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Samsung NX300
 
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Summary: A 20-megapixel camera from Samsung with a 3.3-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and manual controls.
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Type: SLR-like digital cameras
About - Samsung NX300
The NX300 is a 20-megapixel camera with an 18mm-55mm kit lens that has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27.7mm-84.7mm. It has a 3.3-inch LCD (768,000 pixels) and includes touchscreen capability.

Because it accepts interchangeable lenses but does not have a mirror and through-the-lens viewfinder, we consider this model an SLR-like camera.

The camera's kit lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5. The camera's shutter speed range is 30 seconds to 1/6000 of a second.

The NX300 stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. It captures images as JPG or RAW files at a top resolution of 5472 x 3648 and full HD-resolution video as MP4 files at a top resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery.

This SLR-like model has 247 autofocus points. It also includes 16 exposure modes, and an exposure compensation control that can be set at +/-3 EV. The image stabilization system for this camera is optical.

The NX300 measures 4.8 inches wide by 2.5 inches high by 1.6 inches deep, and weighs 20 ounces (1.3 pounds) (with battery, memory card, and strap).
About This Brand

Samsung has produced some very inexpensive compact digital cameras and some innovative models, including "dual view" cameras that have LCDs on the front and back of the camera body and several Wi-Fi models. The company has introduced some cameras similar to a micro four-thirds model, but with a larger, APS-C sensor.  The NX-series camera includes key SLR features, including interchangeable lenses, but has the small size and weight of a point-and-shoot.

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Features & Specs - Samsung NX300
info LCD size (in.) 3.3
info 35mm equivalent multiplier 1.5
info Shutter speed range 30 - 1/6000
info Still image formats JPG, RAW
info LCD pixel count 768k
info Memory card slots/type SD/SDHC/SDXC
info Height (in.) 2.5
info Depth (in.) 1.6
info Max. ISO 25600
info Live view Yes
info Image stabilizer L
info Color space Adobe RGB/sRGB
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User Reviews - Samsung NX300
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Update to Previous Review
9/27/2013
Pros
Decent performance/quality
Easy to use
High resolution
Lightweight/portable
Live view/moveable LCD
Cons
Samsung
Best Uses
Family
Fun
Travel
Comment:
For those not wishing to wade through the gory details below, here's the bottom line: the NX300 is terrific camera, but Beware the Samsung (Support) Experience. They offer inadequate online tech resources, poor tech support and, worst of all, dodgy warranty coverage. <br /><br />Now the details: we finally decided that our previously-reviewed (see above) NX300 camera without traceable serial number had to be an anomaly, and since we had a good experience with the camera itself, we elected to purchase another NX300. Happily, we had no trouble registering this camera w/ Samsung as well as the excellent 30mm and 50-200mm lenses we purchased (and, then, sold the less-capable 20-50 kit lens). <br /><br />But then the myriad Samsung support deficiencies surfaced again. <br /><br />First, we couldn't update the 20-50 kit lens to the current version. After multiple calls to-, and hours online with, Samsung tech support, we finally reached someone who informed us that this update wasn't yet available for the NX300. Good grief; why wasn't this simply stated on the update page or, at least, immediately known to every tech support agent? <br /><br />Then, far more annoying, the tiny, plastic AF-MF slide switch on the 50-200 lens snapped off when I tried to make a change. Ominously, while our Samsung product registration page displayed the camera as well as the two additional lenses we purchased, only the camera had an associated Repair Request tab. A call to Samsung revealed that they don't have access to their warranty registration info (!) and, then, a referral for repair to the (Samsung Experience!) store where we purchased the lens. <br /><br />Not wanting to take a 50 mile round trip to the store on this dubious-sounding referral, I called the Geek Squad guys and found that they, in fact, do not provide Samsung warranty service. Nonetheless, the very gracious Geek Guy called Samsung on my behalf and, then, connected me through to the Samsung customer service representative. After going through the story--I moved the slide switch and it broke off--and repeated May I place you on hold for 2-3 minutes? iterations, my warranty repair request was referred to Executive Customer Service because this $249 lens is such an expensive accessory (!). I again went through the story as well as the repeated 2-3 minute holds. <br /><br />After all this, and without even wishing to examine the otherwise pristine lens for signs of abuse, Samsung declared that because I had moved this switch between AF and MF positions--Why else would this switch exist?--the broken piece was physical damage and, therefore, not covered by warranty.<br /><br />Finally, as yet another quirk of the Samsung Experience, you'll find that the excellent Adobe Lightroom software that is bundled with the NX300 does not have built-in lens correction for ANY Samsung lens.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Camera Great. Support Not.
6/21/2013
Pros
Comfortable Sure Grip
Decent performance/quality
Easy to use
Great On-screen Level
High resolution
Lightroom Sw Included
Live view/moveable LCD
Lots of useful options
Very Solid Feel
Cons
Body Only Not Offered
Not Full-sun Legible
No Updates Via Mac
Best Uses
Family
Travel
Comment:
Our copy came with the 20-50mm lens, which is shorter and lighter than the 18-55 and has no OIS. Our shots proved to be kit lens sharp.<br /><br />While CR's review oxymoronically states that the NX300 has a very long next shot delay but a short interval between shots, our experience was closer to the latter. Happily, we found the NX300 menu struture far more user-friendly than similar Sony and, especially, Olympus cameras we'd owned.<br /><br />We found that available camera and lens firmware updates cannot (yet?) be made via a Mac computer, and that Samsung's PC-based KIES system has not yet been set up for NX300 downloads. I was able to update the camera firmware directly--i.e. through, but without loading it first onto the computer--but not so the lens. All this is presumably due to a rush to get the NX300 to the US market in time for the Samsung Experience marketing rollout. While we found all this a bit of a nuisance, it is, I suppose, understandable. <br /><br />What's not understandable is that the serial number for our camera--which was purchased at an authorized Samsung dealer--could not be found by Samsung when I tried to register the camera (and thereby extend the warranty by 3 months). I was told not to worry as long as I had a receipt in hand, and that they'd call me in 3-5 days with a resolution of the discrepency. Having gotten no reply in 7 days, I called again and was told the same thing. Ditto at 13 days. Since our dealer has a 14 return policy, we were left no choice but to return the NX300. <br /><br />Just for fun, I called Samsung once again about 21 days after the original call and, now unsurprisingly, learned they still had no news about the serial number/registration problem.<br /><br />We generally liked the NX300--especially the feel and the intuitive interface--quite well. But we haven't yet decided whether to purchase another, registerable NX300, or whether Samsung's Not Ready For Prime Time support--both online at at three Samsung Experience locations--will lead us purchase another brand.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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