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Samsung NX300

20.3-megapixel hybrid camera with 20-50mm 2.5X zoom lens and Wi-Fi® (Black)

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Our take on the Samsung NX300

by Woody Sherman
Samsung

Want a camera you can grow into? Try a compact system camera.

These digital cameras combine the creative options of a DSLR with portability that's more like that of a point-and-shoot. Their automatic modes will help you take striking pictures from day one without having to be an expert. However, like DSLRs, compact system cameras (CSCs) have interchangeable lenses, and advanced control and processing. You can explore these features for even better results as you take time to learn more about the hobby. Cameras in this class have large image sensors for beautifully detailed pictures, but their mirrorless design means the camera bodies and matching lenses can be smaller, lighter, and more portable — great for snapping memorable pics when you're on the move.

Going for classic

What do you get when you combine portability, world-class hybrid autofocus, Wi-Fi® features like remote monitoring and control, and the ability to host a bevy of versatile lenses? We have to be talking about the Samsung NX300 hybrid digital camera. Starting from its retro-inspired two-tone design and its uncluttered, touch-enabled control interface, the NX300 serves notice it just might be aspiring to become a classic.

Options under glass

This camera comes with a versatile and reliable 20-50mm 2.5X zoom lens, which is perfect for day-to-day shooting opportunities. But should you wish to explore a few creative options, a selection of optional "pancake" style lenses make it possible to change this camera's artistic profile while still keeping it (and your other lenses) in a coat pocket. And when you want a lens with a bit more reach or specialized skills, a number of meticulously designed standard size ones are available for the NX300 as well. Most of Samsung's NX-compatible lenses feature their innovative "i-Function" one-button technology, which enables you to access many manual and automatic settings directly from the lens — often with a simple twist. And one lens for the NX-series — the 45mm 2D/3D lens — allows you to record true 3D stills and movies with just one lens, for later enjoyment on a 3D-capable HDTV.

Be spontaneous

Good glass is nothing without a proper system to bring out its best features, however. A camera and lens work together to acquire and track focus, and the ability to do this efficiently means more of your shots will be keepers. That's why the NX300's large, 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor is paired with Samsung's advanced hybrid autofocus system. The camera uses the best aspects of both contrast-detection and phase-detection focusing strategies in order to achieve a spontaneous shooting experience. You won't have to worry about policing your camera's focus, so you can concentrate on the artistic aspects of documenting the moment.

Share your vision with the world

The NX300's built-in dual-band Wi-Fi hooks up with your compatible smartphone, tablet, or PC in seconds with an available free downloadable app. And when you press the dedicated Direct Link key on the top of the camera, you can easily and quickly upload files to social or sharing online communities — or back them up in the cloud — directly from the camera.

Speed demon

In addition to its lightning-quick autofocus, the NX300 has other speedy attributes. It shoots detailed full-resolution stills at a smoking 8.6 frames per second in continuous mode, and the shutter speed maxes out at a hummingbird-freezing 1/6,000th of a second.

1080/60P video

And let's not forget video, because Samsung didn't: the NX300 shoots at a full 1080/60p resolution, so your shots will feature creamy, smooth motion and dynamic action. A mini HDMI output allows you to view your captures on compatible HDTVs, using an optional cable.

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Highlights:

  • 20.3-megapixel effective recording
  • dual-band Wi-Fi® sharing allows fast and stable transfer of photos and video to smartphones and tablets — in addition to viewing them on compatible TVs and PCs
  • APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor (23.5 X 15.7 mm) for rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color
  • includes 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 30.8-77mm)
  • large, tilting 3.31" LCD touchscreen makes unusual angles easy to monitor
  • one-lens 3D picture and movie creation is available with the optional 2D/3D 45mm lens kit (view on compatible 3D HDTVs)
  • fast, electronically controlled shutter has a maximum speed of 1/6000 sec.
  • next-generation DRIMe IV image processing engine enables better video performance and enhanced noise reduction
  • high-def, high-quality movie mode with stereo sound (up to 1080p @ 60 frames per second)
  • geo-tagging available with optional WGS84 GPS module
  • hybrid phase/contrast detection autofocus system combines focus strategies for rapid, precise performance (105 phase-detection points, 247 contrast-detection points)
  • special scene modes like Beauty Face, Waterfall, Fireworks, silhouette and more
    • creative picture effects include Colored Pencil, Oil Sketch, Miniature and more
  • hot shoe hosts the included SEF-8A external flash unit
  • intuitive on-screen touch interface complements the back-panel 5-way key control navigation for quick, confident control
  • additional Samsung NX-mount lenses are available to stretch your creative options
  • software upgrade notifier alerts you to new firmware upgrades when you connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Samsung NX-mount lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 8.6 frames per second
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/6,000 seconds, bulb (limit 4 minutes)
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600 selectable
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, lens priority, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • exposure bracketing: up to 3 frames
  • flash sync speed: less than 1/180 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG (Super Fine, Fine and Normal), RAW
  • still image aspect ratio options: 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
  • MP4 movie files up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second with stereo sound (3D shooting at 30fps only, .MPO format)
  • accepts optional SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed micro USB interface (cable included)
  • micro HDMI output (cable not included)
  • dual-channel 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 5"W x 2-11/16"H x 1-5/8"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery or media): 10.02 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • Samsung NX-mount 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
  • external SEF-8A flash unit
  • rechargeable BP1130 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger/AC adapter
  • body cap

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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3.31"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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Yes
Wi-Fi
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Built-in
Touchscreen
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
GPS-enabled
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Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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30.8-77mm
Optical Zoom
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2.5x
Digital Zoom
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2x
Filter Diameter
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40.5mm
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Manual Exposure
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Yes
Built-in Flash
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Unit included
HDMI Output
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Micro
Memory
Internal Memory
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None
Memory Media
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Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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20.3
Total Megapixels
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21.6
Image Stabilization
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Optical
Highest Resolution
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5472 x 3648
HD Video Recording
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1920 x 1080
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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5
Height (inches)
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2-11/16
Depth (inches)
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3-3/16
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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10
Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Digital camera body (black) with attached body cap
  • 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens (with rear and 40.5mm front lens caps attached)
  • BP1130 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.6V 1130mAh 8.58Wh)
  • ETA0U61JBE battery charger (5V 1A)
  • 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary USB on the other end)
  • SEF8A Flash unit (in plastic case)
  • Neck strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 DVD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • Quick Reference Guide (English)
  • Quick Reference Guide (Spanish)
  • Samsung International Warranty Certificate
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Important Information for NX300/NX1100 Users (regarding Photoshop Lightroom 4)

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Built-in Wi-Fi
Play, Print, and Edit Features
Connections
Battery Information
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Record Features

Interchangeable Lens Camera: The Samsung NX300 digital camera is an interchangeable lens camera with the Samsung NX-mount. It is compatible with the NX-series of lenses including wide-angle fixed focal length lenses (16mm, 20mm, 30mm), prime lenses (60mm, 85mm), and zoom lenses (20-50mm, 18-200mm, 50-200mm). The camera comes with a 20-50mm standard zoom lens.

3.31" AMOLED Touch Screen Monitor: The NX300 digital camera has a 3.31" color AMOLED monitor with C-type Touch Control Enabled. The monitor features 768,000 dots, and has a 100% field of view. The monitor can tilt up 90° for framing low-angle shots, and down 45° for high-angle shots. The monitor's brightness can be set between -2 and +2.

Recording Media: The Samsung NX300 digital camera can record still images and video onto SD cards (up to 2 GB) SDHC cards (up to 32 GB), or SDXC cards (up to 128 GB). No memory cards are included with the camera.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The NX300 has built-in Wi-Fi, which lets you instantly share your photos wirelessly from your home network or a public Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also send photos or videos to your smartphone. For more details, see the section on Built-in Wi-Fi below.

Image Recording Formats: The digital camera records still images in JPEG and RAW formats. High Definition movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) format with AAC audio.

Image Sensor: The Samsung NX300 digital camera is equipped with an APS-C-sized (23.5 x 15.7mm) CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 21.6 megapixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 20.3 megapixels for high quality still images and video.

Image Sizes: The camera can record JPEG still images in a 3:2, 1:1, or 16:9 aspect ratio with three compression ratio settings (Super Fine, Fine, and Normal). HD and SD movies can be recorded in MPEG-4 (H.264) in Normal and HQ quality options. The camera offers the following still image and movie sizes:

Photo Size Resolution Aspect Ratio
20M 5472 x 3648 3:2
10.1M 3888 x 2592 3:2
5.9M 2976 x 1984 3:2
2M 1728 x 1152 3:2
16.9M 5472 x 3080 16:9
7.8M 3712 x 2088 16:9
4.9M 2944 x 1656 16:9
2.1M 1920 x 1080 16:9
13.3M 3648 x 3648 1:1
7.0M 2640 x 2640 1:1
4.0M 2000 x 2000 1:1
1.1M 1024 x 1024 1:1
Movie Size Resolution Aspect Ratio
1080/60P 1920 x 1080 (60 fps) 16:9
1080/30P 1920 x 1080 (30 fps) 16:9
1080/15P 1920 x 1080 (15 fps) 16:9
810/24P 1920 x 810 (24 fps) 2.35:1
720/60P 1280 x 720 (60 fps) 16:9
720/30P 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 16:9
480/30P 640 x 480 (30 fps) 4:3
240/30P 320 x 240 (30 fps) 4:3

i Zoom: Beyond the optical zoom, the camera offers i Zoom. Photo resolution varies according to the zoom rate, resulting in photos with less deterioration than Digital zoom. i Zoom is available in the P, A, S, M, and i shooting modes. Maximum resolution at each image ratio is as follows:

Zoom Rate 3:2 16:9 1:1
x 1.2 4560 x 3040 (13.9M) 4560 x 2568 (11.7M) 3040 x 3040 (9.2M)
x 1.4 3888 x 2592 (10.1M) 3888 x 2184 (8.5M) 2592 x 2592 (6.7M)
x 1.7 3264 x 2176 (7.1M) 3264 x 1840 (6.0M) 2176 x 2176 (4.7M)
x 2 2736 x 1824 (5.0M) 2736 x 1536 (4.2M) 1824 x 1824 (3.3M)

Multi Motion: When shooting movies, you can set the playing speed of the video. If an option other than x1 is selected, no sound will be recorded. Choices include:

  • x0.25: Record a video and play it at 1/4 normal speed (640 x 480 or 320 x 240 only)
  • x0.5: Record a video and play it at 1/2 normal speed (1280 x 720, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 only)
  • x1: Record a video and play it at normal speed
  • x5: Record a video and play it at 5x normal speed
  • x10: Record a video and play it at 10x normal speed
  • x20: Record a video and play it at 20x normal speed

Face Detection: With the Face Detection feature, the camera detects faces in a scene and then automatically focuses and optimizes the brightness of the face for beautiful portrait pictures. Up to 10 faces can be detected.

Recording Mode: The NX300 offers various recording modes to choose from to match your shooting preference. Using the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can set the mode to:

  • Smart Auto: The camera recognizes surrounding conditions and automatically adjusts factors that contribute to exposure, including Shutter Speed, Aperture Value, Metering, White Balance, and Exposure Compensation. When you press the shutter release halfway, the camera selects one of 20 scenes, and automatically sets the camera to optimally capture that scene.
  • Program: The camera automatically adjusts shutter speed and aperture value so an optimal exposure value can be achieved. Other adjustments can be made manually. Program Shift allows you to adjust the shutter speed and aperture value while maintaining the same exposure.
  • Aperture Priority: The camera selects a shutter speed based on the aperture value you have set manually. You can adjust the depth of field by changing the aperture value.
  • Shutter Priority: The camera selects an aperture value based on the shutter speed you have set manually. You can capture fast-moving subjects with a fast shutter speed or create tracer effects with a slow shutter speed.
  • Manual: Adjust various camera settings including shutter speed and aperture value.
  • Lens Priority Mode: You can select an appropriate scene or a filter effect to the lens you attached. With the included 20-50mm lens, available scene modes and filter effects include Beauty Shot, Portrait, Children, Backlight, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Beach & Snow, Night, Vignetting, Miniature, Fish-eye, Sketch, Defog, and Halftone Dots.
  • Smart Mode: In Smart Mode, the camera automatically configures the optimal settings for a variety of shooting situations, including Beauty Face, Best Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tones, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, and Creative Shot.
  • Wi-Fi: You can connect the camera the camera to an access point while in the range of a WLAN. Options include MobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Social Sharing, Email, SkyDrive, Auto Backup, and TV Link.

Drive Modes: The camera offers four drive modes to suit your shooting needs:

  • Single: Takes one picture only.
  • Continuous: You can continuously capture photos (JPEG or RAW) while pressing the shutter release button. Continuous Normal captures up to 5 photos at 5 fps, and Continuous High captures up to 8.6 photos at 8.6 fps.
  • Burst Mode: Lets you capture up to 10 shots per second for 3 seconds, 15 shots per second for 2 seconds, or 30 shots per second for 1 second when you press the shutter once in this mode. (Image Size limited to 5M only)
  • Timer: The camera takes a photo after a set delay time. You can set the delay between 2-seconds and 30-seconds in 1 second increments.
  • AE Bracket: Takes three pictures in a series with different exposure settings: normal exposure, Exposure -2, and Exposure +2.
  • WB Bracket: Takes three pictures in a series with different White Balance settings: Normal, WB-2, and WB+2.
  • Picture Wizard Bracket: The camera captures 3 consecutive photos with a different Picture Wizard Bracket: Standard, Vivid, and Retro.

Exposure Compensation: This camera automatically adjusts the exposure according the ambient light conditions. You can also select the exposure value from +3.0EV to -3.0EV in steps of 1/3EV.

Metering Mode: If you cannot obtain suitable exposure conditions, you can change the camera's metering method to take brighter pictures. You can choose from 3 modes:

  • Multi: Exposure will be calculated based on an average of the available light in the image area. This is suitable for general use.
  • Spot: Only the rectangular area in the center of the LCD monitor will be metered for light. This is suitable when the subject in the center is exposed correctly, regardless of the back lighting.
  • Center Weighted: Exposure will be calculated based on an average of the available light in the image area. However, the calculation will be biased towards the center of the image area. This is suitable for taking a picture of small objects like a flower or insects.

External Flash: The Samsung digital camera does not have a built-in flash, but includes the SEF8A external flash. The NX300 is also compatible with the SEF42A and SEF220A external flashes. The flash units connect to the camera's hot shoe. You can choose from the following flash modes: Smart Flash, Auto, Auto Red-eye, Fill-in, Fill-in Red-eye, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, and Flash Off.

White Balance: The white balance control allows you to adjust the colors to appear more natural. The camera has seven white balance modes: Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent White, Fluorescent NW, Fluorescent Daylight, Tungsten, Flash WB, Custom Set, and Color Temperature.

ISO Sensitivity: You can select the ISO sensitivity when taking pictures. The speed or specific light-sensitivity of a camera is rated by ISO numbers. A higher ISO setting allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. The camera lets you set the ISO sensitivity automatically or manually between ISO 100-25600 by 1 EV or 1/3 EV steps.

Optional GPS: The NX300 is compatible with the optional WGS 84 GPS Module, which will add location and time data (Geo-tagging) to your photos and videos

Built-in Wi-Fi

Instant Sharing: When you are connected to a WLAN, you can instantly upload photos and videos to photo or video sharing websites, social networks like Facebook, cloud-based services, such as Microsoft SkyDrive, or email them directly from the camera.

Direct Link: The NX300 has a dedicated Direct Link button on the top panel which turns on the Wi-Fi feature. In the menu, you can set the Direct Link button to any of the functions below.

Wi-Fi Functions: In the Wi-Fi Mode you have the following options:

  • AutoShare: The AutoShare feature lets you immediately save a photo automatically to your smart device automatically via Wi-Fi.
  • MobileLink: The MobileLink feature lets you select and transfer photos and videos from the camera to your smartphone. The files can be viewed and selected using the camera or the smartphone.
  • Remote Viewfinder: With this feature, you can use your smartphone as a remote shutter release when connected via a WLAN. In addition to focusing and capturing the photo, you can control the flash, self-timer, photo size, saving location, and the zoom ratio.
  • Auto Backup: The Auto Backup feature allows you to wirelessly transfer and store your photos and videos on your PC with the touch of a button. Once the files are backed up to your computer, you can delete them from the camera's memory card, and resume shooting. The included Intelli-studio software (Windows OS only) must be installed on your PC in order to take advantage of this feature.
  • Email: You can email stored photos and videos stored on the camera.
  • SNS & Cloud: You can upload photos and videos stored in the camera to social networking or cloud services.
  • Allshare Play: You can upload files from the camera to AllShare Play online storage, or view files on an AllShare Play device connected to the same Access Point.

Near Field Communications (NFC): The NX300 is compatible with Near Field Communications (NFC). NFC is a set of standards for radio communication at very close proximity. By placing your NFC-enabled smartphone near the camera's NFC tag (on the left side of the monitor), the Samsung Smart Camera App on the phone will launch and connect to the camera.

Compatibility: Wi-Fi features, such as AutoShare, MobileLink, and Remote Viewfinder, are compatible with Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or higher, and with Android devices, including Galaxy series smart phones and Galaxy Tab models, running the Android 2.2 OS. The Samsung Smart Camera app should be installed on the above devices in order to use these features. The Smart Camera app is only compatible with Samsung camera models manufactured in 2013 or later.

Play, Print, and Edit Features

Quick View: If you enable the Quick View function before capturing an image, you can view the image you just captured on the camera's LCD monitor. You can set the length of time the image is displayed: 1 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, Hold, or Off.

Thumbnail Playback: You can view multiple pictures (15 or 28) on the LCD monitor at once. Using the top-mounted jog dial control, you can increase or decrease the number of thumbnail images shown on the monitor at once.

Slide Show: Images can be displayed continuously, at intervals of 1, 3, 5, or 10 seconds, with various slide-show effects on the camera's LCD monitor. The camera offer pre-recorded background music to play along with your still image slide show.

Enlarging Photos: A single image can be zoomed in for a closer look. The maximum magnification varies depending upon the image size. Once the image is zoomed in, you can pan around to different areas of the image.

Movie Playback: You can playback a movie clip on the camera's LCD monitor. The camera offers basic playback functions such as Play, Pause, Scan backward, and Scan Forward. The Scan Backward and Scan Forward functions let you change the scan speed from 2x to 4x to 8x. You can also adjust the volume level of the playback audio.

Edit: The Samsung NX300 digital camera offers various editing features so you can manipulate your pictures right from the camera once they have been recorded. Editing tasks include cropping, rotating, resizing, or adjusting the brightness, contrast, or saturation. You can also retouch faces, reduce red-eye, and apply Smart Filter effects.

Smart Filter: You can apply various filter effects to create unique images. Smart Filter effects include: Vignetting, Miniature, Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Wash Drawing, Oil Sketch, Ink Sketch, Acryl, Negative, Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow.

PictBridge (1.0) Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Connections

HDMI: The Samsung NX300 is equipped with a Micro HDMI (Type D) connection for playing back photos and videos on an HDTV. The output resolution can be set to 1080p, 720p, or 480p. If you have a Samsung HDTV with Anynet + (CEC), you can control the camera with the TV's remote control.

USB: The NX300 features a single proprietary connection which allows you to connect the camera to your computer or your TV. Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect the camera to your computer to transfer photos and videos.

Battery Information

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery: The Samsung NX300 comes supplied with a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (BP1130) which provides up to 350 still image shots, 175 minutes of still image recording, or 110 minutes of video recording. The supplied AC adapter charges the Lithium-Ion battery in the camera in approximately 210 minutes.

Power Save: This function switches the camera off after a set amount of time (of no operation) in order to prevent unnecessary battery drainage. The camera can be set to turn off after 30 seconds, 1, 3, 5, or 10 minutes of no operation.

Supplied Software

Software CD-ROM: The NX300 comes with a software CD-ROM with the following programs:

  • i-Launcher: i-Launcher allows you to play back files with Multimedia Viewer. It also provides a link to download the PC Auto Backup program.
  • PC Auto Backup: PC Auto Backup will send the recorded files to a connected PC via Wi-Fi.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4: Also included with the camera is a DVD-ROM disc with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (compatible with Windows and Mac). With this software, you can edit RAW format photos, calibrate exposures, white balances, tone, contrasts, and colors, and save them as JPEG or TIFF images. You can also edit JPEG and TIFF files, if desired.

Compatibility: The software is compatible with the following Operating Systems:

  • i-Launcher: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP2), Mac OS v10.5 or higher (except PowerPC)
  • Camera As Removable Disk: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X v10.4 or later
 
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5 out of 5

Great design

Written By Duane D, Apex, NC on Friday, December 20, 2013
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After much research I decided to try the NX300 and Nikon J3. Both have very fast AF using phase detection, which makes them very effective to carry for point-and-shoot. Also yields better performance for videos.

Both cameras have very good build quality - the Samsung body is very sturdy and attractive, while the Nikon is more of a refined precision instrument. Nikon 1 lenses feel better-constructed - they have smoother action with enough resistance and the rubber or metal zoom rings are nice. The Samsung 20-50mm lens feels very light and loose, which is stark contrast to the NX300 body. Although, that does help with the carrying weight and the balance while shooting.

WHAT MATTERS MOST - the camera body of the NX300 is very comfortable to hold. The casing features built-in contoured and textured grip on the front plus has a thumb grip on the back. This gives a very confident feel and hold with just one hand. The button placement is very good - can access without contorting even just picking it up the first time, and not pressing things I don't mean to. I like the raised shutter button, it has a good feel and easy to find. The Nikon J3's top buttons are all flush which looks amazing but less easy to use.

As an inexperienced photographer, I find the touchscreen to be efficient and enjoyable interface for manual adjustments. I expect once more familiar I would use the iFn control as well.

Screen is very bright and articulation feels solid, like it will last.
Pros:
Built-in grip is very comfortable and effective Full APS-C sensor with great color ratings Fast phase detection AF Touchscreen is bright and easy to use Standard flash mount for upgrades VERY low-profile basic flash included Great features throughout Wifi built in saves $$ - use smartphone as viewfinder! Charges through USB (don't have to pull the battery out every time) * also means it won't run down battery when hooked to PC
Cons:
20-50 lens feels a bit light and loose - big contrast to feel of camera body wish it did slow-motion videos like the J3 lenses seem a little pricey
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4 out of 5

Samsung NX300

Written By MikeC, Bremerton, WA on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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I wanted a camera that was higher quality than our compact Panasonic zoom camera. Years ago I had pretty nice SLR cameras but this is the first digital camera with detachable lens that I've owned. I've had the Samsung NX300 with 20-50 mm zoom lens for a few days and so far I really like it for the price I paid. I've tried shots indoors with and without the included flash and the color quality is much better than our compact camera. The light sensitivity is much higher allowing fast shutter speeds in low light. The menu seems straight forward. I tried out the built in wifi and emailed a couple of pictures to myself without a problem. The detachable flash seems to work well as does the touch screen. I got this camera as an open box special - the camera was unblemished although the CDs that came with it had some scratches. They loaded just fine in my computer though. When first turning on the camera the electronics were not functioning properly and I thought it might be broken even after making sure the battery was fully charged. In particular the menu buttons and touch screen weren't working as expected and the camera wouldn't power off. After plugging the camera into my computer and downloading the latest firmware (which was very straightforward) it has worked fine ever since. I'm still not completely sure what the initial problem was. Overall for an amateur such as myself I really like this camera. I've not begun to explore all the functionality of this camera.
Pros:
Great price, high quality optics, wifi, included flash, 20.3 megapixals, burst mode 10 frames/s
Cons:
Initial problems out of the box.
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5 out of 5

Best Samsung NX Mirrorless Hybrid to Date!

Written By SBooth, San Diego, CA on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Having owned the NX200, then the NX210, I was obviously interested in the NX300. Unlike my NX200->210 transition, which was basically a WiFi only upgrade, the NX300 is a totally revamped beast and the changes are GREAT. From the faster ISO settings to the greatly improved wireless sharing performance, the NX300 has everything I want. Although the included 20-50mm lens is a great everyday compact lens that takes excellent photos, I like to use the slightly higher end 18-55mm from my NX210 along with the Samsung 50-200mm (both offer OIS) I purchased separately. All I can say is WOW - excellent performance on top of features! At first, I thought the use of the Samsung SmartCamera software would be more of a novelty, but I found the remote viewfinder and shutter trigger link via my Samsung Note-II smartphone to be a very cool and functional tool for elevated monopod shots. Having the adjustable LCD touch panel on the camera is just icing on the cake. Likewise, transferring photos via the NFC or standard 802.11 was smooth and surprisingly faster than expected. I also found the new embedded micro-USB based battery charging feature to be an improvement over relying on a dedicated external battery charger. I could go on, but the button line is I am very happy with my purchase. The picture quality can go up against many solutions costing twice the price and the Samsung offers some features you simply cannot find is other cameras - at any price.
Pros:
Small yet physically robust (you can feel the quality). Does everything except physically print the photos ;) VERY nice 60p video @ 1080p with CAF. New firmware (v1.20) as of June 20th, 2013, that adds even more enhancements such as up to 10fps!, even faster AF times, and better battery life. Dual band WiFi plus NFC = fast/easy photo transfers and/or uploads.
Cons:
Not so much a specific Samsung con since their quality is great, but the desirable 45mm 2D/3D and 18-200mm lenses are still VERY expensive. Hopefully that will change in time.
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5 out of 5

Samsung nx300

Written By Judy c, Mich on Saturday, May 04, 2013
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For as compact as this camera is the quality is amazing. I took some macro shots and they are clear and wonderful. I wish I could give it an extra star.
Pros:
Compact, clear photos, ease of use. Great for those times I do not want to carry my Nikon d7100 and lenses around.
Cons:
None that I can find
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