Jan. 3, 2013 at 6:48 PM ET
3-D video can be fun to shoot under the right circumstances — especially when the ability to do so comes built into a rather nifty mirrorless camera system. Enter Samsung's new NX300 camera and the 3-D-capable 45mm F1.8 lens.
Yes, the magic is all in the lens. According to authoritative camera site DPReview, this is how it works: The camera can take 3-D stills and shoot high-definition 1080p 3-D video, provided you buy the $600 45mm lens.
The 3D version can be used as a conventional lens but also has two LCD screens that scissor down into the optical path when you engage 3-D mode. These two screens take turns to black-out their respective sides of the lens, meaning a slightly different image is projected onto the camera's sensor. The NX300 can capture and combine these alternating frames to create either 3D movies or stills.
The NX300 has a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a new hybrid auto-focus system, and Samsung's proprietary DRIMe IV imaging engine. It offers rather wide ISO range (ISO100 - 25600), a 1/6000 shutter speed, and can shoot 8.6 frames per second in continuous shooting mode. (You can check out the camera's full specs on Samsung's CES 2013 website.)
Connectivity also plays a huge role with the NX300, thanks to Samsung's Smart Camera app, which is available on Android (and soon on iOS). With the app, you can use a smartphone as a remote view finder, beam photos straight to your mobile device and more. (There's also a way to backup photos to your PC or Mac as well, of course.)
The NX300 will be available in March, will cost $750 and come with a 20-50mm kit lens.
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