• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Samsung NX30 advantages over Sony A7S

  • Less expensive
    $799 vs $1998*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.8 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Sony A7S advantages over Samsung NX30

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 4.29 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,702 vs 1,014 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.64x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    62 vs 21 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 12 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 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
  • 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
  • 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 Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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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.

  • Outstanding high ISO performance; excellent dynamic range; 4K video recording (via uncompressed HDMI); XAVC S option for HD video; Slightly improved battery life over A7/A7R; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity.

  • 4K video requires expensive external recorder; Sluggish startup time; Loud shutter; Silent Shooting mode hurts image quality; Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M Monochrom

Samsung NX30
Leica M Monochrom
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S
Leica M Monochrom
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels

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
Sony A7S
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $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
Sony A7S
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

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
Sony A7S
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1073
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7S II

Samsung NX30
Sony A7S II
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7S
Sony A7S II
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
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