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Samsung NX30 Zoom Kit

20-megapixel mirrorless camera with 18-55mm lens and Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Samsung NX30 Zoom Kit

With a large imaging sensor and high-quality optics, we know the Samsung NX30 is capable of taking gorgeous pictures; it's just up to you to find the subjects that inspire you. The camera takes the guesswork out of shooting, offering a tilting, swiveling 3" OLED screen that lets you see what you're aiming at from any angle. Samsung took the next logical step as well, adding a tilting electronic viewfinder so you can peer comfortably into the eyepiece even when you're shooting from a low angle. If you can see it, you can shoot it.

Samsung NX30 with 18-55mm lens

The viewfinder on the Samsung NX30 tilts upward so you can photograph from different angles.

Frame the perfect shot

With a large imaging sensor and high-quality optics, we know the Samsung NX30 is capable of taking gorgeous pictures; it's just up to you to find the subjects that inspire you. The camera takes the guesswork out of shooting, offering a tilting, swiveling 3" OLED screen that lets you see what you're aiming at from any angle. Samsung took the next logical step as well, adding a tilting electronic viewfinder so you can peer comfortably into the eyepiece even when you're shooting from a low angle. If you can see it, you can shoot it.

Get a zoom lens

The NX30 comes with an 18-55mm lens in the box. It's an ideal lens for getting started with hands-on photography: it can handle anything from a beautiful portrait to wildlife shots, allowing you to zoom in on exactly the feature you want to see. The lens is removable, so you can swap in other optional Samsung NX-mount lenses as you grow as a photographer.

Freeze the action

The NX30 features a lightning-quick shutter that can freeze motion down to 1/8000th of a second. Hybrid autofocus technology locks in on the important part of the image and keeps it razor-sharp as the shutter snaps.

Share easily with Wi-Fi and NFC

Samsung Photo Beam lets you send photos to any NFC-compatible smartphone. Just touch the camera to the device to automatically share the image you're viewing. You can also select and send photos or albums directly to a smartphone or tablet with Samsung Mobile Link. Use Group Share to send images to up to four people simultaneously. Samsung has built in wireless technology that gives you so many ways to share your masterpieces.

Product Highlights:

  • 20.3-megapixel effective recording
  • Wi-Fi® sharing and NFC pairing allow fast and easy photo sharing
  • APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.7mm) for rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color
  • included 18-55mm lens is great for portraits and medium zoom
  • tilting, rotating 3" OLED screen provides bright image playback, a wide viewing angle, and low power consumption
  • tiltable eye-level electronic viewfinder
  • fast, electronically controlled shutter has a maximum speed of 1/8000 sec.
  • high-def movie mode with stereo sound (1920 x 1080)
  • DRIMe IV image processor offers superior color reproduction and sharp imaging
  • hybrid autofocus system combines phase detection and contrast AF for faster and more accurate focusing
  • special smart auto modes like Beauty Face, Waterfall, Fireworks, Action Freeze and more
  • creative smart filter effects include Colored Pencil, Oil Sketch, Ink Sketch and more
  • compatible with Samsung NX-mount lenses
  • Samsung external flash available
  • continuous shooting mode: approx. 9 frames per second
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds
  • accepts optional SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600 selectable
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, lens priority, smart modes and fully automatic exposure modes
  • records full HD movie files up to 1920 x 1080
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed micro USB interface (cable included)
  • micro HDMI output (cable not included)
  • 5"W x 3-3/4"H x 1-5/8"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery): 13.2 oz.

What's in the Box:

  • Camera body (black) with body cap (installed)
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED lens (black)
  • 58mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • SCH-B Bayonet lens hood
  • BP1410 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.6V 1410mAh 10.7Wh)
  • ETA0U61JBE AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1A)
  • 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and a Micro USB on other end)
  • Neck strap
  • Samsung Software CD-ROM
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 DVD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • Quick Reference Guide (English)
  • Quick Reference Guide (Spanish)
  • Samsung NX Lens brochure (English)
  • Samsung NX Lens brochure (Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Product Registration Card

Samsung NX30 Zoom Kit Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Nice Camera

A regular guy from Southern California, not a prof from California on 12/20/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This camera is highly rated by Consumer Reports, which is one reason I bought it. Others have said many good things about it as well. Coming from an SLR background, when I was young, in many ways this is a very comfortable camera to operate. It's clear Samsung engineers & designers really worked hard on this camera to make it good. It has many, many features and it takes more than a few days to learn how to use the camera well. Especially if you, like I, have become accustomed to point-and-shoot digital cameras, you will probably find that operating the majority of this camera's features will require watching some YouTube videos and/or reading the manual. The camera has an auto-focus which typically works well, but using it skillfully requires the LCD screen, not just the viewfinder. It can take images inside/indoors that my smart phone would probably not handle well, and it can do that without a flash, much of the time. So far I am very favorably impressed.

Pros: Built-in viewfinder liberates you from always using the LCD screen, and the viewfinder is highly adjustable. Ready to take pictures immediately. Many, many well thought out features and options. Kudos to Samsung! For example, the viewfinder has a proximity sensor which turns it on only when you raise the camera to your eye. Image quality seems impressive to me.

Cons: Built-in flash insufficient for many low-light/indoor situations. You probably will need an external flash.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled Smartphone
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24.6-77mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 58mm
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Micro
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.7mm CMOS
Megapixels 20.3
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Width (inches) 5-3/16
Height (inches) 3-13/16
Depth (inches) 4-3/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 15.3
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Record Features
Built-in Wi-Fi
Play, Print, and Edit Features
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Record Features

Interchangeable Lens Camera: The Samsung NX30 digital camera is an interchangeable lens camera with the Samsung NX-mount. It is compatible with the NX-series of lenses including wide-angle fixed focal length lenses (10mm (fisheye), 16mm, 20mm, 30mm), prime lenses (45mm, 60mm, 85mm), and zoom lenses (12-24mm, 16-50mm, 20-50mm, 18-200mm, 50-200mm). The camera comes with a 18-55mm standard zoom lens, and a bayonet-type lens hood.

3.0" Super AMOLED Touch Screen Monitor: The NX30 digital camera has a 3.0" color AMOLED monitor with C-type Touch Control Enabled. The monitor features 1,037,000 dots, and has a 100% field of view. The monitor can swivel out 180°, and rotate 270° for low- and high-angle shots, as well as self-portraits. The monitor's brightness can be set automatically, or manually between -2 and +2.

Recording Media: The Samsung NX30 digital camera can record still images and video onto SD cards (up to 2 GB) SDHC cards (up to 32 GB), or SDXC cards (up to 128 GB), including high-speed UHS-1 cards. No memory cards are included with the camera.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The NX30 has built-in Wi-Fi, which lets you instantly share your photos wirelessly from your home network or a public Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also send photos or videos to your smartphone, or control the camera remotely with your smartphone. For more details, see the section on Built-in Wi-Fi below.

Image Recording Formats: The digital camera records still images in JPEG and RAW formats. High Definition movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) format with AAC audio.

Image Sensor: The Samsung NX30 digital camera is equipped with an APS-C-sized (23.5 x 15.7mm) CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 21.6 megapixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 20.3 megapixels for high quality still images and video.

Image Sizes: The camera can record JPEG still images in a 3:2, 1:1, or 16:9 aspect ratio with three compression ratio settings (Super Fine, Fine, and Normal). HD and SD movies can be recorded in MPEG-4 (H.264) in Normal and HQ quality options. The camera offers the following still image and movie sizes:

Photo Size Resolution Aspect Ratio
RAW 20M 5472 x 3648 3:2
20M 5472 x 3648 3:2
10.1M 3888 x 2592 3:2
5.9M 2976 x 1984 3:2
5.0M (Burst) 2736 x 1824 3:2
2M 1728 x 1152 3:2
16.9M 5472 x 3080 16:9
7.8M 3712 x 2088 16:9
4.9M 2944 x 1656 16:9
2.1M 1920 x 1080 16:9
13.3M 3648 x 3648 1:1
7.0M 2640 x 2640 1:1
4.0M 2000 x 2000 1:1
1.1M 1024 x 1024 1:1
Movie Size Resolution Aspect Ratio
1080/60P 1920 x 1080 (60 fps) 16:9
1080/30P 1920 x 1080 (30 fps) 16:9
1080/15P 1920 x 1080 (15 fps) 16:9
810/24P 1920 x 810 (24 fps) 2.35:1
720/60P 1280 x 720 (60 fps) 16:9
720/30P 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 16:9
480/30P 640 x 480 (30 fps) 4:3
240 WEB/30P 320 x 240 (30 fps) 4:3

i Zoom: Beyond the optical zoom, the camera offers i Zoom up to 2x. Photo resolution varies according to the zoom rate, resulting in photos with less deterioration than Digital zoom. i Zoom is available in the P, A, S, M, and i shooting modes.

Multi Motion: When shooting movies, you can set the playing speed of the video. If an option other than x1 is selected, no sound will be recorded. Choices include:

  • x0.25: Record a video and play it at 1/4 normal speed (640 x 480 or 320 x 240 only)
  • x0.5: Record a video and play it at 1/2 normal speed (1920 x 1080/30fps, 1280 x 720/30fps, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 only)
  • x1: Record a video and play it at normal speed
  • x5: Record a video and play it at 5x normal speed
  • x10: Record a video and play it at 10x normal speed
  • x20: Record a video and play it at 20x normal speed

Face Detection: With the Face Detection feature, the camera detects faces in a scene and then automatically focuses and optimizes the brightness of the face for beautiful portrait pictures. Up to 10 faces can be detected.

Recording Mode: The NX30 offers various recording modes to choose from to match your shooting preference. Using the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can set the mode to:

  • Smart Auto: The camera recognizes surrounding conditions and automatically adjusts factors that contribute to exposure, including Shutter Speed, Aperture Value, Metering, White Balance, and Exposure Compensation. When you press the shutter release halfway, the camera selects one of 20 scenes, and automatically sets the camera to optimally capture that scene.
  • Program: The camera automatically adjusts shutter speed and aperture value so an optimal exposure value can be achieved. Other adjustments can be made manually. Program Shift allows you to adjust the shutter speed and aperture value while maintaining the same exposure. A minimum shutter speed can also be set.
  • Aperture Priority: The camera selects a shutter speed based on the aperture value you have set manually. You can adjust the depth of field by changing the aperture value.
  • Shutter Priority: The camera selects an aperture value based on the shutter speed you have set manually. You can capture fast-moving subjects with a fast shutter speed or create tracer effects with a slow shutter speed.
  • Manual: Adjust various camera settings including shutter speed and aperture value.
  • Custom: The Custom Modes (1 & 2) let you create your own shooting modes by customizing options and saving them.
  • Lens Priority Mode: Lens Priority mode lets you adjust the depth of field or contrast of the photo, or use the i Zoom function.
  • Smart Mode: In Smart Mode, the camera automatically configures the optimal settings for a variety of shooting situations, including Beauty Face, Best Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tones, Panorama, Waterfall, Multi Exposure, Creative Shot, Smart Jump Shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, and Light Trace.
  • Wi-Fi: You can connect the camera the camera to an access point while in the range of a WLAN. Options include MobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Social Sharing, Email, SkyDrive, Auto Backup, and TV Link.

3D Mode: With an optional 3D lens, you can take 3D photos. In the menu, you can select two 3D methods: Side by Side or Frame Packing. Photo sizes can be 4.1M (2688 x 1512) or 2.1M (1920 x 1080). Images captured in 3D can be saved in JPEG (2D) or MPO (3D). To view 3D images, you must output the photos via HDMI and display them on a 3D HDTV, while wearing the proper 3D glasses.

Drive Modes: The camera offers the following drive modes to suit your shooting needs:

  • Single: Takes one picture only.
  • Continuous: You can continuously capture photos while pressing the shutter release button. Continuous Normal captures up to 4 photos at 5 fps, and Continuous High captures up to 9 photos at 9 fps.
  • Burst Mode: Lets you capture up to 10 shots per second for 3 seconds, 15 shots per second for 2 seconds, or 30 shots per second for 1 second when you press the shutter once in this mode. (Image Size limited to 5M only)
  • Timer: The camera takes a photo after a set delay time. You can set the delay between 2-seconds and 30-seconds in 1 second increments. You can choose up to 10 photos to be taken after the initial delay with a selectable interval (0.5, 1, 1.5 or 2 seconds) between photos.
  • Bracketing: Bracketing allows you to take a series of 3 photos when you press the shutter button once. The first photo is taken at normal settings, while the other two are taken with different settings, depending upon the type of bracketing chosen. You can vary the degree of adjustment between -3 and +3 for each bracket type (except P.Wizard).
    • AE Bracket: 3 photos with different exposure settings.
    • WB Bracket: 3 photos with different White Balance settings.
    • Picture Wizard Bracket: 3 photos with different P.Wizard settings (select standard, vivid, portrait, landscape, forest, retro, cool, calm, or classic)
    • Depth Bracket: 3 photos with a different depth of field by adjusting the aperture. (Available only in Program or Aperture Priority modes)

Exposure Compensation: This camera automatically adjusts the exposure according the ambient light conditions. You can also select the exposure value from +3.0EV to -3.0EV in steps of 1/3EV.

Metering Mode: If you cannot obtain suitable exposure conditions, you can change the camera's metering method to take brighter pictures. You can choose from 3 modes:

  • Multi: Exposure will be calculated based on an average of the available light in the image area. This is suitable for general use.
  • Spot: Only the rectangular area in the center of the LCD monitor will be metered for light. This is suitable when the subject in the center is exposed correctly, regardless of the back lighting.
  • Center Weighted: Exposure will be calculated based on an average of the available light in the image area. However, the calculation will be biased towards the center of the image area. This is suitable for taking a picture of small objects like a flower or insects.

External Flash: The Samsung digital camera does not have a built-in flash, but includes a hot shoe for an external flash, such as the Samsung SEF220A (sold separately). You can choose from the following flash modes: Smart Flash, Auto, Auto Red-eye, Fill-in, Fill-in Red-eye, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, Hi-speed, and Flash Off.

White Balance: The white balance control allows you to adjust the colors to appear more natural. The camera has seven white balance modes: Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent White, Fluorescent NW, Fluorescent Daylight, Tungsten, Flash WB, Custom Set, and Color Temperature.

ISO Sensitivity: You can select the ISO sensitivity when taking pictures. The speed or specific light-sensitivity of a camera is rated by ISO numbers. A higher ISO setting allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. The camera lets you set the ISO sensitivity automatically or manually between ISO 100-25600 by 1 EV or 1/3 EV steps. Auto ISO settings are selectable up to ISO 3200.

Built-in Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Overview: The Samsung NX30 has built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect the camera to a smartphone or PC via a Wireless LAN. When connected to the WLAN, you can save and share photos, monitor a room remotely, and control the camera remotely. You can also use the camera as an access point, setting the frequency to 2.4 or 5 GHz, and perform some of the camera's Wi-Fi functions.

NFC (Tag & Go): If you have an NFC-enabled Android smartphone, you can connect to the camera by placing the phone near the camera's NFC logo on the left side. This launches the Remote Shutter feature, and allows you to transfer files to the NFC-enabled device while viewing them. You'll need to install the Samsung Smart Camera app on your smart device to connect it in this manner.

Smart Camera App: For many of the camera's Wi-Fi functions, the Samsung Smart Camera app must be installed on your smartphone or device. The app can be downloaded from Samsung Apps, the Google Play Store, or the Apple App Store. The Smart Camera app is compatible with Android phones running 3.0 and up, as well as iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 6.1 or later.

Direct Link: The NX30 has a dedicated Direct Link button on the top panel which turns on the Wi-Fi feature. In the menu, you can set the Direct Link button to any of the functions below.

Wi-Fi Functions: In the Wi-Fi Mode you have the following options:

  • AutoShare: The AutoShare feature lets you immediately save a photo automatically to your smart device. Videos are only saved to the camera, and cannot saved automatically to the smart device.
  • MobileLink: The MobileLink feature lets you select and transfer photos and videos from the camera to your smartphone. The files can be viewed and selected using the camera, the smartphone, or multiple devices.
  • Remote Viewfinder: With this feature, you can use your smartphone as a remote shutter release when connected via a WLAN. In addition to focusing and capturing the photo, you can control the flash, self-timer, photo size, saving location, and the zoom ratio.
  • Baby Monitor: The Baby Monitor feature allows you to view live video from a remote location to monitor a room. For smartphones that support WVGA (800 x 480) or higher resolution, you can wirelessly view the video stream. You can also stop the video stream and monitor the audio in the room. If the camera detects a noise, an alarm will notify you on the smart phone. The Baby Monitor feature requires installing the Samsung Home Monitor app on your smartphone, available for Android OS or iOS devices.
  • Auto Backup: The Auto Backup feature allows you to wirelessly transfer and store your photos and videos on your PC with the touch of a button. Once the files are backed up to your computer, you can delete them from the camera's memory card, and resume shooting. The included i-Launcher software must be installed on your PC in order to take advantage of this feature.
  • Email: You can email stored photos and videos stored on the camera.
  • SNS & Cloud: You can upload photos and videos stored in the camera to file-sharing, social networking, or cloud services.
  • Samsung Link: You can upload files from your camera to the Samsung Link online storage, or a registered device. You can also view files on a Samsung Link device connected to the same access point.

Play, Print, and Edit Features

Quick View: If you enable the Quick View function before capturing an image, you can view the image you just captured on the camera's LCD monitor. You can set the length of time the image is displayed: 1 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, Hold, or Off.

Thumbnail Playback: You can view multiple pictures (15 or 24) on the LCD monitor at once. Using the top-mounted jog dial control, you can increase or decrease the number of thumbnail images shown on the monitor at once.

Slide Show: Images can be displayed continuously, at intervals of 1, 3, 5, or 10 seconds, with a choice of 5 slide-show effects, on the camera's LCD monitor. The camera offer 20 pre-recorded background music clips to play along with your still image slide show.

Enlarging Photos: A single image can be zoomed in for a closer look. The maximum magnification varies depending upon the image size. Once the image is zoomed in, you can pan around to different areas of the image. If desired, you can save a cropped image as a separate file.

Movie Playback: You can playback a movie clip on the camera's LCD monitor. The camera offers basic playback functions such as Play, Pause, Scan backward, and Scan Forward. The Scan Backward and Scan Forward functions let you change the scan speed from 2x to 4x to 8x. You can also adjust the volume level of the playback audio.

Edit: The Samsung NX30 digital camera offers various editing features so you can manipulate your pictures right from the camera once they have been recorded. Editing tasks include cropping, rotating, resizing, or adjusting the brightness, contrast, or saturation. You can also retouch faces, reduce red-eye, and apply Smart Filter effects.

Smart Filter: You can apply various filter effects to create unique images. Smart Filter effects include: Vignetting, Miniature, Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Wash Drawing, Oil Painting, Ink Painting, Acryl, Negative, Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow.


HDMI: The Samsung NX30 is equipped with a Micro HDMI (Type D) connection for playing back photos and videos on an HDTV. The output resolution can be set to 1080p, 720p, 576p (PAL only) or 480p. If you have a Samsung HDTV with Anynet + (CEC), you can control the camera with the TV's remote control.

Micro USB: The NX30 features a Micro USB connection which allows you to connect the camera to your computer, or to the supplied AC adapter for charging the battery. Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect the camera to your computer to transfer photos and videos, or charge the battery.

Battery Information

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery: The Samsung NX30 comes supplied with a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (BP1410) which provides up to 360 still image shots, 180 minutes of still image recording, or 145 minutes of video recording. The supplied AC adapter charges the Lithium-Ion battery in the camera in approximately 200 minutes.

Power Save: This function switches the camera off after a set amount of time (of no operation) in order to prevent unnecessary battery drainage. The camera can be set to turn off after 30 seconds, 1, 3, 5, or 10 minutes of no operation.

Supplied Software

Software CD-ROM: The NX30 comes with a software CD-ROM with the following programs:

  • i-Launcher: i-Launcher allows you to play back files on your computer, and upgrade the firmware of the camera. It also provides a link to download the PC Auto Backup program.
  • PC Auto Backup: PC Auto Backup will send the recorded files to a connected PC via Wi-Fi.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: Also included with the camera is a DVD-ROM disc with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (compatible with Windows and Mac). With this software, you can edit RAW format photos, calibrate exposures, white balances, tone, contrasts, and colors, and save them as JPEG or TIFF images. You can also edit JPEG and TIFF files, if desired.

Compatibility: The software is compatible with the following Operating Systems:

  • i-Launcher: Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS v10.5 or higher (except PowerPC)
  • Camera As Removable Disk: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Mac OS X v10.5 or later

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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: According to the preliminary information we have received from Samsung it does not have a touch screen. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 29, 2014 ]  Staff