Ease of Use: 3.5 / 5
Pricing: 2.5 / 5
Video Quality: 4 / 5
Photo Quality: 4 / 5
Features: 4.5 / 100
The Samsung NX300 camera has an old school look and feel about it that reminds me of the Agfa Paramat, the very first camera I owned. While it may have the retro look locked down with its brushed metal top and the leather textured grip, it is loaded with cutting edge technology which allows it to compete with today’s point and shoot cameras.
The NX300 has a 3.3 inch AMOLED touch screen which is a vast improvement on its predecessor, the NX210. An additional cool feature about the screen is that it flips out, allowing one to get some really nice camera angles which may otherwise be difficult to achieve. However, the fact that there is no viewfinder was an irritation in bright sunlight, since it becomes difficult to see what the images look like before you could capture. Another thing that could annoy consumers about the touch screen is that as soon as it touches your body while hanging around your neck, the camera will beep and focus in and out.
While the NX300 comes with a smart hot shoe and a pop up external flash, it is capable of being integrated with any compatible Samsung external flashes. I have to confess that as much as I tried, I could not get the little external flash to pop up. I played around with the basic 18 – 55mm iFunction zoom lens which was a bit too stiff for my liking, but is otherwise a really good kit lens. The camera has great burst capabilities and as a result it takes a couple seconds for it all to be processed. Make no mistake, this little camera is a beast in terms of its touch screen focus and burst speed.
Its functionality layout is very much DSLR like and will no doubt be something enjoyed by seasoned photographers. To this end, it has a dial on top of the camera which gives creative control through options like shutter speed priority, aperture priority, program auto and manual mode. That said, I have small hands and if yours are anything bigger than mine, you may find the camera grip a little bit too small.
With Samsung on top of the world in terms of mobile technology, it comes as no surprise that the NX300 comes standard with some really cool technology. It has improved Wi-Fi, Android and iOS capabilities that can connect and share with all other online devices, including the Apple Mac. Additionally, there’s a Samsung app that can be downloaded which incorporates remote viewfinder capability and mobile link. To this end, one can instantly upload images to social networking sites. Oh, did I mention that I got Adobe Lightroom 4 Software with it too? Well, it came standard with the kit.
This camera has some really cool features under its smart modes option, ranging from macro to landscape and action freeze to panoramic. There’s also the HDR option and some creative filters that come standard. You select and the camera selects the necessary settings. The one feature I particularly like on this camera (since I very often get it wrong) is the Best Face mode that’s designed for group shots. This technology helps you to eliminate closed eyes or mouths that are skew, thus ensuring the ‘best facial’ image.
The other thing I liked about the NX300 was its one touch HD video record button; no turning of dials, or going into menu options. It also delivers pretty decent HD quality video footage. Even in low light it seemed to do well.
After all is said and done, the question remains: Would I buy it? If I had between R8000 – R10000 lying around, I probably would (providing of course I already have my DSLR of choice bought and paid for).