- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #71 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #853 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.
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.
DV300F vs DV150F25-125mm
Samsung DV300F Gallery
You can view the DV300F from different angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Listed below is a pic of the Samsung DV300F with a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will show the button design on the DV300F.
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.
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.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.
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.
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:
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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 35 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.
Samsung DV300F as a Street photography camera
Getting a very good score of 64, 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.
Samsung DV300F Sports photography highlights
A subpar sports photography score of 45 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.