Samsung has announced the NX3000, a new mirrorless camera with a retro design, but one which provides “excellent performance and easy connectivity”.
It has been rumored since the beginning of the year, while its name has been spotted several times on the web, so its launch is not exactly a surprise. Nevertheless, the Samsung NX3000 is now official and it does not matter what has been written about it in the past.
Samsung NX3000 announced with retro design and 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor
Following into the footsteps of Olympus and Fujifilm, Samsung has introduced a mirrorless camera with a retro design. Its metallic and leather style should appeal to photographers who want to stand out in the crowd, although its specifications list comes packed with interesting features.
Samsung NX3000 sports a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second. The mirrorless camera’s image processor allows users to record up to 5fps in continuous shooting mode.
Exposure features are completed by an ISO range between 100 and 25600. Although noise increases along with the ISO setting thus decreasing image quality, Samsung says that the NX3000 will capture crisp photos even when employing a high ISO setting.
Samsung invites selfie enthusiasts to wink in order to take a photo
Samsung NX3000 does not feature a built-in electronic viewfinder. As a result, photographers will have to rely on the camera’s 3-inch 460K-dot tilting LCD screen for taking photos as well as recording full HD videos.
The South Korea-based company says that the NX3000 is perfect for selfies as the display flips-up. Additionally, the camera comes with Wink Shot, a system that captures a photo when it detects a “wink”.
As usual, sharing will not be a problem when having a Samsung camera because the NX3000 also sports built-in NFC and WiFi capabilities.
External flash and Adobe Lightroom 5 to be included in the package
The shooter features a microSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot as well as HDMI output. It is worth noting that the Samsung NX3000 does not have a built-in flash, but an external one will be included in the package and can be mounted onto the camera’s hotshoe.
This is a compact and lightweight camera as it measures 117.4 x 65.9 x 39mm, while weighing 230 grams without including the 2,330mAh battery.
Samsung will ship the NX3000 in three colors, that is Black, Brown, and White. All units will ship alongside a copy of Adobe Lightroom 5, so that photographers can process their RAW photos.
Samsung NX3000 will be sold alongside 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens
The new mirrorless camera will be bundled with the new 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS, a lens launched at CES 2014. Its optical design is made out of nine elements in eight groups with four aspherical elements and one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) element.
The lens comes packed with an optical image stabilization system to compensate for hand and camera shakes. The optic, which will provide a 35mm equivalent of 24-75mm, has a minimum focusing distance of 24 centimeters and a filter size of 43mm.
Samsung will bundle the camera and the lens together. The kit will begin shipping in early June for a price around $530.