Interested in what a $500 kit can buy you today? Samsung NX3000 sample gallery posted


posted Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM EDT


As we mentioned in our Samsung NX3000 First Shots post last week, this camera is currently the smallest and lowest-priced APS-C camera that still retains an external mode dial. I'm a big fan of having a mode dial, and given how good our initial lab test images looked, I couldn't wait to sneak this little guy out of the lab for some real world gallery shooting (snuck out a few primes lenses too while I was at it).

The Samsung NX1000 from 2012 carried a list price of $700, while the NX2000 from 2013 listed at $650. The NX3000, which debuted just a few months ago, cuts the retail price down to an eye-opening $529 allowing for an early street price of under $500. An enticing proposition indeed, and all the more reason to get real world sample gallery images posted quickly. Our lab test images are primarily shot with our sharp reference prime lenses, so I've included plenty of kit lens shots to show what you'll be getting for the kit price. Also included are examples with several Samsung primes: the 60mm f/2.8 macro and the 45mm f/1.8 (2D/3D).

So dive into our Samsung NX3000 gallery page to see what this latest NX model is capable of, including examples as ISO begins to rise. Clicking on any of the thumbnails in the gallery will bring up a carrier page, from which you can access the full resolution images, RAW files and EXIF data. To whet your appetite for pixel-peeping, below are a few examples to get you started, all straight-from-the-camera JPEGS other than a resize to fit this page.

First, let's take a look at shots with the 16-50mm power zoom kit lens.

1/200s / f/5 / 56mm eq. / ISO 400 / 16-50mm kit lens
(1:1 crop from above image)
1/200s / f/5.6 / 77mm eq. / ISO 200 / 16-50mm kit lens
(1:1 crop from above image)
1/50s / f/5.6 / 77mm eq. / ISO 200 / 16-50mm kit lens

This really is an amazing amount of firepower for a kit lens. The 1:1 crops are only showcasing the center sharpness of the lens, but stay tuned to our lens testing site for a full review of this lens soon.

Moving now to a comparison image with the kit lens and a nice prime lens that won't break the bank, the 60mm f/2.8 macro.

1/200s / f/5.6 / 77mm eq. / ISO 200 / 16-50mm kit lens
(1:1 crop from above image)
1/200s / f/4 / 90mm eq. / ISO 200 / 60mm f/2.8 macro lens
(1:1 crop from above image)

Obviously we're not looking at an identical image and the settings vary slightly, but I wanted to give you a ballpark example of this kit lens' potential as compared to a good prime lens.

Next we'll enlist the services of the bright Samsung 45mm f/1.8 (2D/3D) prime lens, and see how both ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 stack up in the real world with the NX3000.

1/80s / f/2 / 69mm eq. / ISO 1600 / 45mm f/1.8 (2D/3D) lens
1/125s / f/1.8 / 69mm eq. / ISO 3200 / 45mm f/1.8 (2D/3D) lens

There was precious little light in the room when I took the above shot,
but as you can see there is still very little noise apparent here at ISO 3200.


I'll conclude this gallery sneak-peek with a few fun images from our local swimming hole. After all, if you want a good portrait or the ability to freeze the action, you're not likely to haul your expensive DSLR to the pool, nor get this quality with a typical waterproof camera. But you just might tote along the NX3000 since it's both light on weight and price.*

1/1600s / f/3.5 / 90mm eq. / ISO 800 / 60mm f/2.8 macro lens
1/400s / f/3.2 / 90mm eq. / ISO 200 / 60mm f/2.8 macro lens

There are many more images awaiting you in our gallery page, and stay tuned for more to come on the Samsung NX3000!


* This camera is not water resistant that I'm aware of, so please use caution to protect the camera in such shooting situations.


[quick links: Samsung NX3000GalleryLab Test Images]


(1:1 crop from above image)
1/40s / f/5.6 / 24mm eq. / ISO 200 / 16-50mm kit lens