When shooting in Program mode, you'll see the P icon in the upper left corner. Many of the other icons on the Program mode screen are the same, although you'll see icons for metering, autofocus mode, and autofocus area added along the right side.
As you press the Disp button as part of the four-way ring on the back of the camera, you'll be able to add a histogram and a leveling guide to the shooting screen in Program mode. You'll also see the shutter speed, aperture setting, EV setting, and ISO along the bottom of the screen in this mode.
If you touch the downward pointing chevron along the top of the main shooting screen, you'll see an information screen. The upper portion of the screen shows the current display screen brightness setting and allows you to adjust it. In the middle are graphs showing how much storage space and battery power remain.
Along the bottom of the screen you'll see a list of the settings you've most recently changed on the NX30. Unfortunately you cannot touch the icons of these recently changed settings to change them again, which would be a nice feature.
Touch the upward pointing chevron to return to the main shooting screen.
You can make quick changes to the settings in any shooting mode by touching the Fn button in the lower right corner of the screen or the Fn button on the right side of the back panel of the camera.
The Function screen shows all of the settings you can change in a grid format. The boxes listed in the grid will change, depending on which shooting mode you've selected. Just touch a box to call up a popup menu on the screen to make a change. This is a terrific feature that helps make the NX30 extremely easy to use.
Another option for making quick changes to the settings in an advanced shooting mode is to press the iFn button on the side of the lens.
You'll see two graphical dials appear on the right side of the display screen. Drag your finger across the screen on the dial on the far right to change between ISO, EV, white balance, and i-Zoom settings. With a setting selected drag your finger on the inner dial to make a change to the actual setting. Then press the shutter button halfway to save your changes and prepare to shoot.
Having so many shortcut options to change settings is great, as it allows you to find the method that works best for you, and it gives this camera plenty of flexibility.
Pressing the edges of the four-way ring gives you additional shortcut options. You can touch the right side to change the autofocus mode, the bottom to change the ISO, and the left side to change the white balance.
The Samsung NX30 offers a series of scene mode options as well. Twist the mode dial to the camera icon with an S inside and you'll see the scene modes displayed in several boxes along the right side of the display screen. As each scene mode appears in the middle of the screen, an explanation of the scene mode will appear on the left side. Just drag your finger across the right side of the touch screen to scroll through different scene modes. Once the scene mode you want to use is in the center, touch its box or press the OK button.
The scene mode options are:
- Best Face
- Beauty Face
- Light Trace
- Smart Jump Shot
- Creative Shot
- Multi Exposure
- Rich Tones
- Action Freeze
You can apply some special effects to your Samsung NX30 photos through the Picture Wizard feature.
If you're in using an advanced shooting mode, you can access the Picture Wizard by pressing the Fn button or by working through the shooting menu. The Picture Wizard options will appear in boxes along the bottom of the screen. Just touch the option you want to use or press OK with the option you want highlighted. The Picture Wizard options are:
- Custom 1
- Custom 2
- Custom 3
You also can use the Smart Filter feature in a similar manner, as it offers the ability to add fun effects to your images, such as vignetting or a miniature effect. Work through the camera's shooting menu to access Smart Filters.
After you press the Menu button on the camera, you'll see the screen shown here. You navigate through the various menu categories using the tabs on the left side. The primary Shooting menu for the Samsung NX30 is marked with a camera icon in the upper left corner of the window.
The Shooting menu options with the mode dial set to Program are:
- AutoShare - Off, On
- Photo Size - 20M, 10.1M, 5.9M, 2M, 16.9M 16:9, 7.8M 16:9, 4.9M 16;9, 2.1M 16:9, 13.3M 1:1, 7M 1:1, 4M 1:1, 1.1M 1:1
- Quality - Super Fine, Fine, Normal, RAW, RAW + S.Fine, RAW + Fine, RAW + Normal
- ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
- OLED Color - Off, On
- Minimum Shutter Speed - Off, Auto, 1/2000, 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1 second
- White Balance - Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent White, Fluorescent NW, Fluorescent Daylight, Tungsten, Flash WB, Custom Set, Color Temperature
- Picture Wizard - Off, Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Custom 1, Custom 2, Custom 3
- Smart Filter - Off, Vignetting, Miniature, Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Wash Drawing, Oil Sketch, Ink Sketch, Acryl, Negative, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow
- AF Mode - Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus
- AF Area - Selection AF, Multi AF, Face Detection AF, Self-Portrait AF
- Touch AF - Off, Touch AF, AF Point, Tracking AF, One Touch Shot
- MF Assist - Off, Enlarge x5, Enlarge x8
- Focus Peaking - Level (Off, High, Normal, Low), Color (White, Red, Green)
- Link AE to AF Point - Off, On
- Overexposure Guide - Off, On
- Framing Mode - Off, On
- OIS (Anti-Shake) - Off, Mode 1, Mode 2
- Drive Settings - Continuous (Continuous High, Continuous Normal, Burst (10 fps, 15 fps, 30 fps)), Timer (Interval (0.5 sec, 1 sec, 1.5 sec, 2 sec), Count (1 through 10), Time (2 to 30 seconds)), Bracket (AE Bracket, WB Bracket, P Wiz Bracket, Depth Bracket)
- Interval Capture
- Metering - Multi, Center-Weighted, Spot
- Dynamic Range - Off, Smart Range+, HDR
- Flash - Fill In, Fill-In Red, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain
- External Flash Settings
- Internal Wireless Flash - Use Wireless Flash, Channel, Group Flash Mode
- External Wireless Flash
Samsung has made its menus touch screen friendly with the NX30, which increases the ease-of-use factor with this camera. Additionally a brief explanation of each menu command or option will pop up on the screen after a couple of seconds of inactivity, which can help you understand the camera's functions better.
You can made changes to the way the camera operates through the Custom menu. The Custom menu is marked with the silhouette of a person's head and shoulders, and its options are:
- Manage Custom Mode - Save, Open, Delete
- ISO Customizing - ISO Step (1/3 Step, 1 Step), Auto ISO Range (ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200)
- Noise Reduction - High ISO NR (Off, High, Normal, Low), Long Term NR (Off, On)
- Bracket Settings - AE Bracket Settings (-3 to +3 in 1/3 increments), WB Bracket Settings, P Wiz Bracket Settings (Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic), Depth Bracket Settings (-3 to +3 in 1/3 increments)
- DMF - Off, On
- DMF Responsiveness - High, Medium, Low
- Color Space - sRGB, Adobe RGB
- Distortion Correct - Off, On
- Touch Operation - Off, On
- iFn Setting - Mode, iFn Standard, iFn Plus
- User Display - Icons, Date & Time, Histogram
- Key Mapping - Preview (Optical Preview, One Touch WB, One Touch RAW+), Custom (Drive Settings, AF Area, Reset), AEL (AEL, AEL Hold, AFL, AEL + AFL) Direct Link (AutoShare, MobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Baby Monitor, Auto Backup, Email, SNS & Cloud, Samsung Link)
- Live View NFC - AutoShare, Remote Viewfinder
- Mobile Link/NFC Image Size - Resize to 2M or Lower, Original
- Display Select - Auto, EVF Only, Main Display
- Grid Line - Off, 4x4, 3x3, Cross, Diagonal
- AF Lamp - Off, On
- E-Shutter - Off, On
Use the Setup menu (marked with a gear icon) to make changes to the camera's operational functions. The Setup menu options are:
- Sound - System Volume (Off, Low, Medium, High), AF Sound (Off, On), Button Sound (Off, On), E-Shutter Sound (Off, On)
- Quick View - Off, 1 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, Hold
- Display Adjust - Brightness (-2 to +2), Auto Brightness (Off, On), Display Color, Horizontal Calibration
- Auto Display Off - Off, 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min, 5 min, 10 min
- Power Save - 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min, 5 min, 10 min, 30 min
- Help Guide Display - Mode Help Guide (Off, On), Function Help Guide (Off, On)
- Quick Panel Display (Power On) - Off, On
- Date and Time - Time Zone, Date Settings, Time Settings, Date Type (YYYY/MM/DD, MM/DD/YYYY, DD/MM/YYYY), Time Type (12H, 24H), Imprint (Off, On)
- Video Out - NTSC, PAL
- Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) - Off, On
- HDMI Output - Auto, 1080p, 720p, 576p, 480p
- 3D HDMI Output - Side by Side, Frame Packing
- File Name - Standard, Date
- File Number - Reset, Series
- Folder Type - Standard, Date
- Device Information
- Dual-Band Mobile AP - 2.4GHz, 5GHz
- Sensor Cleaning - Sensor Cleaning, Start-Up Action (Off, On), Shut Down Action (Off, On)
- Open Source License
To shoot movies with the Samsung NX30 you just press the record button with the red dot on the back of the camera. The screen will display the amount of time in the current video recording in the upper left corner, along with the maximum amount of time for the entire video stream.
During the video recording press the OK button to pause the video and press OK again to begin recording the same video stream again. Or press the red record button again to stop the video stream and prepare to start a new stream.
Press the Menu button to access the Movie menu, which is marked with a movie camera icon. The Movie menu options are:
- Movie Size - 1920x1080 60p, 1920x1080 30p, 1920x810 24p, 1280x720 60p, 1280x720 30p, 640x480 30p, For Sharing
- Movie Quality - Normal, HQ
- Multi Motion - x0.25, x0.5, x1, x5, x10, x20
- DIS (Anti-Shake) - Off, On
- Fader - Off, In, Out, In-Out
- Voice - Off, On
- Wind Cut - Off, On
- Mic Level - Auto, Manual