Samsung NX300 review: high performance and fold out touchscreen
8 March 2014
Excerpt: There’s lots of action right now in the compact system camera (CSC) segment, which pairs compact camera bodies with interchangeable lenses for a DSLR-like experience without the internal mirror or associated bulk. It’s an area where Samsung has been making steady headway with an expanding range of lenses that now includes a new 45mm prime lens for shooting 3D stills and movies. It works exclusively with the latest arrival – the faux leather-clad Samsung NX300.
Excerpt: Samsung never used to be a big name in film cameras but has become one of the leading brands in digital photography. Ironically, its popular Galaxy smartphones are helping to dig a grave for point-and-shoot cameras – including Samsung’s own. In response, the company is following an idustry trend by focusing on “compact-system cameras,” which feature interchangeable lenses and promise the performance of a grown-up SLR in a small and light-weight body.
Excerpt: When reviewing cameras, I like to put them through some real-life rigors. So, when my editor handed me the Samsung NX 300 a week before my friend’s Wild West-meets-Pinterest wedding at her family’s ranch in New Mexico, I figured a weekend in cowgirl country presented a great opportunity for some tests.
Pros: Clean optics and a nice big sensor. Touchscreen display is easy to use and high-quality — I didn’t miss a viewfinder. Fast image capture. Manual controls are good, and auto mode yields great results. Wi-Fi sharing tools make image back-up a snap. Compact with retro looks, totally hip.
Cons: Gratuitous 3-D functions distract from a perfectly good lens — get the cheaper 2-D version. Underwhelming in-camera editing tools. Clunky novelty capture features. Super-shaky video — at least it’s 1080p. Purple lens flare and harsh automatic flash make for some tricky photographic situations.
Summary: With a large touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and an APS-C sized sensor there's a lot to like about the Samsung NX300. It consistently produces high-quality shots, is easy to use -- even if you're a novice -- and ships with a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, all of which helps it justify its price tag.
Cons: Some barrel distortion on raw shots; Slightly bulky when compared to other compact system cameras.
Summary: There’s a lot to like about the Samsung NX300. It can produce extremely detailed images, with accurate colors, and makes them easy to share with your friends. Its dedicated movie button lets you switch to recording video quickly, and the footage we captured was very pleasing.
Excerpt: Compact, fast, innovative and with superb picture quality, the Samsung NX300 meets and beats the expectations of CSC users in many ways while opening the door for a new generation of connected cameras. It offers a high-resolution APS-C-sensor with 20.3 million pixels, a hybrid autofocus system and a crisp 3.3-inch AMOLED screen. The NX300 is impressively fast, with a top frame rate of 8.6fps and a maximum 1/6000sec shutter speed.
Excerpt: The compact NX300 is Samsung’s latest mirror-less camera camera system, which the Korean company says is “worthy of professional photographers”. The camera comes in a white-silver combination, as my review unit did, as well as brown-silver and black-silver. Measuring at 122 x 63.7 x 40.7 mm, its size is comparable to most CSC or Compact System Cameras in the market. Its 284-gram weight without battery feels light in the hand.
Excerpt: My guess is that some people are a little wary of Samsung cameras. Whether they are unsure of the image quality or uncertain of the build and design of the camera, those that are hesitant can cite reasons that are founded in truth...at least up until recently.
Pros: Open source licenses, Fast Autofocus, Sharp images even from kit lens, Great Wi-Fi connectivity, Touchscreen is very responsive
Cons: Battery only charges in camera, Less than stellar battery life
The latest NX offers a smart blend of style, convenience, and performance.
18 June 2013
Conclusion: The NX300 is a great camera. So what? Plenty of manufacturers are making great cameras that are dying on the vine. This one doesn't say Canon or Nikon on it—why should you care? Why should you throw in with an upstart brand—especially one without a photography pedigree? The 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D and 85mm f/1.4 are just two of the NX mount's stable of 12 lenses. There are a few good reasons.