Samsung NX300 APS-C Mirrorless Camera

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The NX300 is a Rather Major Upgrade

Samsung NX300 APS-C Mirrorless Camera The NX300 seems to look a lot like NX Cameras before it, the NX200 and the NX 10, however it includes a succession of updates showing indications of increased integration between the Samsung cameras and Samsung smart phones. The NX300 is constructed around a 20MP image sensor which includes phase-detection focusing elements to provide a Hybrid autofocus system for quicker focusing. It has gained a bigger screen than prior NXs - the new 3.3 inch OLED screen contains 768k dots (in essence an extended adaptation of the previous screen) - also it is touch-sensitive. A quicker processor assists the NX300 in reaching nine fps for continuous shooting, while permitting 1080p video to be captured at 60 frames per second. Enhancements to the Wi-Fi should allow for easier connectivity than the previous models.

Overall the NX is a rather major upgrade of the NX series while virtually every aspect of the major systems in the camera being upgraded or enhanced. The most obvious transformation is a tilting, larger, touch-sensitive rear monitor. It continues as an OLED panel which uses the Samsung PenTile engineering to provide 800 x 480 pix resolution with 768k dots (in place of the old 640 x 480 available on prior NXs). Samsung promises the Wi-Fi on the camera is going to be easier to match up with external devices - a necessity for the process to become a feature people are going to be willing to use on a regular basis. This ambition is further assisted by a brand new app which incorporates all the features which were previously broken across two apps. It also adds an auto-share function where it will re-connect with your smartphone and make a copy of every image you shoot across. The NX300 is also the very first camera to provide dual-channel Wi-Fi - which is beginning to show up on smart phones and laptops to provide quicker downloads.

However the NX300 has the potential to be much more than just a NX210 that's been meeting with the company smartphone department. The central photographic and video graphic attributes also have received a lift. The phase-detection sensors on-chip provide a Hybrid AF methodology which integrates with the contrast-detection layout which exists to assure faster focusing (the amount of improvement is lens-dependent as usual,, however Samsung promises faster focus with every lens). A faster processor, labeled DRIMe IV, provides 8.6 frames per second continuous shooting along with 1080p60 video capture. Also, the NX300 can shoot using 1/6000th of a second shutter speeds. The Samsung NX300 will be priced around $749.99.

3D lens

Samsung is also releasing a 3D-capable model of the 45mm f/1.8 NX lens. The 3D version may be employed as a regular lens but also features a pair of LCD screens which scissor into the ocular path as the 3D mode is engaged. These pair of screens each take their turn to power-out their respective segments of the lens, allowing a slightly unique image to be propeled onto the camera's image sensor.

The NX300 can acquire and intermix these alternating frames for creating either stills or 3D movies. Samsung says this feature cannot be retrofitted to older NX versions. The lens in a 3D version is priced around $499, $200 more than the the conventional version. Jan 4, 2013 ✓

Press Release:

Samsung NX300 Combines Speed, Performance and Connectivity for Perfect Shooting in Every Moment

Samsung 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens is the World’s first one-lens 3D system, capable of capturing both stills and 1080p Full HD video in perfect 3D quality

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – January 3, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the NX300, the new flagship model in its successful NX series. The NX300 once again raises the bar for compact system cameras (CSC), delivering an outstanding combination of features, functionality and style for perfect shooting in every moment. Samsung also announced the new NX 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, the first one-lens 3D system capable of capturing both still images and full HD movies in perfect 3D quality.

Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics, commented: “Since its launch in 2010, the Samsung NX System has become synonymous with innovation and design, making the best digital imaging technology available to everyone without compromising on style. The NX300 builds even further on this illustrious heritage. Not only does it deliver incredible speed and accuracy through advanced photographic features, but it is truly built around the user, with upgraded SMART Camera functions making shooting and sharing both easy and seamless. We are also very proud to introduce the first one-lens 3D system alongside the NX300, opening up a whole new world of 3D photography and video recording for consumers everywhere.”

Perfect shooting Central to the NX300’s outstanding imaging performance is its brand new 20.3 Megapixel APS-CMOS sensor, capable of capturing high quality detailed. Images boast sharp, life-like colors and are crisp and clear in all light conditions. The wide ISO range (ISO100-25600) further improves performance, letting users capture beautifully balanced images in even the darkest conditions. A brand new Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system also delivers fast, accurate phase and contrast detection, while the 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 9fps continuous shooting mode ensure you never miss a moment.

The Samsung’s unique in-house developed DRIMe IV imaging engine provides outstanding developments in speed, and image quality. The DRIMe IV engine enables better color reproduction and greater noise reduction, as well as support for full 1080p HD video capture in both 2D and 3D (when combined with Samsung’s new 45mm 2D/3D lens).

The NX300’s 84mm (3.31”) AMOLED screen makes capturing and reviewing your images a pleasure, while the hybrid touch screen and 5-way manual key interface is simple and intuitive to use. The tilt display makes it easier than ever to take high and low angle shots, letting you capture your world from any angle you choose.

Easy usability and stylish retro design
The compact NX300 makes it simple for anyone to achieve pro-like and impressive pictures easily with minimal technical knowledge or time spent adjusting parameters. Using the camera’s Smart Mode, users can choose from 14 different settings, such as Creative Shot, Landscape, Light Trace or Action Freeze which will automatically adjust parameters such as aperture and shutter speed in order to obtain the best shot possible for the desired situation. The NX300 also includes i-Depth, an easy and simple way to adjust the depth of an image using the NX Series’ unique i-Function system which enables users to modify camera parameters using the lens itself, adjusting the image without ever having to move off target.

The NX acclaimed design returns with the NX300 sporting a stylish yet simple retro feel that is available in either black or white with a contrast silver band, conveying elegance and authenticity.

Instant sharing through enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity
The NX300’s Wi-Fi connectivity of SMART CAMERA allows users to share their cherished photos instantly and securely between their camera and smartphone (or tablet). To connect a smartphone to the camera, users simply need to download the Samsung SMART CAMERA App., which is available for both Android and iOS based application markets, onto their smartphone or tablet and follow the easy steps to create a secure connection with the camera. The NX300 will be able to detect and auto-connect to the smartphone wirelessly whenever any of the SMART CAMERA features are activated. These include AutoShare; which automatically sends every high-quality photos to your smart phone for safe keeping, and Mobile Link; which allows users to select and transfer images or album from the camera directly to your smartphone at their leisure. The SMART CAMERA App. also features a Remote Viewfinder function for the NX300, allowing for even more inventive and exciting photography.

The NX300’s enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity also lets users share images with friends and family directly from the camera via social networking sites using the cameras one-touch DIRECT LINK hot key. Alternatively, images can be automatically backed up or stored in the cloud through AllShare Play ensuring they are always safe and easily accessible.

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Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless  
Max resolution 5472 x 3648  
Other resolutions 5472 x 3080, 3888 x 2592, 3712 x 2088, 3648 x 3648, 2976 x 1984, 2944 x 1656, 2640 x 2640, 2688 x 1512, 2000 x 2000, 1728 x 1152, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 1024  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 20.3 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 21.6 megapixels  
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor DRIMe IV  
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600  
Image stabilization No  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Normal, Fine, Superfine  
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
Manual focus Yes  
Lens mount Samsung NX mount  
Focal length multiplier 1.5×  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3.3"  
Screen dots 768,000  
Touch screen Yes  
Screen type Active Matrix OLED screen  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash No  
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe)  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual  
Continuous drive Yes (9)  
Self-timer Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Storage included None  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes  
Wireless Built-In  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion BP1130 battery & charger  
Weight (inc. batteries) 280 g (0.62 lb / 9.88 oz)  
Dimensions 122 x 64 x 41 mm (4.8 x 2.52 x 1.61")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS Optional  
GPS notes GPS10


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Samsung NX300 APS-C Mirrorless Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 4.5