The Samsung Smart Camera NX30, which was released as the successor to the NX20 in the NX Series of Samsung Smart Cameras eighteen months ago at the start of last year, is without doubt a brilliant piece of technology that will appeal to any Samsung Geek with a penchant for photography.
This is primarily because it can take photos to a professional standard; connect instantly with the world via sharing on social media and shoot superb video footage. It is also attractive to photography enthusiasts thanks to its improved Super AMOLED display and innovative titling electronic viewfinder.
In this extended article, I will explain further the five best features of the Samsung Smart Camera NX30, going into much greater detail to show how it truly is a superb Smart Camera that Samsung Geeks with sufficient cash to splash should seriously consider purchasing as a valuable addition to their collection of Samsung technological devices.
Best feature 1: Professional quality photos
Fundamentally, what most users are looking for in a camera is the ability to take brilliant photos that perfectly capture moments that you would like to remember with fondness when you look back at them in the future. The multitude of other features that are often also included are all well and good, but at the end of the day the ultimate test of a camera’s quality is the quality of the photos it produces.
On that front, the Samsung Smart Camera NX30 does not disappoint, passing the test of photo quality with flying colours. This is primarily because of its highly powerful 20.3 MP APS-C Sensor and built in hybrid AF (Auto Focus) system, which both result in impressively improved performance compared to both previous cameras in the NX Series and competitors produced by rival companies.
The former is the largest sensor available in a mirrorless system lens camera, which makes it comparatively easy to capture photos of exceptionally high, professional quality even in low lighting scenarios that would prove too much for other inferior competitor cameras to cope with. The latter provides accurate and speedy focussing, guaranteeing that you will not miss any excellent opportunities to take a snap, and also produces remarkable depth-of-field and out-focussing effects, improving the NX30’s functionality yet further.
Taken together, the Samsung Smart Camera NX30’s 20.3 MP APS-C Sensor and hybrid AF system enable it to capture great photos to a professional standard, which is undoubtedly one of the best and most appealing features of this camera.
Best feature 2: Connection with the world
After you have captured those amazing photographs, you are inevitably going to want to share them with your friends, family and the wider world as soon as you can. For example, if you are on the safari holiday of a lifetime and have just captured a beautiful photo of a magnificent African elephant then that is the sort of thing that you would want those closest to you to also instantly enjoy.
Of course, Samsung recognises both the beauty and the benefits of being connected with the rest of the world and therefore included features in the Samsung Smart Camera NX30 that render it easy for you to share the snaps that you have just taken and make people you know feel like they are there with you seeing what your eyes are seeing.
Those numerous photo sharing features are facilitated by the Samsung Smart Camera NX30’s superb NFC (near field communication) and WiFi capabilities through the Samsung Smart Camera app, which is available on both iOS and Android.
For example, the Tag and Go function uses NFC to pair the NX30 with devices such as smartphones and tablets, allowing instant photo sharing. The Photo Beam feature does something similar, although all that is needed to transfer the image is to delicately touch the two devices together.
Moreover, AutoShare handily sends every picture you take instantly to your smartphone or tablet, which is excellent not only for sharing photos on social media formats such as Facebook, but also for backing up your files so that you can rest safe in the knowledge that your photos are secure and will not be lost.
Furthermore, the NX30 is the first camera-specific device to offer direct-to-Dropbox uploading, while users in some regions can also upload photos directly to Flickr, enhancing the camera’s connectivity credentials even more.
All in all, it is fair to say that the Samsung Smart Camera NX30 boasts superb, perhaps even unrivalled, connectivity, helping it to stand out as arguably the best camera in the world for sharing snaps as soon as you have taken them.
Best feature 3: Superb video footage
As well as the ability to take professional quality photos, the Samsung Smart Camera NX30 also allows users to shoot superb video footage for those moments when a still image is just not enough to fully capture the moment.
Boasting excellent video quality, the NX30 can record HD video with stereo sound at up to 1080/60p quality in MP4 format. In addition, it has built-in stereo mics and a 3.5mm jack for a standard external mic.
Audio input levels can be manually adjusted, while it is also possible for the device to stream uncompressed 1920×1080 30p Full HD video output through its Micro HDMI port, which allows you to connect to larger screen displays, enhancing the user’s viewing experience.
Best feature 4: Improved Super AMOLED display
The Samsung Smart Camera NX30’s display represents a definite improvement on the display of its NX20 predecessor. It remains three inches in size and fully articulating, but expands upon that by now being ‘Super AMOLED’, possessing a formidable resolution of 1.03 million-dot equivalent. This contrasts with the mere 614k resolution on the NX20.
Responsive and intuitively easy to use and navigate, the touchscreen display can swivel 180 degrees horizontally and 270 degrees vertically and is also 33% brighter than the NX20 according to the South Korean electronics company. Moreover, it uses the touch sensitive S-Stripe pixel layout. This is superior than the PenTile used in the NX20, which was not touch sensitive.
Best feature 5: Innovative tilting electronic viewfinder
Arguably the most significant, noticeable and innovative new feature of the design of the Samsung Smart Camera NX30 is the pull-out tilting electronic viewfinder.
With a resolution of 2.36 million dots (more than the Sony Alpha 600), the electronic viewfinder is sufficiently sharp, and its clever tilting design features four set positions, ranging from the standard position up as far as 80 degrees, which closely emulates the electronic viewfinder on the Panasonic GX7.
This feature is inventive and convenient, bringing particular benefits for tripod and macro shooting in bright light when it might very well be easier to view than the articulating monitor.
Conclusion: What are the best features of the Samsung Smart Camera NX30?
So, what are the best features of the Samsung Smart Camera NX30?
Well, firstly it includes the highly powerful 20.3 MP APS-C Sensor and hybrid AF system, which combine to allow users to take professional quality photos. Moreover, the NX30 then makes it as easy as possible to share those photos with friends, family and people you know around the world via social media platforms such as Facebook, Flickr and Dropbox. The video features are also high quality, while the display certainly represents an improvement from the NX20 and the titling electronic viewfinder is a particularly useful and helpful new feature.
When all is said and done, the Samsung Smart Camera NX30 is simply a fantastic piece of kit and full value for its £800 recommended retail price. If you are a Samsung Geek who can afford to buy it, you should splash your cash on purchasing this device; we promise that you will not regret it.
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