- Editor's Rating
- Open source licenses
- Fast autofocus
- Sharp images even from kit lens
- Great Wi-Fi connectivity
- Touchscreen is very responsive
- Battery only charges in camera
- Less than stellar battery life
The Samsung NX300 digital camera is the flagship shooter in the Samsung NX line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. It features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and hybrid autofocus. The device is priced at $800 at the time of the review and comes with either the 18-55mm lens or the 20-50mm lens.
Available in a variety of colors, the NX300 is 4.8×2.5×1.6 inches and weighs 0.7 pounds. It’s built with a metal alloy body and features a chrome finish on top. DigitalCameraReview found the NX300 was easy to carry for a full day of shooting. On top of the camera is an on/off switch, zoom and mode dials and a direct link to access the Wi-Fi. All other buttons are on the back of the camera. DCR noted the buttons and controls are “simple to reach and easy to navigate,” and the user interface is “nicely arranged.” The mode dial includes P, S, A and M modes, as well as auto, lens priority, smart and Wi-Fi modes. The menu has four pages, which DCR notes are “simple to navigate.”
The NX300 does not have a viewfinder but does feature a 3.3-inch AMOLED LCF tiltable touchscreen with 768 dpi resolution, which DCR notes is “very sharp,” but does have some issues when used in direct sunlight. DCR found the touchscreen to be very responsive.
DCR found the overall performance of the NX300 to be very good. The hybrid autofocus works quickly, the shutter lag is unnoticeable and the camera has a fast startup time. The NX300 includes a rechargeable BP 1130 battery rated for 160 minutes of video recording and 320 shots, which DCR found to be an accurate rating. The battery is charged in camera. The NX300 is compatible with a wide variety of lenses. DCR tested the 18-55mm lens and noted it produces sharp images. DCR also noted the Wi-Fi compatibility is “easy and seamless.” The NX300 also has NFC and geo-tagging features.
Video can be shot in full HD 1080p at up to 60 frames per second and video is stored at MP4 files. Sound is captured using in-camera stereo sound. DCR noted video quality was good and captured accurate colors and sharp subjects. Image quality was also high with well-represented colors and very little noise through ISO 3200. The NX300 features eight white balancing settings and a multitude of creative shooting modes.
Overall, DCR found the NX300 to be the best-made camera of the NX lineup, earning its flagship status. DCR was impressed with the fast autofocus, sharp images, Wi-Fi connectivity and responsiveness of the touchscreen LCD. However, DCR was a bit disappointed in the battery life and that the battery can only be charged in-camera.