Samsung NX3000 review

August 1, 2014

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Samsung NX3000

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With a 20.3-million-pixel APS-C sensor and a brand new 16-50mm F/3.5-f/5.6 kit lens for around £350, is the Samsung NX3000 the best value NX camera yet? We find out in our Samsung NX3000 review

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Samsung NX3000 – Pros

  • Flip-out 3in LCD
  • APS-C Size Sensor
  • Retro Styling

Samsung NX3000 – Cons

  • No Touchscreen
  • Heavy In-Camera Noise Reduction
  • No Phase Detection AF

Samsung NX3000 review – Introduction

Not long after the release of the Samsung NX Mini comes this, the new Samsung NX3000. It’s positioned between the NX Mini and the NX300 as a replacement to the NX2000. The NX3000 offers a larger image sensor than the NX Mini but overall, it has a very similar specification.

It’s clear to see this camera is geared towards the mass market with a flip-up screen for selfies being one of its key selling points. The question is, does it have what it takes to capture the interest of the more discerning photographer?

With competition from cameras such as the Sony Alpha 5000, which boasts a very similar specification, it will be hard for Samsung to make its mark on this section of the market. The APS-C sized sensor, great WiFi
connectivity and a decent range of NX lenses work in the NX3000’s favour but does Samsung do enough?

Image: Using the flip-up screen, it’s easy to shoot at low angles to give your pictures extra impact

Samsung NX3000 review – Features

Inside the Samsung NX3000 is an APS-C sized CMOS sensor (23.5×15.7mm) with a 20.3-million-pixel resolution. This is the same size and resolution as many Samsung cameras such as the Samsung NX300 and Samsung NX30. However, this sensor doesn’t boast on-chip phase detection like the aforementioned cameras do.

Like the NX Mini, the NX3000 has an ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, and the two share the same processor. This allows for a shooting rate of 5fps in full resolution JPEG. Images can be captured in either raw or JPEG format and these images are saved to a MicroSD card as opposed to the more conventional SD card.

The MicroSD format has the advantage of being compatible with many smartphones or tablets, so offering a great hardware solution to transferring pictures, although, as expected from Samsung, the WiFi and NFC connectivity is extensive on the NX3000. Users can select and transfer images to a smartphone or device, send images to a group of up to four people at once and also control the camera remotely via the Samsung SMART camera application.

As a kit the Samsung NX3000 comes bundled with the new 16-50mm Power Zoom f/3.5-f/5.6 ED OIS lens which was announced at CES earlier this year. This is a fantastic lens that allows users to quietly zoom during video recording. Also, it is optically stabilised and boasts the iFunction button. This button can be pressed to toggle through and quickly change settings such as ISO, White Balance and Exposure Compensation. It can be customised to suit the user and overall is one of the features we particularly like about Samsung lenses.

There are also a couple of other neat extras. A small SEF-8 external flash is bundled with the camera and so is a full copy of Adobe Lightroom 5. This is certainly preferable over many companies’ proprietary raw file editing software.

Image: This shot was adjusted in colour and tone using the free copy of Adobe Lightroom 5 that’s supplied with the NX3000

  • External mic: No
  • Video: 1080p at 25fps, MP4, H.264 compression
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: None
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 460,000-dot-resolution tilting screen
  • AF Points: Contrast detection with 21 points
  • Sensor: 20.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Power: B740AE rechargeable Li- ion, 370 shots (CIPA standard)
  • Weight: 266g (with battery and card)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec
  • Drive Mode: 5fps
  • Lens Mount: Samsung NX mount
  • ISO: 100-25,600
  • Dimensions: 117.4 x 65.9x 39mm
  • Metering System: 221 zones
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV

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