Samsung HZ30W Brief Review


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  • 12 megapixels
  • 15x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video, 30 fps (H.264 format)
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-04-30
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Samsung HZ30W
12 megapixels; 15x optical zoom; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video, 30 fps (H.264 format); Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The HZ30W travel zoom is a stripped-down version of the HZ35W: a smaller screen, no GPS, but otherwise identical. In other words, it's free from the most unnecessary and expensive aspects of the HZ35W, and is a better value as a result. It's not necessarily a great camera -- we thought that the HZ35W's image quality was sub-par, suffering from a significant loss of detail because of noise reduction -- but it's not a bad value for the money at all. Known as the WB600 in some countries.

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Known more for their smartphones than their cameras, Samsung offers the most connected line of imaging products for those who love the instant uploads from their cell phone but want to step up in quality.

Samsung has lead the way in the camera industry when it comes to sharing digital images—and even taking them. The Samsung NX3000 has a feature that allows you to wink at the camera to snap the photo, designed for selfie lovers. Some of their latest models can share images with a phone just by tapping the two devices together.

For those looking for the best image quality with the most connectivity, Samsung's mirrorless models are the way to go. While they feature the connectivity of a Samsung, they have large sensors and decent processors too. You'll likely pay a bit more over a camera without wi-fi or any connectivity, but for many the difference is well worth it.

Samsung's Galaxy cameras go beyond just connecting with wi-fi and add 3G so users can upload without sending it to a smartphone via wi-fi. Samsung offers a few budget models too, and while you get what you pay for applies to the image quality, not very many budget cameras include wi-fi.

Samsung has also taken style to heart. Many of their cameras feature a faux leather wrap, giving them a classy look.

If you are looking for a connected camera, Samsung is the manufacturer to consider.

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