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Samsung announces price and availability of NX300 and 45mm F1.8 3D lens

By dpreview staff on Mar 26, 2013 at 16:34 GMT

Samsung has announced that its NX300 mirrorless camera will be available in both US and European markets by the end of this month as a kit with the 20-50mm lens for $749.99 and £599 respectively. The 3D-capable camera is built around a 20MP sensor, 3.3" OLED screen and built-in Wi-Fi. The kit will also include a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 editing software. The company has also announced that the 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens will be available at the same time for $499.99. There is currently no information about its European price.

Samsung has also partnered with track star Usain Bolt to promote the company's NX Junior Photographer campaign which will provide 'equipment and lessons' to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Press Release:

Samsung NX300 and the NX 45mm F1.8 2D/3D Lens Now Available

Samsung announces today a partnership with Usain Bolt; like the NX300, Bolt is the definition of speed and grace and focuses on delivering the best performance at all times

Ridgefield Park, NJ – March 25, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced that the NX300 is now available, alongside the NX 45mm F1.8 2D/3D interchangeable lens, the first one lens 3D system capable of capturing both still images and full HD movies in stunning 3D quality. NX300 users will feel ultra-chic with the juxtaposition design of modern and retro. The device will be available in brown, white or black with a contrasting silver band. Samsung is privileged to also announce today an exclusive, multi-layered partnership with the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.

Unveiled at CES in January, the NX300 is the new flagship model in the innovative NX series and also boasts the updated version of SMART CAMERA 2.0, a hub of innovative connectivity features. The NX300 delivers useful, advanced and practical features for the professional photographer looking for the very best compact system cameras (CSC) and allows perfect shooting in any environment and for every moment.

“Following last year’s launch of the world’s first truly connected camera ‘GALAXY Camera’, we wanted to build on this promise and deliver a new product that photographers would fall in love with. The NX300 has been crafted for the everyday camera user. It’s a device that sets the tone in terms of the outside aesthetic as well as the truly innovative digital technology found inside that allows for the freedom of Wi-Fi connectivity. 2013 will see the camera market open a new world of possibilities for the photographer and Samsung will be there every step of the way,” said Sun Hong Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing, Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.

The very latest in Wi-Fi connectivity is customary of the NX300, allowing users to share their photographic creations seamlessly between devices and desktops. The Direct Link hot key feature enables cherished images to be shared securely at the touch of a button between camera, smartphone and tablet technology while the SMART CAMERA App, available on Android and iOS, connects the user’s smartphone to the camera via a Wi-Fi connection to manipulate, share and back-up images for a holistic photographic journey across the consumers’ favorite technological devices and social media platforms.

A revolutionary, fast shooting experience will add yet more control back to the photographer. The Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system enables fast, accurate phase and contrast detection, while the 1/6000 sec. shutter speed and 8.6fps continuous shooting mode gives users the ability to capture unforgettable moments. The NX300’s outstanding imaging performance is complete with the brand new, best in class 20.3 Megapixel APS-CMOS sensor, capable of capturing high quality detailed images with sharp, life-like colors that are crisp and clear in all lighting conditions.

The compact NX300 makes it easy for anyone to capture professional standard pictures. Samsung’s Smart Mode allows users to choose from 14 different settings, such as Creative Shot, Landscape, Light Trace or Action Freeze. Each setting will automatically adjust both aperture and shutter speed in order to obtain the best possible shot. Capturing and reviewing images is also an interactive and user friendly experience with the 84mm (3.31”) AMOLED screen and tilt display making any angle of the world easy to shoot, while the hybrid touch screen and 5-way manual key interface is simple and intuitive to use.

“The NX300 and NX 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens raises the standard for SMART compact system cameras blending pro-level performance and industry leading connectivity,” said Ron Gazzola, Vice President, Marketing for Digital Imaging, Samsung Electronics America. “Together they deliver a remarkable combination of features, functionality and style for consumers wanting an enriched camera experience and the unique ability to capture stills or Full 1080p HD video in 2D or 3D using the world’s first one-lens 3D system for a consumer camera.”

Shoot Fast, Share Faster Like Usain Bolt, the NX300 camera is super-fast and allows its users to be part of the front row action and shoot amazing moments. The ‘NX Junior Photographer’ campaign will see Samsung and Usain Bolt work in partnership to build on the athlete’s natural love of being behind the camera and will see the six-time gold medal winning Olympian, showcase his very own ‘Usain Bolt Foundation’ to provide equipment and lessons to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the coming months, other activities will be launched through the exclusive partnership with Usain Bolt and Samsung for those that like speed.

To find out more information, please visit www.samsung.com or Samsung’s NX camera Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SamsungNX

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Pablo4
By Pablo4 (Mar 30, 2013)

I had the Oly M5 and sold it a few days ago. It doesn't step up to the IQ of my 5N (which I am still keeping 2 pcs of). The Oly made me the luckiest, when it went away.

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Pablo4
By Pablo4 (Mar 27, 2013)

Still no mirrorless with IBIS... :< If only Olympus didn't have such small and bad sensors, everything would be fine... But with the current offerings, SONY, SAMSUNG, NIKON, PANASONIC... all of them tell us, they don't care bout our legacy lenses :<

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neo_nights
By neo_nights (Mar 27, 2013)

"no mirrorless with IBIS".... what about Olympus?
Oh! You think that Olympus has "such small and bad sensors"? Have you seen the results from the OM-D5? Which, by the way, uses a Sony sensor?

The Pentax K-01 had IBIS, as well. But that camera was a brick, size-wise.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 27, 2013)

" If only Olympus didn't have such small and bad sensors, everything would be fine... "

As has been mentioned, the OM-5's sensor is great, unlike those of previous Oly models. So is its IBIS.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Mar 27, 2013)

Pablo4 have you actually tried an Olympus or are you just going by what you have been told? Quite a few pros out there using them and they have no problem delivering good quality photos from them.

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random78
By random78 (Mar 27, 2013)

I don't know why so many think that m43 sensors are "so small". Lets look at the sensor sizes, taking m43 as base.

In terms of linear dimensions we have:

m43 = 1, Canon APS-C = 1.25, Sony/Samsung/... = 1.3, FF = 2

In terms of area,

m43 = 1, Canon = 1.47, Sony/Samsung = 1.62 and FF = 3.84

So the difference between m43 and APS-C is much smaller than the difference between APS-C and FF. In terms of performance, the sensor in E-M5 and other recent olympus cameras is actually somewhat better than my NX200.

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timedrun
By timedrun (Mar 27, 2013)

M43 gains in mm2 due to the 4:3 ratio, if you like this ratio then its a gain and the format is even better than it would otherwise be.

I personally dislike the 4:3 ratio, and so opted for an APS-C 3:2 ratio sensored camera. The sensor in my NX11 is objectively worse than the latest m43 cameras, so I have no doubt that I would be very happy with the IQ from the latest M43 cams.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (11 months ago)

aside from random78 giving us a wonderful demonstration to the saying that one can make numbers say anything we want them to, why is everyone talking about MFT under the Samsung column anyways? the omdem5 is a fine camera and sensor, but not as shallow a depth of field as with a larger sensor.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Mar 27, 2013)

So Bolt think a Samsung P&S is faster than his D4?

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timedrun
By timedrun (Mar 27, 2013)

I asked him, he said "why ask stupid questions?", he then called me a cretin. A cretin! Moi?

So, with him having layed down the gauntlet, I offered him a duel in a sport, athletic activity or pursuit of his choice.

He chose a who-can-take-the-best-photo-of-a-cat-competition, him armed with his new NX300 and me with a 6mp Canon Ixus from 2004.

Needless to say he whooped me, so I think that's proof enough that better cameras take better pictures, so I've put a bid in for a panasonic LX3 on ebay.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 27, 2013)

Bolt thinks Samsung's paychecks are better than his D4.

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spatz
By spatz (Mar 26, 2013)

The odd one out in terms of focal length is the wide end on the kit zoom: just 20mm, or 30mm equivalent. That's a bit too constrained, even for a kit zoom.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 27, 2013)

Look at the price point. they also have, obviously, the more expensive kit zoom, 18-55mm with image stabilization. It'll still be a bargain if you factor in the better lens.

1 upvote
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 26, 2013)

I see this comment a lot: 45mm focal length on APS-C is weird. It is not at all. It is a 70mm equivalent. A 24-70mm or 70-200mm are not weird focal lengths, 70mm is the stopping/starting point of each of those, and you spend a lot of time at either end on a zoom, so it should be fairly natural. Actually, take the 16mm f/2.4, 30mm f/2, and 45mm f/1.8 and you basically have your 24-70mm zoom in a fraction the size.

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Everlast66
By Everlast66 (Mar 26, 2013)

Yes, it's weird, man.

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Ariston
By Ariston (Mar 26, 2013)

45mm on APS_C sensor? definitely not weird.

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Karroly
By Karroly (Mar 26, 2013)

45mm F1.8 is close to 50mm F1.8 which was a good, cheap and widely used "standard" prime lens as everyone knows. But at $500 this lens is 4 times more expensive than the CANON EF 50mm F1.8 II...
Why ? Because of the 3D feature or because it is razor-sharp wide open ? Wait and see...
In the meantime, I use a Zuiko 50mm F1.8 prime lens + adapter on my NX11. My still subjects allow me to manual focus...

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 27, 2013)

indeed, 45mm is unusual as it's 68mm equivalent. 50mm on FF or 70mm on APSC is considered to be the minimum for portraiture (around 70mm equivalent).

to have the equivalent of yesterday's very popular 50mm, you'd need a 35mm on APSC, or go with Samsung's 30mm f2 which if 45mm FF equivalent.

I have a nice vintage Minolta 50mm f1.4, but since it's like a 75mm FF I don't use it as often as I anticipated, except for night shots. I mostly switched to the 30mm (45mm equivalent) on my NX20, as it is the most versatile for most situations. I'll be using the legacy lens more once I get into portraits.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 27, 2013)

SHOULD READ: 45-50mm on an APSC or a 70mm lens on FF, are considered to be the minimum FL for portrait. sorry about that. the 45mm is more of a portrait lens, and too narrow a viewing angle to be of use for most general purpose use.

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Zdman
By Zdman (Mar 27, 2013)

@Karroly. There a Standard 2D version which is $299. Nobody can compete with the 50 F1.8 II pricing but the NX lens does have a better motor, metal mount and looks to be sharper wide open (it is designed for the sensor size after all)

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (Mar 27, 2013)

Canon 50/1.8 is made out of plastic, is noisy and is not a mirrorless lens.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 26, 2013)

I don't see the point of wifi, when the app does NOT work with the majority of smartphones on the market, and when it does work, only with the camera's "for stupid" mode.

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viking79
By viking79 (Mar 26, 2013)

I use my NX20 with the iPhone just fine. If it works with the iPhone and Galaxy, than it works with a majority of the smart phones.

Depends on which WiFi function you are talking about, there are a bunch. The remote shutter only works in the idiot mode, which is what I think you are getting at, at least the current version.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 27, 2013)

@viking79: the iphone no longer dominates the market. it's android now. (although I didn't know if they had the iphone app when I wrote that, thanks for letting me know).
on the android side, I have an LG which in every respect, resolution, memory, processing power, meets or exceeds all the app's software requirements, and android market won't give me access to the download. Ditto for my HTC that I had before that. Support is mostly for Samsung brand, iphone, and only a handful of models outside of that.
So, in light of your comments, let me correct myself, and state that it won't work on HALF of the phones out there.
Plus, the capabilities of the app are rather disappointing, as it only works in idiot mode.

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viking79
By viking79 (Mar 27, 2013)

That is crappy they don't let it work with other Android phones? That is a shame.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Mar 26, 2013)

*Yawwwwnnnnn*

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Revenant
By Revenant (Mar 26, 2013)

The only remotely interesting thing about your comment is the fact that someone liked it.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 26, 2013)

Totally amazing price point!
This with the 30mm pancake is as small as the Nikon A, and less expensive.

Although it is a highly acclaimed lens, I do wish Samsung would update their 30mm f2 lens and come out with something that is closer to f1.4, and perhaps has iFn. Perhaps a 35mm f1.4? that would be on par with the 50mm f1.4 legacy lenses that were so prevalent in times gone by (and for good reason).

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monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (Mar 26, 2013)

The Samsung 30mm is exactly equivalent to a 50mm full frame, since it isn't really exactly 30mm, but you're right that it would be nice to have it even faster but then it probably wouldn't be as compact as it is now.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 27, 2013)

@monkey: not "exactly"... it's 45mm equivalent, but that's a good thing. and yes, as you say, it may be lots larger. but not bigger than the 50mm f1.4 legacy lens I have now to fill the lack.

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monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (Mar 27, 2013)

@Tim: You're right in theory and most reviews would agree, however as measured here: http://erphotoreview.com/wordpress/?p=2099 the Samsung NX 30mm is actually a 33mm lens, with the crop factor of 1.54 that makes it a 50.82 mm lens. It would probably have been better if Samsung labelled it a 35mm lens.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Mar 26, 2013)

Inclusion of adobe lightroom on a consumer grade camera is a great move by samsung. I hope more camera manufacturers do the same on their pro/semi-pro cameras instead some proprietary raw editor which works with single raw format.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Mar 26, 2013)

The day i see good 3Dvideos showing usain bolt running will be a lucky day for me considering this system. But i am sure we will never see action shots, because the images will never in-synch.

2. Which FOV has the 3D-lens or which equiv. FL is it? Dont tel me its 68 or 70mm, i am not interested in 2D!

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 27, 2013)

I suspect that your mind puts it together and all is well. that's why we see movement and not flickering individual frames at 30 or 60 fps.
at worse, there will be a slight increase in the 3d effect on one side and slight decrease on the other with a fast moving subject, or the moving subject will just seem a little more to the left or to the right, depending on direction.

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Zdman
By Zdman (Mar 27, 2013)

@3dreal. Your right as two concecutive frames need to be taken and there's bound to be some movement between the frames. With good lighting and a fast shutter its likely to be negligble though.

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Knallberto
By Knallberto (Mar 26, 2013)

In Europe list price for NX300 is € 799,
for NX300+2D/3D is € 999

NX300 available (amazon.de 18 pieces, detto saturn.de)

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 27, 2013)

is VAT included in the price in Euros?

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monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (Mar 27, 2013)

VAT rates vary between European countries, so probably not. Knallberto might be listing the Austrian list price with 20% VAT. VAT across EU is about 20% on average.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 26, 2013)

45mm seems like an odd choice for APS-C. Did they just try and copy m4/3?

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (Mar 26, 2013)

Agreed. Should of made it 55mm.

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Mar 26, 2013)

Yes, because 55mm is even more fascinating on APS-C

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Joel Pimenta
By Joel Pimenta (Mar 26, 2013)

A copy from a korean brand? Of a japanese product?
That's the first time it happens...

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random78
By random78 (Mar 26, 2013)

Please keep in mind that Samsung already has a 60mm lens. I think the main point of the 45mm 1.8 is to have a compact telephoto option. Once you go to long focal lengths the lens size advantage of mirrorless design goes away and you end up with large lenses for these small bodies. You can see that with the size of the Samsung 60mm lens. So I think they decided that the longest fast prime they can offer while keeping the size fairly compact is 45mm and thats why they chose this FL. I think I would like that lens (the non-3D version).

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tjobbe
By tjobbe (Mar 26, 2013)

Olympus f1,8/45mm announcement on 19th Sept
Samsung f1,8/45mm announcement on 17th Sept

Samsung earlier, hence they did pre-copy

Thumbs up for that smart one

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 26, 2013)

@tjobbe - I'm afraid those dates are wrong. Your date for Samsung is correct but the Olympus was announced in June:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/06/30/olympuslenses

The lens was available by September and our first impressions article was published on the 19th.

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timedrun
By timedrun (Mar 26, 2013)

NX has a few more mp than m43 so its no big thing compared to that format, crop image to get to 90mm eqiv, easy. i would have prefered 55mm myself for nx, but i understand why they went to 45mm.

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viking79
By viking79 (Mar 26, 2013)

How so? 45mm on APS-C is similar to 70mm on full frame. Is a 24-70mm f/2.8 an odd focal length for full frame? No.

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Ariston
By Ariston (Mar 26, 2013)

copy? are into some weird substance?

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (Mar 27, 2013)

>Yes, because 55mm is even more fascinating on APS-C

55 = 82.5mm. Yeah, because it's not like anyone made a 85/1.8 or 85/1.4 before for FF.

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timedrun
By timedrun (Mar 27, 2013)

85mm? never heard of it. :)

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