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Samsung launches NX30, 2 new lenses

The NX30 and all its tricks.
The NX30 and all its tricks.

Samsung has just announced a brand new SLR-like camera and 2 lenses. Headlining the salvo of new releases is is the NX30, which the company bills as the new flagship of its lineup, which is billed as a mix of established and new technology. On the lens front are two new standard optics: an ultra-fast and an economy model.

So, what of the new toys?

First up is the NX30, a mirrorless, SLR-like camera, whose two top billings are its sensor and viewfinder. First up: the chip, a 20Mp APS-C sensor that is borrowed from the NX300. A more interesting, first of its kind feature is the viewfinder, which can tilt up to 80 degrees. For people who dislike shooting via LCD screen, this can be ideal as, thanks to its shielded nature, a tilting viewfinder is immune from sun glare that can render LCDs virtually useless in bright light.

Other features that are sure to please: 9 fps in continuous drive, a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec, a built-in flash (which can also wirelessly control Samsung's new SEF-580A add-on flash), full 1080p video at 60fps, uncompressed 30p output over HDMI, enhanced wi-fi connectivity, and the ability to have its LCD screen act as a remote monitor.

Not bad, huh? Now for the lenses.

First up: the 16-50 f2-2.8 ED OIS, which becomes just the second APS-C zoom lens to feature an aperture faster than f2.8 (Sigma's 18-35 f1.8 is the other). In addition to its bright aperture, the lens also featured Samsung's Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM) technology, which the company bills as being three times better than its standard AF motor when it comes to achieving focus. On the optical front, the lens features 3 aspherical and 2 extra low dispersion elements as well as a built-in optical stabilizer. As a last added touch, the lens is weather-resistant.

Lastly comes the 16-50 f3.5-5.6 Power Zoom lens. While the f2-2.8 version is all about premium performance, the smaller aperture version is all about size, boasting a weight of a mere 111 grams and dimensions of a mere 1.2 x 2.5 inches, truly tiny in all respects. A first of its kind feature here: a button to control zoom, which means no twisting of any rings. According to Samsung, this design was made to make point and shoot users (not used to twisting their lenses) more comfortable with the lens.

Want any of the new toys yet? Unfortunately, pricing and availabilities for both the camera and lenses are all TBA.

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