Samsung NX300: Performance

July 15, 2013 by Laura Hicks Reads (180,495)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Expandability
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.60
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Samsung NX300Performance
The NX300 is a real champ. The new hybrid autofocus system works quickly and the variety of lenses make this camera soar to the top of the charts.

Shooting Performance
The Samsung NX300 has a quicker autofocus than I expected–generally taking a fraction of a second to capture it. Choosing to include both contrast and phase detection autofocus was a good move for Samsung because it has clearly positioned itself to be a major contender amongst the Olympus and Sony mirrorless cameras. Startup is also fast on the NX300. It takes about a second to turn on the camera and snap your first shot and the shutter lag is unnoticeable. 

The NX300 comes with a hot shoe flash. It flips up for use or flips down when you want to store it on your camera, but not use it. 

The battery in the NX300 is rechargeable BP 1130 rated for 160 minutes of video or 320 shots. We found this to be true, but if you like to delete your images in camera, be aware that you will have less battery for capturing your images. Also, the more you use the Wi-Fi, the fewer shots you will be able to capture. That handy little feature can eat up a lot of power. The battery is charged in camera via the included micro USB charging cord. It does not have an additional external charger. Although this is a more common occurrence (especially with Samsung cameras), it does pose a problem if you intend to shoot more than 300 (or so) images at one setting. The only way around this is to purchase an additional battery and charge both of them before you head out to your shoot. Once one of the batteries is depleted you can swap it out and then recharge them both later. 

Lens Performance
The Samsung NX300 has a wide variety of lenses from which to choose. Although I can’t say the 18-55mm is my all-time favorite kit lens ever, it does function very nicely with the camera. It is highly responsive and is useful in a multitude of photographic situations. But the best part is it produces some pretty sharp images for a kit lens.

Don’t feel like using the kit lens? No problem. Samsung offers a growing lineup of NX lenses. And, the NX300 just happens to be the first camera to support the 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens. My personal favorite NX lenses are the 30mm f/2.0 pancake, the 85mm f/1.4 and the new 10mm f/3.5mm fisheye.

Some of the Samsung lenses are equipped with a cool feature called “i Fn.” The i function feature allows the camera to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO with the twist of the ring around the lens.  

I am happy to report that the Wi-Fi mode on the NX300 is easy and seamless. With no trouble at all, I accessed my Facebook account and downloaded 2 images in less than 10 seconds. After that, I tried again with 7 more images. Again, each one took about 5 seconds to upload. Obviously, your upload speed will depend on your internet connection, but the moral of the story is the Wi-Fi connectivity of the Samsung NX300 is top notch.

The Samsung NX300 is equipped with NFC (near field communication). Simply tap the camera to a device that has NFC. The image will be transferred wirelessly.

The Samsung NX300 offers geo-tagging with the optional GPS module (WGS84). We did not test this module.

Video Quality
Video is captured as an MP4 file. The camera records Full HD 1080p at 60fps. It can also record 30fps or 24fps. Sound is captured with in-camera stereo sound. If you like better sound quality than you can get in-camera, the EM 10 microphone is available as an accessory for $130. 

The Samsung NX300 produces just as good video results as it does still images. The colors are represented accurately and the subjects are sharp. The camera does a great job at capturing and maintaining focus even with a moving subject. 

Image Quality
We were very impressed with our real world testing of the NX300. Colors were well represented and came out beautiful. Images are sharp with very little noise throughout ISO 3200. ISO 6400 started to show noticeable noise. By the time you reached ISO 25,600 the noise was immense and the pixel smudging was intense. If at all possible I would recommend keeping the ISO below 6400 as much as possible. Just because the camera can shoot at ISO 25,600 doesn’t mean you should. 

The camera offers 8 while balance settings: auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent, tungsten flash, custom and K (Kelvin). 

The camera has a mulitiude of creative shooting modes including: Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Creative Shot, Best Face. It also has a bunch of effects pallets including: Vignetting, Minature, Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Wash Drawing, Oil Sketch, Ink Sketch, Acryl, Negative, 4 Selective Color options. 

Check out these real world samples of the NX300. We are pretty sure you will be just as happy with the image quality as we are.

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