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 review

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Samsung NX3000 review – Our verdict

For the more serious photographer, the changes from the NX2000 to the NX3000 will offer little benefit, especially for those wishing to strive for better image quality and ease of use. The redesign of the camera is tailored toward the mass market and as a result it appears to be less of an upgrade and more of a downgrade. Inside the Samsung line-up, any enthusiast photographers would be better off looking at the NX300.

In general, image quality is good at low ISOs but loses credibility the higher it is pushed particularly in the JPEG images where noise reduction is heavy. Autofocusing is sometimes inaccurate but this perhaps won’t bother the more casual users. The Self Shot Mode works well particularly for selfies with friends and family. As a casual point-and-shoot, the NX3000 is a good camera for capturing family moments and sharing images across social media. In addition, it also offers good value for money, as long as you don’t expect too much of it.

Samsung NX3000 review – Key features

Video Recording 
Movies can be recorded in 1920×1080 resolution at 25p with full manual control in PASM and the built-in mic captures stereo sound.

Mobile Connect Button
This brings up the menu for Mobile Connections allowing users to capture images direct from a smart device or remotely control the camera.

NX Lens Mount 
A total of 14 NX lenses are available for the NX series of cameras including everything from fast prime to long telephoto lenses.

Battery
The same 2330 mAh b740AE battery as the NX Mini is featured inside the NX3000 which is rated to 370 shots.

Micro USB charging
A great advantage of the NX3000 is that it is charged via Micro USB allowing users to simply charge from an external power pack.

iFunction Button
A button on the lens allows users to call up settings such as ISO, Exposure Compensation and White Balance and change the settings.
See the sample image gallery of the NX3000

Details

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
  1. 1. Samsung NX3000 review - Introduction
  2. 2. Samsung NX3000 review - Build and Handling
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  4. 4. Samsung NX3000 review - Resolution, Dynamic Range and Noise
  5. 5. Samsung NX3000 review - Our verdict
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