Overnight, Samsung announced its latest NX-series interchangeable-lens camera, the NX300, at a press event in New York.


Front and rear views of the Samsung NX300. (Source: Samsung.)

The NX300 features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Samsung DRIMe IV  image processor plus a tilting 3.31-inch AMOLED touch-screen monitor with a resolution of 768,000 dots, which uses Samsung’s PenTile technology. Other highlights include a hybrid AF system (contrast detect plus phase detection) and Samsung’s new SMART Camera 2.0 functionality. The latter includes a Smart Mode with 14 settings that include Landscape, Portrait, Creative Shot, Light Trace and Action Freeze. An i-Depth setting provides an easy way to adjust depth of field via the i-Function controls on the lens.

The camera’s body design has been fine-tuned to provide a more attractive ‘semi-retro’ look with an inset mode dial on the top panel within easy reach of the user’s index finger. A ‘direct link’ button for the built-in Wi-Fi function is located nearby. Samsung’s SMART CAMERA App enables images to be uploaded to iOS and Android smart-phones and tablets. The new camera is able to record full HD video at up to 60 frames/second as well as 3D movies and still pictures, with the new 45mm 2D/3D lens.

Sensitivity settings range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 and the NX300 can support continuous shooting at up to 8.6 frames/second in the high-speed burst mode. More information is posted on Samsung’s website at http://www.samsung.com/us/news/20331. The Samsung NX300 will go on display at the annual CES tradeshow in Las Vegas, next week. It is expected to sell for around US$750.