Unveiled: Samsung NX3000 Digital Camera

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Coming almost a year to the day from the release of its NX2000, Samsung has announced an upgrade, the NX3000 Mirrorless Digital Camera. So, in one year what has Samsung added to improve this compact and versatile NX-mount, interchangeable-lens camera? Actually, the improvements lean toward what I’ll call “retro-elfie.” Physically, the NX3000 is a more handsome camera with a retro flair and textured body. It offers a top-plate mode dial for quick adjustments and has eliminated the large, fixed LCD touchscreen in favor of button and dial controls and an LCD that can flip up 180° for easier self-portraiture and handheld group shots. The camera can be turned on just by lifting the LCD monitor! By eliminating the larger touchscreen and improving battery capacity, the NX3000 offers significantly more shooting time per charge. The camera is currently bundled as a kit with a  20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED II lens and is available in Black, Brown, or White.

"The camera can be turned on just by lifting the LCD monitor!"

The NX3000 houses a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor for high-resolution, color-accurate still imaging and full HD 1080p video. An ISO range from 100-25600 helps to provide sharp images in low-light situations and its NX mount enables compatibility with a wide range of NX lenses, including those that offer iFunction control over camera functions.

A precise contrast-detect autofocus system provides several focus modes utilizing a 35-point AF system. In normal mode, the system uses 21 points and, depending on whether you are in close-up mode or auto-tracking mode, for example, the number of AF points adjusts. Single AF, Continuous AF, and manual focus are all supported and shutter speed maxes out a 1/4000 of a second. The image processor allows 5 fps full-resolution continuous shooting but, in burst mode, 30 fps of lower-resolution shooting is supported. Standard P/A/S/M exposure modes are complemented by Smart Auto, Panorama, and Wi-Fi modes.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC lets you transfer images wirelessly to your smart device and, with the free Samsung Smart Camera app, allows for remote control of camera settings via your smartphone or tablet. A direct-link button on the camera’s top plate allows for quick connection to Wi-Fi enabled devices and NFC “Tap & Go” establishes a link to Android devices with just a tap between phone and camera. Other aspects of the built-in Wi-Fi include AutoShare, Auto Backup, Photo Beam, and Mobile Link. For card-based image storage and transfer, the NX3000 is compatible with MicroSD, MicroSDHC, and MicroSDXC memory cards.

"A dedicated one-touch button on the back panel enables immediate switchover to video capture."

The NX3000 supports full HD 1080p video at 30 fps, as well as at lower resolutions, down to QVGA for more convenient sharing. A built-in stereo microphone provides audio capture and video can be shot in Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Exposure modes. A dedicated one-touch button on the back panel enables immediate switchover to video capture.

Given its relatively large sensor and feature set, the NX3000 packs a lot into a compact body. It does not utilize a viewfinder, instead relying on a 3.0" 460.8K-dot TFT LCD flip monitor for image composition and playback. The flip monitor can be tilted up for easier composition at low angles and to avoid glare in bright sunlight. For simple selfies, tilt the LCD up fully and utilize the Wink Shot function to automatically trigger the shutter when a wink is detected.  Also, a pop-up flash is eschewed in favor of a hot-shoe mount for external flash units, including the supplied SEF8A Flash Unit.

Being a camera designed for any level of shooter, the NX3000 supports full manual control but also provides Smart Modes and assistive features such as Face Detection and numerous filter and “Picture Wizard” effects to add creative flourish to your images.

The bundled 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 ED II lens is a very compact, retractable zoom lens with the 35mm focal-length equivalence of 31-77mm. It provides a versatile set of focal lengths for day-to-day shooting, from wide-angle to short telephoto, and still retains the mirrorless compact advantage. This autofocus lens offers iFunction control over camera settings via a button on the lens barrel and, with one ultra-low dispersion lens element and one aspherical element, aberrations are reduced and the result is sharp, high-contrast imaging. Adobe Lightroom 5 photo management software is also included with the NX3000 kit.

  NX3000 Mirrorless Digital Camera NX2000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Lens Mount Samsung NX Samsung NX
Image Sensor 23.5 x 15.7mm APS-C CMOS 23.5 x 15.7mm APS-C CMOS
Effective Pixels 20.3 MP 20.3 MP
Total Pixels 21.6 MP 21.6 MP
Maximum Resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9, 1:1 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Still Image File Format JPG, RAW JPG, RAW, MPO
Storage Media microSD/HC/XC, UHS-1 compatible microSD/HC/XC, UHS-1 compatible
Card Slot 1 x microSD 1 x microSD
Viewfinder Type N/A N/A
Shutter Type Not specified by manufacturer Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/4000 - 30 sec.; Manual: 1/400 - 30 sec (1/3 EV steps); Bulb: Up to 4 min. Auto: 1/4000 - 30 sec.; Manual: 1/400 - 30 sec (1/3 EV steps); Bulb: Up to 4 min.
Flash Sync Speed Not specified by manufacturer 1/180 sec.
Drive Modes Single Shot, Burst, Timer, Bracket Single Shot, Burst, Timer, Bracket
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 30 fps at 5 MP resolution, 5 fps at full resolution 30 fps at 5 MP resolution, 8 fps at full resolution
Self-Timer 2 - 30 sec. in 1-sec. steps 2 - 30 sec. in 1-sec. steps
Exposure Metering System TTL 221 (17 x 13) Block Segment TTL 221 (17 x 13) Block Segment
Metering Method Multi, Center-weighted, Spot Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Range 0-18 EV at ISO 100, 30mm, f/2 0-18 EV at ISO 100, 30mm, f/2
Exposure Modes Smart Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Panorama, Smart, Wi-Fi Smart Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Panorama, Smart, Wi-Fi
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing ±3 EV ±3 EV
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 in 1 or 1/3 EV steps Auto, 100-25600 in 1 or 1/3 EV steps
Autofocus System Contrast Contrast
Number of Focus Points Normal: 21 points; Close-up: 35 points Normal: 21 points; Close-up: 35 points
Focus Modes Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual, Touch AF & Shutter
Autofocus Sensitivity Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Built-In Flash N/A N/A
Flash Modes Not specified by manufacturer Smart Flash, Auto, Auto Red-Eye Reduction, Fill in, Fill-in Red-Eye Reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, Off
Flash Compensation Not specified by manufacturer ±2 EV in 1/2 EV steps
Flash Bracketing Not specified by manufacturer N/A
External Flash Interface Hot shoe Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, Kelvin (Manual) Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, Kelvin (Manual)
White Balance Bracketing Yes Yes
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 810, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Movie Frame Rate 30 fps (NTSC), 25 fps (PAL) 30 fps (NTSC), 25 fps (PAL)
Movie Metering Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
File Format MP4 MP4
Compression H.264 H.264
Audio Recording Yes, stereo Yes, stereo
Audio File Format AAC AAC
External Microphone Input N/A N/A
Headphone Jack N/A N/A
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec. 29 min. 59 sec.
Monitor 460.8k-dot 3.0" (7.6 cm) HVGA TFT-LCD 180° Flip-Up Screen 1,152k-dot 3.7" (9.4 cm) WVGA TFT-LCD with Touch Panel
Monitor Viewing Angle Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Interface microUSB 2.0, micro HDMI 1.4a microUSB 2.0, micro HDMI 1.4a
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC 802.11 b/g/n, NFC
GPS N/A N/A
Power Source B740A (3.8 V, 2330 mAh) Li-ion rechargeable battery BP1130 (1,130 mAh) Li-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Life 185 min. / 370 shots (CIPA Standard) 170 min. / 340 shots (CIPA Standard)
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C); Humidity: 5-85% Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C); Humidity: 5-85%
Dimensions 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5" (117 x 66 x 39mm) 4.7 x 2.5 x 1.4" (119 x 65 x 36mm)
Weight 0.5 lb (230 g) without battery 0.5 lb (228 g) without battery

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Do you know how to upload directly to SNS? :O

To do so would require you to first set up the camera to transfer the images to a smartphone/tablet device.  From there you can post the images to any of various social networking services.  Page 118 of the camera’s instruction manual details how to set this up.  Following is a link to a digital PDF copy of the instruction manual for you to regard:  http://bit.ly/1rlFi84