01 May 2013 17:30 | By Chester Tan, contributor
REVIEW: Samsung NX300, a leap for NX-Series Mirrorless Camera

A leap for NX-Series Mirrorless Camera



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When Samsung launched the NX10 in 2010, I was impressed with a design that is oriented towards professional use, with image quality that surpasses other mirrorless competitors at that time. I was sold by its form factor, the number of buttons and controls available for the user to make quick shooting changes.

Samsung then released the NX100 for the market segment who prefer a modern rangefinder look while retaining the same user convenience. The i-Function was introduced to make shoot-setting changes even easier.

The rangefinder design is further re-thought with metal-body NX200, and NX11 was launched with minor design enhancements, but the innovation did not leapfrog, merely changing the interface, increasing pixel count, and adding shooting effects. I thought the camera interface got more laggy, which I attributed to more processor-intensive features.

The third-iteration NX-series (NX210, NX20, NX1000) introduced Direct Wi-Fi functionality that lets you link the camera to your smartphones for wireless image transfer, and increased its focus on the entry-level market. The image quality, however, did not improve drastically and by that time, other mirrorless competitors had overtaken and delivered stunning low-noise image quality.

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