The Samsung NX300 with 20.3MP is the third cheapest Compact System Camera in Samsung’s NX line-up, sitting above the less advanced NX3000 and NX mini. It comes with a leading ISO range of 100-25,600, a huge 3.3in tiltable touchscreen and full HD (1080p) video recording at 60fps. It also boasts one of the largest imaging sensors of any CSC.
If you’re into sports and wildlife, the NX300 has a very fast maximum frame burst of 8.6fps, and an advanced hybrid focusing system rivalling more expensive enthusiast and professional CSCs. This includes 105 phase-detect points for AF speed and 247 contrast-detect points for accuracy.
At 532g, the NX300 is fairly heavy, and its large DSLR-style handgrip makes it very comfortable to hold. However, this makes it considerably larger than many other budget CSCs, so it won’t slide into your pocket as easily. Its large body provides plenty of space for buttons though, with direct access to ISO, drive mode, AF and exposure compensation. There’s also a mode dial, a finger dial and a hotshoe on the top-plate (external flash in the box), and an iFunction button on the lens for quick access to settings.
The camera’s menu is clear and easy to navigate, and a function button on the back opens the quick menu for the most frequently-changed settings. It also has Wi-Fi and NFC built-in for remote camera control via a smartphone, and a 330-shot battery life.
The NX300 is a very well specced camera, and great value at £350. It will appeal to those with larger hands who value advanced functionality over pocketability.
- Kit price: £285 (Secondhand price as of June 2016)
- Effective resolution: 20.3MP
- Sensor: 23.5x15.7mm CMOS
- Kit lens: 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
- Autofocus: 105 phase & 247 contrast
- ISO range: 100-25,600
- LCD: 3.3in 768k-dot touch & tilt
- Hotshoe/flash: Hotshoe
- Shooting speed: 8.6fps
- Video: Full HD (1080p) @ 60fps
- Battery life: 330 shots
- Card type: SD, SDHC or SDXC
- Size (body only): 122x64x41mm
- Weight: 532g
- Visit: www.samsung.com/uk
This review was first published in the July 2013 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.