As we were completing our review the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) announced the winners of its annual ‘best products’ competition for 2013-14. Among them, the Samsung NX300 was listed as the Best European Compact System Camera for 2013-14.
The judges’ citation praised the camera for being ‘compact, fast, innovative’ and meeting the expectations of CSC users in many ways while opening the door for a new generation of connected cameras.
With its competitive price tag, abundance of features and competent performance, the NX300 should be an attractive choice for the connected generation of snapshooters for whom it has been designed. The lack of a built-in viewfinder will be off-putting for most photo enthusiasts, as it is with any camera that forces users to rely on the monitor screen for shot composition.
Currently, Samsung’s CSC cameras are also a bit short on lenses, with only 12 listed on the company’s US website (and eight in Australia). This is comparable to Sony’s E-mount offerings for NEX cameras and the eight lenses in Fujifilm’s current X-mount line-up but meagre when compared with more than 40 lenses currently available for the Olympus and Panasonic M4/3 cameras.
|Ease of use||8.5|
|Still image quality JPEG||8.5|
|Still image quality RAW||8.5|
AU$899; US$800 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III OIS i-Function lens