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Samsung NX300 review

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Samsung NX300 with the Sony NEX-R5, Samsung NX200 and Olympus E-PL5.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Samsung NX300 review

These results show that JPEG images from the Samsung NX300 show a weaker signal to noise ratio than those from the Sony NEX-R5 at every sensitivity setting. However, the NX300's JPEGs show a greater signal to noise ratio than the Samsung NX200's at every sensitivity but ISO 12800. The Samsung NX300's JPEG SNR results are most similar to the Olympus E-PL5's, producing very similar scores at ISO 200, 400, 1600 and 6400, with the Samsung creeping ahead at ISO 800 and 3200, and falling behind at ISO 12800.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Samsung NX300 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Samsung NX300 are the weakest of the group at every sensitivity, falling behind the Sony NEX-R5, Olympus E-PL5, Canon EOS M and Samsung NX200.

JPEG dynamic range

Samsung NX300 review

JPEG results for dynamic range are similar to those for signal to noise ratio, with the Samsung NX300 producing less dynamic range than the Olympus E-PL5 at every sensitivity, and less than the Sony NEX-R5 at every setting but ISO 400. The NX300 produces greater dynamic range than the Samsung NX200 at every setting but ISO 400.

Raw dynamic range

Samsung NX300 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Samsung NX300 show greater dynamic range than the Samsung NX200 at every sensitivity setting, but less dynamic range than the Olympus E-PL5 at every sensitivity and less than the Sony NEX-R5 at every sensitivity except ISO 100. The NX300 shows greater dynamic range than the Canon EOS M at ISO 100, 200 and 800, but is weaker at every other ISO setting.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilySmart NX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationNo
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom2.5x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesLive View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Noise Reduction
Screen Size8.4 cm (3.3")
Video FormatsMP4, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)284 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Minimum Focus Distance280 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeAMOLED
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution21.6 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
Battery Model SupportedBP1130
Height63.7 mm
Width122 mm
Depth40.7 mm
Autofocus Points247
Product SeriesNX
Focal Length20 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelNX300
Product NameNX300 20.3MP NX SMART Digital Camera
Product LineSmart
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX300ZBFUGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationHigh performance made portable-the on-the-go photographer never had it this good. The Samsung SMART CAMERA NX300 features a new, ultra-sensitive 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and an advanced hybrid autofocus system for delivering detailed images that obliterate the line between professional and enthusiast. And thanks to 1/6000 shutter speed, you can keep up with the action-any action-and precisely capture a fast-paced moment you would otherwise miss.
Battery Life320 Shot/2.67 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • NX300 20.3MP NX SMART Digital Camera
  • 20-50mm Standard Zoom Lens
  • Body Cap
  • Hot-Shoe Cover
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • External Flash
  • Software CD-ROM (User Manual Included)
  • Software DVD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Strap
Display Resolution768000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone