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Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5

Portability
86
Imaging
63
Features
73
Overall
67
Samsung NX300M front
 
Samsung NX5 front
Portability
80
Imaging
55
Features
50
Overall
53

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 Key Specs

Samsung NX300M
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 331g - 122 x 64 x 41mm
  • Released January 2013
Samsung NX5
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Released June 2010
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Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 Overview

Below, we are matching up the Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and they are both sold by Samsung. There exists a considerable gap between the sensor resolutions of the NX300M (20MP) and NX5 (15MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The NX300M was launched 2 years later than the NX5 and that is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Samsung NX300M being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Samsung NX5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going through a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the NX300M grades versus the NX5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX300M over the Samsung NX5

 NX300M NX5 
ReleasedJanuary 2013June 2010Fresher by 32 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3.3"3"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution768k230kCrisper display (+538k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung NX5 over the Samsung NX300M

 NX5 NX300M 

Common features in the Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX5

 NX300M NX5 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera, you'll need to consider its weight and measurements. The Samsung NX300M has got external measurements of 122mm x 64mm x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6") along with a weight of 331 grams (0.73 lbs) whilst the Samsung NX5 has proportions of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") along with a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using during that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the NX300M against the NX5.

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the NX300M and NX5 is 86 and 80 respectively.

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be hard to imagine the gap between sensor sizing purely by reading a spec sheet. The graphic underneath will provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the NX300M and NX5.

As you can see, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You can expect to see the Samsung NX300M to deliver more detail utilizing its extra 5 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images much more aggressively. The more modern NX300M provides a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX300M as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung NX5 as a Portrait photography camera
77
focusing manually
good megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
73
focusing manually
good resolution (15 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX300M Street photography highlights
Samsung NX5 Street photography highlights
80
screen tilts
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
60
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition (499 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX300M Sports photography factors
Samsung NX5 Sports photography factors
73
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
good megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
comes with phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
52
good resolution (15MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery pack (400 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX300M Travel photography advice
Samsung NX5 Travel photography advice
67
comes with focus via touch
good megapixels (20MP)
does not have Time Lapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
63
better than average battery pack (400 shots)
good resolution (15 megapixels)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (499 grams)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung NX300M Landscape photography highlights
Samsung NX5 Landscape photography highlights
72
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
good sized screen (3.3")
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse recording
68
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
good resolution (15 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (400 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX300M Vlogging highlights
Samsung NX5 Vlogging highlights
33
built-in touchscreen
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic socket
24
offers face detection focus
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic support
heavier than competition (499g)
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Samsung NX300M vs Samsung NX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX300M and Samsung NX5
 Samsung NX300MSamsung NX5
General Information
Brand Samsung Samsung
Model type Samsung NX300M Samsung NX5
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2013-01-03 2010-06-01
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip DRIMe IV DRIM Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 15 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 4592 x 3056
Max native ISO 25600 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 247 15
Lens
Lens mount type Samsung NX Samsung NX
Amount of lenses 32 32
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 768k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology Active Matrix OLED screen Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 9.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 11.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 331 gr (0.73 pounds) 499 gr (1.10 pounds)
Dimensions 122 x 64 x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6") 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" 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
Other
Battery life 330 photographs 400 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BP1130 BP1130
Self timer Yes (2 sec to 30 sec) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $699 $499