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.
Conclusion: Samsung's continued improvements to its street shooting-style NX compact system cameras make these models more and more appealing to a range of photographers. The Samsung NX300 is not only one of the newest models in the line, it's the most fully-realized of any Samsung mirrorless camera we've reviewed so far. Not to mention, it's among the better compact system cameras on the market, when its price tag and image quality are factored into the equation.
Pros: Attractive "modern retro" camera design blends old with new, Very good image quality, with reduced noise from new sensor, Consistent and logical control layout coupled with touch-screen operation, Clear, simple user interface and menu system, Better-placed one-touch Movie button above thumb rest, Larger, higher-res AMOLED display, Articulated AMOLED monitor tilts up 90 degrees, down 30 degrees for versatility, Very fast Hybrid phase / contrast-detect autofocus consist...
Cons: Slightly bigger and heavier than the previous model, Leather-look body panel creaks, is made of hard plastic, Gorgeous metal top deck emphasizes the less sophisticated feel of the rest of the body, Battery / SD card door is flimsy, Tilting screen doesn't cater to self-portraits, Touchscreen attracts fingerprints, Display is rather dim even with brightness at maximum, No built-in viewfinder, no option to add an electronic viewfinder, Slow single-shot cycle times, Burst...
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.
Samsung NX300 review: great camera, but who’s it for?
27 August 2013
Excerpt: When our Gearburn ed handed me the Samsung NX300 for review my interest was more than a little piqued. We’ve all read about how smartphones have pretty much killed the “happy snapper” digital camera. At the same time though, they appear to have driven up interest in DSLR cameras . But what if your smartphone isn’t doing it for you any more? And what if you’re too afraid to play with the serious photo geeks?
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.
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.
Excerpt: In early 2013, Samsung announced their latest addition to the popular mirrorless NX-series of cameras, the NX300. This interchangeable lens camera (ILC) features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, a tilting 3.31-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, full HD video recording up to 60 frames per second, and the ability to capture 3D stills and video using an (optional) specially designed 45mm 3D lens.
Conclusion: We have no reservations recommending this camera – especially for people without a collection of lenses from another brand. This would be a great next-step camera for someone who wants high-quality stills and solid videos from an interchangeable lens camera with a large sensor. A state-of-the-art Wi-Fi implementation makes it that more attractive. Given all of this, the Samsung NX300 is a hands-down Digital Trends Editor’s Choice.
Pros: Super stills, very good 1080p videos, High-quality 3.3-inch touchscreen, Best implementation of Wi-Fi in a camera
Cons: No EVF, not even as an option, 3D lens way too expensive