The NX3000 Is Samsung's New Middle Child

This new compact system camera ticks some sweet boxes for a killer price.

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Samsung shows no signs of quitting the system camera game, refreshing its mid-tier product lineup today with a brand new model. The NX2000 is no more—say hello to the NX3000. Learning from the previous model, this new NX offers a more traditional shooting experience in an attractive package with an enticing price for camera shoppers.

The NX3000 ditches the touchscreen-centric control scheme of the NX2000, instead relying on buttons and dials. The 3.0-inch flip-up display works like on the NX Mini—by making the LCD face you, it automatically switches the camera into a mode for selfies. Overall, the style of the product is somewhat like the NX300 and NX Mini, with a slightly retro two-tone color scheme.

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The Samsung NX3000 looks just like the lovely NX300 but with a slightly more svelte grip.

Because it's based on the full NX mount system, the NX3000 features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and full compatibility with the entire Samsung family of lenses. What you don't get is on-sensor phase detection autofocus, like the sensors in the recent NX300 and NX30 cameras.

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The control scheme of the NX3000 is more traditional, a contrast to the touch-heavy control scheme used on its predecessor.

The NX3000 is designed to work well with Samsung's other products, featuring NFC and WiFi for sharing photos over social networks. Additionally, the NX3000 features a battery from Samsung's mobile phones, meaning that replacements should be plentiful and inexpensive if you need a backup.

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The screen on the NX3000 flips forward, same as the company's new tiny NX Mini.

This new in-betweener for Samsung is looking to compete with the likes of other mirrorless cameras, like Sony's NEX-5T and Olympus's PEN E-PL5. The price is surprisingly reasonable, starting at $479.99 for a kit with the 20-50mm or $529.99 with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS power zoom kit lens. But, as they say, that's not all. Each NX3000 also comes with a license for Adobe Lightroom 5, normally more than a hundred bucks on its own.

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