Samsung NX300 review

£630
Price when reviewed

For video, the NX300 shoots 1920 x 1080p footage at up to 60fps. You can set the footage to fade in and out at the start and end of every shot, mute the mic, and switch on the wind-cut feature, which should help dampen the sound of a breeze on your soundtrack. In our tests, though, wind was still audible when shooting both at the coast and on an open race track.

The captured footage is on a par with the stills. It’s clean and accurate where both colours and illumination are concerned, and when out of the wind the soundtrack was full of detail. You can edit the result in camera, too, by setting in and out points during playback.
Finally, the camera also has support for NFC for image sharing with Android devices (although not iOS, sadly), and built-in Wi-Fi.

The latter accommodates both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, and allows you to share images direct with your tablet, PC or compatible TV, and back up to PCs, Macs and SkyDrive. Sadly, though, there’s no Dropbox support.

All in all, it’s an impressive package, and one of the best compact system cameras out now, pairing excellent image quality with well laid-out controls and a great set of idiot-proof presets. It’s keenly priced, particularly when you take into account the fact that it includes a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, and a serious rival for the Sony Alpha NEX-6, with that camera’s EVF keeping it just in front.

Samsung NX300 sample pictures:

Shot at f/3.5, 1/200s, ISO 100. Click this link for the full resolution version

Shot at f/3.5, 1/40s, ISO 200. Click this link for the full resolution version

Shot at f/3.5, 1/400s, ISO 100. Click this link for the full resolution version

Shot at f/8, 1/125s, ISO 100. Click this link for the full resolution version

Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating 20.3mp
Camera screen size 3.3in
Camera optical image stabilisation in kit lens

Weight and dimensions

Dimensions 122 x 41 x 64mm (WDH)

Battery

Battery type included Lithium-ion
Battery life (CIPA standard) 320 shots
Charger included? yes

Other specifications

Built-in flash? no
Aperture range fUnknown - fUnknown
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed 1/6,000
Maximum (slowest) shutter speed 30s
Bulb exposure mode? yes
RAW recording mode? yes
Exposure compensation range +/- 3EV
ISO range 100 - 25600
Selectable white balance settings? yes
Manual/user preset white balane? yes
Progam auto mode? yes
Shutter priority mode? yes
Aperture priority mode? yes
Fully auto mode? yes
Burst frame rate 9.0fps
Exposure bracketing? yes
White-balance bracketing? yes
Memory-card type SDXC
Viewfinder coverage N/A
LCD resolution 768k
Secondary LCD display? no
Video/TV output? yes
Tripod mounting thread? yes

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