Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300 front

Samsung NX300 overview

Samsung NX300 is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first released on November of 2013. The camera has a 20MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Samsung brought out this model in order to improve the earlier Samsung NX210 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards brought out the updated Samsung NX500 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this model.

The NX300 is scored #32 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all around #202 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your personalized factors.

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

Samsung NX300 history

The Samsung NX300 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX500 front thumbnailSamsung NX500
NX300 vs NX500
28MPAPS-C9.0 fps2015
Samsung-NX3000 front thumbnailSamsung NX3000
NX300 vs NX3000
20MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX2000 front thumbnailSamsung NX2000
NX300 vs NX2000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300 front thumbnailSamsung NX30020MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX1100 front thumbnailSamsung NX1100
NX300 vs NX1100
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300M front thumbnailSamsung NX300M
NX300 vs NX300M
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
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Samsung-NX210 front thumbnailSamsung NX210
NX300 vs NX210
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012

Samsung NX300 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung NX300 based on features which are usually viewed as useful in a digital camera.

great ISO range (25,600)
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
great min ISO (100)
has face detection focus
has HDMI out
has phase detect auto focus
has touchscreen
has tracking autofocus
includes touch to focus
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
NFC connection
nice screen size (3.3 inches)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen tilts up and down
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
you can focus manually
lack of image stabilization
low resolution screen (768 k dots)
no external mic support
no headphone support
no Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Samsung NX300 Sensor info

The Samsung NX300 is powered by the DRIMe IV processor. The measurement of the sensor in the Samsung NX300 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has wider margin for error.

The image underneath displays the NX300's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The NX300 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX300 dimensions

Samsung NX300 has a weight of 0.73 lb (331 gr or 11.68 ounces) & has outside dimensions of 122mm x 64mm x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr so the Samsung NX300 is on par as compared with various rivals.

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Here is a image of the Samsung NX300 next to a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Samsung NX300 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button design on the NX300.

Samsung NX300 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX300 Lens info

The NX300 fits the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses currently available. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the NX300.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-135mm-F2.0-ED-UMC-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC135mmf/2830g
Samsung-NX-18-55mm-F3.5-5.6-OIS lensSamsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 198g
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Rokinon-14mm-f2.8-IF-ED-MC-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC14mmf/2.8 552g
Samyang-100mm-F2.8-Macro-NX-Mount lensSamyang 100mm F2.8 Macro100mmf/2.8720g
Samsung-NX-50-200mm-F4-5.6-OIS lensSamsung NX 50-200mm F4-5.6 OIS50-200mmf/4.0-5.6 417g
Lensbaby-Velvet-56-Samsung-NX lensLensbaby Velvet 5656mmf/1.6 400g
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Samsung-NX-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 549g
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Samsung NX300 Connectivity

The NX300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can transfer files and at times alter camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Several applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Samsung NX300 Video info

The maximum video quality in the Samsung NX300 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance for video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone or headphone port which means that you get no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to purchase a different model if you want better audio for your videos.

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Samsung NX300 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Samsung NX300 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Samsung NX300 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX300 has a 3.3" tilting screen boasting a resolution of 768k dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means you can set focus points plus change settings using your fingers.

Samsung NX300 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder details for Samsung NX300 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Samsung NX300 Shutter info

Samsung NX300 continuous shooting rate is 9.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/6000 sec.

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Samsung NX300 Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung NX300 comes with external flash ability but with no in-built flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/180 sec.

Samsung NX300 Autofocusing info

Samsung NX300 comes with both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detection which is helpful for portrait photography.

The Sensor has 247 focus points to choose from. Samsung NX300 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also includes Tracking AF for moving objects. Samsung NX300 can use manual focus if needed for low light situations or you want to have more accurate focus control.

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Samsung NX300 Battery life

The battery (BP1130) in the Samsung NX300 is made to last for 330 clicks as per the CIPA standards making it similar to it's competition. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 features the highest possible (750) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras which have the best battery life:

Samsung NX300 for various categories of photography

The following bar chart displays a overview of the Samsung NX300 for various categories of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Samsung NX300 as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung NX300 gets a score of 77 which is awesome, meaning that it is a great choice for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the flexibility to work with off-camera flash.

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manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW files

Samsung NX300 Street photography features

With a wonderful score of 80, the Samsung NX300 is a great pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
includes touch focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization

Samsung NX300 Sports photography features

A nice sports photography points tally of 73 suggests the Samsung NX300 is a respectable choice for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
supports phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization

Samsung NX300 Travel photography features

Weight is very important in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Samsung NX300 gets a nice 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent fit for your travels.

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comes with focus by touch
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't posses selfie friendly display

Samsung NX300 as a Landscape photography camera

When you are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung NX300 at it's above average grade of 72 for a landscape camera is a very decent pick in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen is a decent size (3.3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse mode

Samsung NX300 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Samsung NX300 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy rating of 33.

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touch screen
provides face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
missing external mic jack

Samsung NX300 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the NX300, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The graph listed below gives you an overview of the NX300 compared to it's top rated rivals shown above.

Here are a few more cameras you might view as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Samsung NX300
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Samsung NX
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Screen sizing
3.3 inches
Resolution of screen
768k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen technology
Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/6000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/180 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
331 grams (0.73 pounds)
122 x 64 x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6")
Battery life
330 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at launch