Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D First Impressions

Image courtesy: The Phoblographer

Samsung unveiled the NX300 MILC and the 45mm f/1.8 3D lens today, and Chris Gampat at The Phoblographer was already able to play around with it. The main caracteristics:

  • 20.3MP sensor
  • ability to shoot 3D and 2D stills
  • video (1920×1080, 1920×810, 1280×720 , 640×480, 320×240), HDMI 1.4a output
  • DRIMe 4 engine
  • contrast and phase detect focusing
  • WiFi connectivity
  • AMOLED touch screen

Chris’ first impression:

The NX300 felt awesome in my hands, though it was a bit bigger than I’d like. The lovely screen is very much a show stealer: and the company seems to be positioning itself for an even more aggressive push in the camera market. In the years passed, Samsung wasn’t always such a big hit. But maybe now they will be. This little camera surely deserves it from what I’ve seen so far.

[via The Phoblographer]

Image courtesy: The Phoblographer

Image courtesy: The Phoblographer



  • Hollander

    Awesome Samsung lenses are one of the est secrets in the mirrorless world and now it’s good to see their cameras are starting to bloom.

  • fab

    only one dial that doesn’t seem well placed? ouch…

  • Vivek

    The camera registry is all wrong. I wonder how this 20MP sensor (same sensor from the Pentax days?) is, compared to the one in the NX10 I had for one long month.

    I do like their lens line up and the flashes. They are top notch. Unfortunately, I can’t use them in any of my cams. :(

    • bob

      Then you should buy a camera that lets yo use samsung lenses. When was the last time you seen olympus and pano give you a 20mp sensor? and if its improved even further from last year, than whats the problem? you think m43 and nex products are perfect? Look at how many camera sony took to even put in a MODE DIAL. And this om-d at 1400, no thanks, ive got better things to do with 1400 bucks then to spend it on m43. when their lenses go on sale you get about a dollar off.LOL

  • Marco

    I love my nx200 and nx100. I don’t see myself buying this nx300, since it seems to have the same sensor (perhaps a bit tweaked) that sits in the nx200, but nevertheless Ithink it’s a nice addition to the camera range. If they did a camera with a fuji like shape (and with an evf nicer than the one in nx20) I could buy it!

  • Nobody

    According to the source from SLRClub, NX300 will feature focus peaking as well. :)

  • Dummy00001

    > 20.3MP sensor

    Same old noisy sensor? coupled with the same crappy JPEG engine?? – Any word on this two, Admin?

    P.S. Okay, okay – thanks God it is not 36MP this time around…

    • Mummy10000

      Its sensor is designed so it has around 105 phase points, and over 247 contrast points. that is alot. As for noisy sensor let me know what mirrorless camera or dslr isnt noisy about 6400 or 3200 iso? I have seen m43 low iso and to be blunt..they suck SHIT compared to apsc. Now i dont know about the omd sensor made by Sony but that thing is 1400 dollars. At that price it better be decent. But this camera is around 700 and the 45mm 599 3d lens or non 3d lens which is only 299 is optional. Only until you use m43 on low iso and pushed the shadow areas do you know how shitty it is. Thats why i dumped my m43 and went to apsc mirrorless. high iso? theyre all noisy, low iso is where it counts and unfortuantely, sub 1000 m4 camera low isos are worth shit. Any higher in price ill get a canon or nikon and protexct my investment.

    • Phil

      The sensor of the NX20 etc. was not so noisy as you mentioned it. In RAW it was quite good – just little bit behind the 16mp Sony Sensor. In low ISO it’s still one of the best sensors on APS-C format.
      The sensor of the NX300 is a new one with new noise reduction technology.

      But you are right with the JPEG-Engine –> it was a bit lame at high iso…

  • Jeff

    “The screen is big (3.3 inches), bright, and beautiful. When I switched the camera into manual focusing mode, it also helped me with focusing due to the combination of magnification and FOCUS PEAKING.”


  • Timccr

    I am really impressed by the NX sample shots I have played around with but if I can’t get a decent underwater housing it’s no use to me. Why on earth doesn’t Samsung go and have a chat with Patima? At this rate I am going to end up having to break my boycott of whale-slaughtering Japanese and get an OMD or PEN in a Nauticam housing.

  • Lukas

    I like these specs! And the look too. I’m wery interested in this one. Now I’m using my NX200 and it perfectly fits my needs. Yes, the RAW processing is a bit slow but with a fast card and the newest firmware it works quite well.

    I am very curious about the phase detect AF. It would be nice if the autofocus speed was improved. In my opinion, the 3D function is almost useless.

    • Soren

      The 3d function is OPTIONAL. The 3d lens is also OPTIONAL. that means if you DONT like it you DONT have to use it.If you DONT want to buy the lens you DONT have to.

  • Steven

    In fact, about a year ago, Samsung has a three-tier sensor patent
    I think it might be because Samsung’s own image of the poor, so they are left unattended,
    However, in principle, with the Sigma and Fujifilm previously published patent method is not identical.

    Related patent document download:

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