Samsung's latest mirrorless model looks to compete with Sony's NEX juggernaut. We tried it out at the science museum.
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Samsung's NX series has had a rough start. Now a little over three years old, it still hasn't made much of a sales impression outside the company's native South Korea. But that's not due to poor quality—the cameras and lenses use top-notch components, and they're generally quite nice to handle.
The NX300 is the latest addition to the family, bringing a tilting AMOLED touchscreen, hybrid autofocus, and incredibly snappy operation to bear on a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor. While Samsung's collection of NX-mount lenses isn't as complete as the Sony NEX or Micro Four Thirds systems, it's not far behind, either.
With our test unit, we were lucky enough to receive the company's unique 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens and its extremely impressive (if heavy and bulky) 85mm f/1.4, along with the 18-55mm OIS kit lens. We shot all of the photos in this gallery with the 45mm prime.
Our initial impressions are that this is a serious camera, and Samsung's best effort to date. Operation is fluid, the beautiful OLED screen is incredibly responsive, and the shots look pretty darn good straight out of the camera. The build quality is also notably superior, and we can't complain about the styling.
For more detailed thoughts on Samsung's newest challenger, look out for our upcoming full-length review. For now, you can...