Saturday, January 4, 2014

Samsung NX30 adds tilting EVF, improved display, more Wi-Fi features and added two 16-50mm lens

Samsung's just announced the flagship mirrorless camera, in the name of the NX30. It has the same 20 megapixel sensor and Hybrid AF system from the NX300, but has a more traditional SLR-style design. What stands out the most is the camera's XGA electronic viewfinder, which can be pulled away from the camera and tilted upward by 80 degrees. The 3-inch, 1.04 million dot AMOLED display is 70% brighter than the one on the NX20, and is fully articulated.

Samsung NX30 Key Specification :

  • 20 megapixels
  • APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) Sensor
  • DRIMeIV Image processing
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 247 focus points
  • 3″ Fully articulated 1,036,000 resolution screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 video recording
  • Built-In wireless
  • NFC
  • BP1410 lithium-ion battery
  • 127 x 96 x 58 mm
  • 375 g

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

Samsung added two new lenses to its NX mirrorless camera line, one for pros, and another designed to serve as a smaller alternative to the kit lens. Both lenses range from 16-50mm, but the first is a premium design with the 'S' designation, whose bulkier design accommodates an F2.0-F2.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The second lens is a retractable F3.5-5.6 power zoom with OIS, which the company says offers improved performance over the 18-55mm kit lens.

Samsung says the 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 S ED OIS lens offers greater 'precision, high quality materials and value control'. It has a metal body, includes weather and dust sealing, and uses what Samsung calls an 'ultra precise stepper motor'.

The 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens, on the other hand, is designed as a portable option whose motorized zoom allows for smoother zooming while shooting video.

Samsung did not announce pricing and availability, only noting that the lenses will be on display at CES 2014.