In a world full of smartphones, classic compact cameras have taken a back seat. However, although there are mobiles that offer advanced photographic features, they do not reach the level that a camera with a wider lens can offer, but SLR cameras are too big and heavy. Out of this dilemma emerged the category of compact cameras with interchangeable lenses or mirrorless cameras. Easy to transport, versatile and that extra quality that the most demanding photography enthusiasts ask for. These three adjectives are perfectly suited to the Samsung NX3300 , the South Korean brand's affordable proposition in this category.
It has a modern and manageable design, with a flip-up screen at the back and a leather-finished case. Inside houses an ASP-C sensor of 20.3 megapixels and many clever ways , including an advanced beauty way to get the best selfies . We tell you all about the Samsung NX3300 .
Compact and versatile design
Samsung has opted for a modern aesthetic with a retro touch. The Samsung NX3300 has a compact chassis and weighs only 230 grams if we do not include the lens, so it can be carried in a bag or backpack without hardly noticing it. As we have already advanced, the case is made of plastic and has a finish that imitates leather, to give it a more traditional touch while the texture improves grip.
The controls are distributed between the upper right and the rear. Above is the shutter button, surrounded by a dial and positioned next to the mode dial, which is easily accessible with the thumb. At the back, next to the screen, it has a cross-type wheel , the video record button and other controls for the most common functions. The screen occupies almost the entire rear of the Samsung NX3300 and has a diagonal of 3 inches, with 460,800 pixels. The particularity of the panel is that it can be tilted 180 degrees , so that we can take a selfie and frame the image at the same time.
The Samsung NX3300 is compatible with any lens with a Samsung NX mount , but the lens that is included in the sales pack is a 16-50 mm with aperture f / 3.5-5.6.
Sensor, focus and shot
Samsung brings ASP-C sensors to more users with the NX3300 , cheaper than other models with this system. It offers a maximum resolution of 20.3 megapixels and more realistic colors even if we are in a poorly lit scene. With this setup, you can get 5,472 x 3,648 pixel images - more than enough to view on large 4K displays or even print in wide format. The Samsung NX3300 offers the option of adjusting the resolution to lower values in order to achieve smaller files and therefore weigh less. In the section of the video , recorded in resolution FullHD at 30 frames per second,but you can also lower the resolution to be able to share your videos more easily over WiFi.
The focus system works by contrast and bases its measurement on 35 points. In addition, the camera offers the usual focus modes, including continuous focus, single focus, and manual focus for users who prefer to have maximum control over results. If it is complemented with a bright lens, it will allow to record very marked blurring, an effect known as bokeh, which is very fashionable in photography.
The Samsung NX3300 offers a shutter speed ranging from 1/4000 seconds to 4 seconds in automatic mode , while the manual mode allows you to increase the exposure up to 30 seconds . Burst shooting stays at a discrete 5 frames per second, while sensitivity can be adjusted from ISO 100 to ISO 25,600.
Photo and video modes
As we said at the beginning, the Samsung NX3300 offers several shooting modes to achieve different effects in the images. In addition to the usual modes (auto, aperture / shutter priority, manual and program), it also has other special functions such as the advanced beauty mode, designed to enhance selfies by smoothing the skin and adjusting its fifteen levels of brightness and dimming. How could it be otherwise, the photographer will also find predefined scenes such as frozen action, best face, fireworks, party / interior or rich tones. These options are useful for getting the most out of each scene, but there is also an automatic mode that adjusts the parameters automatically.
Connections and autonomy
The Samsung NX3300 integrates a connection profile that meets today's needs. It comes with a WiFi wireless port that allows you to easily transfer images and control the camera from your smartphone. To pair the mobile, just bring it closer since the Samsung NX3300 l also has an NFC chip . In the section of physical connections we find a MicroUSB port and an HDMI .
The battery offers a capacity of 2,330 milliamps, with a range of up to 370 shots. The disadvantage of not wearing a viewfinder is noticeable in the battery life, since it forces us all the time to use the screen to frame, which is the piece that consumes the most energy.
Availability and opinions
The Samsung NX3300 is now available for purchase through the official Samsung store , for a price of 315 euros. This is the appeal of this camera, which offers an ASP-C sensor and the quality of the interchangeable lens system at a very competitive price.
The Samsung NX3300 will be the perfect ally for the hobbyist who wants a step beyond what the more traditional compact cameras offer, but without having to switch to an SLR. Its folding screen is a very practical aspect, not only to be able to take selfies, but to be able to record at complicated angles . It offers good resolution and the main figures are correct - we mean burst shooting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity. The shooting modes are very varied so that the photographer can fully explore the possibilities it offers.
|Typology||Compact interchangeable lens|
|Size||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Resolution||20.3 effective megapixels|
21.6 total megapixels
|Image Stabilizer||On the lens (depends on the lens)|
|AF system||35 points|
|Focus modes||Continuous focus|
|Measuring system||TTL 221 block segment|
|Exposure compensation||± 3 EV (1/3 EV step)|
|ISO sensitivity||Auto, 100 ~ 25,600 (1 EV or 1/3 EV step)|
|Shutter||Autoï¼š1 / 4,000 - 1/4 sec., Manualï¼š1 / 4,000 - 30 sec., Bulb|
Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, (W / N / D), K (Manual), Tungsten
Display and layout
|Size||3 inch TFT-LCD|
|Dimensions||117.4 x 65.9 x 39 millimeters (body only)|
|Weight||230 grams (body only)|
|Shooting modes||Auto, Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority, Smart, Beautiful Face, Wi-Fi|
|Smart mode||Frozen action, Best face, Continuous shot, Fireworks, Food, Children, Landscape, Light trace, Macro, Night, Panoramic view, Party / Indoor, Rich tones, Silhouette, Sunset, Waterfall|
|Image size||JPEG (3: 2): 20M (5,472 x 3,648), 10.1M (3,888 x 2,592), 5.9M (2,976 x 1,984), 2M (1,728 x 1,152), (16: 9) ï¼š 16 , 9M (5,472 x 3,080), 7.8M (3,712 x 2,088), 4.9M (2,944 x 1,656), 2.1M (1,920 x 1,080), (1: 1) ï¼š13.3M (3,648 x 3,648), 7M (2,640 x 2,640), 4M (2,000 x 2,000), 1.1M (1,024 x 1,024)|
RAW: 20M (5,472 x 3,648)
|Advance modes||Single, Continuous, Timer, Bracketing|
|Burst shooting||5 fps. (up to 13 photos in JPEG and 5 photos in RAW)|
|Video size||FullHD 1,920 x 1,080 @ 30 fps|
HD 1,280 x 720
VGA 640 x 480
QVGA 320 x 240 for sharing
|File formats||JPEG and RAW with simultaneous recording|
Video MP4 (H.264)
Connections and autonomy
|Memory card||Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC, UHS-1|
|Battery||Rechargeable lithium-ion battery 2,330 mAh|
370 shots of autonomy
Price 315 euros