Samsung NX300 Review

May 13, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The NX300 is Samsung's new flagship compact system camera, replacing last year's NX210 model. The metal-bodied NX300 features a new 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, new Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system with both phase and contrast detection, expanded ISO range of 100-25,600, 1080p HD movie recording, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, tilting 3.3-inch AMOLED touch-screen, 8.6fps continuous shooting, 1/6000th shutter speed, 3D Panoramas and Samsung's unique i-Function lens. The i-Function button on compatible lenses allows users to control the NX300 by scrolling through five manual settings and using the focus ring to change the parameters for each setting. The NX300 also has a special i-Scene lens priority mode, which allows users to adjust the depth-of-field and use the intelli-Zoom function. The Samsung NX300 is available in black, white or brown and costs £599 / $750 with either the 20-50mm lens or the 18-55mm OIS III lens.

Ease of Use

The Samsung NX300 looks very similar to its predecessor at first glance, but boasts a number of significant improvements and new features. The NX300 retains the same angular and sharp-edged design which appeals more to the serious photography enthusiast than upgraders from a simpler compact camera. It again uses an APS-C sized sensor, which is around 1.5x physically larger than the Micro Four Thirds system and promises to rival the image quality of the majority of DSLRs, whilst still maintaining a small camera body that is very similar to the likes of the comparable Sony NEX series. The NX300's sensor offers the same 20.3 megapixel count as the previous NX210, but now includes on-sensor phase detection AF sensors which promise to make the auto-focusing system even quicker and more reliable.

The Samsung NX300 has a mostly-metal body with a metal lens mount, which goes some way to explaining why it's priced at a more mid-level point. First impressions of the NX300 are positive, with similarly good build quality that we've come to expect from recent Samsung compact system cameras, although most of the buttons are plastic rather than metal. The NX300 has a functional look with a two-tone black and silver colourway on our review sample, sharp edges and a tactile curved faux-leather handgrip on the front that has a textured area where your fingers rest and a smaller area on the rear panel for your thumb to sit.

At, 122 x 63.7 x 40.7mm the NX300 is slightly bigger than its predecessor, and heavier too at 284g for the body-only. Once again there's no viewfinder or built-in pop-up flash, and while beginners probably won't notice the lack of an EVF, being more used to holding a camera at arm's length than holding one up to their eye, they will undoubtedly miss having a flash, while the reverse is probably true for more experienced photographers. Flash is provided for by a supplied accessory (SEF-15A) which slots into the hotshoe on top of the camera, which adds to the bulk of the camera and isn't as well integrated as some of its main rivals.

We tested the NX300 with the Samsung 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS III lens, which has the built-in i-Functionality and a metal mount. The 18-55mm is also optically stabilised, important as the NX system doesn't offer in-body stabilisation. We'd advise choosing the 18-55mm lens rather than the alternative 20-50mm lens for this reason, which doesn't offer OIS, unless you really need the latter's smaller dimensions.

The 18-55mm kit lens features Samsung's now standard i-Function button, an innocuous looking button on the lens barrel which when pressed activates a sub-menu of key options and allows you to change them simply by turning the focus ring. Consecutive presses of the i-Function button moves through the five available settings - shutter speed and/or aperture, exposure compensation and/or white balance, ISO and the intelli-Zoom function. The latter two settings can optionally be turned on or off in the main menu, allowing a degree of user customisation.

While the i-Function button does provide a quick way of accessing certain key settings, we can't help feeling that the idea is best suited to a camera with an electronic viewfinder where you can hold it up to your eye, press the button and turn the focus ring with your left hand, and grip the camera with your right. Holding the NX300 at arm's length to view the settings while pressing the i-Function button and rotating the focus ring just seems a little cumbersome, especially when you can also use the rear control wheel to perform the same actions, something that we found ourselves doing by default.

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Front Rear

On the front of the Samsung NX300 is a small focus-assist and self-timer indicator lamp, plastic lens release button, and the metal NX lens mount. Located on the bottom of the camera is the shared SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card slot and battery compartment, protected by a plastic lockable cover. The BP1130 (1130mAh) battery provides up to 320 shots under the CIPA testing standard. Also found on the bottom of the camera is a metal tripod mount which is commendably located in-line with the centre of the lens.

Large metal neck strap eyelets are located on top of the NX300 at the sides, with the left one rather annoyingly located on the actual grip, which digs into your hand a little. The rear is dominated by the tilting 3.3 inch AMOLED screen. On the left side of the body is a slot for the built-in microphone. On the right is a plastic cover that houses a USB port and an HDMI port for connecting the NX300 to a HD television or monitor and a USB port. The latter port can be used as a remote socket for use with the SR2NX02 remote shutter release.

The NX300 uses the same built-in dust-removal system as the original NX100 and NX10 models, which vibrates the sensor 60,000 times per second to remove any unwanted specks from appearing in your images. By default this feature is turned off, something of an oversight by Samsung, so make sure to enable it so that it works every time you start-up the camera (it only takes about one second). You can also perform a manual sensor clean at any point.

The NX300 has a so-called Smart Shoe that will accept compatible Samsung flashguns (currently the SEF-42A, SEF-20A and SEF-15A models) and other accessories such as the previously mentioned EVF and the GPS unit (GPS10). Also found on top of the NX300 are two holes for the stereo sound, a small dial for setting the shutter speed and zooming into and out of images during playback, and a tactile shutter button encircled by the on/off switch. The new Direct Link button can be configured to quickly access one of the six different Wi-fi modes.

There's a traditional round shooting mode dial with a positive click for the different exposure modes located on the far-right, which is a typical feature of DSLR cameras and enables you to quickly change between the various options. The usual selection of Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual are available for the more experienced photographers, and the more beginner-friendly Smart Auto, Smart Scene and Lens Priority modes are also accessed via this dial.

Smart Auto is Samsung's equivalent of the intelligent auto modes now found on most competitors models. You simply point the NX300 at a scene or subject and the camera hopefully recognizes it from 16 commonly used presets and automatically adjusts its settings to deliver optimum results. This means that it's not necessary for the user to manually delve into scene modes to call up the likes of 'landscape' or 'flower', essentially making the NX300's operation merely a case of point and shoot.

In practice the Smart Auto system works very well, with the NX300 usually picking the most appropriate combination of settings for the current situation. Obviously not all situations are covered by the scene modes that the system uses, but it does work for the majority of the time. It makes it possible for the less experienced photographer to easily take well-exposed, sharp pictures of people, scenery and close-ups by simply pointing and shooting the camera and is more intuitive than the traditional scene modes (which are still available via the Smart Scene option).

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Front Tilting AMOLED Screen

The NX300 can record high-resolution Full HD 1080p 1920x1080 and 720p 1280x720 movies at either 50p or 25p. There's also a more cinematic 1920x810 pixel, 24fps mode and a 640x480 at 25p mode available. The Movie mode is accessed via the dedicated one-touch record button on the rear of the camera. Stereo sound is recorded during video capture via the small internal mics on top of of the camera. The HDMI port allows you to connect the NX300 to a high-def TV set, but unfortunately Samsung have decided to cut costs and not include a HDMI cable as standard in the box, which means that you'll have to purchase one separately to take advantage of this camera's HD connectivity.

You can shoot movies using any of the creative modes, giving you lots of control over exposure, and you can also change the aperture and shutter speed during recording, albeit at the expense of recording the mechanism on the soundtrack. The NX300 offers the ability to set the white balance. metering and use any of the Picture Wizard settings during video recording as well as still images, which instantly lends an interesting art-house effect to your home movies. You can set a video to be played back at various slower or faster speeds (x0.25, x0.5, x1, x5, x10 and x20), the self-timer and image stabilizer can be used, a fade-in or out can be set, and a voice clip can be added.

You can also use a zoom lens during recording with the focusing set as for still images by half-pressing the shutter button. On the negative side, you'll find that if you choose continuous auto-focus, areas of the video will be blurred before becoming sharp again as the camera tries to refocus and the noise of the AF system is a little intrusive. Using manual focus is trickier but will ultimately produce better looking and sounding movies. On a more positive note, having the AF system is better than not being able to auto-focus at all, as with some DSLR cameras that offer video recording.

Completing the NX300's shooting modes is the Wi-Fi setting. Users can email their images, upload them directly to Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket and YouTube, or instantly copy them to a home PC via Auto Backup. Samsung’s AllShare Play and Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud services provide free storage space that's accessible by anyone with an account. MobileLink allows you to directly send images to a compatible smartphone or tablet, while Remote Viewfinder utilises a smartphone as a live image previewer. Finally TV Link takes the place of a physical HDMI connection by playing back photos on any device that's connected to the same wireless access point as the camera.

On the left of the body are is the NFC logo. The NX300 is one of the very first compact system cameras to feature NFC (Near Field Communication) technology (the same technology that's used for mobile payments), which allows you to connect the camera to a compatible internet enabled device or another NFC enabled camera by simply tapping them together.

Turning to the rear, the NX300 has a new 3.3-inch, 768,000-dot rear screen, incorporating AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology that provides a number of key advantages over traditional AMOLED screens. These include easier viewing in bright sunshine and a very wide viewing angle, 10,000 times faster refresh rate than conventional LCDs, less power consumption and a high contrast ratio of 10,000:1. The screen now tilts up by 90º and down by 45º, allowing you to take shots from above your head or below your waist more easily, although we'd have liked to have seen a screen that also flipped out to the side.

The NX300 is the first Samsung compact system camera to offer a touchscreen interface, and its a very responsive one at that, with just the lightest of touches enough. You can still operate everything on the camera without having to push and prod the AMOLED screen at all, but you'd be missing out on a lot of genuinely useful functionality which really improves the overall shooting experience.

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Flash Top

The most immediately noticeable function is the ability to focus on your main subject simply by touching it on the AMOLED. It is a little too easy to accidentally press the screen and set the focus point to the wrong area for the current subject, but a simple tap in the middle of the AMOLED will center the AF point (or you can turn this feature off altogether). In the Tracking AF mode, the NX300 cleverly follows the chosen subject around the screen using the the AF tracking function. If the subject exits the frame entirely, simply recompose and tap it again to start focusing. Impressive stuff that makes focusing on off-center subjects fast and intuitive. One touch shot automatically focuses on the subject and fires the shutter with a single tap on the screen.

All of the menu options can be changed via the touchscreen interface. You can also control image playback by touching the screen, with the ability to tap a thumbnail to see the full-size version and scroll through your images by dragging them from side to side.

To the right of the AMOLED is a familiar round navigation pad with four buttons above and two below. Starting at the top are handily placed buttons for instant movie recording and setting the exposure compensation, then the self-explanatory Menu button. Unfortunately there's no dedicated button for locking the exposure.

The fourth button is the useful Fn, which now provides quick and easy access to virtually all of the most important camera settings (12 in total) via the very useful Smart Panel. This is an intuitive graphical interface that allows you to move around and choose the main camera settings via a combination of the AMOLED screen, the navigation wheel and/or the shutter speed dial on top of the camera.

Used in combination with the four directions on the navigation pad that set the Display, which cycles through the various display modes on the AMOLED screen, Auto-focusing mode, ISO and Self-timer/Drive, you can access most of the NX300's key options with one press of a button, although changing them takes a couple more presses.

The main menu system on the NX300 is very straight-forward to use. There are five main menus - Camera, Movie, Custom, and Settings - presented as a column of vertical icons, and due to the large AMOLED screen and restricting the number of on-screen choices to five, the various options and icons are clear and legible. If you have never used a digital camera before, or you're upgrading from a more basic model, reading the easy-to-follow manual before you start is a good idea. Unfortunately Samsung have chosen not to supply it in printed format, so you can't carry it with you for easy reference.

The NX300 strangely lacks its predecessor's rear circular control wheel, which was used for, amongst other things, changing the aperture by turning it from left to right and back again. This control's absence makes it harder to use the Manual shooting mode, as you now use the Zoom dial on the top of the camera to set the shutter speed, and then hold down the exposure mode button while using the Zoom dial to change the aperture, which is a little awkward in practice.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Completing the rear controls are buttons for playing back and deleting your images, with the latter also doubling up as the Custom button, which activates the Optical Preview (essentially a digital Depth of Field Preview) by default and can be alternatively set to either One Touch White Balance or One Touch RAW+.

The NX300, like several of its rivals, now features a new Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. This combines phase- and contrast-detection autofocus methods to deliver an auto-focus system that's a little snappier and more accurate than the conventional contrast-detection system used by the NX210, particularly in low-light.

There are four AF Area modes on offer, including Selection AF with a selectable focus area, Multi AF, Face Detection, and Self-Portrait Tracking, with Single, Continuous and Manual AF Modes available. Manual focusing is assisted by the 'enlarged display' function. Once you have selected manual focus mode on the lens barrel, turning the manual focus ring automatically increases the magnification on the AMOLED display by 5x, which is a big help in getting the focus spot on. This is real, non-interpolated magnification, very useful for accurate manual focusing - provided you find a way to steady the camera. The screen cleverly returns to normal magnification when you stop using the manual focus ring for a few seconds. New to the NX300 is the popular Focus Peaking function, which outlines the in-focus subject in white, red or green, with three strengths available (low, normal and high).

Metering options include Multi, Center-weighted and Spot, while the ISO range runs from 100-25,600. There are 7 white balance presets plus Auto and Custom settings and the ability to set a precise Kelvin value, and if you can't make up your mind the white balance, exposure and even the Picture Wizard settings can all be bracketed.

The start-up time from turning the NX300 on to being ready to take a photo is impressively quick at less than a second. The NX300 successfully achieves focus virtually all of the time with the 18-55mm kit lens, helped by the AF assist lamp - the NX300 doesn't have any notable problems locking onto the subject in low-light situations. It takes about 1 second to store a single full-resolution JPEG image, allowing you to keep shooting as they are being recorded onto the memory card, with a brief AMOLED blackout between each image. Storing a single RAW image takes around 3 seconds, and it no longer lock up the camera while the file is being written to memory either, a massive improvement on the previous NX210 model.

The Samsung NX300 has a very good Burst mode which enables you to take 8.6 frames per second for up to 12 JPEG images at the highest image quality, or 6 RAW images. You can also choose a slower 5fps rate for 15 JPEGs. After the buffer is filled, you can continue taking shots, just at a slower rate, another big improvement on the NX210. There's also a special Burst mode that records 30 frames per second, albeit only at 5 megapixel JPEG resolution, with slower 15 and 10fps options also available.

Once you have captured a photo the Samsung NX300 has a good range of options when it comes to playing, reviewing and managing your images. You can instantly scroll through the images that you have taken, view thumbnails (up to 28 onscreen at the same time), zoom in and out up to 6.8x magnification, view slideshows, delete and protect an image and set the print order. The Edit Image option offers a number of different ways to alter the look of an already-captured photo, including cropping, resizing, rotating, changing the photo style, face retouch, red-eye fix and applying smart filters. The DISP button toggles detailed settings information about each picture on and off, such as the ISO rating and aperture / shutter speed, and there are small RGBY histograms available.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20.3 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6.5Mb.

The Samsung NX300 produced images of excellent quality during the review period. The 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS megapixel sensor used in the NX300 produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-800, with ISO 1600 also looking very good. ISO 3200 and 6400 only show a little noise, while the fastest settings of ISO 12800 and 25600 are quite a lot noisier and suffer from softening of fine detail and a loss of saturation, but the images are still perfectly usable for small prints and resizing for web use. The NX300 does apply quite a lot of noise reduction to the JPEGs, as demonstrated by the RAW files which have more noise at the comparable high ISO settings.

The images were a little soft straight out of the NX300 at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting for JPEG files. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds and bulb mode of 8 minutes allowing you to capture plenty of light.

Colours were vibrant without being over-saturated in the default Standard Picture Wizard mode, and you can always choose Vivid if you want even more punch or one of the other seven presets to change the mood of your JPEG images, with three customisable settings also available. The Panorama shooting mode and extensive range of Smart Filters are welcome inclusions, as is the new Dynamic Range expansion mode.


There are 9 ISO settings available on the Samsung NX300. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right.


ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Samsung NX300 has 3 different JPEG image quality settings available, with SuperFine being the highest quality option, and you can also shoot in RAW format. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

20M SuperFine (6.43Mb) (100% Crop) 20M Fine (4.36Mb) (100% Crop)
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20M Normal (2.66Mb) (100% Crop) 20M RAW (19Mb) (100% Crop)
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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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The flash settings on the Samsung NX300 are Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain and Off . These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (18mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (18mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (55mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (55mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. Neither the Auto setting or the Red-eye reduction mode caused any amount of red-eye.

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Red-eye reduction

Red-eye reduction (100% Crop)

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The Samsung NX300's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's also a Bulb setting of up to 8 minutes, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 10 seconds at ISO 100. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 10 second setting the actual exposure takes 20 seconds.


Night (100% Crop)

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Dynamic Range

The NX300 has a Dynamic Range expansion mode with three settings - off, Smart Range and HDR, with the latter setting providing the biggest difference.


Smart Range+

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Picture Wizard

Samsung's various Picture Wizard options are similar to Olympus' Picture Modes, Nikon's Picture Styles and Canon's Picture Controls, offering preset combinations of different sharpness, contrast, saturation and colour tone settings, all of which can be changed. The nine available Picture Controls are shown below in the following series, which demonstrates the differences. There are also three additional Custom styles so that you can create your own looks.



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Smart Filters

The NX300 offers 13 creative filter effects that can be applied to both stills and movies.



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Colored Pencil


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Wash Drawing

Oil Sketch

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Ink Sketch


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The Panorama mode captures either a Live Panorama, which allows you to also capture subject movement at several points during a sweeping panorama, or a 3D panorama.


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Samsung NX300 camera, which were all taken using the 20.3 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Samsung NX300 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Samsung RAW (SRW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 36.4Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Camera / Flash Fitted

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Rear of the Camera / Turned On

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Rear of the Camera / Main Menu

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Rear of the Camera / Function Menu

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Rear of the Camera / Tilting AMOLED Screen

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Rear of the Camera / Tilting AMOLED Screen

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Top of the Camera

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Bottom of the Camera

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Front of the Camera

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Battery Compartment


The NX300's is Samsung's best compact system camera to date, offering cutting edge features and excellent image quality at a price that won't break the bank. We'd have liked a built-in flash, fully-articulating AMOLED screen, a dedicated AEL button and a larger continuous shooting buffer, but there's little else to complain about.

Significantly cheaper on launch than its predecessor, the NX300 still manages to deliver significantly more features and performance. The addition of the tilting, touchscreen AMOLED screen, hybrid AF system and faster processing times make a camera that we liked even better. With the NX300 also featuring built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, Samsung's unique i-Function interface, fast continuous shooting and an intuitive interface, it's right up there with its main rivals.

The NX300's new 20.3 megapixel sensor delivers excellent still image quality, with a very usable ISO range of 100-6400, plus 1080p HD video at a range of frame rates complete with auto-focusing, full control over the exposure settings, stereo sound and a wealth of other options. The NX300 offers all the advantages that a camera with a large APS-C DSLR sensor has, namely better performance at higher ISOs and greater depth-of-field than the smaller Micro Four Thirds format, although the trade-off comes in the form of comparably bigger lenses.

Whereas we felt a little underwhelmed by the NX210, the new NX300 is a better-specced and better-performing camera at a significantly lower price-point, enabling it to more than keep-up with the fast-moving competition. Highly Recommended.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Samsung NX300 from around the web. »

The Samsung NX300 is the top camera in the Samsung NX range, its popular and innovative Compact System Camera (CSC) series. The previous camera at the top of this range was the Samsung NX20, which is more akin to a DSLR thanks to a chunky hand grip and electronic viewfinder. The Samsung NX300 does away with these features, but on paper it’s still the most impressive NX camera to date.
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The Samsung NX300 follows on from the NX210 and is the new flagship model in the company’s NX-series. Have the latest developments and improvements made it a better performing compact system camera for the audience it's aimed at?
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Samsung has been an active presence in the photography market over the past few years. In fact, the company's established position in electronics, particularly the smartphone sector, has been used to good effect in its NX series of compact system cameras. The company has led the way when it comes to features such as a built-in Wi-Fi, and small cameras with good connectivity are popular at the moment. The new Samsung NX300 is the fourth instalment in a viewfinder-less CSC line, replacing the NX210.
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The Samsung NX300 is this years update to the Samsung NX210, and introduces a large 3.3inch 760k dot tilting touch-screen, improved focus speed and slightly quicker continuous shooting, as well as a new two-tone design, available in black/brown/white and silver.
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Image Sensor

Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.7mm
Effective Pixel Approx 20.3MP
Total Pixel Approx 21.6MP
Color Filter RGB Primary Colour Filter


Usable Lens Samsung Lenses for Samsung NX Mount
Mount Samsung NX

Image Stabilization

Type Lens Shift (Depends on Lens)
Mode OIS Mode1 / Mode2 / OFF

Distortion Correct

Mode LDC On / Off (depends on Lens)


i-Depth, i-Zoom (x 1.2, 1.4, 1.7, 2.0)

Dust Reduction

Type Supersonic drive


Type AMOLED with Touch (C-type Touch Control Enabled) and Tilt (Up 90°, Down 45°)
Size 84mm (3.31")
Resolution WVGA ( 800 x 480 ) 768k dots (Pentile)
Field of View Approx 100%
User Display Grid (4types), Histgram, Icons : On / Off, Distance Scale : ft / m / Off


Type Phase Detection & Contrast AF
Mode Single AF, Continuous AF, MF, Touch AF&Shutter
Focusing point Total AF Point : 105 points (Phase Detection AF), 247 points (Contrast AF) Selection : 1 point ( Free selection ) Multi : Normal 21 (3 x 7) points (Cross point 1), Closeup 35 points
Face Detection : Max. 10 faces
AF-Assist Lamp Yes

Shutter Speed

Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed Auto:1/6000sec. ~ 30sec. Manual:1/6000sec. ~ 30sec. (1/3EV step) Bulb (Limit time : 4min.)


Metering System TTL 221 (17 x 13) Block segment
Metering : Multi, Centre-weighted, SpotMetering range : EV 0-18 (ISO 100 · 30mm, F2)
Compensation ±3 EV (1/3EV step)
AE Lock CUSTOM Key applicable
ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (1 or 1/3EV step)
* AUTO ISO upper level is selectable. (Up to ISO 1600)

Drive Mode

Mode Single, Continuous, Burst (5M size only), Self-timer, Bracket (AE / WB / PW)
Continuous JPEG : High (8.6fps) , Normal (up to 5fps) selectableBurst : 10, 15, 30fps selectable, 30 shots by 1 release
RAW : High (8.6fps), Normal (up to 5fps) selectable
Bracket Auto Exposure Bracket (±3EV), WB, PW
Self-Timer 2 - 30sec. (1sec. step)
Remote Controller via Micro USB port


Type External Flash only (Bundle with SEF8A)
Mode Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, Off
Guide Number 8 (at ISO 100) (SEF8A)
Angle of View Coverage 28mm wide-angle (Equivalent to 35mm)
Sync. Speed Less than 1/180sec.
Flash Compensation -2 - +2EV (1/2EV step)
External Flash Samsung External Flash available
Synchro (Flash attachment) Hot Shoe

White Balance

Mode Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, K (Manual)
Micro Adjustment Each 7 steps in Amber / Blue / Green / Magenta axis

Dynamic Range Expansion

OFF / Smart Range+ / HDR

Picture Wizard

Mode Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Custom (1 ~ 3)
Parameter Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Colour


Mode Smart Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Lens Priority, Smart, Wi-Fi
Smart mode Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Creative Shot, Best Face
Smart Filter Vignetting, Minature, Coloured Pencil, Watercolour, Wash Drawing, Oil Sketch, Ink Sketch, Acryl, Negative, Selective Colour (R / G / B / Y 4 Colours)
Image Size JPEG (3:2):20M (5472 x 3648), 10.1M (3888 x 2592), 5.9M (2976 x 1984), 2M (1728 x 1152), 5M (2736 x 1824) : Burst mode only JPEG (16:9):16.9M (5472 x 3080), 7.8M (3712 x 2088), 4.9M (2944 x 1656), 2.1M (1920 x 1080) JPEG (1:1) :13.3M (3648 x 3648), 7M (2640 x 2640), 4M (2000 x 2000), 1.1M (1024 x 1024) RAW : 20M (5472 x 3648) * 3D Lens Image Size : JPEG (16:9) 4.1M (2688 x 1512), (16:9) 2.1M (1920 x 1080)
Quality Super fine , Fine, Normal
RAW Format SRW (ver.2.0.0)
Color Space sRGB / Adobe RGB

Image Play

Type Single image, Thumbnails (3 / 15 / 40 images), Slide show, Movie
Editing Smart Filter, Red-eye fix, Backlight., Resize, Rotate, Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast
Smart Filter Vignetting, Minature, Coloured Pencil, Watercolour, Wash Drawing, Oil Sketch, Ink Sketch, Acryl, Negative, Selective Colour (R / G / B / Y 4 Colours)

Movie Clip

Format MP4 (H.264)
Compression Movie : H.264 , Sound : AAC
Mode Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Recording With Audio or without Audio (user selectable, recording time : 29 minutes 59 seconds)
Smart Filter Vignetting, Minature, Coloured Pencil, Watercolour, Wash Drawing, Oil Sketch, Ink Sketch, Acryl, Negative, Selective Colour (R / G / B / Y 4 Colours) (1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240)
Image Size 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 810, 1280 x 720 , 640 x 480, 320 x 240 for Sharing
Frame Rate 60fps, 30fps, 24fps (1920 x 810 Only) (* 3D - 30fps Only)
Multi-Motion Recording x0.25 (640, 320 only), x0.5 (1280, 640, 320 only), x5, x10, x20
Quality High Quality , Normal
Sound Stereo Sound
Movie Editing Still Image Capture, Time Trimming


Media SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-1 Support
File Format RAW (SRW ver2.0.0), JPEG (EXIF 2.21), MPO(for 3D), DCF, DPOF 1.1
Capacity (2GB) 20M : RAW 3920M (3:2) : Super Fine 130, Fine 163, Normal 21710.1M (3:2) : Super Fine 277, Fine 356, Normal 5055.9M (3:2) : Super Fine 471, Fine 570, Normal 7272M (3:2) : Super Fine 1053, Fine 1426, Normal 1941 Burst (5M) : Super Fine 430, Fine 514, Normal 63816.9M (16:9) : Super Fine 153, Fine 190, Normal 2517.8M (16:9) : Super Fine 346, Fine 417, Normal 5684.9M (16:9) : Super Fine 512, Fine 670, Normal 8962.1M (16:9) : Super Fine 1015, Fine 1349, Normal 170013.3M (1:1) : Super Fine 217, Fine 227, Normal 2847M (1:1) : Super Fine 336, Fine 465, Normal 5924M (1:1) : Super Fine 559, Fine 752, Normal 12031.1M (1:1) : Super Fine 2149, Fine 2471, Normal 2819 Movie : 1920 x 1080 60p: High Quality 10m 10s, Normal 12m 43s 1920 x 1080 30p : High Quality 17m 41s, Normal 22m 9s 1920 x 810 24p : High Quality 21m 35s, Normal 27m 2s 1280 x 720 60p: High Quality 16m 51s, Normal 21m 6s 1280 x 720 30p: High Quality 29m 11s, Normal 36m 35s 640 x 480 30p : High Quality 120m 47s, Normal 153m 30s 320 x 240 30p: High Quality 218m 48s, Normal 278m 24s
*These figures are measure under the Samsung standard.


29 Languages (Korean, English, Danish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Czech, French, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Norsk, Simplified / Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Thai, Greek, Hungarian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian,Serbian, Croatian)


Type Geo-tagging w / Optional GPS Module (WGS84)




Digital Output Connector USB 2.0 (micro USB Jack)
Video Output NTSC, PALHDMI 1.4a
External Release Yes
DC Power Input Connector DC 5V, 1A via Micro USB port


Power Source Type Rechargeable battery : BP1130 (1130mAh)
Battery 160 min / 320 shots (CIPA Standard)

Physical Specification

Dimensions Dimension (WxHxD) 122 x 63.7 x 40.7mm (excluding the projection part)
Weight 284 g (without battery)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40°C
Operating Humidity 5 - 85%

S/W and PC OS

Bundle PC S/W Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, iLauncher, Adobe Reader


Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n support Dual Channel. AutoShare. Cloud. Email. Auto Backup. Remote Viewfinder. Mobile Link. Wi-Fi Direct. AllSharePlay. Social Sharing

System Requirement

Windows iLauncher PC with processor better than Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.2 GHz or higher
Minimum 512MB RAM (Over 1GB recommended) Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7 / 8250MB of available hard-disk space (Over 1GB recommend) USB 2.0 port CD-ROM drive nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or later / Ati X1600 series or later 1024 x 768 pixels, 16-bit colour display compatible monitor (1280 x 1024, 32-bit colour display recommended) Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later
Macintosh iLauncher Mac OS 10.5 or higher Minimum 256MB RAM Minimum 110MB of available hard-disk space USB port CD-ROM drive

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