Look at this camera. Look. It’s gorgeous. This little scamp goes by the name of the Samsung NX300, and it’s a 20.3-megapixel monster with some nifty features. Don’t let the retro-look fool you: the NX300 includes support for Wi-Fi connectivity and Samsung’s new 2D-to-3D lens.
The NX300 is packing a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, a tilt-able, 3.31-inch AMOLED touchscreen on the rear, a new Hybrid Auto Focus system for quick-focus snapping and Samsung’s new DRIMe IV engine for image processing. The bundled lens in the NX300 package is an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OIS III lens.
It also supports a bunch of shooting modes, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Camera. There’s Beauty Face which makes your face look less like the surface of the moon, Best Face which grabs eight snaps to let you choose the best one, Panorama, Waterfall, Sunset, Fireworks and even a Light Trace mode.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the NX300 supports NFC pairing as well as support for 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi networks. That Wi-Fi connectivity forms the basis for Samsung’s new SMART Camera 2.0 platform, which allows you to do a bunch of cool stuff, like automatically tell your camera to share stuff to a designated location like Dropbox or Facebook, use your smartphone as a viewfinder, share stuff socially or stream stuff to your TV or other screen via Wi-Fi direct. These features are all over Samsung’s new camera line-up for 2013.
Bundled software on cameras has always been pretty rubbish, but now Samsung is actually making boxed software inclusions awesome by throwing in a copy of Adobe Lightroom 4.
On top of all that, the launch of the NX300 comes alongside the launch of Samsung’s new NX 45mm 2D/3D interchangeable lens. It’s an f/1.8 lens in 2D mode that has the ability to switch into a 3D mode for both still image capture and video recording at 30 frames per second. The only downside is that the optical image stabilisation capabilities on the NX 45mm lens only work in 2D mode.
The NX300 camera bundled with the 18-55mm OIS III lens will be out in late June for $899, while the NX 45mm 2D/3D lens comes in at a hefty $499, available from mid-May.