Samsung NX300

Released March, 2013
  • 20 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CMOS
  • 3.3" OLED
A large, vibrant screen, 20.3 megapixel sensor, 1/6000 sec maximum shutter speed and best focus time of just 0.08 seconds should be enough to satisfy all but a very small number of ultra high-end users.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
9.2 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung NX300

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NX300
9.0
NEX 7
9.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NX300
9.4
NEX 7
7.6
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NX300
9.7
NEX 7
8.9
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NX300
9.2
NEX 7
9.3
Reviews from mirrorlessrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, reviews.cnet.com and 5 more

9.2

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NX300
9.2
NEX 7
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung NX300

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

NX300
942 ISO
Alpha A6000
1,347 ISO
NX1000
840 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NX300
116 ms
NX1000
598 ms
NX3000
298 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

NX300
71 ms
NEX 7
22 ms
Alpha A6000
22 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NX300
1,200 ms
Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms
NX3000
2,000 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NX300
9 fps
NX3000
5 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

NX300
320 photos
NEX 7
430 photos
Alpha A6000
420 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung NX300


9.0
Each of the entries is large enough to accurately target with a fairly chunky finger, and any controls that need to be dragged are responsive.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Their presence means that although the lens physically has an f/1.8 maximum aperture, your depth of field is equivalent to that provided by an f/3.5 lens, since the shutters are alternately allowing light only from one side or other, blocking roughly half the incoming light.
by Mike-Tomkins (Jan, 2013)
Pros will recognise this as a simpler rebranded aperture priority, which enables enthusiasts to forget all about f-stops and work with a simple defocus/sharpen slider, which you can drag on the touchscreen or move by twisting the focus ring on an iFunction lens.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
Pressing it calls up a context-sensitive menu, which in turn is controlled by a twist of the focus ring at the end of the lens, through which you can quickly dial in changes to shutter speed, aperture, white balance and so on.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)

Screen

As well as gaining a third-inch of diagonal size, the new 3.31" (84mm) AMOLED display is now a touch screen, and has both a wider aspect ratio and a higher total dot count.
by Mike-Tomkins (Jan, 2013)
And although the NX300 now offers touch-screen control, allowing for direct interactions such as identifying your subject for focusing with a tap of the finger, fans of physical controls will be happy to see that these all remain as well.
by Mike-Tomkins (Jan, 2013)
In addition, Samsung increased the size of the LCD and made it tilt and touch-capable.
by c|net (Jan, 2013)

Focus

Since Fujifilm debuted on-chip phase-detection autofocus in some of its fixed-lens cameras back in 2010, we've seen several interchangeable-lens cameras from Canon, Nikon and Sony with similar technology.
by Mike-Tomkins (Jan, 2013)
It works well in general use, even in poor light, and the option to tap the screen to set the point of focus manually is much quicker than stepping between a limited number of points using hardware buttons.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
We did appreciate a faster max shutter speed, now 1/6000, and the improved continuous mode that captures bursts of 8.6 shots each second.
by Chris-Welch (Jan, 2013)

Sensor

There's a brand-new 3:2 aspect, 20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, and while the resolution and size are unchanged from the chip used in the NX200 and NX210, the NX300's chip sports a brand-new capability.
by Mike-Tomkins (Jan, 2013)
Sensitivity now ranges from ISO 100 to 25,600 equivalents, plus the obligatory Auto ISO function.
by Mike-Tomkins (Jan, 2013)
Detail is crisp in both raw files and in-camera JPEGs, and colours are spot on, in images shot both in well-lit conditions and under overcast skies.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)

Video

The 3D videos are recorded at the Samsung NX300's maximum Full HD frame rate of 60 progressive-scan 1,920 x 1,080 pixel frames per second, but with one or the other LCD shutter active at 1/60th second intervals, so that you effectively end up with two 1080p30 streams providing left and right-eye views.
by Mike-Tomkins (Jan, 2013)
There's no dedicated movie mode, which in our book is a plus.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
That should greatly increase both the variety of networks you can connect to, and your chances of managing a stable, high-speed connection suitable for transferring large images.
by Mike-Tomkins (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 20 MP
Resolution 5472 x 3648
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection
Focus points 105
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps
Battery life 320 photos
Continuous shooting 9 fps
Focus lag 116 ms
Shutter lag 71 ms
Startup delay 1,200 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type OLED
Size 3.3"
Resolution 768 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/6000 s

form factor

Size 122 x 64 x 41 mm
Thickness 41 mm
Weight 280 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi Yes
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization None
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