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Samsung NX300 review: compact system camera packed with features

£683 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Samsung's NX300 digital camera is packed with features, but not all of them are useful. Read our Samsung NX300 review to find out more.

Samsung NX300 review

The NX300 is Samsung's latest compact system camera, and while in many ways it's similar to the company's previous offering, the NX210 (tinyurl.com/pp4zu4q), in a number of ways it's an improvement. See all compact camera reviews.

Our test NX300 came with a 50-200mm lens and on the whole, the image quality offered is excellent from the 23.5x15.7mm 20.3Mp CMOS sensor. Images are vibrant, colour reproduction is accurate and white balance is exemplary. Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy GC110 review too.

Our only quibble is that there's the tiniest amount of softness – not a great deal, just enough that images aren't absolutely sharp and may need tweaking in post-production. However, noise levels are almost undetectable up to reasonably high ISOs.

Video quality is similarly very good, providing smooth videos in Full HD. The position of the record button on the top right on the rear means you're unlikely to inadvertently press it while trying to take still shots. It's a shame there's no option for plugging in an external mic, though, as noise from the wind can interfere.

Samsung describes the styling as ‘retro modern', which it has achieved well and build quality is good. Although the back does feel a little plasticky, the brushed aluminium top makes up for it somewhat. At 122x63.7x40.7mm the size is similar to many other CSCs out there, and at 284g it's not too heavy either.

As is common with CSCs, there's no viewfinder so your shots can only be composed on the live view AMOLED screen. Like its competitor, the Sony NEX-6 (tinyurl.com/kucuwpr), the NX300's articulated screen can be tilted up by 90 degrees and down by 45 degrees to allow for awkward angles.

However, the Samsung camera has a slight edge over Sony's as at 3.31 inches it's fractionally bigger than Sony's 3in, and perhaps most importantly, it's a touchscreen, which the NEX-6's isn't. We found it bright, crisp and easy to view even in direct sunlight.
The NX300 is easy to navigate without too many buttons cluttering up the rear. Unfortunately, there's no wheel for speedy scrolling when you've taken a lot of images. There is a handy button for instantly sending photos and video via Wi-Fi to any smartphone, tablet or TV with the necessary capabilities, though.

Go to the next page to see the PC World Australia review of the Samsung NX300.

Samsung NX300 Expert Verdict »
Samsung NX300 Scores 9.3 out of 10 based on 20 reviews
23.5x15.7mm CMOS sensor
20.3MP
ISO100 - 25600 equivalent
3.31in AMOLED screen
USB 2.0 output
HDMI output
Wi-Fi
122x63.7x40.7mm
approx. 284g (body only)
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The NX300 is a great CSC, with decent image quality for both stills and video and good build quality. It's easy to use, too. However, the price tag is a little steeper than similar cameras.

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