• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Samsung NX30 advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Less expensive
    $848 vs $3198
    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
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 73 mm
    Thinner
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)

Sony A7R III 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.
  • 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
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    26.0 vs 23.5 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,523 vs 1,014 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.7 vs 12.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    13 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.64x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    42.4 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
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 8.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    82 vs 21 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    30 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
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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.

  • Fantastic image quality; Improved dynamic range over its predecessor; Very good high ISO performance; Much improved real-world AF performance; Class-leading burst rates, even with RAW; Improved 5-axis in-body image stabilization; Better 4K video quality; 1080/120fps video; Dual card slots; Significantly better battery life.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash; Buffer clearing still slow despite UHS-II support.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX20

Samsung NX30
Samsung NX20
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony A7R III
Samsung NX20
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung NX30
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Sony A7R III
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Samsung NX30
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification
Sony A7R III
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A7R II

Samsung NX30
Sony A7R II
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R III
Sony A7R II
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A9

Samsung NX30
Sony A9
  • $873
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R III
Sony A9
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
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