Samsung NX300 hands-on review by Richard Sibley at Amateur Photographer: "Looks like a step in the right direction"

"Although at first glance there is very little to distinguish the NX300 from other cameras in the NX range, it does promise to address some of the problems that enthusiast photographers have raised with the performance of the cameras. The AF speed and operation seem faster, which is a big advantage, and I hope the improved image quality and faster Wi-Fi connectivity are as good as Samsung has stated. . . . read more

Samsung Galaxy Camera in-depth review by Lars Rehm at Connect.DPreview: "The Galaxy Camera is a great device for those who are planning to make good use of its connectivity features and have $600 to spend."

3 years ago I downloaded Rovio's 'Angry Birds' game for some fun my daughter to play with, and never ever would i imagine then, that the ability to play this game would count as a good point on a camera reviewed at DPreview. Good or bad, progress it certainly is. But there are valid points, even for hardcore avid photographers, to have an open operating system like Android on a camera: 

"Despite being a first generation product the Samsung Galaxy Camera works surprisingly well. The camera interface could be a little sleaker and more responsive and the image quality is average at best but the huge number of available apps, the smoothness of Android 4.1, the excellent screen and the flexible zoom range make up for these flaws. The Galaxy Camera is a great device for those who are planning to make good use of its connectivity . . . read more

Using Adapted Lenses On Your Mirrorless Cameras, by Chris Gampat at Digital Camera Stuff.

"Mirrorless Cameras are not only capable of shooting really amazing images, but they have the ability to do so with nearly any lens. Sure, many systems have their own lens lineups with autofocus and other bells and whistles, but maybe you've got a collection of lenses already. Even if you don't, browse around Flickr and you'll see that people hunt after lenses in order to adapt them to their cameras. If you see yourself becoming one of those lens collectors, then you'll want to keep in mind a couple of pointers before and when you put that lens onto your camera. . . . read more

Samsung NX 20mm f/2.8 Pancake lens review at Lens Tip: Sharp in the center, doomed otherwise because of pancake construction (Ed: Really? My Panny 20mm and Canon 40mm STM pancakes say otherwise)

The lens was tested with a Samsung NX 10 body by someone with an apparent distaste for pancakes:

It would be difficult not to feel sympathy for this lens. It is a small, lightweight, handy instrument with an all-purpose focal length which provides the most important thing – a very good image quality in the frame centre. Of course it has some flaws because any ‘pancake’ device is doomed due to their small dimensions.

 If there is one feature you can carp about its the aperture. Producing the EF-M 2/22 model Canon proved that you can . . . read more

Samsung to release a full frame mirrorless NX camera within 3 months? Lots of clues point to this direction.

Probably ahead of Sony's forthcoming full frame NEX camera, and who knows whose else. It will be interesting to see if they have figured out a way to make their cropped lenses work on a full frame mirrorless body, without a crop mode like Nikon does on their ff Dslr bodies. Photo Rumors has the story:

"Samsung will announce their new NX-R mirrorless camera in March, 2013. There is no date yet for the Samsung NX30 release (replacement of the NX20), but the camera is in development right now. I received some unconfirmed information that the new NX-R (or NX Pro) could have a full frame sensor inside. No details were provided on the lens mount or other . . . read more

Best of Show: Top 5 Digital Cameras from CES 2013 by Laura Hicks at Digital Camera Review

the best cameras of ces 2013

"#1 Fuji X100S One word - Luxury. This camera is a beautiful. With a retro camera body that looks almost identical to the X100, the X100S is the epitome of a luxury camera. An advanced 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and improved EXR Processor II make this camera the fastest autofocus in its class. The X100S has a fixed 23mm f2 lens. But this beauty comes at a price. The camera is expected to be released in the spring of 2013 and available for around $1300. I bet your first reaction was, "Wow, that's a lot of money for a fixed lens compact camera." And I will admit . . . read more

Samsung NX300 preview at Digital Camera Info: Samsung's NX line had 2 weak points, the company seems to have mended the problem with the release of the NX300.

The Samsung NX300's large 3.3-inch AMOLED screen dominates the back.

"Despite a rocky start, Samsung’s NX line has settled into a comfortable pattern. Both the NX300’s hardware design and software interface make it easy to just pick up the camera and start shooting, and the metal top plate is a nice premium touch. Otherwise, the shape and feel don’t depart from what we saw in the last NX generation.

The NX300 is the midrange model for Samsung’s line, replacing 2012’s NX210. As such, it lacks some extra . . . read more

Samsung NX300 previews, hands-on, and usefull coverage roundup, early edition: So far everybody is impressed by the cam's specs and looks, and some are dumbfounded by Samsung's apparent faith in 3D imaging technology.

Dan Havlik at Imaging Resource has written a good piece on the NX300, notices among other things the welcome increase in response time over previous NX cameras, seems like Samsung has finally mended it's Achilles heel: "in terms of operational speed, the pre-production Samsung NX300 seemed fast and responsive. We've had issues with overall sluggishness in Samsung's previous NX-series CSCs, and while it's too early to tell whether it's improved, we're optimistic based on our hands-on time with it." . . . read more

Samsung tries to keep the 3D dream alive, releases the NX300 (that will come bundled with Adobe's Lightroom) and a 2D/3D hybrid 45mm f/1.8 lens.

Well, maybe 3D photography is still a hot topic in Korea. headline features of the NX300 include new 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and a hybrid (contrast and phase-detection) autofocus system, bringing it up to speed with the likes of Sony, Canon and Nikon. Otherwise the camera ups almost every feature of the NX200 a notch. NX300 MSRP: $749.99.  45mm lens: $499 for the 3D version, and $399 for the 2D. Availability: March 2013 . . . read more

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more

Curiosity review: The Samsung Galaxy Camera tested at Photography Blog, deemed Jack of all trades, master of social networking, but no real camera substitute.

"By compact camera standards, though, the Samsung Galaxy Camera's image quality isn't that great, suffering from obvious noise at relatively slow ISO speeds and chromatic aberrations, with the photos somewhat misleadingly looking much better on the excellent LCD screen than when downloaded onto a computer and viewed more closely. Still, its more than perfectly fine for cropping and resizing for posting on Facebook or Instagram, or for making regular-sized prints.

Although the Samsung Galaxy Camera is a large and eye-catching device, certainly more so than the ubiquitious . . . read more

Samsung Galaxy camera review at TechRadar

This camera is pretty much a milestone in the ever changing landscape of digital photography, and other manufacturers need to keep a close eye, or they'll lose the train:

"Even better news for many, is that the 16 million pixel CMOS sensor inside the camera is a 1/2.3 inch device, the same size as . . . read more

Samsung NX200 Review at Digital Photography School

"The APS-C sized CMOS sensor has an enormous maximum image, at 5472×3648 pixels, enough to produce a 46×31 cm print.

Movies? How about MPEG4 video at 1920×1080 pixel resoluton? The NX200 will capture up to 25 minutes of movie shooting at 30 fps. If you want 60 fps, then you’ll have to be content with 1280×720 pixel video. . . . read more

Samsung NX200 review at Digital Photography Review

In light of what's been happening in the compact camera system ecosystem during the past couple of months, does the NX200 still have a raison d'être? Lars Rehm from DP Review believes that is has:

 

"In terms of image quality the NX200 offers a lot of light and some shadow. At base ISO the camera captures an impressive amount of detail in its JPEG files but at higher ISOs the camera uses pretty strong noise reduction that doesn't always battle the (chroma) . . . read more

Samsung NX200 review at Cnet UK

"The NX200 did a great job of capturing our still-life set-up, in which we gathered a collection of everyday objects with differing colours and surface textures (above). We set the aperture to f/16, to keep the scene sharp from front to back, and shot it three times -- with only the room's ambient light, using the screw-on flash and under studio lighting. . . . read more

Samsung NX200 review @ TrustedReviews

"Samsung isn’t exactly a complete newcomer to CSCs. Indeed, the company has been enthusiastic early adopter of the standard, announcing within weeks of the launch of the Micro Four Thirds standard that it would be focusing on a CSC standard of its own. Since then the company has . . . read more

Kodak Files for Chapter 11, sues Samsung

"Kodak has succumbed to its financial pressures and filed for Chapter 11 business reorganization in New York. The iconic photography company isn't dead yet, however, just very broke."

What's a Complete Mirrorless System? by Thom Hogan

Thom may not have the answer to "what's a functional website" but he sure knows his mirroless(es): 

"m4/3: tends to fail at high ISO image quality and tracking focus performance, plus only a few of the Panasonic models have built-in EVFs. GPS and tether support is also missing. The good news is that the lens set is broad, deep, and will soon have almost no gaps. . . . read more

Samsung plans high-end CSC; shifts all output to China @ AP

One more for the CSC/MILC club. In the end, probably every one but the kitchen-sink Canon will manufacture a mirrorless system:

"Lim confirmed that Samsung has switched all its camera production to China where labour costs are cheaper and where it has already established relationships in other areas of its business. . . . read more

Samsung's new Dual LCD WiFi compact camera

The new gadget features dual LCDs making it easy to shoot self portraits and the ability to upload the captured images directly from the camera to your Facebook, Picassa, Flickr or any other social based site with its built in WiFi.
With the ongoing war between Smartphone and compact cameras, will this new product tilt the scale ? . . . read more

Samsung NX200 review @ DCinfo

"We found that the NX200 produced excellent noise results up through its maximum ISO of 12800, with noise kept under 2% even as high as ISO 6400 with noise reduction turned to the “off” setting. At its lowest ISO, the NX200 returned just 0.7% noise, only rising above 1% at ISO 1600. At every ISO we found luma noise was well-controlled, though chroma noise tended to be the most bothersome in our test images. More on how we test noise."

Samsung NX200 review @ Engadget

Is Samsung up there yet, with the big guns? Form the review:

"Focusing issues aside, we were generally quite pleased with the NX200. Samsung's latest ILC offers great . . . read more

Samsung NX200 review @ Cnet.Asia

This MILC camera has the 2nd highest pixel-count after the Sony Nex7. So how does it stack up against the competition? 

"From our image tests, the best results were expected to be from ISO 100 to ISO 800. Those who enjoy shooting in . . . read more

Samsung NX10 review @ DPReview.com

Samsung got a bit late to the mirrorless party, but they managed to squeeze a full APS-C sensor into a body roughly the size of the Panasonic GH1:   "One of the most impressive things about the NX10 is its image quality. In general terms, the camera makes a really good job of exposure, white balance and color rendition, meaning that most of the key elements are in place for great photos. The images are perhaps a little under-sharpened

Samsung introduces water/magnet/shockproof CF, SDHC and Micro SD Cards

...and immediately claims the title as the most venerable cards among enthusiasts :)
 

These cards may not be speed-demons, and not by a long shot sport the biggest capacities, but otherwise their spec-sheets are truly amazing, according to Samsung. Some features:

(Edit: The CF cards are NOT waterproof, only the SDHC and Micro SD ones) . . . read more

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