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Samsung NX300 review

High performance CSC with fold out touchscreen

We've got no complaints where build is concerned. The Samsung NX300 may be slightly heavier than its predecessors, but the body has a reassuring rigidity to it, and it's capped by a brushed aluminium top plate.

Access to the battery and card slot is through a flap beneath the grip, which is sufficiently offset from the mount point not to foul a tripod head, so you can change your battery or card without detaching it.

Around the back, the bright AMOLED screen is easy to use in direct sunlight, and it's larger than most rivals, stretching to 3.31 inches/84mm corner to corner. It's articulated, so you can tilt it up and down to reach more creative angles, and it's the first touch-sensitive screen on Samsung's semi-pro lineup.

Samsung NX300 review

The screen mechanics have been strengthened to endure years of folding in and out, and Samsung has successfully found a balance between making it smooth enough to easily position and firm enough to stay in place.

If you choose one of Samsung's iFunction lenses, such as the 18-55mm kit lens, it will feature an iFn button on the side of the barrel. Pressing it calls up a context-sensitive menu, which in turn is controlled by a twist of the focus ring at the end of the lens, through which you can quickly dial in changes to shutter speed, aperture, white balance and so on.

Although not new, this is a great feature that puts all of the control functions in your left hand while leaving your right free to fire the shutter. Furthermore, you don't need to change how you're holding the camera body to navigate the shooting options. It's also key to the aforementioned lens priority mode.

Samsung NX300 review

The regular full menus are clearly structured and organised across tabs. Each of the entries is large enough to accurately target with a fairly chunky finger, and any controls that need to be dragged are responsive.

There's no external charger, sadly, so you'll have to refresh the battery using the bundled adaptor, plugged in to the micro USB port on the side of the body just below the accompanying HDMI output.

There's no reason why you also need to use USB port to retrieve your images from the camera, though, because like the Samsung NX210 this camera features Wi-Fi connectivity. Perhaps not surprisingly for a company with so much experience in building smartphones, it's been extremely well implemented here.

Samsung NX300 review

There's a dedicated Wi-Fi position on the mode dial that enables you to access a range of functions, including backing up shots to Microsoft SkyDrive or shooting direct to your PC or Mac. A direct link button on the top plate enables you to shortcut this mode, since you can program it to activate Wi-Fi and launch your preferred wireless function with a single press.

For those with a suitably equipped tablet or smartphone there's built-in NFC for image sharing, too.

Overall the Samsung NX300's button and control layout can't be faulted, with the most commonly used options falling pretty much right beneath your fingers.

However, although you can directly drag left and right on the screen to move through your images when playing them back, we do miss the thumbwheel on the rear of the Samsung NX210, which required less lateral movement, and overall was a faster solution to navigating a large card full of shots.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.3 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilySmart NX
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
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedBP1130
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)
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