Pushing the Samsung NX300

April 20, 2014

I recently purchased a Samsung NX300 camera as I wanted something that just didn't need a lot of messing around and was small enough to fit in my pocket. A camera that you can just carry around anywhere and take a quick snap while out and about with family or location scouting for a shoot maybe. I bought it used on eBay with a 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for £255. All I can say is what an absolute bargain this camera was!!!

Here's some sexy features:

  • Has all the same functions as a DSLR, manual, shutter, aperture priority modes
  • A bunch of quick scene modes, macro, landscape, portrait etc
  • Shoot's 20mp RAW files
  • Shoot's jpg, jpeg+raw
  • Bracketing (useful for HDR)
  • HD Video (I haven't used this yet)
  • Can connect to WiFi and upload directly to Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and Photobucket...even eMail!
  • Can send images (jpg versions only) to your phone/tablet even if you were in the middle of nowhere
  • Manual focus is awesome! It will zoom the preview as you turn the focus ring so you can get it pin sharp, then back to the full image once you're ready to capture the shot
  • It has a hot shoe! I can trigger Nikon speedies using my RF-603 triggers :) Nice!!!

Need I go on?

So what's the quality like I hear you ask? Great! Nice clean images even at higher ISO's. Not so much at the top end of the range but if you shoot at 100 it's super clean. Samsung really have done well with this little fella. There's a sample at 100%. Sorry they're a little blurred but you can see the cleanliness of the ISO100 compared to ISO6400.

Sharpness is pretty great too. Focus was fast and pretty reliable. I used the face detection feature and it was pretty spot on. 100% crop below.

It's not all glory, glory, glory though. I mean I don't think I'd feel totally comfortable turning up to a paid shoot with this bad boy. It does sometimes take a little messing around in the menu to change settings and I find myself looking at the back of the camera often. But if you were a beginner who wants to get into DLSR photography, or an enthusiast that (like me) wants something simple for everyday stuff but misses DLSR features then this camera is definitely for you. 

The Test:

So how did I do this I hear you asking? I shot a family composite portrait using strobes.

160th at f/5.6 and ISO100. I used one light through an octobox. Everyone was shot separately and then the whole picture was knitted together in Photoshop CC.

Here you see the individual shots.

iPhone shot of the edit in process.

Screen grab of the photo after being stitched together.

So the picture below was completely shot using this great camera. I wanted to push the limits of it and see what it was capable of. Needless to say....I'm uber-impressed:

The Casey's - Final Piece The Casey's

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