• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Samsung NX300 advantages over Pentax KP

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.1 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax KP advantages over Samsung NX300

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    35 vs 14 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/6000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Stylish "retro modern" design in two color schemes; attractive 3.3-inch AMOLED tilting touchscreen; new APS-C CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection AF; better image quality, particularly in low light at high ISOs; faster all-around performance; improved Wi-Fi connectivity.

  • Camera feels more plasticky than expected when you pick it up; slower shot-to-speeds compared to rivals; poor buffer depth with raw files; aggressive anti-noise processing destroys detail in high ISO shots; display smudges easily and is rather dim; no EVF support.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX200

Samsung NX300
Samsung NX200
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $934
  • APS-C
Pentax KP
Samsung NX200
  • $888
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • HDMI out

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung NX300
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Pentax KP
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $888
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX300
Samsung NX3000
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Pentax KP
Samsung NX3000
  • $888
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon D5600

Samsung NX300
Nikon D5600
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $888
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon T7i

Samsung NX300
Canon T7i
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $888
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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