Samsung has really been making some strides in their mirror-less lens camera line up these days. Last year brought an interesting line up with the NX1000 and NX20 this year we’re seeing a big step forward in the connected “smart” cameras with the all new NX300. Samsung announced their new flagship camera ahead of the madness at CES but if you’re looking for a camera that’s as comfortable with WiFi and internet connectivity as it is with RAW and JPEG, the NX300 promises to usher in the next generation of “smart cameras.”
The NX300 boasts an image processor boost that’s evident in it’s 20.3MP APS-C sensor, but more importantly in it’s ability to shoot high quality 1080p HD 3D-video at an amazing 60FPS (a curtain shutter shoots 30FPS on the right side of the curtain and 30FPS on the left) and 5MP 3D stills with the optional 45mm f/1.8 3D lens.
The articulating 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen provides a 45-degree tilt-down and 90-degrees up and offers one of the brightest and clearest camera displays, even in direct sunlight. Coupled with its new Hybrid Autofocusing system, the NX300 has a fast an accurate focusing mechanism that, at least on paper and from our limited hands-on time, rivals DSLRs.
What really makes the NX300 standout in a sea of increasingly capable mirror-less cameras is its full integration of connectivity technologies available to it. Samsung’s SMART Camera 2.0 suite of in-camera apps, as well as their iOS and Android counterparts, make shooting and sharing as simple as shooting with your phone.
Samsung could very well set the bar for what we should expect from other manufacturers’ plans for a more connected camera.
The NX300 and the new Samsung 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens will be available in March 2013; the NX300 will ship with a 20mm-50mm kit lens and an MSRP of $749.99. The Samsung 45mm f1.8 2D/3D lens will retail for $499.99. Check out the gallery below for more images of the NX300 and be sure to follow us for a full hands-on review in the near future.