Digital Cameras Guide
Samsung Launches NX30 Camera and First Premium S Lens
In addition to the Galaxy Camera 2, Samsung is also announcing the professionally-inspired compact system camera NX30, and expanding its line of NX lenses with the introduction of its first "S" Series premium lens.
With a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor, the NX30 features the Samsung NX AF System II which promises speedy and accurate auto focusing, with a fast 1/8000 sec Shutter Speed and a 9fps (frame per second) Continuous Shooting function. The new camera also integrates the Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), along with the ability to move from side to side up to 180 degrees, and upward and downward up to 270 degrees with its 3-inch Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display.
NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, specifically the ‘Tag & Go’ function, lets users tap and share memories instantly, pairing the camera with NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets. The Photo Beam feature allows the transfer an image or video to a smartphone or tablet by simply touching the two devices together with no other configuration needed. MobileLink lets users select multiple images to send to four distinct smart devices at one time.
AutoShare automatically sends every photo you take instantly to your smartphone or tablet and the Remote Viewfinder Pro function enables several control of the NX30 from a smartphone, allowing the user to zoom and snap shots remotely yet still have full visibility of the scene. Manual settings can still be accessed, including shutter speed and aperture, so that photographers can retain camera control yet have another option as to how they want to frame their shot. Also, Dropbox is pre-loaded on the NX30 (in selected regions), and users of the NX30 can upload directly to Flickr (in selected regions).
The NX30 includes the next-gen DRIMeIV Image Processor, DSP imaging engine, and Full HD 1080/60p movie capabilities, with high light sensitivity from ISO100-25600 and OIS Duo technology. The DRIMeIV Image Processor also enables the 3D capture of scenes and subjects via the Samsung 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens.
In addition to Full HD Video Stereo Recording, the NX30 supports a standard 3.5mm microphone input for high quality audio capture while shooting movies. The Audio Level Meter appears on the display so you can continuously monitor the input level status while recording. It's also ideal for advanced video enthusiasts because of its HDMI live streaming with Full HD 30p output that makes it easy to connect with a large screen, recorder, and other HDMI devices.
Two dedicated Custom Modes can be accessed on the mode dial, so that preferred camera settings can be retrieved quickly, while ten additional custom sets can be stored on the camera. The separate drive dial also provides instant access to a selection of popular modes, including continuous shooting, bracketing and self timer.
Through Samsung's i-Function system, advanced camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture can be accessed with the touch of one button. For more experienced photographers, i-Function Plus lets users are able to reprogram existing buttons with their preferred and frequently used settings. The new powerful TTL external flash with a Guide Number of 58 makes it simple to capture perfect shots, allowing light to travel further and wider. The high speed flash sync mode allows for flash with shutter speeds faster than 1/200th of a second. Additionally this new flash supports wireless strobe sync.
16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens
The first Premium "S" Series 16-50mm lens has a bright aperture (F2.0 at 16mm; F2.8 at 50mm) and is splash and dust proof.
This lens features an Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM), improved from the conventional Stepping Motor (SM). It has an optical image stabilizer and combination of three aspherical (ASP) lenses, two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses, and two eXreme High Refractive (XHR) lenses. The combination of these advanced elements work together to enhance the results from the lens. The ASP lenses reduce and nearly eliminate spherical aberration, whereas the ED elements reduce chromatic aberration and the XHR allows for a more compact and light lens. It also includes Silent Auto Focusing and a low zooming noise, excellent for capturing video which is clear but undisturbed by the noise of the mechanism.
A vital feature of the new lens is its quick control made possible through an Electro zoom with a seesaw type button. This unique feature allows photographers to simply click to zoom and take a photo from any view or angle, similar to a compact camera experience. The smooth zooming operation, applied from the high-end camcorder not only creates superb pictures, but enables high-quality videos.
Weighing only 111g with a compact 31mm frame, it is available in Black or White.
Stay tuned for local availability and pricing.
All images accredited to Samsung.