Digitalcamerainfo has published a new first impression preview on Samsung nx300. Past Samsung models really had two serious issues – focusing under less than ideal light and lock-ups during SDCARD writes, made it even worse because Samsung’s RAW files are so large. The nx300 promises ways to fix both of these issues. Certainly looks promising on paper. Lets see if they actually deliver the results.
Their conclusion: At $749.99 with a 20-50mm kit lens, the nx300 represents a fair value proposition compared to its mirrorless peers. Samsung has put quite a lot (of effort, and of money) into developing their imaging business over the last couple years, but despite impressive specs on paper they’ve always seemed one step shy becoming a legitimate competitor to the major manufacturers.
In 2012, we were consistently impressed by the quality of Samsung’s NX-series prime lenses. They’re larger than similar lenses from competing systems, but the optical quality is generally superb. The cameras themselves offer impressive burst capabilities, an intuitive user interface, and generally impressive image quality. But when your camera can’t focus accurately in low light and constantly locks up during continuous shooting, it’s not long before the frustrations outweigh the benefits.
We’re eager to see how a final production-level nx300 will perform, and the attention that autofocus and burst shooting have gotten gives us hope for genuine improvement. WiFi integration is nice, but ultimately most photographers just want a dependable, quick camera that performs when it’s needed. The NX series has been the overlooked echo of the greater mirrorless camera movement, but perhaps the nx300 can finally deliver on the promise Samsung has shown in the last couple years.