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Samsung NX300 review



  • Recommended by TR
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Our Score


User Score


  • Settings adjust on lens ring
  • Responsive & hinged touchscreen
  • New faster auto focus system
  • Very good image quality


  • Lacking built-in flash
  • Poor buffer performance

Review Price £599.00

Key Features: 20.3MP APS-C sensor; ISO 100 - 25600; Up to 8.6fps continuous shooting; Full HD video capture at 50, 25 and 24p; 3.3-inch, 768k-dot AMOLED touchscreen

Manufacturer: Samsung

What is the Samsung NX300?

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.

Samsung NX300 – Features

At the core of the Samsung NX300 sits a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor that, despite bearing the same physical dimensions and resolution as its predecessor, now has an enhanced ISO range of 100-25,600. It also shoots Full HD video at 50, 25 or 24 frames per second in the common H.264 format, making it a capable video camera as well.

The sensor itself has been paired up with Samsung's DRIMe IV imaging sensor, which the Samsung claims has better image noise reduction and improved colour reproduction than that found in the Samsung NX210 the NX300 replaces. Samsung’s also acknowledged the poor auto focus (AF) performance of previous NX cameras with an entirely new hybrid AF system for the NX300. It pairs contrast detect and phase detect AF, where the former identifies the focus and the latter controls the fine tuning. It’s not a new idea but it works well on rival CSCs, which augers well for the NX300.

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Not content with just Wi-Fi, the Samsung NX300 joins the emerging class of digital cameras with NFC technology. NFC (Near Field Communication) lets photographers share their photos with other NFC enabled devices (e.g. other cameras or phones) simply by touch, and is sure to prove popular as it becomes more widely adopted.

Like the Galaxy S4 smartphone, the NX300 has an AMOLED touchscreen – a 3.3-inch one with a 768k-dot resolution. It's also hinged, so it can be pulled away from the camera body and rotated about its axis to be viewed from both a high and low angle – a very useful feature for shooting over the heads of crowds, for example.

One excellent feature carried in to the Samsung NX300 from other models in the series is the i-Function button, present on the supplied 18-55mm OIS kit lens. i-Function lets you cycle through common settings (ISO, exposure etc.) that you can then adjust using the focus ring on the lens – a great feature that makes using the NX300 a lot smoother.

Samsung NX300 - Design

As mentioned earlier, the Samsun NX300 is somewhat of departure from the previous design for a top of the range NX series model. While the NX20 before it had DSLR-like styling, the NX300 borrows its looks from its NX210 predecessor. It’s a tad chunkier than the NX210, however, with a good size hand grip that makes the NX300 easy to handle. It strikes a nice balance between the slimmer NX210 and the more traditional NX20.

Build quality is decent, but nothing special. The faux leather front panel adds a sense of refinement, but while other manufacturers are using metal to improve the feel of the camera in the hand, the plastic buttons on the NX300 betray a little penny-pinching.

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There’s also no built-in flash, but unlike some rivals the Samsung NX300 comes bundled an external flash (the SEF8A0). If you're looking for a more powerful option you can choose from a range of Samsung external flash guns, too.

The ample touchscreen on the rear of the camera offers access to a majority of the camera's controls, as do a selection of buttons located around the camera body, although for the majority of our setting changes during testing we found ourselves using the i-Function facility. If and when you do choose to utilise the touchscreen you'll be pleased to learn that all of the icons are of a good size and the camera's menu system easy to navigate.

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May 1, 2013, 4:04 pm

never again with Samsung, still waiting for the tablet I was supposed to receive with the last camera I brought


May 1, 2013, 7:46 pm

Who lied to Samsung that they are a camera manufacturer? They keep pumping out camera clones that noone is buying.

Marco -

May 3, 2013, 10:02 am

In raw continuous shooting the nx300 it’s much worse than the previous nx models. Nx300 can only record 4 shots in a row, where nx200 could do 8!!! I hope samsung fixes this, since it’s a shame.


May 15, 2013, 8:03 am

i have a nx200 for a year and half, in my estimate best camera one can buy i love getting it out of my bag which is almost every day, i am 77years old and have owned most top camera's in past years, i.e Nikon photomic canon ect, samsung nx200 does have faults just like any other camera but its performance overall far out weigh its faults, cant praise it anough, one of its best tricks is that it has a system, were i use my 50.200 lens and i can turn it into a 280m when i want with just a press of a button, with no loss of sharpness, it just reduces's pixel count , but you need to own one of these and really use it a lot to learn cant praise it enough, get more saver's with it than others owned, enough said dave

Space Pug

January 16, 2014, 6:49 am

Ye gods, I cannot understand why anyone still tries to use 'CSC' to describe mirrorless cameras. Why can't we use 'mirrorless'?

'Compact' - while this might apply (sort of) to a body like the NX300, it certainly doesn't apply to larger body mirrorless models: A3000, NX20, NX30, GH3, etc. And we already have a whole class of cameras called 'compacts' and they share very little in common with 'Compact System Cameras'.

'System' - if this refers to a lens system, what do you call a Fuji X100, Ricoh Digital GR V, etc.? Are those just 'mirrorless' cameras? Since when do we denote interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) with the term 'system'? Shouldn't a DSLR be referred to as a 'Non Compact System Camera' then?

'Camera' - seriously? When has any term for a camera used the word 'camera' in the name? Ridiculous. It's not 'CC' for Compact Camera, nor DSLRC for Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera.

Just call the damned thing Mirrorless, or a Mirrorless ILC if you must differentiate lens format. I guess FF like the Sony A7 must now be renamed FFCSC? How about the FF RX1? Is that FFCC?


September 1, 2014, 10:17 am

they forgot the G in Samsung in the first line after the heading Samsung NX300 design.

Stephen Buckwalter

November 29, 2014, 5:43 pm

Easily the best camera I have owned so far, the NX300 is guaranteed to prove to any casual user that "no, your smartphone isn't enough". Compared to other cameras in its class, the extra features are the one that attracted me to this model, and knowing Samsung products in general, they do what they can to make sharing and connectivity as blatantly simple and effortless as possible.

I personally love the NFC feature for connecting to a smartphone. The android app (and likely iOS app) seems pretty clunky and unrefined, but when it gets down to supporting features, it does a very good job. Again, I can only imagine this feature is much smoother than any other camera producer at this time, and should only get better. The auto-backup feature (which backs up selected photos to a computer) is disappointingly frustrating at times, depending on how your network is set up.

In general, picture quality is at least on par with entry-level DSLR's, and same with the included lens (at least considering its size). There are significantly more autofocus points than most entry- and mid-level mirrorless cameras, and you can choose autofocus mode in any of the MASP modes. The 20mp sensor is higher than most that you can expect in the price range (at the time of writing), and it comes with a hot shoe for adding accessories. I exclusively leave a flash in there, just in case. Battery life is quite good when keeping in mind all of the technology inside, and charges through a microUSB connector (which is great for convenience) but don't expect those incredibly speedy charges, if that's what you're after. Samsung doesn't have a ton of lenses available at the time of writing, but I'm sure this will change in time as the company continues to grow in popularity.

As with everything, the price paid gives you a certain expectation of what to expect from the purchase. I would say this camera is very competitive in comparison to other options hovering around the 500-dollar mark. I am personally very glad I purchased, and would say that most hobbyist photographers and technology lovers will get significant value for their money. before you will buy it, I suggest to check for best deal for this camera at: seebestdeals.com/digital-camer...

Hope it helps.

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