Samsung announces NX30 mirrorless camera
While most of us are still trying to shake off our holiday hangover, Samsung is already off to an aggressive start unveiling their latest mirrorless camera, the NX30, along with a pair of NX-Mount lenses and an external flash.
Unlike some mirrorless cameras, the new NX30 sports an SLR-style body that’s somewhat reminiscent to its predecessor. This time, however, Samsung has added a few improvements in the NX30’s design to make it more functional and handy.
This includes a deeper handgrip, a fully-articulated LCD screen and an XGA electronic viewfinder that can be tilted upwards up to 80 degrees for below eye-level composition.
Features-wise, the Samsung NX30 is more akin to the NX300 than the NX20. Samsung’s new flagship packs the same 20MP APS-C sensor and Hybrid Autofocus system of the latter.
In addition, the NX30 is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, allowing users to remotely control the camera with their smartphone through a downloadable app and seamlessly share their snaps on social media and other devices.
Samsung NX30 specs:
20MP CMOS sensor
Sensor size: 23.5 x 15.7 mm (APS-C)
DRIMe IV image processor
ISO Range: 100 – 25600
Shutter speed range: 30 sec to 1/8000
Built-in flash, GN11
9fps burst mode
XGA EVF, 100% coverage @1x magnification
1.36M-dot 3-inch articulating display
Full HD video recording, 60p @30fps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
MPEG-4 or H.264 video format
GPS w/ A-GPS and GLONASS support
BP1410 Li-Ion battery
127 x 96 x 58 mm
A pair of standard zoom lenses namely the 16-50mm f2-2.8 ED OIS and 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS were launched alongside the NX30. The latter will be the pre-bundled kit lens of the NX30 offering an equivalent field of view of 24-75mm but in a more compact, pancake-style frame.
Meanwhile, the 16-50mm f2-2.8 ED OIS is aimed towards the more demanding crowd providing a wider lens opening with the same field of view as the new kit lens. It also has a built-in Optical Image Stabilization which comes in handy for shooting with a relatively slow shutter speed.
Samsung hasn’t released the official pricing and availability of the NX30, as well as the two new NX-mount lenses.