The Samsung NX2000 was a pretty good camera. It wasn’t a high-end DSLR, but it decidedly was a camera that transitioned users from point-and-shoots to the joys of interchangeable lenses. The NX3000 appears to be Samsung’s followup, and it also appears to inherit all the pros of its predecessor.
The More Things Change…
There are changes, but they’re mostly cosmetic. One downside is that the camera, which is designed to facilitate selfies for some odd reason, now has a screen that fully flips up and Wink Shot capability. Unfortunately, that means it has a smaller screen than the NX2000, at three inches compared to 3.7. The good news is that this camera is loaded with connectivity features: WiFi and NFC are baked in right out of the box.
…The More Things Stay The Same
That said, it hasn’t changed in a few crucial respects. It’s still using Samsung’s NX mount for lenses, so you’ll be on that proprietary system, or you’ll need to shell out some cash for an adapter. It also has the same 20.3 megapixel sensor as its predecessor, not that this is a bad thing considering the overall size. Really, the megapixel wars just mean shoddier cameras and worse pictures, so we’re glad Samsung isn’t trying to cram even more pixels into an already crowded sensor.
The Next NX
We have to admit, the idea of an interchangeable lens camera “designed for selfies” is a vaguely ridiculous idea. Nobody’s going to pull out a camera body, attach a lens, flip up an LCD and boot a camera when they can just take the same photo using their smartphone. Which Samsung probably already sells them in the first place, so we’re not sure why the “selfie” ideas made it in. But it still looks like a good camera, and that’s what matters.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.