Samsung NX300M

Samsung NX300M front
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 331g - 122 x 64 x 41mm
  • Revealed January 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung NX300M overview

Samsung NX300M is Samsung's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first introduced on January of 2013. The camera has a 20MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648.

The NX300M places at #35 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and all-around #216 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Here is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung NX300M history

The Samsung NX300M comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can discover all previous and more recent models as well as key specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-NX500 front thumbnailSamsung NX500
NX300M vs NX500
28MPAPS-C9.0 fps2015
Samsung-NX3000 front thumbnailSamsung NX3000
NX300M vs NX3000
20MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Samsung-NX2000 front thumbnailSamsung NX2000
NX300M vs NX2000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300 front thumbnailSamsung NX300
NX300M vs NX300
20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX1100 front thumbnailSamsung NX1100
NX300M vs NX1100
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
Samsung-NX300M front thumbnailSamsung NX300M20MPAPS-C9.0 fps2013
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Samsung-NX210 front thumbnailSamsung NX210
NX300M vs NX210
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX1000 front thumbnailSamsung NX1000
NX300M vs NX1000
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX200 front thumbnailSamsung NX200
NX300M vs NX200
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2012
Samsung-NX11 front thumbnailSamsung NX11
NX300M vs NX11
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX100 front thumbnailSamsung NX100
NX300M vs NX100
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
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Samsung-NX5 front thumbnailSamsung NX5
NX300M vs NX5
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Samsung-NX10 front thumbnailSamsung NX10
NX300M vs NX10
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010

Samsung NX300M Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung NX300M based on features that are oftentimes viewed as useful in a digital camera.

boasts touch to focus
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
has tracking focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
high shutter speed (1/6,000s)
includes HDMI port
NFC connection
nice sensor size (APS-C)
OLED tech
saves RAW formats
screen size is good (3.3")
screen tilts up and down
sensor has phase detect AF
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
very good high ISO (25,600)
very good min ISO (100)
you can focus manually
lack of headphone port
lack of mic port
lack of Time Lapse recording
no image stabilization
screen has low resolution (768 k dot)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Samsung NX300M Sensor features

The Samsung NX300M is powered by the DRIMe IV chip. The sensor size on the Samsung NX300M is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 25600. RAW files are saved therefore the user has more margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the NX300M's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The NX300M sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung NX300M dimensions

Samsung NX300M weighs 0.73 pounds (331g or 11.68 ounces) and features 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 329g and the Samsung NX300M is on par when compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Samsung NX300M besides a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Samsung NX300M dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the NX300M.

Samsung NX300M topview buttons dials

Samsung NX300M Lens features

The NX300M uses the Samsung NX mount and has 34 lenses currently available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the NX300M.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-100mm-F2.8-Macro-NX-Mount lensSamyang 100mm F2.8 Macro100mmf/2.8720g
Samsung-50-150mm-F2.8-S lensSamsung 50-150mm F2.8 S50-150mmf/2.8 920g
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Samsung-NX-60mm-F2.8-Macro-ED-OIS-SSA lensSamsung NX 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA60mmf/2.8 389g
Samsung-NX-30mm-F2-Pancake lensSamsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake30mmf/2.0 85g
Samsung-NX-45mm-F1.8-2D3D lensSamsung NX 45mm F1.8 2D3D45mmf/1.8 115g
Samyang-8mm-F2.8-UMC-Fisheye-Samsung-NX lensSamyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye8mmf/2.8 265g
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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 NX300M Connectivity

The NX300M has the following connectivity:

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

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send files and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Several apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Samsung NX300M Video features

The maximum video quality on the Samsung NX300M is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance for video quality and file size but FULL HD isn't going to give you much room to crop. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone port which means that you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to get another camera if you want decent sound in your videos.

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Samsung NX300M Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Samsung NX300M so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Samsung NX300M Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung NX300M has a 3.3" tilting screen having a resolution of 768k dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you will be able to change focus point and change settings by using your finger.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Samsung NX300M are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very helpful for bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Samsung NX300M Shutter features

Samsung NX300M continuous shooting speed is 9.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/6000 sec.

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Samsung NX300M Flash and Hot shoe features

Samsung NX300M has got external flash ability but with missing integrated flash.

Samsung NX300M Autofocus features

Samsung NX300M has got both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection which is handy for people photography.

It has 247 focus points to pick from. Samsung NX300M has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to switch focus. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Samsung NX300M supports manual focusing if needed for low light conditions or you require more precise control on focusing.

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Samsung NX300M Battery life

The battery (BP1130) in the Samsung NX300M is made to last for 330 photos according to the CIPA specifications which is comparable with its competitors. 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.

Below is a list of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the best battery life:

Samsung NX300M for specific kinds of photography

The following graph indicates a analysis of the Samsung NX300M for specific kinds of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Samsung NX300M

The Samsung NX300M gets a points tally of 77 which is superb, meaning that it is a excellent choice for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support plus the ability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
exports RAW formats

Samsung NX300M Street photography advice

Coming in at a brilliant score of 80, the Samsung NX300M is a wonderful pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen tilts
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
includes focus via touch
good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization

Samsung NX300M Sports photography advice

A above average sports photography points total of 72 means the Samsung NX300M is a very decent pick for taking photos of sports. A camera needs good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization

Travel photography with Samsung NX300M

Size is pretty critical when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Samsung NX300M gets a very good 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick to buy for your travels.

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offers touch to focus
decent megapixels (20MP)
missing Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Landscape photography with Samsung NX300M

For anyone who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Samsung NX300M with it's nice score of 72 as a landscape camera is a very decent choice within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
pretty good screen size (3.3 inch)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Samsung NX300M Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera should come with a moving display screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Samsung NX300M is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy rating of 33.

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screen is touchscreen
supports face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone jack

Samsung NX300M Alternatives

If you need replacements to the NX300M, here is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line graph here will give you an overview of the NX300M vs it's highest scored competitors shown previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might see as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung NX300M
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Samsung NX
Total lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Screen size
Resolution of screen
768k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen technology
Active Matrix OLED screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
9.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
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
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
331g (0.73 lbs)
122 x 64 x 41mm (4.8" x 2.5" x 1.6")
Battery life
330 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at launch