Immediately prior to CES, the Samsung NX300 mirrorless interchangeable was the first of over 60 (mainly compact) digital cameras to be launched in just seven days – surely worthy of the Guinness Book of Records!
The NX300 features a 20-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Samsung DRIMe IV image processor plus a tilting 3.31-inch AMOLED touch-screen monitor with a resolution of 768,000 dots, which uses Samsung’s PenTile technology.
Other highlights include a hybrid AF system (contrast detect plus phase detection) and Samsung’s new ‘Smart Camera 2.0’ functionality. The latter includes a Smart Mode with 14 settings that include Landscape, Portrait, Creative Shot, Light Trace and Action Freeze. An i-Depth setting provides an easy way to adjust depth of field via the i-Function controls on the lens.
The camera’s body design has a soupcon of retro, with an inset mode dial on the top panel within easy reach of the user’s index finger. A ‘direct link’ button for the built-in Wi-Fi function is located nearby. Samsung’s Smart Camera app enables images to be uploaded to iOS and Android smart-phones and tablets. The new camera is able to record full HD video at up to 60 frames/second as well as 3D movies and still pictures, with the new 45mm 2D/3D lens.
Sensitivity settings range from ISO 100 to ISO 25,600 and the NX300 can support continuous shooting at up to 8.6 frames/second in the high-speed burst mode.
It is expected to sell in the US for around US$750.