Samsung DV300F

Samsung DV300F front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.5-6.3) lens
  • 133g - 95 x 57 x 18mm
  • Introduced January 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung DV300F overview

Samsung DV300F is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact camera first revealed on January of 2012. It houses a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The DV300F is scored #81 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #891 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Here is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung DV300F family

The Samsung DV300F has a history of related cameras. Below, you can check out all previous and brand new models as well as main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Samsung-DV150F front thumbnailSamsung DV150F
DV300F vs DV150F
Samsung-DV300F front thumbnailSamsung DV300F25-125mm
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Samsung DV300F Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung DV300F based on features that are often seen as essential in a camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in lens has zoom (25-125mm 5.0 x zoom)
good min ISO (80)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lighter than competitors (133g)
provides face detection autofocus
provides tracking autofocus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW files
does not have external microphone jack
does not have HDMI support
does not have headphone jack
does not have Timelapse recording
focusing manually not possible
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (460 thousand dot)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.3)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no manual exposure
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
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Samsung DV300F Sensor specs

The dimension of the sensor on the Samsung DV300F is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The graphic below illustrates the DV300F's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The DV300F sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

Samsung DV300F sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung DV300F dimensions

Samsung DV300F is 0.29 lbs (133 grams / 4.69 oz) & the size of the camera is 95mm x 57mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Samsung DV300F is lighter compared to other rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Samsung DV300F with a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.

Samsung DV300F dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button design on the DV300F.

Samsung DV300F topview buttons dials

Samsung DV300F Lens details

The DV300F is equipped with a built-in lens giving a focal range of 25-125mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be exceptional however it is going to be convenient in certain conditions.

At it's widest 25mm, it has an aperture of f2.5 which is kind of sluggish and not good for low light conditions and you will likely struggle to get good bokeh. You will probably also have to raise your ISO setting resulting in noisy files. On the long end, 125mm comes to f6.3 which is really slow and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung DV300F Connectivity

The DV300F has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and sometimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Samsung DV300F Video details

The highest video resolution on the Samsung DV300F is 1280 x 720 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You really should target a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone socket which means that you get zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to get a different camera should you need better sound for your video clips.

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Samsung DV300F Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Samsung DV300F so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Samsung DV300F Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung DV300F is equipped with a 3 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder details for Samsung DV300F are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be pretty valuable.

Samsung DV300F Shutter details

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Samsung DV300F Flash and Hot shoe details

Samsung DV300F has just in-built flash with missing external flash ability.

Samsung DV300F Autofocusing details

Samsung DV300F has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it handy for taking photos of people.

It also features Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Samsung DV300F has no manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be good for low light scenarios or you require more precise depth of field control.

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Samsung DV300F Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Samsung DV300F for varying kinds of photography

The following bar chart indicates a overview of the Samsung DV300F for varying kinds of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Samsung DV300F Portrait photography advice

The Samsung DV300F gets a rating of 34 which is subpar, meaning that it is simply not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files in addition to the option to use external flash.

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MP count decent (16MP)
comes with face detection focus
no manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Samsung DV300F as a Street photography camera

Getting a very good score of 63, the Samsung DV300F is a very decent option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (133g)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Samsung DV300F Sports photography highlights

A subpar sports photography score of 44 suggests the Samsung DV300F is simply not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Samsung DV300F Travel photography info

Size is very critical when selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Samsung DV300F gets a very good 69 as a travel camera which is a respectable pick to purchase for your trips.

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lighter than competitors (133g)
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)

Samsung DV300F Landscape photography advice

For those who are planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung DV300F with it's subpar rating of 43 as a landscape camera is simply not acceptable in the current market.

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relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
manual mode not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode

Samsung DV300F as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Samsung DV300F is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar score of 33.

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fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
lighter than competition in class (133g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone support

Samsung DV300F Alternatives

If you need replacements to the DV300F, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram just below shows you an overview of the DV300F vs it's top scoring competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might look at as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung DV300F
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-125mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
Resolution of display
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
16 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.10 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
133 gr (0.29 lbs)
95 x 57 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
MicroSD, MicroSDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Cost at launch