Review: Samsung NX300
4.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $899
Manufacturer: Samsung

One of the more memorable gadgets from our time at CES earlier in the year was Samsung’s retrolicious NX300, a camera that brought with it a style out of yesteryear and blended it with technology from today. Now that it’s available, we’ve spent more time to see what this mirrorless is really made of.

Features

Continuing with Samsung’s compact interchangeable range, the NX300 brings with it technology we’ve seen before in past models, but refines the build and design to make the camera experience better and easier to master.

The casing is made from a combination of metal and plastic, with the design providing a noticeable protruded grip for the right hand to take hold of.

In the NX300, Samsung has provided a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor supporting ISO ranges from 100 to 25600, with auto-focus working with a total of 105 points in phase detection mode, or 247 when using contrast auto focus.

Images can be shot in both JPEG and RAW, with up to 8.6 frames per second for either mode, though the drive mode exists in either single frame, continuous, self-timed, bracketed, or a burst mode that drops the quality down to 5 megapixel images.

Video is included too, with Full HD 1920×1080 offered by default, with 3D’s 1920×810 used when a 3D lens is attached, and 720p available also.

A flash isn’t included in the body of the camera, but a small one that can be attached to a hot-shoe mount on the camera is included in the box. That said, with the hot-shoe mount, you can always attach any flash head.

Controlling the camera is handled through one of three ways: touchscreen, physical controls on the back of the camera, and Samsung’s “i-Function” buttons the company has been including in many of its lenses for years.

Two control dials are located up top, allowing you to change settings such as aperture or shutter speed for the small black wheel or even zoom into images, with the right control dial useful for changing camera modes.

There’s the typical range of manual modes – P, S, A, M – as well as an auto mode, i-Function specific mode, dedicated WiFi mode, and then several smart modes for creative photography, night mode, fireworks, macro, and more.

That touchscreen measures 3.3 inches and uses AMOLED technology, a well as a vertical vari-angle screen, meaning it can be pulled out to look down on, or even positioned at an angle to be seen from below. It’s not a full 90 degree angle for viewing from below, however.

Wireless technology is included, as this is one of Samsung’s Smart Cameras – Smart Camera 2.0, in fact – so you’ll find 802.11 b/g/n, with Near-Field Communication (NFC) built into the body to make the handshake between wireless devices – smartphone and camera, or tablet and camera – easy as pie.

The battery is an 1130mAh brick, and charge can be taken through the microUSB port on the side, meaning there is no external battery charger needed.