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317 of 338 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
This Samsung NX300 is a great little camera. Seems many of the pros or semi pro photographers haven't talked much about this camera YET. Might be because admittedly, Samsung up till this point was not exactly held in the same company as a Sony Nex or Canon, Nikon, Fuji..etc. Well..seems to me, Samsung is becoming a player here or soon will be, in my OPINION. I formed this opinion as I presently own TOO many cameras :)..among them being the Fuji X100S, Sony RX1, had a Nex7..had an EM5. Anyway my crazy camera buying habits aside I am able to compare all these cameras. More specifically, what I love about the Samsung is it's incredible accurate color. Skin tones look GREAT as does grass, foliage, anything etc..Looks on my screen EXACTLY as colors look in real life..of course making sure White Balance is correct. It's auto WB by the is among the best I have seen so far in all the cameras I mentioned prior btw, in many different lighting conditions. Of course you can choose custom WB if you are in difficult lighting. One thing that is not great, but not too bad are it's write times to the sd card vs ready for next shot or to preview the picture. It's NOT slow at all..but probably a little slower than the Nex cameras and my x100s..but again NOT bad, just not a rocket.
One plus here vs any Nex I have used..this NX300 lets you choose incremental iso. If you may not know what that means..all Nex cameras can only MANUALLY do iso 200/400/800/1600/3200 and so on..This Samsung like most BETTER cameras, DSLRS, etc. you can choose in-between isos be it 640...or 2000. That may sound like not much, but consider the fact MAYBE all you need is iso 2000...on a Nex your only choice will be to jump to iso 3200 if 1600 is not enough...so you simply have MORE control here..and potentially lower iso noise than a Nex because of this silly little SHOULD have feature. :)

Apparently this really does have a brand new sensor despite it being the same exact pixel count as the older NX cameras. I find it's iso to be rather useable up to about 2500 even 3200. That said there is one huge flaw with this camera, Noise reduction kicks in way too much on isos above 400 or low light, and it's a shame because shooting raw you will see the higher isos on this camera are really really great, low noise..with very tight grain..once it starts to creep in. Book short I'd put the high iso capability to be just a notch or TWO better than the EM5 and a notch below the X100S as far as noise goes..again I'm talking about raw. Jpegs look AWESOME in good light but yes..NR is too aggressive once iso gets kicked up..I hope they will fix that in a firmware update. Oddly the Samsung DOES let you control the NR levels but not till you reach 6400 iso..so 3200, 1600 iso etc..you are stuck with aggressive NR..The jpeg noise reduction is just about my only complaint.

The lcd looks great MOST of the time...BUT in very strong sunshine I have to say it can get a little difficult to see detail on the display and a bit difficult to see your menu settings. :( I have deducted one star because as I say SOMETIMES you can't see what's going on too well on the display, in most light though like 90% of the time the display is rather good and useable. Of course a built in evf would be nice but this is not bad at all OVERALL. The touch screen is more than a gimmick, you can really get around the menus very fast. I should say I did end up buying the 30mm pancake lens..2.0 aperture. It does make a world of difference vs the kit lens..mine came with the 12-50mm lens..not bad, but just so so. With the pancake lens this Samsung really shines in low light..great bokeh, almost no purple fringing..really great lens.well that's another review. :)

The focus accuracy and overall speed are above average. I like you can reduce or enlarge the focus box...same like on the Fuji. The camera is not quite OMD fast but maybe about as fast or faster than the x100s, faster and more accurate than my Nex 7 was. For those of you that don't have Light Room it comes with it, so the software is great obviously. That said LR 4.4 actually is not working correctly with the NX300 raws. I upgraded to LR 5.0 and it's just PERFECT...I believe this is a known issue..raws have some weird magenta thing going on with LR4 but it's fixed now with LR5...not to worry.

With the pancake lens this camera really is pocket-able....yes a large pocket but it fits, REALLY. I can't say that about any Nex's...unless you buy the badly reviewed 16mm Sony pancake lens. The dynamic range seems to be above average for this type of camera..it's almost difficult to blow highlights..the EM5 will blow highlights much faster than this Samsung will.

On the overall considering it's low price..this Samsung is a FANTASTIC little camera. I have NOT used any of the wifi or 3d gadgetry OR video..I don't do video on my cameras. I suppose if the wifi and 3D options are important to you that just puts this camera even in a better position to meet or beat any Nex out there. Again I haven't shot any video so I can't comment on it. "I do miss having a built in evf or even the fact you can't GET an evf for this camera"..that's a real shame. But on the overall...even if you take away it's great price, this Samsung is ready to do battle with pretty much any mirrorless camera out there..again EXCEPT you might want to shoot raw, if you are using higher ISO due to it's too aggressive high iso JPEG Noise Reduction. Overall..this is a great camera and I'm surprised how much I am enjoying it. DEFINITELY worth a good hard look vs the competition..again in my opinion.. and NO it's no RX1 but it's about $2,000 less and it's not THAT far away vs the RX1 in picture quality once you pop a better lens on this thing! This is a fantastic little camera..it will surprise you!
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
I have always "dabbled" in photography, but never had a DSLR. A friend was so excited about this camera that I just had to check it out an am very glad that I did! eatures are great and the variety in lenses by Samsung is also very good. The camera has features that are too numerous to mention including being able to crop the picture right there on the camera make some image corrections and email it someone (through wifi). The camera is quite light and feels weird with the 50-200mm zoom lens zoomed in all the way. The amoled screen is to die for (but don't, you have too much to live for). One really nice feature is the wireless functions. I haven't tried with an iPhone yet but I have both a Samsung note3 and the 10.1 inch note tablet. You can use either as a remote viewfinder/shutter release and touch focus device! Now you can take a "proper" selfie! The camera creates it's own wifi network and you use the Samsung smart camera app. You see realtime video streamed from the camera and if you touch your phone it autofocuses the camera (very cool) and you can use the phone as a shutter release as well. You can also quickly and easily transfer pictures directly to your phone or tablet. I love shooting some pics then sending them to my note 10.1 tablet for viewing. Very convenient and the transfers are SUPER fast. You can also transfer pics from your phone to the camera but I'm not sure why you'd want to. I purchased the 30mm pancake lens which (like others) I have fallen in love with! it's a great "about town" fast lens with great low light performance. Although it isn't a zoom, you can crop your pictures and still retain some amazing detail (I was personally stunned with the cropped quality). It's my understanding that you don't need high megapixels if you're not printing very large pictures, but I think the pixel density really does make a difference for cropping pics. Extra batteries are cheap as is an external charger (get them as this thing seems to eat up batteries). Don't worry if you're just getting into this type of camera as it has a number of smart functions for figuring out what kind of shot you're taking so if you don't know your ISO from a hole in the ground don't worry about it. the camera does have a flash but it attaches to the hot shoe on top (no built in). it's super easy to check for the sharpness of the pic you just took by hitting the play button and double tapping the photo which zooms it about 7x (very useful to be sure you got a good shot and very quick to do).

By the way, if you have a Samsung phone for connecting to the camera make CERTAIN that your wifi function is NOT set to AUTO NETWORK SWITCH! Mine was turned on and what happened was the phone would find the camera's wifi network and immediately give an error message saying "internet connection is too slow" and drop the network again. I spent an hour on the phone with Samsung until I figured out the solution by myself (Samsung techs tried to help but they didn't understand the problem either). Go to your wifi setting on the phone and then hit the menu button on your phone and choose "advanced" and then clear the auto network switch checkbox. As soon as I did that, boom! the phone found the camera and connected flawlessly and quickly every single time.

I'm not 100% certain but I think if you email photos directly from the camera it compresses them, but if you send pics to your phone first, they are the original file size which you can then email from your phone.

for the money I just can't see anyone getting a better camera. That said, if you want to buy really good "glass" plan on spending more than the camera (but I think that's true of all DSLRs). The Samsung macro lens is like 500 bucks and their premier portrait lens (the 85mm primary) is like 800. So far I'm loving this camera and it has gotten me excited enough to start learning more about digital photography and learning how to take better pictures. If you take crappy pictures with this camera its going to be YOU not this camera!

BTW if you want something supertelephoto for like nature shots or stalking that woman who just won't return your calls (kidding, i'm kidding), something that you can goof around with without taking out a 2nd mortgage on your home you can get the Samyang (not Samsung) 500mm telephoto F8 (manual focus) lens with a 2x teleconverter to give you a 1000mm lens. It's basically like sticking a telescope onto your camera. It's only like 135 bucks here on amazon so don't expect to be taking sports illustrated cover photos at your next football game. I haven't received mine yet but i'll write a review after I get it. If you want a zoom lens that will work properly with the NX line of cameras Samsung's longest lens is the 50-200mm zoom which is nice and also affordable. There is rumor of Samsung planning a 70-400mm lens but that's all I've heard so far. This probably wasn't a helpful review for "Real" camera guys, but if you're stepping up from a point and shoot fixed lens camera I hope my review helped a bit. If you have other questions I'll try to answer as best I can. Happy shooting!

Update: you can't transfer pics from your phone to the camera (which didn't make sense anyhow). The camera let's you choose which pics to transfer from the camera to
The phone but you can select pics using either the camera screen or via the phone screen.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
I've been looking for a smaller camera to a DSLR which can deliver similar to exact results. I've owned and used Canon and Nikon DSLRs in my line of work and they've all been the mustard! But, this little camera is so surprising. For its compact appeal, lightness, range of frames, quality of imagery and the 20.3MP delivery, I'm seriously considering leaving my bulky SLRs at home when I'm out in the field. One pleasing quality is the sound of the shutter, it's an actual mechanism sound, not a digital soundbite of a shutter. I've not made close comparisons to a DSLR (yet) in regards to image quality, but I expect it to be be close (pixel for pixel), the sensor is only slightly smaller than a 5D mk2 and 21.6 MP at full density - that's amazing! So, Why four starts? Well it's bulb mode is sadly limited to 4 minutes, if it were unlimited then, it would be 5 stars and chocolate biscuit for this little beauty.
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64 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2014
This is a great camera. However, if anything goes wrong with it, good luck with Samsung customer service. I bought the camera and was so enthused about it, I also bought two additional lenses, which are great. I previously used a Canon 60D, which took great pictures, but was very problematic to travel with. The Samsung camera is great for travel. My issue is with customer service, which has been a nightmare. The external kit flash stopped firing after only two uses. Samsung demands that I send the entire camera back to them before they will agree to repair the flash. For any of you looking at this camera, the kit flash is a tiny external flash. A quality company would have immediately shipped me a replacement and I would gladly have shipped the defective flash back to them. I am traveling most of the summer and have plans to use this camera. There is nothing wrong with the camera. It is beyond ridiculous for the company to demand I send them back the camera along with the defective flash. This is a pull your hair out company. Great products; horrible service; good luck to you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2014
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
REALLY EASY TO USE . I LOVE THE QUALITY OF THE PICTURES ,WIFI LET YOU UPLOAD YOUR PICTURES TO FACEBOOK AND OTHERS PLACES OR EMAIL TO YOU LOVE ONES.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2014
Camera is very cool especially if you are already a fan of Samsung electronics. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Samsung LED smart TV the camera work with them perfectly. So many cool features and all your photos can be shared easily. It also comes with Adobe Lightroom to upload pictures easily. I would recommend this camera to anyone trying to buy a camera in the 400-600$ range
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
I taught myself photography on a Canon T3 Rebel (DSLR) and take amazing photos with that camera in manual and aperture priority mode. This camera is really hard to focus for me. Maybe I need to perfect my technique but I often find myself missing shots of my 22 month old son b/c the pic is out of focus or the camera is searching for focus. Ugh!

I did buy the 30mm pancake lens which has a lower aperture which has helped with low light situations. The camera itself is super beautiful and user friendly (touchscreen). I think it's definitely a step up for anyone that isn't used to a DSLR. I love lightroom which comes bundled with it. I need to spend more time with the camera and perfect how I focus the camera and maybe it will make me love the camera more. I bought the camera since DSLRs are kind of big and lot of times I resort to my camera on my iphone since I don't want to lug around the DSLR. This is a great sized camera.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2014
While this might not be the camera for a serious photographer it is a great option for a beginner or someone looking for a compact camera with loads of features. The ability to change lenses and control settings manually gives you the ability to take serious photos while the built-in settings make it easy for a new photographer to get great shots. Wireless capability is a nice bonus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2015
the samsung nx300 is an amazing camera. why spend loads on a high end camera when you can get the power of samsung in your hands with this camera.

the sharp kit lense. Excellent high ISO performance. Retro chrome and leatherette styling. Tilting, touch screen display. built in wifi.. no shutter lag. supports 1080p60 video.. includes adobe lightroom.

this by far is the best camera for the price
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