The Samsung NX300 is this years update to the Samsung NX210, and introduces a large 3.3inch 760k dot tilting touch-screen, improved focus speed and slightly quicker continuous shooting, as well as a new two-tone design, available in black/brown/white and silver.
Samsung NX300 Features
On the rear is a large 3.3inch 760k dot AMOLED touch-screen that tilts up and down to allow shooting at varying angles. The sensor in the camera now features built in phase detection pixels for improved focus speeds, and the NX300 supports 3D images and video with the new NX 45mm f/1.8 3D/2D lens.
Shooting speed and operation is now quicker, with a slightly quicker continuous shooting speed bumped up to 8.6fps from 8fps. Image quality is also said to be improved due to a new DRIMe IV imaging engine. The camera features an improved design, with retro styling thanks to a new textured surround, available in black, white or brown.
Wi-Fi features are shared with Samsung's compact Wi-Fi cameras, and includes mobile link, remote viewfinder, social sharing (facebook, youtube etc), email, skydrive, auto backup, and TV link. We look at these in more detail below.
20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
3.31inch AMOLED tilting touch screen - WVGA (800 x 480) 768k dots (Pentile)
Samsung NX Lens Mount
Full HD Video, 1080/60P, stereo sound
ISO100 - 25600
8.6fps continuous shooting
1/6000s shutter speed
Hybrid AF - Phase and Contrast detection
320 shot battery life
Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC
Best Face - Takes 8 continuous shots and you choose your favourite
Available in black, brown or white with silver on the top/bottom
Samsung NX300 Handling
Handling - The top features a brushed aluminium style design, with flash hot-shoe, Wi-Fi button, shutter
release, mode dial and stereo mics. Surrounding the shutter release button is the on-off switch and underneath is the command wheel which is also used for zoom.
You can see the textured front grip, which gives a good level of resistance even though it is made out of tough plastic. On the rear is a decent sized rubber thumb grip with the video record button neatly placed so that you can avoid accidentally pressing it.
The screen tilts up 90 degrees for a good top view of the camera, however only tilts 45 degrees down. You can use to touch screen to set the focus point, as well as touch and shoot, or alternatively the touch shooting options can be switched off.
The menus are neatly laid out, and can be scrolled and selected using the touch screen or the 4-way buttons on the rear. The options are large and easy to read.
Underneath the camera has the usual tripod socket and battery / memory compartment, and battery life is rated at 320 shots according to Samsung / CIPA standards. Wi-Fi use noticeably drains the battery, and we'd recommend keeping the camera charged, or a spare battery handy if you plan on using the Wi-Fi feature a lot.
MobileLink (Smart Camera app for Android and iOS) - used to transfer photos
Remote Viewfinder (Smart Camera app for Android and iOS) - can be used for shots, there is a noticeable delay in updates, and it can seem quite sluggish.
Send to SNS + Cloud: Facebook, Picasa, YouTube, SkyDrive
Allshare Play (Web storage, DLNA devices)
NFC can be used with a compatible smartphone to setup the link
Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
Samsung NX300 Sony RX100
Shutter Response <0.05 0.0
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25 0.3
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25 0.3
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.3 2.2
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.7 0.9
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.9 2.1
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down) 8fps (14 shots) 7fps (speed priority mode, 15 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash 3fps 1.6s
Continuous Shooting - RAW 8fps (5 shots) 4fps (13 shots)
Focus speeds are improved over the NX210 and NX200, and continuous shooting is also quicker. Shooting JPEG Fine images it's possible to shoot at roughly 8fps, for around 14 shots before slowdown. After continuous shooting in RAW or JPEG it takes roughly 13 seconds to clear the buffer, before you can enter playback (depending on the speed of card used).