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A good product that falls short of greatness.
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A good product that falls short of greatness.

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The Samsung NX3000 is a compact and affordable mirrorless camera that has plenty to offer with few compromises. It might not bring anything new or interesting to the category, but that's to be expected in a camera costing less than $500. Instead, you're given a solid-performing camera that should meet your needs just fine.

Cameras in this price range usually cause concern with their build and feel, but ePHOTOzine calls the NX3000 "well built" and says even the lens doesn't come off like a "budget" item. And thanks to its diminutive size, What Digital Camera states that even with the lens, the NX3000 can "comfortably" fit in your bag.

In use things are fairly good for the NX3000, with ePHOTOzine experiencing "reasonable" focus speeds, though PC Mag feels the "2.2 second" startup time "is on the slow side." Once you've got the camera ready to shoot you'll at least be treated to what Photography Blog says is "excellent" photo quality, with Trusted Reviews noting that while shots in "good conditions" are "excellent," things start to "falter" in more challenging situations. However, the NX3000 is considered an entry-level camera and it costs less than $500, so some issues are to be expected.

At the end of the day the NX3000 is simply an affordable, lens-flexible camera that fits the needs of low-budget shoppers. It shouldn't be your first choice if you're really serious about photography, but if you just want to shoot some vacation photos or a school play it will serve you well. And, with a price point under $500, you'll still have some cash left over for an extra lens.

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Model
16-50mm Power Zoom

Key Specs

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Lens mount
Samsung NX
Resolution (effective)
20.3 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
None
Memory card
MicroSD

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Samsung NX)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
20.3 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
None
ISO modes
Auto iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (External (shoe))

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus (35 points) (Af tracking, Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":30, "2":4000} secs

Imaging

Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure compensation
Yes

Other features

Location support
No
Orientation sensor
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
5 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
480x320
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
MicroSD

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine, Iq super fine
Image aspect ratios
3 2, 16 9
Video recording
Yes (H.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0
WiFi
Yes (Internal)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
370
Model
20-50mm Compact Zoom

Key Specs

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Lens mount
Samsung NX
Resolution (effective)
20.3 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
None
Memory card
MicroSD

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Samsung NX)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
20.3 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
None
ISO modes
Auto iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (External (shoe))

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus (35 points) (Af tracking, Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":30, "2":4000} secs

Imaging

Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure compensation
Yes

Other features

Location support
No
Orientation sensor
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
5 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
480x320
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
MicroSD

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine, Iq super fine
Image aspect ratios
3 2, 16 9
Video recording
Yes (H.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0
WiFi
Yes (Internal)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
370
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