Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens, 20.3MP, 3x Optical Zoom, 3.31" TouchScreen, 3D Still & Video Capture, Brown

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About Samsung NX300

The Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Brown) offers a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the DRIMe IV image processing engine for sharp, low-noise images with accurate colors and is combined with a compact 18-55mm zoom lens and a hot shoe mount flash unit. The DRIMe IV image processing engine enables fast performance and provides support for the camera's Full HD 1080p 60 fps video capture and wide ISO range of 100-25600. In addition, thanks to the DRIMe IV, the NX300 is capable of 3D photo and video capture when used with the optional 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens.

The NX300 features a fast Hybrid Auto-focus system that combines phase-detection AF with contrast-detect AF. It's capable of continuous burst shooting of up to 8.6 fps and a shutter speed as quick as 1/6000 of a second. A large, tiltable 3.31" touch screen OLED monitor provides accurate and well-defined 800 x 480 resolution images for live view composition and playback and it's capable of touch menu control and touch auto focus control. The NX300 provides RAW format capability and full manual control but also offers Filter Effects such as watercolor, miniature effect and vignetting.

With fast dual-channel Wi-Fi instant image sharing is possible via the Samsung SMART CAMERA App. Simply download the app to your smartphone or tablet and the NX300 will automatically detect your device and instantly transfer images to your phone or tablet for sharing. The SMART CAMERA App also allows for functions like Direct Link which send photos directly from your camera to social sites like Facebook and Remote Viewfinder which allows you to use your smartphone as the camera's viewfinder and remote control.

A retro viewfinder form factor gives this camera a distinctive look and its dimpled, ergonomically designed grip offers comfort and easy access to its controls. The NX300 is compatible with the complete line of NX mount lenses. This kit includes the 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens which is a compact zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to compensate for the blurring effects of camera shake and provide sharp images even in low light settings. The lens has a 35mm focal length equivalency of 28-85mm which is an ideal range for everyday shooting with wide-angle to short telephoto capability. As an intuitive i-Function lens, it allows you to control the camera's manual settings via a ring on the lens and offers image preview in real time. Also included with the NX300 is the SEF-8A flash unit which mounts to the camera's hot shoe. This compact flash, with a Guide Number of 8, flips up to turn on and flips back down to turn off. Adobe Lightroom software is also bundled with the NX300 and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

The Samsung NX300 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Samsung NX300: Bright display, Built-in speakers, Durable, Inexpensive, Lightweight and Realistic color

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Bright display (13),Realistic color (13),Lightweight (12),Durable (8),Inexpensive (7),Built-in speakers (5)
Cons:
No viewfinder (3)

Samsung NX300 Features

  • 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor: The new 20.3MP sensor in the NX300 offers sharp imaging and accurate colors in a range of lighting conditions
  • DRIMe IV Imaging Engine: The DRIMe IV image processor provides fast performance, lifelike color reproduction and low noise imaging when utilizing high sensitivity ISO settings. It also provides support for the camera's 1080p HD video and 3D photo and video capability
  • Included 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens: Included with the NX300 is the 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens which is a compact zoom lens with lens-shift Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to compensate for the blurring effects of camera shake and provide sharp images even in low light settings
  • 3.31" AMOLED Tilt Touch Screen Display: A large, clear 3.31" LED screen provides composition and playback viewing with 800 x 480 resolution
  • Dual-Channel Wi-Fi Connectivity and SMART CAMERA App: With fast dual-channel Wi-Fi, the NX300 utilizes the Samsung SMART CAMERA App to transfer images to your Android or iOS smartphones or tablets for instant sharing
  • Full HD 1080p Video: Full HD 1080p Video is available at 60, 30 and 24 fps, as is 3D video when utilizing the 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens
  • 3D Photo and Video Capture: In combination with the (optional) Samsung 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens, the NX300 can capture and process 3D photographs and videos. The single 45mm lens can adjust between standard 2D and 3D modes to provide realistic 3D imaging that can be viewed on 3D-enabled viewing devices
  • Hybrid Auto Focus System: The NX300 features a fast and accurate hybrid auto focus system that combines phase and contrast detection auto focus
  • 100-25600 ISO Sensitivity: A wide ISO range offers low-noise imaging in all lighting conditions
  • Burst Shooting and Shutter Speed: The NX300 allows for continuous shooting of up to 8.6 fps and a shutter speed that ranges from 30 seconds to 1/6000 of a second
  • Retro Design: A handsome retro viewfinder design and ergonomic grip provide easy handling and access to controls as well as a stylish look
  • SEF-8A Flash Unit: Also included with the NX300 is the SEF-8A flash unit which mounts to the camera's hot shoe. This compact flash, with a Guide Number of 8 at ISO 100, flips up to turn on and flips back down to turn off
  • Adobe Lightroom Software Included: A free download of Adobe Lightroom is included with the NX300
  • 28 Supported Languages: Korean, English, Danish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Czech, French, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Norwegian, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Thai, Greek, Hungarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Serbian, Croatian

Samsung NX300 Specifications

Lens Mount
Samsung NX
Optical Zoom
3x
Digital Zoom
2x
Camera Format
APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels
Actual: 21.6 Megapixel
Effective: 20.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution
20.0MP: 5472 x 3648 at 3:2
Other Resolutions
10.1MP: 3888 x 2592 at 3:2
5.9MP: 2976 x 1984 at 3:2
5.0MP: 2736 x 1824 at 3:2
2.0MP: 1728 x 1152 at 3:2
16.9MP: 5472 x 3080 at 16:9
7.8MP: 3712 x 2088 at 16:9
4.9MP: 2944 x 1656 at 16:9
4.1MP: 2688 x 1512 at 16:9
2.1MP: 1920 x 1080 at 16:9
13.3MP: 3648 x 3648 at 1:1
7.0MP: 2640 x 2640 at 1:1
4.0MP: 2000 x 2000 at 1:1
1.1MP: 1024 x 1024 at 1:1
Sensor Type / Size
CMOS, 23.5 x 15.7 mm
File Formats
Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC
Dust Reduction System
Yes
Memory Card Type
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Video Recording
Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
1920 x 810: 24 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
640 x 480: 60 fps, 30 fps
320 x 240: 60 fps, 30 fps
Aspect Ratio
1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Video Clip Length
Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Audio Recording
With Video, Stereo
Focus Type
Auto & Manual
Focus Mode
Single-servo AF (S), Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder Type
None
Display Screen
3.31" Rear Screen Tilting Live Preview OLED (768,000)
Screen Coverage
100%
Live View
Yes
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, 100-25600
Shutter
30 - 1/6000 seconds
Metering Method
Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes
Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes
Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Manual, Tungsten
Burst Rate
Up to 8.6 fps
Flash Modes
1st Curtain Sync
Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Fill-in
Fill-in/Red-eye Reduction
Off
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Built-in Flash
No
Max Sync Speed
1 / 180 sec
External Flash Connection
Hot Shoe
In-Camera Image Editing
Backlighting, Color Sketch, Filter Effects, Miniature Effect, Red-eye Correction, Resize Image, Selective Color, Waterpainting
Continuous Shooting
Up to 8.6 fps
Self Timer
2 sec
Custom: 2-30 sec
Connectivity
HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable
Yes
Software Requirements
Windows: XP (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Battery
1x BP1130 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack1130mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating: 32 to 104deg.F (0 to 40deg.C)
Humidity: 5 - 85%
Lens: Focal Length
18 - 55 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28 - 85 mm
Lens: Aperture
Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 22
Lens: Angle of View
75.9deg. - 28.7deg.
Lens: Minimum Focus Distance
11.02" (27.99 cm)
Lens: Groups/Elements
9/12
Lens: Diaphragm Blades
7
Lens: Autofocus
Yes
Lens: Image Stabilization
Yes
Lens: Filter Thread
Front: 58 mm
Dimensions
Camera: 4.8x2.5x1.6" / 12.19x6.35x4.06 cm (excluding extension)
Lens: 2.48x2.56" (6.29x6.50 cm) (DxL)
Weight
Camera: 9.88 oz / 280.09 g (without battery)
Lens: 6.98 oz (197.87 g)

Samsung NX300 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Image Quality and Form

To begin with, I have a vast collection of digital cameras (mostly of the micro 4/3 variety) - shooting with the likes of the Olympus OMD, E-PL5, E-P3, and the Panasonic GF1, GF5, GX1, and G5. I also shoot with the likes of the wonderful Fuji X-E1 and more recently, the Canon EOS-M. I've never previously given any Samsung products much consideration - only because I thought they encompassed a very narrow, niche product line. That is up until recently. I started seeing superb image samples on ...

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To begin with, I have a vast collection of digital cameras (mostly of the micro 4/3 variety) - shooting with the likes of the Olympus OMD, E-PL5, E-P3, and the Panasonic GF1, GF5, GX1, and G5. I also shoot with the likes of the wonderful Fuji X-E1 and more recently, the Canon EOS-M. I've never previously given any Samsung products much consideration - only because I thought they encompassed a very narrow, niche product line. That is up until recently. I started seeing superb image samples on various sites taken with this Samsung NX300, a new release at the time. And what kept grabbing my attention was the superb color tonality, depth to the images, and overall wonderful image quality exhibited by those images. So, contrary to my previous inclinations, I purchased the NX300 with the 18-55 (be sure to get that lens - not the 20-50). The 18-55 has the Image Stabilization, whereas the 20-50 doesn't. Once I received it, I was pleasantly surprised at the gorgeous build quality (I ordered the brown one which looks rich), but I must say that I was really disappointed by one simple thing...the fact that it didn't have a battery charger, and that you have to charge the battery in-camera. It didn't take me long to search out and purchase a 3rd party charger to charge the batteries because having to charge a battery in-camera is too much of a hassle. Handling wise, the camera is a treat to operate. It's quite fast in the AF department and everything just seems to fall into place with regards to button and knob placement, etc. Moving the AF points around the screen was a breeze, so I'm quite content. And yes, the LCD is huge, but be aware that if you don't put some type of anti-glare screen protector on the LCD, you will have an almost impossible time viewing scenes/images on it in bright outdoor sunlight. The NX300 really shines in very low light conditions and supports superb (low noise) high ISO scenarios with aplumb. It will keep up with the best cameras in the high ISO image department, that's for sure. So, the only reason I didn't give this NX300 5 stars was due to the fact that at this level, Samsung should have included a battery charger - which they didn't. You may expect this scenario from lesser point and shoot models, but not of a camera of this caliber. But this can be remedied by picking up one of the many inexpensive 3rd party battery chargers (Since Samsung doesn't have one for sale - at least not on the US market...as of yet). So if image quality is the end result, you cannot go wrong getting the NX300. Again, I ordered the brown version which has a rich look to it. The camera feels wonderful in the hand, is a breeze to operate, and it has completely erased any reservations I had about Samsung Cameras (save, perhaps, for the lack of a charger). I say go for it.....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not compatible with macbook air

This camera is not compatible with macbook air so don't bother buying this ?? samsung you need to simply make a link to i-launch cause we don't have cd rome on the computer?? BOO BOO BOO

Reviewed by 21 customers

 
5.0

Love it!!!!

By

from PA

Love this camera. Have had it for over a year now and have nothing to complain about.

 
4.0

Very nice!!

By

from West Virginia, USA

The NX 300 is a very nice camera. The images are sharp, colors are bright and clean. The auto focus is fast and sharp. I have owned this camera for about 6 months and it has become the camera that I reach for when I walk out of the door. I keep finding new things that it will do. Such as the panorama feature. I liked it so much that I have pre-ordered the NX 500! The only con that I have with the NX 300 ( and with the NX 500 as well) is the lack of an add on electronic view finder. If that were available for this camera it would almost be perfect. Will it replace my larger DSLR's? Not entirely but, for everyday carry and use it is my go to camera. Love it!!

 
5.0

Has revived my old photography days

By

from Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

All I can say is I'm having fun all over again in my photography hobby and this camera was an awesome gift from my daughter and son-n-law as they too have careers in photography. Me and photography go back as far as the 1970's so you can imagine how excited I was about the cameras retro look! Responds very quick and fires away with such aplomb precision the way I like a camera to operate. I gave a 4 star on features because I kinda miss having a viewfinder and the LED display can be a little hard to see in bright sunlight but, considering the abundance of features that s only a minor omission. Kudos to Samsung for a wonderful product!

 
5.0

this product is awesome

By

from Stockton, CA, USA

I love this camera, wanted an slr for the longest then my friend told me about this, it's as good if not better than an slr, and not heavy and bulky, I love my camera, wish I could get more lenses for it so I can take even better pics...I love the features, the color of my camera which is white, get lots of compliments on it and my pics, love ove love my Samsung nx300...hopefuly eventually I can get more lenses.

 
5.0

Love this camera

By

from Apex, NC, USA

Many years ago my husband purchased a SLR and at the time, it was a state of the art camera, with a good hefty price tag. We have used it, takes great pictures but for me it is big and bulky to simply carry. So he is one who does a lot of research and this is what I got for Christmas 2014. Could not be any more happy than I am with this camera. Takes wonderful pictures, the sharing is a learned project for me, but all I can really say is "I love this retro camera". And I have yet to use the external flash when I take pictures in my home. I don't take a lot of pictures at night but some I do.

 
5.0

Blown Away

By

from Undisclosed

Extremely surprised at the features this camera brings to the table. Samsung always brings the best to the table. but was I blown away when i turned the NX300 on. this camera does everything and MORE!!. I have recommended it to friends and it didn't take much for them to go out and get one. You wont be dissapointed.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not compatible with macbook air

By

from Undisclosed

This camera is not compatible with macbook air so don't bother buying this ?? samsung you need to simply make a link to i-launch cause we don't have cd rome on the computer?? BOO BOO BOO

 
4.0

Decent Compact camera with interchangeable lenses

By

from Minneapolis, MN, USA

The camera is easy to learn, and offers almost the same caliber controls as that of an entry-level DSLR. Touch Screen: The AMOLED touch-screen is bright and responsive, making it a breeze to accomplish most task(s). I do, however, prefer to use the side controls over the touch-screen because I feel more confident that I will not drop the camera. The menus are easy to navigate, and designed such that they're easy to remember. Body: The body is solid, and the look is sleek and clean. The interchangeable lens mount has a tighter fit than I'm used to, which made me believe at first that I may be damaging the mount while attaching a lens (albeit everything is just fine). Memory: The single SD-card slot is a little disappointing, but I would also not have a significantly different expectation from a compact camera. This could become a decent competitive advantage. Write speeds are great with the right card. Manual Controls: The manual controls give the user excellent control over their photos, although it took a few minutes to reconfigure the camera to be less point-and-shoot(y). The shutter / aperture dial is unfortunately misplaced, installed atop the camera instead of on the front of the body. A common mistake by manufacturers when switching the aperture is that I must hold down the E/V button when in Manual (M), or Shutter Priority (S) modes. This is a much bigger pain point than most user(s) may think. Flash: The detachable flash is a huge plus. Its compact design keeps it out of the way, and easy to enable/disable. I'm not thrilled by the lighting quality offered by the flash module supplied with the camera, but I also dont believe I'll be using it that much. The camera's performance when working with the flash was excellent, with minimal/no delay when shooting. Sensor: The sensor performs surprisingly well up to about 1600 ISO. The color depth is comparatively great. (See DPReview against an entry-level SLR). Most photos at 100ISO shot indoors with outside light entering the scene are blurrier than I would have expected. Lens(es): The lens controls are simple, having one ring for focus, and another for zoom. The i-Fn button has a higher learning curve than you may think. The autofocus on the 18-55 OIS included with my camera body is slower and less accurate than I would like, but I also dont believe I'll use autofocus very often. Software: The Samsung RAW format (SRW) is unreadable by most software, so shooting in this mode is a bit disappointing. The iLauncher software distributed with the camera does not work correctly, so dont even bother installing it. Firmware updates are slow, but the most recent version (1.40) sped up the camera significantly (from 1.10). As far as I can tell, Wi-Fi is OFF until I switch the jog-dial to it. However, there is nothing in-camera I can find that informs me that I can disable Wi-Fi entirely. The sharing features dont mean anything to me, but to the right person, they may be very useful. The re-programmable "Direct Link" button would be more useful if I could disable it or make a custom mode for it. The NX300M lists "panorama" as a feature whereas the NX300 does not. I did, however discover the "panorama" mode built-in to the camera's firmware anyway, which was a nice treat.

 
4.0

Great camera with a few nitpicks that keep it from being all around 5stars

By

from Dallas, TX, USA

Build: like a tank. It is solid, compact, and has enough heft to feel serious. The top is brushed aluminum which adds to the looks and build. The bottom is plastic painted silver but it doesn't really detract from the overall body. This is not a retro design, it is contemporary and even sophisticated. Retro is the "in" word right now, but it isn't accurate. Very responsive and good looking TOUCH screen. Software: easy menus, panoramic stitching, focus peaking, 1/3 ISO selections, 1080 60fps video, face detection autofocus with 'touch to focus and shoot' touchscreen ability, screen is accurate with display of WB and exposure, AF is snappy, there is a lot to love. Problem with the NX300: 1) Price (depending). There are options in DSLRs for the same price or less that easily outperform it, and at this time, there are mirrorless options that outperform it in features and functionality at the current price. This directly affects VALUE. I gave it 4 stars because I managed to find one for an excellent price so my personal value for the camera is high. If not, sadly, I would give it 3 stars. 2) The design went slightly backwards with the change to a 4way controller from the dial on the back of the NX210. Makes changing aperture slower and certainly less of an advantage to a more serious photographer. This change only decreased functionality and speed of use so not a good move. There is a lot to really love about the NX300 and it is probably the most mature feeling camera in the lineup, even over the NX30. Samsung has a really good camera system with the NX that stumbles in some areas/choices but also gives users a more than capable mirrorless option that I would choose again if I had to do it over.

 
5.0

Amazing camera

By

from New York, NY, USA

I just bought it without expecting too much, but I see that it is so good to use daily use. The picture quality is very well and the functions are very much user frendly. Just buy and try.

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bruce e  lens adaptors for nikon lens ?
Christopher P  Hello: Take a look at only "high" quality adapters, they cost more but, you get more in terms of quality and durability over the long term from companies like Fotodiox, Novolux (sp), etc. They are not inexpensive adapters however, they are well engineered, machined, manufactured and with good quality control overall, as the adage goes; "You get what you pay for." Let the buyer beware; "the cost is long forgotten long after the product quality long endures." Best, Chris
Shopper  Can any tripod be used with is camera? I'm very new at this.
ADAM Z  Yes, especially with this small of a camera you don't need to worry about weight issues
Marsha H  Can the camera shoot stills and video at the same time ?
MARIANO Z  I Don't this kid so, but it is the best camera I ever owned. Highly functional, takes great shots. At first intimidating with lot's of controls, but when you get used to it, it actually gives you the freedom to get the best possible shot as you envision. Buy it, you won't regrettit. I have been in photography the last 50 years. Good luck whatever you decide to do.
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