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Samsung NX300 first cab off CES rank

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!

NX300The 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.

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