• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX30 advantages over Samsung NX1

  • Less expensive
    $799 vs $1797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.29 vs 3.63 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 65 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    654g vs 1290g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)

Samsung NX1 advantages over Samsung NX30

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,363 vs 1,014 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    15.2 fps vs 8.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    53 vs 21 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    15.1 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 12 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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Buy the Samsung NX1

Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality at low to moderately high ISOs; Blazing fast single-shot autofocus; Fast 9fps burst with RAW and JPEG files; Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC; Good build quality; Tilting EVF; Articulating touchscreen monitor; Bundled with Adobe Lightroom 5 software; Excellent value.

  • Dynamic range not as good as the best APS-C models; Slow buffer clearing even with fast UHS-I cards; Buffer depth with RAW files is underwhelming; Native lens selection is still fairly limited.

  • Very good, high-resolution image quality; Excellent high ISO performance with RAW files; Very good dynamic range; Blazing fast 15fps full-res burst mode; Deep buffer; Great build quality & comfortable ergonomics; Lots of physical controls; Great battery life; Fast single-shot AF.

  • Continuous AF performance still not as robust as competing DSLRs; Aggressive JPEG noise reduction at high ISOs; JPEG colors and saturation less pleasing at higher ISOs; H.265 video codec can be difficult to work with.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung NX30
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1297
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Samsung NX1
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1297
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Fujifilm X-E2

Samsung NX30
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Samsung NX30
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1073
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification
Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1073
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro H

Samsung NX30
Sigma sd Quattro H
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
Samsung NX1
Sigma sd Quattro H
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $999
  • APS-H
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Samsung NX30
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Thinner
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