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First Impressions: Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (3 of 11)ISO 16001-240 sec at f - 5.6

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (4 of 11)ISO 16001-550 sec at f - 5.6

Samsung introduced their new NX300 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera today; and we were able to get some quick hands on time with it. The new camera (that replaces the NX 210) features a redesigned 20.3MP sensor, the ability to shoot 3D and 2D stills and video with the also announced 45mm f1.8 3D, includes a new DRIMe 4 engine, has both contrast and phase detect focusing, and lots more. To boot, you’ll also receive the camera bundled with Adobe Lightroom 4.

Here’s our overview:

Editor’s Note: New price on the lens and new product photos

Tech Specs

All info taken directly from Samsung

NX300 Product Specifications

Image Sensor 20.3 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS
IS OIS mode is only provided on 2D shooting mode
Display 84.0mm (3.31”) AMOLED with a Tilt Touch PanelWVGA (800×400) 768k dots
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
Image JPEG (3:2):20.0M (5472×3648),  10.1M (3888×2592), 5.9M (2976×1984),2.0M (1728×1152), 5.0M (2736×1824): Burst mode onlyJPEG (16:9):16.9M (5472×3080), 7.8M (3712×2088), 4.9M (2944×1656), 2.1M (1920×1080)

JPEG (1:1):13.3M (3648×3648),  7.0M (2640×2640), 4.0M (2000×2000),

1.1M (1024×1024)

RAW : 20.0M (5472×3648)

* 3D Image Size : JPEG (16:9) 4.1M (2688×1512), (16:9) 2.1M (1920×1080)

Video MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)1920×1080, 1920×810, 1280×720 , 640×480, 320×240 for Sharing
Video Output HDMI 1.4a
Value-added Features SMART Mode : Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro, Action Freeze, Rich Tone, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Creative Shot, Best Face
3D still image & video capturing
Wi-Fi Connectivity IEEE 802.11b/g/n support Dual Channel (SMART Camera 2.0). AutoShare. Cloud

. Email

. Auto Backup

. Remote Viewfinder

. MobileLink

. Wi-Fi Direct (playback)

. AllSharePlay

. Social Sharing

Bundle PC software iLauncher, Adobe Lightroom
Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-1
Battery BP1130 (1130mAh)
Dimension (WxHxD) 122 x 63.7 x 40.7mm (excluding the projection part)
Weight 280 g (without battery)

-          NEW 3D Still and movie capture

-          NEW Hybrid AF (Phase and Contrast Detection)

-          NEW 3.3-inch AMOLED Touchscreen and Tilt Display

-          NEW SMART Camera 2.0 functionality

-          NEW Premium retro modern design

-          20.3 MP CMOS sensor (APS-C)

-          Full HD video recording (1080p/60fps)

-          Dual-band Wi-Fi Connectivity (2.4G/5G)

-          Available in retro-modern black/silver and white/silver

-          MSRP: $749.99

45mm 2D/3D lens Specifications

Focal Length 45mm (equivalent to 69.3mm in 35mm format)
Elements in Groups 7 elements in 6 groups
Angle of View 34.7°
Aperture As of 2D : F1.8* (Min. F22), (Number of Blades : 9 , Circular Aperture Diaphragm)
OIS NO
MinimumFocus Distance 0.50m
Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.12X
i Scene Night, Portrait, Beauty shot, Children, Backlight, Sports
Lens Hood Yes
Filter Size 43mm
Mount Type NX Mount
Dimension (DxL) 44.4 x 61.5mm
Weight 115g

Ergonomics

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (3 of 11)ISO 16001-240 sec at f - 5.6

The NX300 has what the company is calling a, “Retro-modern look”; and indeed it seems to have design cues that balance that. For example, the front is very plain with a faux leather covering and a top and bottom that looks like silver.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (5 of 11)ISO 16001-400 sec at f - 5.6

The top of the NX300 has a shutter control dial that doubles for zooming in and out of a photo during playback, on/off switch with the shutter release in the middle, direct wifi link, and the mode dial. To the left of all this is the hot shoe and stereo microphones.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (6 of 11)ISO 16001-180 sec at f - 5.6

The back of the camera looks very interesting with the video record button being placed a bit out of the way. Then there are other controls such as exposure compensation (or aperture control), a menu button, custom function button, display, drive mode, focusing mode, confirmation button, ISO control, playback and trash.

Interestingly enough, the screen is an AMOLED touch screen, and nearly any of these parameters can be controlled via the screen.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (7 of 11)ISO 16001-480 sec at f - 5.6

The screen is big (3.3 inches), bright, and beautiful. When I switched the camera into manual focusing mode, it also helped me with focusing due to the combination of magnification and focus peaking.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (8 of 11)ISO 16001-60 sec at f - 5.6

The cameras menus also include quite a bit of info that might be crucial to those trying to become more advanced. Here for example, ISO is explained more.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (9 of 11)ISO 16001-250 sec at f - 5.6

But the visual menu layout overall has to be the best in the industry: trumping Olympus, Sony, and Panasonic in simplifying and sexifying the menu overview.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (10 of 11)ISO 16001-150 sec at f - 5.6

As is standard, the user also can have a quick menu overlay. This overlay would be excellent if the camera had a viewfinder (or one that attaches.) Alas, it doesn’t.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (11 of 11)ISO 16001-105 sec at f - 5.0

The camera also comes in white if the user so chooses to spring for that.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (1 of 11)ISO 16001-180 sec at f - 4.0

One of the more interesting parts of today’s announcement though is the company’s new 45mm f1.8 2D/3D lens: which incorporates two different shutter curtains. When 3D video or stills are being shot, the left moves and then the right. In 2D mode: only one curtain moves.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX300 and 45mm f1.8 3D first impressions (2 of 11)ISO 16001-240 sec at f - 4.0

Here’s another view of the curtains.

Price will be $499.99

Build Quality

The NX300 was remarkably solid in my hands; but I tested an engineering sample, so not all of the kinks were ironed out. However, Samsung said that a photographer went to the arctic with one of their cameras and a DSLR; and the NX model survived while the DSLR couldn’t take the extreme cold.

Autofocus

Samsung claimed that the autofocusing should be the best in the world now that there is phase detection incorporated into the camera. I begged to differ in my short time with the camera; but am willing to blame it on the fact that I held an engineering sample.

Ease of Use

The NX300′s menu system and overlays were all very intuitive and at no time did I feel intimidated by the buttons, menus or anything else. The audience that this camera is targeted to (consumers) will have no problems using it or its direct link WiFi settings.

Image Quality

Because this was a pre-production model, we couldn’t put a card in the camera at all. We are working on calling in a review unit though.

First Impressions

The NX300 felt awesome in my hands, though it was a bit bigger than I’d like. The lovely screen is very much a show stealer: and the company seems to be positioning itself for an even more aggressive push in the camera market. In the years passed, Samsung wasn’t always such a big hit. But maybe now they will be. This little camera surely deserves it from what I’ve seen so far.

What the Final Products Will Look Like

Samsung was kind enough to send us these images of what the final product will look like. Check it out below:

45mm 2D3D Lens NX300_002_Front-with-Lens_white NX300_004_Front-with-45mm_black NX300_012_Dynamic05_black NX300_013_Dynamic08_white NX300_014_Dynamic09_white NX300_016_Dynamic09_black NX300_016_Dynamic11_white NX300_018_Dynamic11_black NX300_020_Dynamic15_white NX300_021_Dynamic14_black NX300_028_Dynamic21_black NX300_keyvisual

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