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Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Camera Review

Updated on January 20, 2016
SHer Photography
SHer Photography | Source
SHer Photography
SHer Photography | Source

I decided to ditch the big DSLR and decided to look for something compact that would provide me DSLR like features. I also wanted something with an interchangeable lens. As a hard die fan of Samsung Android products, I decided to purchase the Samsung NX300 Mirror less lens.

I only purchased the body of the camera because I didn't want the standard lens it came with, so I bought the body and the lenses separate.

Here are some of the basic features:

20.3 Mega Pixel Sensor

Interchangeable lens capability

WI-FI Connection to transfer photos to an android phone or upload to icloud and facebook.

Tilt Display at 90 degree angle

1080 Full HD Recording

The NX300 measures 2.51 by 4.8 by 1.6 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 0.62 pounds

Now it's time to share some pros and cons on this camera. Although I hated some of the features on this camera, I love most of it's features.

Pros

Tilt Screen: It's an awesome feature on the camera and makes it easier to take photos and I find it very helpful for me to use especially when I need to take photos from down low or up high with using very little stooping and bending.

Image Quality: The image quality is nice and clear in Aperture setting. With the right adjustments on the camera, it gives beautiful color pay off and is not over saturated. However, depending on the lens you use, the lens is quite noisy when you use the auto focus setting.

SLR Type Features: I can change aperture, speed, and ISO settings just like I can for a DSLR. This is exactly what I was looking for.

Build: The Samsung NX300 has a plastic body to it, which makes it light weight to carry. And because the size is small, It doesn't take up a lot of space in my bag.

Flash: Another great feature of this camera is that it provides a standard external flash mount. You can read my review of the external flash it came with in the cons section.

Price: If you're looking for something that is $500 or less, this is the one to go for.

Cons:

Flash: The flash that Samsun NX300 came with was terrible. The flash tilts up at a 34 degree angle and most of the time it would cause my camera to freeze. It's nothing more than a standard flash. However, I used a different brand external flash and it worked perfectly fine. Because my external flash is quite large, my camera looks almost silly because if it's peculiar small body.

Video Stability/Video Quality: I was a little disappointed that the video did not have stability settings, so prepare for a lot of shaky videos. I would recommend a tripod use if you're planning to record something at a stand still. As for auto focus on video, depending on the lens, you can hear the noise of the lens in the video when it auto focuses. Another down fall to this is that the camera constantly constantly constantly auto focuses. even if you're standing in one spot and if you slightly turn your head or tilt your body. Otherwise, the video is amaze balls when you manually focus it and have it sit on a tripod.

File Type: As a photographer, I love shooting in RAW as it preserves every detail of the photo when you edit it. Unfortunately, Samsung NX300 does not have the option to shoot in RAW format.

I wouldn't recommend this camera if you're looking for a t all around camera with great photos and video quality.

I do recommend this camera if you're on a very tight budget and a beginner photographer and don't care much for it's video features. It's a good camera to practice on before dedicating yourself to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars before jumping straight into photography.

Samsung, please make changes to your video by providing video stabilization and the auto focus during video use on this camera. Love, your Samsung product fan.

You can find some sample photos of the camera that was shot with a Rokinon 85mm 1.4 lens. Watch out for a review on this lens!




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