Samsung NX300 Review

Overall 51
Imaging 22
Features 54
Size 82
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 9.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 122 x 64 x 41 mm
  • Weight: 331 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Samsung NX210. Compare
  • Replaced by Samsung NX500. Compare

Samsung NX300 Summary

This review is devoted to NX300 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Nov 24, 2013. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Samsung developed this model to replace their older product NX210 and, after some time, Samsung has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one NX210. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Samsung NX300 vs. NX500
Samsung NX300 vs. NX210

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #29 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 51/100 and it takes a rank of #53 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung NX300 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX300 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Screen Size: 3.3″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 247
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/6000
  • Continuous Shooting: 9.0 fps
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 330 shots

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Microphone Port: No

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Complete Comparison of Samsung NX300 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung NX300. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300 has the following external dimensions 122 x 122 x 41 mm (48.03 x 25.2 x 16.14″) with the weight of 331 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Samsung NX300, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung NX300 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 41mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX300 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung NX300 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung NX300 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Samsung NX300 — 330 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Samsung NX300 — 41 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Samsung NX300 — 331 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Samsung NX300 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Samsung NX300 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Samsung NX300 Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung NX300 comes with DRIMe IV processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Samsung NX300 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Samsung NX300 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Samsung NX300, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 76 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Samsung NX300’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Samsung NX300 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Samsung NX300 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung NX300

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung NX300 is equipped with a Tilting 3.3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 768k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX300 are its 9.0 fps max speed and 1/6000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, NX300 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Samsung NX300 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 247 points.

In addition, NX300 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung NX300, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung NX300 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Samsung NX300 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Samsung NX300 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Samsung NX300 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, NX300 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect NX300 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX300 provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Samsung NX300 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Samsung NX300 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX300’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX300’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX300 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Samsung NX300 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX300 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX300 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX300 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX300 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX300 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (122 x 64 x 41 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX300 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX300 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX300 can be called a 86 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big Number of autofocus Points (247)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (9.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/6000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (942)
  • Small battery life (330 shots)

Samsung NX300 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX300 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX300 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in Flash
  • No Built-in View Finder

Samsung NX300 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX300 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX300 can be called a 89 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.7)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (942)

Samsung NX300 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model NX300
Announced Nov 24, 2013
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Samsung NX
Number of Lenses 32
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3.3″
Screen Resolution 768k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000 s
Continuous Shooting 9.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 76
DxO Color Depth 23.6
DxO Dynamic Range 12.7
DxO Low Light ISO 942
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 247
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 331 g
Physical Dimensions 122 x 64 x 41 mm
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type 330 shots
Battery Model BP1130
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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