Samsung Announces 3D-Capable NX300 and World’s First One-Lens 3D System


CES 2013 is just around the corner, and along with it about a gagillion (official number) announcements, but the first major announcement comes 5 days early courtesy of Samsung. The South Korean tech company has officially announced the NX300 — a 3D capable successor to the NX210 — alongside a 3D lens that Samsung is calling the “world’s first one-lens 3D system.”


First the numbers, then the lens. On the software side of things, the NX300 does not come equipped with Android like the Galaxy Camera, although it will be able to connect to Android and iOS smartphones using an accompanying app.

In terms of hardware, the NX300 comes equipped with a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, a max shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second, an ISO range of 100-25600, a 3.31-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a brand new Hybrid AF system, dual band WiFi and, at its heart, a blistering fast 3D capable DRIMe IV processor.


The 3D part obviously called for the corresponding glass, and for this Samsung has done something pretty special by releasing the world’s first single lens 3D system. The lens measures in at 45mm and f/1.8, and will be able to shoot both 2D and 3D in case you have an older Samsung that can’t handle the latter.

It’s capable of capturing stills as well as full 1080p HD video (at up to 60fps), making the camera/lens combo the only compact system in existence that can boast both of those abilities.


As pricing and availability goes, the NX300 with 20-50mm kit lens and Adobe Lightroom will run you $750 when it ships in March. But if you really want to take advantage of the camera you’ll need to pony up $600 more for the 2D/3D lens as well.

More details should follow as people begin getting their hands on the mirrorless bad boy at CES in 5-days time.

  • Scott M

    What would a 3D photo look like from this camera? One lens. Does that mean no special glasses to view? Anyone know?

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone want this yet another 3D gimmick?

  • Duke Shin

    A border appears on the rear element to create two images on the sensor.
    Samsung makes great cameras, just not a lot of people know about them.

  • Mateus Augusto Lopes

    What about the lens quality?

  • Mateus Augusto Lopes

    I agree 3D is just a gimmick, light field photography is much more useful.

  • Mike

    That 18-55 looks almost like some L lens. I want an 18-55L :( and not the kind where you make your own red ring.

  • hugh crawford

    There have been a few single lens 3D systems in the past. The 1991 Vivitar Series 1 QDOS 70-210mm is probably the best known commercialized product, but there are a few dual aperture ( for instance a waterhouse stop with two apertures side by side ) combined with parallax barrier systems in the 1980s. The same sensor tech that enables phase detection autofocus on live view cameras would do this easily with any lens, so needing a special lens seems disappointing.

  • spongebob nopants

    We would have to know 1) what is the stereo base of the lens? 2) can you see the 3d images in 3d on the cameras screen as with the fuji w1 and w3? 3) are there ways to control the 3d convergence/parallax before shooting as with the handy lever on the fuji?

  • Spongebob Nopants

    No it has nothing to do with no glasses 3d. Glasses free 3d, also known as autosterographic 3d is just a viewing method. digital 3d cameras either take 2 pictures side by side in one image, or create mpo files, which are merely 2 jpegs held in one file. I don’t know about the first kind of thing but MPOs can be viewed in any 3d viewing method there is. I can take my memory card out of my digital 3d camera and put it into a 3d tv and view the pictures, no matter what sciency wience the particular brand of 3D capable TV uses to show 3D. I can also use software to make them any kind of 3d there currently is or ever was.

  • spongebob nopants

    There is no way to tell how a 3d image from this camera will look until we see them. I am guessing that the APS C sensor might allow for shallower depth of focus compared to the 2 consumer size sensors that the fuji uses. The 3d lens also has an f stop of f/1.8- which leads me to believe shallow depth of field and better low light images is what they are going for – Fujis W3 poor image quality at high ISO is one of it’s achilles heels. So APS C + f/1.8 means lower ISO needed, higher shutter speeds at lower light – all leading up to images in lower light that have much less noise than those of the fuji 3d camera. but 1300 bucks for this capability is INSANE!

  • spongebob nopants

    The Fuji delivers horribly grainy images at high iso. The samsung’s APS C sensor and it’s f/1.8 lens seems to be a very satisfactory answer to that specific weakness.

    Another annoyance of the Fuji is no hotshoe, which this Samsung has. Getting an external hotshoe for the fuji w3 means buying a 3rd party device that costs hundreds of dollars.

    I would pay 600 bucks for this camera if the 3d is good AND the screen is autosterographic, and maybe even more if there were external controls for ISO, F-stop and shutter speed, but not 1300 ever.

  • AnthonyH

    Actually, I am using the W3 with an optical sensor hot shoe with a built-in delay switch. It’s called the Seagull SYK-5 and is under $20. It has allowed me to use the W3 with studio lights.