymore...I don't quite see a single usable thing Samsung took from either Fuji, Olympus or Pentax... While Samsung actually did something on their own, iFn for example, it simply is not good enough. Sony RX100 has Fn+Control Ring thing that works better than iFn. I thought it's bad but now I started appreciating it. In fact, even the cheapest and dirties buttons assignment I've ever seen (Sony Nex 3N - right button lets you assign few functions) is better than this.Where this camera shines is the LCD and flash recycle. LCD is 3:2 and matches sensor so it really offers a good preview of your shoots. On top of that, flip LCD and fast flash recycle time makes this camera almost ideal for my needs - waist level kids shoots. More than half of my shoots are w/ flash, looking at LCD under some angle. Horrible cameras from Sony (16:9 200nit dim LCDs on Nex6, recycle time of 5 sec on RX100 and extremely weak flash on Nex) just don't offer anything that suits me. However, Rx100 MK3, with its much improved flash recycles time, might be my final choice (I am trying to find a good Wifi camera - Rx100 works because it's small, NX30 is in the game because it's light).Overall, NX30 is a good camera for $. I really don't see what why should it cost more. given there is Olympus E-M10 (or even Fuji X-A1 since this one has unusable EVF anyway)

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                  (7 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  External Mic hiss when recording Video

                  By Camera Guy

                  from Indianapolis, IN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

                    If you plan to use the external 3.5mm mic jack for any reason, DO NOT PURCHASE this camera. There is a loud hissing sound on videos recorded with this camera whenever an external mic is used and connected through the 3.5mm jack. You can search for this issue on YouTube and hear for yourself.

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                    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    exceptional cmarea !

                    By Lic John

                    from New York,NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

                    Full manual control, a lot of fun shooting modes, connected 4G LTE network at all the time with T-mobile for paying just extra $ per mo. for 5GB data on top of my mobile phone plan.(it can bus used as a hotspot creator)it is a mirrorless camera, you get: mail,GV(hangaroud text and call), regular text, internet connection as your second smartphone like a galaxy S5 smartphone. Evrything what you take photos with it can be uploaded wirelessly to such as dropbox, picasa etc. More than anything it shoots amazing photo. Folks Canon and Nikon are not the only camera you always consider to get,don't prejudge, just try it out at local @ stores how good it is, It is a game changer to me I won't go back.

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                    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Features- Great Wireless Capab

                    By PhilS

                    from Berwyn, PA

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

                      Nice ergonomics in terms of the grip and button placement. EV +/- button can be hard to feel with right thumb, but rest of buttons are well placed with good tactile feel.
                      The 'drive' dial has crisp feel to it and allows easy switching between single shot, burst, self-timer and bracketing. Awesome bracketimg features for DOF, Exposure (highly variable for HDR) and WB.
                      The i-Fn menu system is great as is the main menu system. Fast capture bursts work very well.
                      Battery life seems good...bought two 3rd party batteries for it as well.
                      Very pleased with results. Luminance noise is a little more than expected at 1600 ISO but easily resolved in ACR or Lightroom.
                      Highly recommended. I use with 18-55 OIS lens and the 10mm Samsung Fisheye.
                      Very pleased.

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                      5.0

                      Samsung NX30

                      By Stan

                      from Sydney Australia

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

                        I recently bought it sight unseen from B & H. It has not as yet been released in Australia. It is vast improvement on the NX10. I take photos of birds, as a hobby - not big deal stuff but enough to enjoy. The 200mm i lens suites me fine. The response is great, which I compare to the NX10 which I was also happy with, but was extremely slow - to be fair was the first of the Mirrorless ( I think) An added bonus is 'peaking' which is really great, as I find that it is not always easy for the automatic focus to zero in on birds in vegetation. Only negative so far is Adobe Literoom 5. They say it is free. But it does not come with registration numbers, and when I try to open it says 30 days trial and wants me to buy a copy - misleading? 30 days free? or am I not understanding something? Oh yes the 'grip' is also great. I was out in the bush this morning and the camera felt really comfortable in my hand.

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                        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Small but PACKS a HUGE PUNCH

                        By R54

                        from Union City, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Battery Life
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Resolution
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens:

                            The Samsung NX30 is a GREAT camera... the view finder is such a plus... the image quality in low light is amazing and the video quality is "WOW" I can shoot 1980x1080p 60p can't do that on my 5D MKII.. I keep it on my 24/7 it's light weight and feels like a mini DSLR.... this is the NEXT BEST THING for SURE!!!

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