Samsung Announces NX30 and Two Interesting 16-50mm Lenses

Samsung NX30 with NX 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 Lens

 

Here is the first announcement of 2014! Samsung’s been one of the earliest players in the mirrorless segment, after the Micro Four Thirds crowd, but they have never caught on, despite the impressive hardware. The NX30 is an example: Take the NX300’s 20 megapixel sensor with phase detect autofocus capability, put it in a bigger body with more controls, a fully articulated three inch 720×480 OLED screen, a large XGA EVF that can be pulled back and tilted upwards, 9 FPS frame rate, full HD video at 60 FPS, and improved WiFi and NFC connectivity. Samsung mentions that the NX30 will have the capability to directly upload to Dropbox and Flickr in some regions. Direct Dropbox upload is a really neat idea, as I have used Dropbox as either an intermediate or final step for client deliverables before, and I can see how it would benefit a photographer working on a tight deadline. I also really enjoyed the automatic uploads over WiFi from my smartphone, and if Samsung are smart, they will include a deal that bundles increased Dropbox storage, just like they do with their high end Galaxy phones. Finding a free WiFi hotspot or a data plan that can deal with the uploads will be left as an exercise for the photographer.

Then there are the lenses. It is not widely known, but Samsung actually make some great lenses for the NX line. The 30mm f/2 pancake is a classic, like the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, and Samsung has an 85mm f/1.4 that is really excellent, and their kit lenses (the 20-50 compact zoom in particular) are no slouch either. The two lenses hopefully follow the trend, with the 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 OIS lens from the new “S” line being the more noteworthy (is there going to be a “Note” line of lenses too?). Fast zooms in mirrorless cameras are not too common, mostly due to size concerns when covering anything larger than the Micro Four Thirds sensor, but Samsung seems to have abandoned that – the 16-50/2.0-2.8 is fairly heavy, at over 620g. To compare, the Tamron 17-50/2.8 workhorse I used weighed some 480g. The Samsung however does boast weather-resistant seals, something with the NX30 does not claim. Makes me wonder if there is another, even higher-end camera coming out soon after this.

The other lens is a compact power zoom, the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS. It keeps the compact profile of the 20-50 while giving more versatility while adding an image stabiliser design. Interestingly enough, it seems that this will be the kit lens for the NX30. Odd choice, for a camera line that has put on size with each iteration.

Like all of Samsung’s new lenses, both lenses sport the i-Function button. Like all recent camera announcements as well, there is no word on price and availability.

Samsung NX30 with 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 Lens Samsung NX S 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 OIS Samsung 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

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