I recently had a fantastic opportunity to explore Johannesburg, thanks to the folks over at Samsung. They wanted to give a couple of people a hands on experience with the new Samsung NX30 Smart Camera, so they piled us on one of those awesome red sight seeing buses and took us to 3 different locations around the city of Johannesburg.
The idea was, that we would make use of some of the amazing features on the camera, to capture a couple of pictures, which hopefully, were beautiful enough to share. I’m used to taking pictures of food in very specific settings, where I (sort of) know what settings on my DSLR work best to get the pictures that I want. Food doesn’t move unless you want it to, which makes it a lovely subject to work with.
Choosing the multi shot setting on the camera allowed me to capture the kick-ass break dancing moves of the guy in the picture above. This feature is awesome if you want to create your own gifs, you can also capture a mid action shot (sauce pouring over food or ice dropping into a glass come to mind if you wanted to use this setting for food photos). I used an online gif creator to make the image above.
The camera was pretty easy to figure out how to use without reading any instructions, and it has both a touch screen and button interface to change settings. One of the coolest features was that the eyepiece (the part of the camera that you look through) can tilt up to 80 degrees, which allows you to take pictures closer to your subject without breaking your neck.
The screen of the Samsung can flip and rotate in exciting directions, so you can make sure you are getting the perfect selfie, or make sure you are taking a decent photo over a crowd of people (perfect for shorties like me).
The camera also comes with a built in baby monitor feature, which allows you to set the camera up in your baby’s room, and connect it wirelessly to a tablet, so that you can watch and hear your baby whilst it sleeps.
Have you guys ever been to the top of Carlton Centre in Johannesburg? Nope? Well I hadn’t either. Located on the 50th floor, is a viewing deck, which gives you a fantastic view of Joburg. Its pretty breathtaking, and if you have an opportunity, you should definitely go up and take a look. I used a fish eye lens, and some of the built in filters on the camera to take some of these pictures. There is also a panorama feature, which is great for capturing landscape pictures.
But Jess, can this camera take amazing food pictures? Yes, yes it can. Even in the low light conditions of indoor bar, the camera managed to take some cool shots of some fascinating molecular cocktail peach type thing. I did battle to get it to focus on the item I wanted it to phtograph, but I’m sure if I had more time to play, I could figure it out.
The feature that would make me buy this camera if I had the R11 999 just lying around on my coffee table, is the wifi sharing. You can download an app to your phone (yes, even my iPhone worked), turn on the cameras wifi, find the camera in your wifi settings on your phone, connect, open the app and then choose the photos you want to send from the camera to the phone. Instant quality photos, ready to share on instagram. #magic
MMM, burgers with a view.
If you are thinking of buying a new camera, and are not sure if the Samsung NX30 is for you, you can go to a Samsung store, where you have the opportunity to try it for a week, and if you aren’t satisfied with it after the week is up, you can take back. Nifty, especially when you are spending a large amount of money on the camera.
For specs and technical jargon – head on over to Samsung’s website here
Disclaimer: I was invited by Samsung to experience their new camera. I was not asked for a review, nor compensated for it. All thoughts expressed are my own.