Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Samsung NX500 is a camera from Entry-Level Mirrorless category. It features BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of 28.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Samsung NX30, falls into a Semi-Pro Mirrorless category and it is equipped with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 20.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Samsung NX500 and Samsung NX30.
Samsung NX500 Key Features:
Samsung NX30 Key Features:
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||28.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||28.6% more pixels|
|Battery Life||370 shots vs 360 shots||10 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||287 g vs 375 g||88 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Dxo Color Depth||24.8 vs 23.5||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13.9 vs 12.4||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1379 vs 1014||Better High ISO performance|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/6000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||247 vs 209||38 more focus points|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.66 vs No||0.66 better magnification|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,036k dots | 1,036k dots||High resolution screen|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps | 9.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Samsung NX500 and Samsung NX30 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Samsung NX500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 88g less than the Samsung NX30. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Samsung NX500 and Samsung NX30 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Samsung NX500 features a 28.0 MP APS-C sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Samsung NX30, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and DRIMeIV processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Samsung NX500 and Samsung NX30 by the size of their sensors.
Samsung NX500 and Samsung NX30 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Samsung NX500 and Samsung NX30 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Samsung NX500||Samsung NX30|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Samsung NX500 or Samsung NX30, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Samsung NX500 and Samsung NX30 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Samsung NX500 deserves a higher Total Score than the Samsung NX30. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Samsung NX500||Samsung NX30|
|Announced||Feb 06, 2015||Jan 03, 2014|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.7 mm||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||368.95 mm2||368.95 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||28.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6480 x 4320||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||51,200||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Samsung NX||Samsung NX|
|Number of Lenses||32||32|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||209||247|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,036k dots||1,036k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps||9.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Smart flash, auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, fill w/redeye reduction, 1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||87||77|
|DxO Color Depth||24.8||23.5|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.9||12.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1379||1014|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p), 4096 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480||1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.265||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||287 g||375 g|
|Physical Dimensions||120 x 64 x 43 mm||127 x 96 x 58 mm|
|Battery Life||370 shots||360 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD, SDHC, SDXC|