Samsung NX3000 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • 5 fps burst mode
  • 35 autofocus points
  • ISO 100-25600
  • RAW and JPEG
  • 3” tilting LCD
  • 1080p HD video (MPEG-4)
  • Kit includes external flash
  • Micro SD
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 370 shots
  • Release Date: 2014-05-08
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

4.4 Star Rating: Recommended
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Just wink to take a photo? Samsung NX3000 offers unusual mix of features
With professional features like manual mode and RAW mixed oddly with new selfie features, the Samsung NX3000 is certainly a unique camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/9/2014

Google Glass' weird "wink to take a photo" feature isn't just a strange concept anymore--the feature is now included, somewhat anyway, in the Samsung NX3000. Just turn the tilting LCD screen towards you and wink at the camera, and, viola!, a selfie without awkward arm extensions or remote controls. While the Wink Shot is certainly an odd feature, the NX3000 also includes a handful of features that are designed to appeal more to enthusiasts than selfie-lovers.

Beginning that list of features is the large, APS-C sensor, the same size found in entry-level DSLRs. While the larger resolution might come in handy for even average consumers, the NX3000 also includes RAW shooting, an advanced feature for users who like to edit their images. The kit comes with your choice of a 16-50mm power zoom or 20-50mm compact zoom plus an external flash (there's no built-in flash).

Speed is average at best on the NX3000, with a so-so 5 fps burst speed and a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000. The older Samsung NX300, by comparison has an 8.3 fps burst and 1/6000 maximum shutter speed.

And it wouldn't be a Samsung without wi-fi, NFC and smart features like social media uploads directly from the camera. Add that to the wink shot feature and take a look at the faux-leather wrapped style and it's easy to see where the NX3000 would come in as more of a consumer camera.

Selfie-lovers and social media sharers will likely have a blast with this camera. The more enthusiast-oriented should look at the Samsung NX300 or Fujifilm X-M1 or a few slightly more expensive models like the Sony a6000, but considering the price of right around $500, it's certainly not a bad buy.

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Samsung Reviews

Known more for their smartphones than their cameras, Samsung offers the most connected line of imaging products for those who love the instant uploads from their cell phone but want to step up in quality.

Samsung has lead the way in the camera industry when it comes to sharing digital images—and even taking them. The Samsung NX3000 has a feature that allows you to wink at the camera to snap the photo, designed for selfie lovers. Some of their latest models can share images with a phone just by tapping the two devices together.

For those looking for the best image quality with the most connectivity, Samsung's mirrorless models are the way to go. While they feature the connectivity of a Samsung, they have large sensors and decent processors too. You'll likely pay a bit more over a camera without wi-fi or any connectivity, but for many the difference is well worth it.

Samsung's Galaxy cameras go beyond just connecting with wi-fi and add 3G so users can upload without sending it to a smartphone via wi-fi. Samsung offers a few budget models too, and while you get what you pay for applies to the image quality, not very many budget cameras include wi-fi.

Samsung has also taken style to heart. Many of their cameras feature a faux leather wrap, giving them a classy look.

If you are looking for a connected camera, Samsung is the manufacturer to consider.

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