Samsung NX300 review

High performance CSC with fold out touchscreen

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Samsung has thrown every feature and top-end spec it could at the NX300, and it's paid off. 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.

Image quality is great and colours are accurate, although the kit lens doesn't get the best from the high pixel count, especially if you shoot JPEG images.

Low light performance is good, too, which gives you the freedom to shoot in situations that might otherwise give you pause for thought.

We liked

The overall image quality was hard to fault, and it should be easy for even novices to achieve high quality results thanks to the integral smart shooting modes and the intuitive iFunction lens system.

We disliked

The Samsung NX300, like the Samsung NX210 and Samsung NX200 before it, sits at the larger end of the scale, with a lens that rivals that of a traditional DSLR for bulk and a body that's considerably larger than a compact camera.

Although this is easily accounted for by the larger sensor, we'd love for Samsung to find some way to trim it down just a little to create a truly compact system camera.

Final verdict

It's clear that a lot of consideration has gone into not only what the Samsung NX300 should do, but also how it should do it, since you're never more than a couple of clicks - or screen taps - away from any particular setting.

Samsung's iFunction lens system continues to impress, with the new Lens Priority function opening up the world of attractive short depth of field photography to less experienced users.

Don't assume this means Samsung is dumbing down, though, because this camera will appeal just as much to the professional user as the beginner - and so should the bundled Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software.

On top of all this, it's very keenly priced, which makes it easy to recommend wholeheartedly.

Samsung has formulated the perfect combination of ease of use and great image quality inside an attractive, powerful camera, and packaged it all up with some great bundled software.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
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
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
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Display Screen TypeAMOLED
Height63.7 mm
Width122 mm
Depth40.7 mm
Product SeriesNX
Focal Length20 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
External FlashIncluded
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelNX300
Product NameNX300 20.3MP NX SMART Digital Camera
Product LineSmart
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEV-NX300ZBFUGB
Manufacturer Website Address
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.
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
Limited Warranty1 Year