Good work as usual, but instead of dribbling out the reviews so you can list a camera in Gear Shop, why not streamline the review process. I see you are adding writers-good-Amazon has the assets to go first class with this web site.
Decent price for the black body, but another $150 for kit lens?
b craw: Boy, I am so tired of the term "fanboy" - I really wish we could agree to temper its usage. It imparts about as much insight into the dialog as does the banter of insecure 13 year old boys in the schoolyard. Of course, some degree of brand loyalty and bias is a given among a good percentage of photographers, as it is with any consumer really. I think most can recognize extreme bias and simply ignore that information. No real need to call it out.
Most Samsung users with even a relatively modest level of photography experience have used other cameras, Nikon and Canon most likely. As an art photographer and teacher, my opinion, having used a number of cameras over the years, is informed by such diversity, and I have been impressed with Samsung overall (I own a NX300). I think many loyalists to many other brands have not used Samsung, particularly recent models. They all come with shortcomings, but performance and image quality (with the exception of high ISO JPEG's) are very good. Lens quality definitely underrated. And I've shot with Leica and other cameras with quality builds, but have been pleasantly surprised with the Samsung feel (but that is mostly based on the NX300). Samsung has an uphill battle of sorts in the camera game based on a number of factors. And, as someone alluded to, being Korean comes with a perception challenge. But this is based on a dated stereotype. Evidence Hyundai and its rapid improvements in quality, argued by some independent sources as exceeding Japanese makers - in any case, a tremendous value. [Yes, I realize Samsung manufactures in China, but standards are dictated by Samsung and seem decent]
I have a bit of a wait-and-see attitude about the NX3000. Some are a bit baffled at the fact that its specs are almost across the board inferior to the NX3000 - a step down model, yet is roughly the price of an NX300. Well, that is comparing a initial release price to a street price of a model that is almost a year and a half old - that is a tricky calculus. If the JPEG's are improved at high ISO and the tweeks in ergonomics are well received - coupled with hopefully Samsung's increased traction perceived as a viable camera maker - the NX3000 could do relatively well, particularly if Sony's cache wanes.
Samsung builds an outstanding coherent camera.
Beautiful camera. Excellent sensor. Great focus accuracy. World-class ergonomics. AND a great kit focal length.
It never fails. The number and metal awarded are not supported by the quite substantial and honest Negatives in the conclusion. Canon doesn't try hard enough-for $800.
Let's realize that virtually all modern digital cameras are quite good. It's even hard to imagine where cameras will go. High ISO, video, connectivity. Are there any frontiers left to cross.
That said. Samsung makes a fine photographer-centric camera with outstanding ergonomics.
Most all these cameras are like each other, in any event, clearly built on common subassemblies, right down to menu systems.
Price the zoom lens model for $400 and I think it could boost Samsung's profile.
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It doesn't fit the newer cameras but a new version of the Digipower-9000 would be great. I use one to power all my vintage digitals-remember the ones that would eat 4AA batteries of any kind in short time. We see hundreds of new camera accessories and nothing like that.
These cameras are so refined, full-featured, technolgically advanced. What's the "end game" of the modern camera?
Wonderful focal length. Why anyone would use 135mm equivalent for portraits is beyond me.
David Myers: As someone who has worked in design all their life I would buy one just to look at - it's a stunning camera design, beautifully executed and brilliantly functional. If you don't 'get it' then it's probably not for you but don't draw price and feature comparisons or throw insults, it's pointless!
With the best lenses I can get stunning results from the 'no AA filter' APS-C sensors in my Nikons so I'll just get rid of some old full frame Leica gear and go Leica T (plus the M adapter and finder)!
It's nice but hardly earth-shattering. This is what Sony and Samsung, in particular, have been working with for some time. No one has or really can rethink the camera. Even this carved from a block camera relies on pre-determined subassemblies. It reminds of the Samsung NX1000 and NV cameras before.
Good writeup, Andy. VERY nice for what it intends to be. The Spot and 1-Point focus options, which more cameras should have, bespeaks Panasonic cooperation.
I always wonder who really designs and specifies all these similar cameras. Nice to see Nikon catching up with Olympus.
Excellent review, Allison. Undoubtedly a fine camera. But where Nikon loses me is in the way products are crippled. As you pay more, sure, better viewfinder coverage, brighter viewfinder, faster AF, more AF points, better weathersealing, etc. but there is no reason this model shouldn't have the full Adaptive Lighting implementation. Back to Pentax for me should I buy a new DSLR.
Real photogs don't use UV filters, lens caps, neck straps or wrist straps. They do use lens hoods.
Paul Guba: Great photographer I respect her work. I have been lucky to meet some great photographers through work and education. Irving Penn, Karsh, Avedon, George Tice, etc. most of my heroes. Mary Ellen Mark was the only one I can say I would never want to meet again.
Ralph Gibson's Lustrum Press published two Darkroom books. Photographers went over how they processed images. Good representation of "famous names" from that era. Well-worth looking up.
I think she is one of the greats. But the world is so bombarded with images now and many superb ones, but even leaders of the past can get "lost" in the flow. Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, W Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus, even Cartier-Bresson, art has moved on.
RichRMA: I don't own it, I didn't have it, I don't want it. It's a pity Samsung is such an also-ran, given it's done a better job than Canon OR Nikon in mirror-less.
Samsung makes a quality camedra. Ergonomics and interface on the NX cameras is world class. And the interface/capabilities isn't stripped bare on the netry level models. My Samsung NX1000 focus accuracy is as good as anything I've seen.
I get no respect.
Not easy to be an DLSR maker in these times. I give props to Pentax for staying the course and staying true to its legacy and standards. If I could afford the lenses, K-5 and K-3 would be top of mind. Once owned the Pentax K100D Super and it was a highly competitive camera of its era, built for photographers as opposed to consumers. At least, now, Pentax has more than one extant model.