Samsung NX3000 Review

Overall 49
Imaging 19
Features 33
Size 82
Price 100

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 117 x 66 x 39 mm
  • Weight: 230 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Samsung NX2000. Compare

Samsung NX3000 Summary

This review is devoted to NX3000 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in May 26, 2014. 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.

This is an upgraded model that Samsung released to replace their older product NX2000. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Samsung NX3000 vs. NX2000

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #66 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #122 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung NX3000 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX3000 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
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 35
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 370 shots

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

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Complete Comparison of Samsung NX3000 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 NX3000. 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 NX3000

Samsung NX3000 has the following external dimensions 117 x 117 x 39 mm (46.06 x 25.98 x 15.35″) with the weight of 230 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung NX3000, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung NX3000 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 39mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX3000 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 NX3000 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 NX3000 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Samsung NX3000 — 370 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Samsung NX3000 — 39 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Samsung NX3000 — 230 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Samsung NX3000 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 NX3000 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 NX3000 Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung NX3000 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 NX3000 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 NX3000 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Samsung NX3000 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 NX3000 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung NX3000

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung NX3000 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.

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

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX3000 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, NX3000 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, NX3000 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 NX3000, 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 NX3000 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Samsung NX3000 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Samsung NX3000 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 NX3000 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, NX3000 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect NX3000 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX3000 provides a shooting life of 370, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Samsung NX3000 offers the highest battery life that reaches 370 shots.

How Good is Samsung NX3000 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX3000’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX3000’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX3000 to the average MirrorLess camera.

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

Samsung NX3000 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX3000 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX3000 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 NX3000 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX3000 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX3000 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

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

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (117 x 66 x 39 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX3000 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX3000 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 39. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX3000 can be called a 39 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (35)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (1)
  • Small battery life (370 shots)

Samsung NX3000 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX3000 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX3000 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Small weight (230 g)
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

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

Samsung NX3000 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX3000 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX3000 can be called a 84 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
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing

Samsung NX3000 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model NX3000
Announced May 26, 2014
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″
Screen Resolution 461k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 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 no built-in flash
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
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 No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 35
Number of Cross Focus Points 1
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats 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 230 g
Physical Dimensions 117 x 66 x 39 mm
Battery Life 370 shots
Battery Type 370 shots
Battery Model B740
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Storage Slots 1

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