• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX30 advantages over Nikon D850

  • Less expensive
    $850 vs $3297
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.9 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.8 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Nikon D850 advantages over Samsung NX30

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    26.4 vs 23.5 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,660 vs 1,014 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 12.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1840 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    16 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 346k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.75x vs 0.64x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    45.7 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 21 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    200 vs 12 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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

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.

  • Class-leading resolution; Excellent dynamic range; Very good high ISO performance; Very fast AF and burst shooting; Durable weather-sealed body; Improved ergonomics; Touchscreen; Dual card slots; 4K video.

  • Live view/video mode still uses sluggish contrast-detect AF; Viewfinder only tests at ~98% coverage; No 4K at 60p; 30-minute video clip limit; Focus peaking not supported with 4K.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX20

Samsung NX30
Samsung NX20
  • $874
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Nikon D850
Samsung NX20
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung NX30
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $874
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Nikon D850
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Samsung NX30
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $874
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification
Nikon D850
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon 5DS

Samsung NX30
Canon 5DS
  • $874
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D850
Canon 5DS
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Sony A99 II

Samsung NX30
Sony A99 II
  • $874
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D850
Sony A99 II
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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