Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX3000 front

Samsung NX3000 summary

Samsung NX3000 is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera initially introduced on May of 2014. The camera has a 20MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Samsung introduced this camera in an effort to update the older Samsung NX2000 (Read Full Comparison)

The NX3000 is rated #51 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & overall #284 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Samsung NX3000 family

The Samsung NX3000 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX500 front thumbnailSamsung NX500
NX3000 vs NX500
28MPAPS-C9.0 fps2015
Samsung-NX3000 front thumbnailSamsung NX300020MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX2000 front thumbnailSamsung NX2000
NX3000 vs NX2000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300 front thumbnailSamsung NX300
NX3000 vs NX300
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX1100 front thumbnailSamsung NX1100
NX3000 vs NX1100
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300M front thumbnailSamsung NX300M
NX3000 vs NX300M
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
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Samsung-NX210 front thumbnailSamsung NX210
NX3000 vs NX210
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX1000 front thumbnailSamsung NX1000
NX3000 vs NX1000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX200 front thumbnailSamsung NX200
NX3000 vs NX200
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX11 front thumbnailSamsung NX11
NX3000 vs NX11
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX100 front thumbnailSamsung NX100
NX3000 vs NX100
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
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Samsung-NX5 front thumbnailSamsung NX5
NX3000 vs NX5
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX10 front thumbnailSamsung NX10
NX3000 vs NX10
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010

Samsung NX3000 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Samsung NX3000 based on criterias which are typically considered useful in a camera.

does have HDMI support
good high ISO (25,600)
good minimum ISO (100)
has face detect focusing
has manual focus
has tracking focus
lighter than competition (230g)
NFC connectivity
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
screen size is good (3 inches)
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have headphone jack
does not have mic jack
does not have Time Lapse mode
lacks phase detect AF
low resolution screen (461 thousand dot)
no image stabilization
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
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Samsung NX3000 Sensor specs

The specification of the sensor in the Samsung NX3000 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW photos are saved so the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the NX3000's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The NX3000 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX3000 dimensions

Samsung NX3000 weighs around 0.51 pounds (230 gr / 8.11 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 117mm x 66mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr so the Samsung NX3000 is less heavy than other rivals.

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Underneath is a shot of the Samsung NX3000 with a soda so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Samsung NX3000 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the NX3000.

Samsung NX3000 topview buttons dials

Samsung NX3000 Lens details

The NX3000 works with the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses currently available. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the NX3000.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samsung-NX-85mm-F1.4-ED-SSA lensSamsung NX 85mm F1.4 ED SSA85mmf/1.4 714g
Samsung-NX-16-50mm-F2.0-2.8-S-ED-OIS lensSamsung NX 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 S ED OIS16-50mmf/2.0-2.8 622g
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Samsung-NX-45mm-F1.8 lensSamsung NX 45mm F1.845mmf/1.8 115g
Rokinon-35mm-f1.4-Samsung-NX lensRokinon 35mm f1.435mmf/1.4 660g
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
Samsung-NX-50-200mm-F4-5.6-OIS lensSamsung NX 50-200mm F4-5.6 OIS50-200mmf/4.0-5.6 417g
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Samyang-135mm-F2.0-ED-UMC-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC135mmf/2830g
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Samsung NX3000 Connectivity

The NX3000 has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy photos and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Certain apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Samsung NX3000 Video details

The max video quality in the Samsung NX3000 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in H.264 format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance between quality vs file size but 1080p is not going to give you any room to crop. The body does not have a microphone and headphone socket so you get zero control over the audio. It is perhaps best to buy an alternative model should you need decent audio for your video clips.

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Samsung NX3000 Weather Sealing

Samsung NX3000 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions can damage the camera.

Samsung NX3000 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX3000 has a 3 inch tilting display screen with a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details for Samsung NX3000 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders are quite valuable.

Samsung NX3000 Shutter details

Samsung NX3000 has the capability to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Samsung NX3000 Flash and Hot shoe details

Samsung NX3000 features external flash support but is without inbuilt flash.

Samsung NX3000 Autofocus details

Samsung NX3000 features only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier & accurate than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect making it helpful for people photography.

The Sensor has 35 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Samsung NX3000 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is required during low light or you need to have more precise control on focus.

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Samsung NX3000 Battery life

The battery pack (B740) on the Samsung NX3000 is built to last for 370 clicks with respect to the CIPA standards which is about average when compared to it's rivals. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has got the maximum (750) battery life within this type of cameras.

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Samsung NX3000 for specific forms of photography

The following illustration displays a rundown of the Samsung NX3000 for specific forms of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Samsung NX3000 Portrait photography information

The Samsung NX3000 receives a rating of 77 which is very high, meaning that it is a great pick for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files together with the option to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
decent MP (20MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats

Street photography with Samsung NX3000

Getting a superb rating of 81, the Samsung NX3000 is a terrific choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has a tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than average in class (230 grams)
great high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization

Samsung NX3000 as a Sports photography camera

A modest sports photography points total of 56 indicates the Samsung NX3000 is fairly suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs very good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
features tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Samsung NX3000

Weight is super important when choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Samsung NX3000 gets a above average 68 as a travel camera which is a fine option to buy for your journeys.

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lighter than competition (230g)
megapixel count good (20MP)
missing Time Lapse function
doesn't have a selfie friendly display

Samsung NX3000 Landscape photography info

In case you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will be image quality. The Samsung NX3000 with it's nice grade of 72 as a landscape camera is a fine choice within the current marketplace.

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manual focus
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Samsung NX3000 Vlogging information

A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating display, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Samsung NX3000 is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a terrible score of 34.

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includes face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (230g)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no microphone support

Samsung NX3000 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the NX3000, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall within the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The diagram below will give you an overview of the NX3000 vs it's highest scored competitors listed earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might consider as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung NX3000
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Samsung NX
Total lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
230 grams (0.51 lb)
Physical dimensions
117 x 66 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.5")
Battery life
370 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2-30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Cost at release