Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013)
20MP CMOS sensor | Tilting 3.3" OLED display | Wi-Fi with NFC
What we like:
- Large AMOLED display
- Wi-Fi implementation
- Lightroom included
What we don't:
- No built-in flash
- JPEGs not great at high ISOs
- In-camera battery charging
The Samsung NX300 is a 20.3 megapixel mirrorless camera with an APS-C-size CMOS sensor featuring on-chip phase detection for more responsive autofocus. The NX300 sits atop Samsung's interchangeable lens camera line-up, above the less-well-constructed NX2000. It's available with a range of lenses, but for flexibility and image quality, the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS would be our choice.
"The NX300 is a likable and competitive camera but not one that necessarily stands out"
At low ISOs, image quality is comparable to its peers, but the JPEG output begins to fall apart at higher settings, where noise reduction can be a bit crude. Raw image quality is good, though.
The NX300 is very compact, and looks particularly fetching in silver and brown. A single control dial seems a bit out-of-place at this level, but use a lens with an 'iFn' button and the lens ring becomes a second dial. One thing not found on the NX300 is a built-in flash, so you'll have to bring the included (small) external flash with you. The high-resolution, touch-senstive OLED screen offers vivid color and a wide viewing angle.
Overall, the NX300 is a likable and competitive camera but not one that necessarily stands out. The company includes Adobe Lightroom 4.0 in some markets and, while this isn't the latest version, it's a really good Raw converter that could be enough to sway you towards the Samsung.
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