• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX30 advantages over Panasonic GX85

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,014 vs 662 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 360 vs 290 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 64 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Panasonic GX85 advantages over Samsung NX30

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $825
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    498g vs 654g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.64x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.5 fps vs 8.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 21 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.6 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    44 vs 12 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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.

  • Excellent build-quality; Good ergonomics for its size; Built-in 5-axis Dual IS, Built-in EVF; Tilting LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Excellent 4K video quality; Fast autofocus and burst modes; Generous buffers; Tons of advanced features; Built-in Wi-Fi.

  • EVF could be better; Sluggish RAW and RAW+JPEG buffer clearing; No external mic and headphone jacks; Slow x-sync speed; Mediocre battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX20

Samsung NX30
Samsung NX20
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Panasonic GX85
Samsung NX20
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung NX30
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Panasonic GX85
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Samsung NX30
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification
Panasonic GX85
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1099
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M10 II

Samsung NX30
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-M10 II
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $442
  • 4/3
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Olympus E-PL8

Samsung NX30
Olympus E-PL8
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GX85
Olympus E-PL8
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
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