Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 front
Samsung NX300M front

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M Key Specs

Olympus Tough-3000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 159g - 96 x 65 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Additionally Known as mju Tough 3000
Samsung NX300M
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 331g - 122 x 64 x 41mm
  • Announced January 2013
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M Overview

Here is a extended assessment of the Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M, one being a Waterproof and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Samsung. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the Tough-3000 (12MP) and NX300M (20MP) and the Tough-3000 (1/2.3") and NX300M (APS-C) provide totally different sensor sizing.

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The Tough-3000 was announced 4 years before the NX300M and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus Tough-3000 being a Compact camera and the Samsung NX300M being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick overview of how the Tough-3000 scores versus the NX300M in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus Tough-3000 over the Samsung NX300M

 Tough-3000 NX300M 

Reasons to pick Samsung NX300M over the Olympus Tough-3000

 NX300M Tough-3000 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013January 2010Fresher by 36 months
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3.3"2.7"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution768k230kSharper display (+538k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus Tough-3000 and Samsung NX300M

 Tough-3000 NX300M 
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus Tough-3000 comes with exterior dimensions of 96mm x 65mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") having a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Samsung NX300M has dimensions of 122mm x 64mm x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6") and a weight of 331 grams (0.73 lbs).

Check the Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are using during that time. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the Tough-3000 versus the NX300M.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the Tough-3000 and NX300M is 94 and 86 respectively.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M top view buttons comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to see the difference between sensor sizing only by checking technical specs. The photograph underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the Tough-3000 and NX300M.

As you can tell, both cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The Tough-3000 having a tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field more difficult and the Samsung NX300M will give greater detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop images way more aggressively. The older Tough-3000 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M sensor size comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus Tough-3000
Portrait photography with Samsung NX300M
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
you can focus manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus Tough-3000
Street photography with Samsung NX300M
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
has a tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
has touch focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Sports photography advice
Samsung NX300M Sports photography advice
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking focus
environment proof
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
high shutter speed (1/6,000s)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
has phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Travel photography highlights
Samsung NX300M Travel photography highlights
environment proof
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
low resolution (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
has touch focus
MP count good (20MP)
missing Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Landscape photography information
Samsung NX300M Landscape photography information
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is good (3.3 inch)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Vlogging details
Samsung NX300M Vlogging details
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic port
touchscreen functionality
includes face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
missing external microphone socket
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Samsung NX300M Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus Tough-3000 and Samsung NX300M
 Olympus Stylus Tough-3000Samsung NX300M
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Samsung
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Samsung NX300M
Also Known as mju Tough 3000 -
Class Waterproof Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2010-01-07 2013-01-03
Physical type Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III DRIMe IV
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW images
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 247
Lens mount type fixed lens Samsung NX
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) -
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.1 -
Macro focusing distance 2cm -
Number of lenses - 32
Crop factor 5.9 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.7 inches 3.3 inches
Display resolution 230k dots 768k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display tech - Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 9.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 159 grams (0.35 lb) 331 grams (0.73 lb)
Physical dimensions 96 x 65 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") 122 x 64 x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life - 330 images
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - BP1130
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $0 $699