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Samsung has released the NX30 and promptly won the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) ‘Best CSC Advanced 2014’ award.

As cameras go this is a system camera – you buy the body then lenses to suit. Samsung’s NX30 is extremely competitive on price and value – this A$1099 camera (body and 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6, optical image stabilisation lens) has above average professional features including a very convenient extendable telescopic viewfinder (on the top) and a swivel AMOLED display as well as Wi-Fi/NFC for sharing.

Interestingly the optional “S” lens - specifications below – has an impressive f2-2.8, 16-50mm (25.6-77mm) and is the one that I would want to use. It costs $1499 – now you begin to understand the meaning of professional cameras where the body cost is just the beginning.

Interested buyers will however find major competition with Panasonic, Sony, Nikon and other brands – it is a crowded market. I think Samsung’s lack of an established pedigree as a system camera will be made up in value and features.

NX30 Product Specifications

Image Sensor

20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Display

76.7mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display

FVGA (720x480) 1,037k dots

View finder

Tilt-able EVF with Eye Contact Sensor (tilting upward by 80 degrees)

XGA (1024x768) 2,359dots

ISO

Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600

Image

JPEG (3:2): 20.0M (5472x3648), 10.1M (3888x2592), 5.9M (2976x1984), 2.0M (1728x1152), 5.0M (2736x1824): Burst mode only

JPEG (16:9): 16.9M (5472x3080), 7.8M (3712x2088), 4.9M (2944x1656),

2.1M (1920x1080)

JPEG (1:1): 13.3M (3648x3648), 7.0M (2640x2640), 4.0M (2000x2000),

1.1M (1024x1024)

RAW : 20.0M (5472x3648)

*3D Image Size: MPO, JPEG (16:9) 4.1M (2688x1512), (16:9) 2.1M (1920x1080)

Video

MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)

1920x1080, 1920x810, 1280x720 , 640x480, 320x240 (for Sharing)

Video Output

NTS, PAL, HDMI 1.4a

Value-added Features

Tag & Go (NFC/Wi-Fi): Photo Beam, AutoShare, Remote View Finder Pro,

Mobile Link

SMART Mode: 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

3D still image & video capturing

i-Function in Lens Priority Mode: i-Depth, i-Zoom (x1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 2.0), i-Contrast

Built-in Flash (Guide Number 11 at ISO100)

Wi-Fi Connectivity

IEEE 802.11b/g/n support Dual Channel (SMART Camera 3.0)

AutoShare

SNS & Cloud

Email

Auto Backup

Remote Viewfinder Pro

MobileLink

NFC2

Passive NFC (Wired NFC)

Bundle PC software

iLauncher, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5

Storage

SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-1

Battery

BP1410 (1410mAh)

Dimension (WxHxD)

127 x 95.5 x 41.7mm (excluding the projection part)

Weight

375 g (without battery)

 

SAMSUNG 16-50mm F2 - 2.8 S ED OIS Specifications $1,499

Focal Length

16-50mm (equivalent to 24.6-77mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

18 elements in 12 groups (3 Aspherical lens, 2 Extra-low Dispersion lens, 2 Xtreme High Refractive Lens)

Angle of View

82.6°- 31.4°

Aperture

F2-2.8 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 9 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Optical Image Stabiliser

Yes

Minimum

Focus Distance

0.3m

Maximum Magnification

Approx.0.19X

i Scene

Beauty, Portrait, Children, Backlight, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Beach & Snow,

Night

Value-added Feature

UPSM, Splash & Dust Proof

Lens Hood

Yes

Filter Size

72mm

Mount Type

NX Mount

Dimension (DxL)

81 x 96.5mm

Weight

622g

 

SAMSUNG 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS Specifications $399

Focal Length

16 - 50mm (equivalent to 24.6-77mm in 35mm format)

Elements in Groups

9 elements in 8 groups (4 Aspherical lens, 1 Extra-low Dispersion lens)

Angle of View

82.6°- 31.4°

Aperture

F3.5-5.6 (Min. F22), (Number of Blades: 7, Circular Aperture Diaphragm)

Optical Image Stabiliser

Yes

Minimum

Focus Distance

0.24m (Wide), 0.28m (Tele)

Maximum Magnification

Approx. 0.24X

i Scene

Beauty, Portrait, Children, Backlight, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Beach & Snow,

Night

Value-added Feature

UPSM (Focus), DC (Zoom)

Lens Hood

No

Filter Size

43mm

Mount Type

NX Mount

Dimension (DxL)

64.8 x 31mm

Weight

111g

 

 

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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