Samsung announces NX300 - 3D-capable 20MP mirrorless camera
Samsung has announced the NX300 - the latest in its NX series of APS-C mirrorless cameras. The NX300 looks a lot like its predecessors, the NX200 and 210, but it includes a series of updates that show signs of ever-greater integration between the company's cameras and its smartphones. The NX300 is built around a 20MP sensor that includes phase-detection focus elements to allow a Hybrid AF system for faster focusing. It gains a larger screen than previous NXs - the 3.3" OLED screen has 768k dots (essentially an extended version of the existing screen) - it's also touch-sensitive. A faster processor helps the NX300 hit nine frames-per-second for continuous shooting, and allows 1080p movies to be shot at 60fps. Upgrades to the camera's Wi-Fi should make connectivity simpler than its predecessors.
Overall the NX represents a fairly major upgrade for the NX series with virtually all the camera's major systems being upgraded or overhauled. The most obvious change to the camera is the addition of a larger, tilting, touch-sensitive rear screen. It's still an OLED panel using Samsung's PenTile technology to give 800 x 480 pixel resolution using 768k dots (rather than the 640 x 480 offered in previous NXs).
On the connectivity front, Samsung promises that the camera's Wi-Fi will be easier to pair with external devices - something necessary if the process is going to become something that people are willing to use regularly. This ambition helped by a new app incorporating all the features previously split across two. It also gains an auto-share mode in which it'll re-connect to your smartphone and copy every shot you take across. The NX300 also becomes the first camera to offer dual-channel Wi-Fi - a feature starting to appear on laptops and smartphones that allows faster downloads.
But the NX300 promises to be more than an NX210 that's been speaking to the company's smartphone department. The core photographic and videographic features have also been given a boost. The on-chip phase-detection sensors allow a Hybrid AF approach that combines with the existing contrast-detection design to promise faster focusing (as usual, the degree of improvement will be lens-dependent, but Samsung promises quicker focus with all lenses). A faster processor, dubbed DRIMe IV, allows 8.6 fps continuous shooting and 1080p60 movie capture. The NX300 can also shoot with shutter speeds as fast as 1/6000th of a second. The NX300 will cost around $749.99.
In what has become typical Samsung fashion, cameras have not been made available for preview, nor have we had an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with it, so we can only report that spec changes Samsung has made. We will publish some first impressions when we get to handle it at CES next week.
Samsung has also launched a 3D-capable version of its 45mm F1.8 NX lens. The 3D version can be used as a conventional lens but also has two LCD screens that scissor down into the optical path when you engage 3D mode. These two screens take turns to black-out their respective sides of the lens, meaning a slightly different image is projected onto the camera's sensor. The NX300 can capture and combine these alternating frames to create either 3D movies or stills.
Samsung says the feature cannot be extended to earlier NX models. The 3D version of the lens will cost around $499, rather than the $299 of the conventional version.
Samsung NX300 Combines Speed, Performance and Connectivity for Perfect Shooting in Every Moment
Samsung 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens is the World’s first one-lens 3D system, capable of capturing both stills and 1080p Full HD video in perfect 3D quality
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – January 3, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the NX300, the new flagship model in its successful NX series. The NX300 once again raises the bar for compact system cameras (CSC), delivering an outstanding combination of features, functionality and style for perfect shooting in every moment. Samsung also announced the new NX 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, the first one-lens 3D system capable of capturing both still images and full HD movies in perfect 3D quality.
Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics, commented: “Since its launch in 2010, the Samsung NX System has become synonymous with innovation and design, making the best digital imaging technology available to everyone without compromising on style. The NX300 builds even further on this illustrious heritage. Not only does it deliver incredible speed and accuracy through advanced photographic features, but it is truly built around the user, with upgraded SMART Camera functions making shooting and sharing both easy and seamless. We are also very proud to introduce the first one-lens 3D system alongside the NX300, opening up a whole new world of 3D photography and video recording for consumers everywhere.”
Central to the NX300’s outstanding imaging performance is its brand new 20.3 Megapixel APS-CMOS sensor, capable of capturing high quality detailed. Images boast sharp, life-like colors and are crisp and clear in all light conditions. The wide ISO range (ISO100-25600) further improves performance, letting users capture beautifully balanced images in even the darkest conditions. A brand new Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system also delivers fast, accurate phase and contrast detection, while the 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 9fps continuous shooting mode ensure you never miss a moment.
The Samsung’s unique in-house developed DRIMe IV imaging engine provides outstanding developments in speed, and image quality. The DRIMe IV engine enables better color reproduction and greater noise reduction, as well as support for full 1080p HD video capture in both 2D and 3D (when combined with Samsung’s new 45mm 2D/3D lens).
The NX300’s 84mm (3.31”) AMOLED screen makes capturing and reviewing your images a pleasure, while the hybrid touch screen and 5-way manual key interface is simple and intuitive to use. The tilt display makes it easier than ever to take high and low angle shots, letting you capture your world from any angle you choose.
Easy usability and stylish retro design
The compact NX300 makes it simple for anyone to achieve pro-like and impressive pictures easily with minimal technical knowledge or time spent adjusting parameters. Using the camera’s Smart Mode, users can choose from 14 different settings, such as Creative Shot, Landscape, Light Trace or Action Freeze which will automatically adjust parameters such as aperture and shutter speed in order to obtain the best shot possible for the desired situation. The NX300 also includes i-Depth, an easy and simple way to adjust the depth of an image using the NX Series’ unique i-Function system which enables users to modify camera parameters using the lens itself, adjusting the image without ever having to move off target.
The NX acclaimed design returns with the NX300 sporting a stylish yet simple retro feel that is available in either black or white with a contrast silver band, conveying elegance and authenticity.
Instant sharing through enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity
The NX300’s Wi-Fi connectivity of SMART CAMERA allows users to share their cherished photos instantly and securely between their camera and smartphone (or tablet). To connect a smartphone to the camera, users simply need to download the Samsung SMART CAMERA App., which is available for both Android and iOS based application markets, onto their smartphone or tablet and follow the easy steps to create a secure connection with the camera. The NX300 will be able to detect and auto-connect to the smartphone wirelessly whenever any of the SMART CAMERA features are activated. These include AutoShare; which automatically sends every high-quality photos to your smart phone for safe keeping, and Mobile Link; which allows users to select and transfer images or album from the camera directly to your smartphone at their leisure. The SMART CAMERA App. also features a Remote Viewfinder function for the NX300, allowing for even more inventive and exciting photography.
The NX300’s enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity also lets users share images with friends and family directly from the camera via social networking sites using the cameras one-touch DIRECT LINK hot key. Alternatively, images can be automatically backed up or stored in the cloud through AllShare Play ensuring they are always safe and easily accessible.
Samsung 45mm 2D/3D lens
The Samsung 45mm 2D/3D lens(sold separately) opens up an exciting world of 3D imaging possibilities and is the world’s first one-lens 3D system for a consumer camera. Capable of capturing both still pictures and full 1080p HD video, the Samsung NX300 and 45mm 2D/3D lens kit have become the only compact system camera supporting both 3D still and 3D movie. The NX300 is also compatible with Samsung’s entire range of NX lenses and professional standard accessories, giving users an unparalleled range of options when striving for that perfect shot.
Please visit our booth to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung's product line will be displayed January 8-11 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Full details, video content and product images are available at the Samsung microsite at: http://www.samsungces.com/ or mobile site at: http://m.samsungces.com as well.
The Samsung press conference and Samsung Tomorrow TV CES 2013 Specials will be streamed live on the Samsung Tomorrow blog at: http://global.samsungtomorrow.com and Samsung's microsite site also.
After the live presentations, videos will be available at http://youtube.com/SamsungTomorrow
|MSRP||$749 (with 20-50mm), $799 (with 18-55mm lens)|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Other resolutions||5472 x 3080, 5472 x 3080, 3888 x 2592, 3712 x 2088, 3648 x 3648, 2976 x 1984, 2944 x 1656, 2640 x 2640, 2688 x 1512, 2000 x 2000, 1728 x 1152, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 1024|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||22 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Superfine, fine, normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2X)|
|Number of focus points||247|
|Lens mount||Samsung NX|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Active Matrix OLED screen|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/6000 sec|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual|
|Flash X sync speed||1/180 sec|
|Continuous drive||8.6 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in amber-blue or magenta-green direction)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||Dual band 802.11 b/g/n|
|Remote control||Yes (via smarphone)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion BP1130 battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||330|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||331 g (0.73 lb / 11.68 oz)|
|Dimensions||122 x 64 x 41 mm (4.8 x 2.52 x 1.61″)|