• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX300 advantages over Sony A7

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    85 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Lighter weight
    549g vs 769g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Sony A7 advantages over Samsung NX300

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.29 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,248 vs 942 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.2 vs 12.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    50 vs 14 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    28 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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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.

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Samsung NX300
Sony A7R
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-7

Samsung NX300
Sony NEX-7
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7
Sony NEX-7
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Samsung NX200

Samsung NX300
Samsung NX200
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $934
  • APS-C
Sony A7
Samsung NX200
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung NX300
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1341
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1341
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth

Compared to Sony A7 II

Samsung NX300
Sony A7 II
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7
Sony A7 II
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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