The 8 Best Samsung Cameras to Buy in 2017

Find the latest and greatest camera offerings from Samsung

Samsung has won wide acclaim for the powerful cameras they include in their Galaxy smartphones. But they also have two camera lines with quality products that do what a smartphone cannot. Their NX line of cameras are mirrorless, so that they are more portable than a bulky DSLR, but have a universal lens mount (so that you can take professional quality shots). The WB cameras are compact, but have either telephoto lens for optical zoom or the option for lens attachment. Samsung does not sell their products directly through Amazon, so some of the items on this list are not eligible for Prime.

Share your photos instantly with this powerful mirrorless camera from Samsung. The NX300 sports a smart retro design with a textured black case with metal accents, reminiscent of 1970s and 1980s cameras. But while the look may be vintage, the specs are very cutting edge. First, it packs a powerful 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that captures lifelike colors and stunning images in the highest resolution in its class.

And no matter whether you are shooting at dawn, dusk or midday, the ISO range of 100-25,600 means you can capture great images in any range of light and shadow. The wide range is complemented by a lightning fast shutter speed of 1/4000 and capture rate of five fps. Get closer to the action with a 16-50mm zoom lens that excels at wide-angles and portraits.

Other modern touches include a host of WiFi and NFC connectivity that allows you to AutoShare or transfer entire albums with ease. So if you use the three-inch flip-up display to snap the perfect selfie, it can be on social media instantly. If you want to take some time to edit your photos, no worries. The camera comes with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 to help you turn a snapshot into a photograph.

Get a powerful 16.2-megapixel CCD Sensor camera with 12x optical zoom at a budget price with the WB35F, the entry level in Samsung’s line of compact cameras. You can take quality pictures in a variety of lighting conditions, thanks to the ISO range of 80-3,200. Meanwhile, aperture range is f3.1-6.3 and a sharp auto-feature captures your result in the best way possible. If you don’t want to leave it up to the camera, your creative side will love all the filters and effects from the SMART Filter lens. Motion photo, split shot and live panorama give you even more options to take the perfect picture.

 

Samsung rode the wave of popularity garnered by their Galaxy phones into the camera market, releasing the Samsung Galaxy Camera, an Android-powered smart camera that can download the millions of apps on Google Play. Now when your smart phone’s camera doesn’t have the zoom or resolution you desire, you can just take this camera along and instantly upload your photos to Instagram.

The Galaxy Camera 2 has a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and a powerful 21x Optical Zoom that works well with close up shots. The photos are saved and can be distributed any number of ways. First, you have the Android Jelly Bean 4.3, which gives you the option of sharing your photos to social media. NFC connection, photo beam, autoshare and groupshare also distribute your captures with ease, while a tagging feature inputs GPS location and other fun info.

The NX Mini has the size and look of your run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot, but it has way more going for it. First, it carries the NX’s trademark quick flip 3-inch touch display that has an excellent UI, so taking the perfect wide-lens selfie is easier than ever. Just wink at the camera and it takes the picture for you, no stretching your hand to hit the button.

The picture captures in a high-def 20.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, grabbing way more vivid color than other cameras its size. And with a high-end shutter speed of 1/16000 second, the mini won’t miss any of the action. It has an M Mount for an NX lens, allowing you to take any photo your heart will imagine. As soon as you have the right shot, just upload it to the Web via NFC or AutoShare.

The NX500 is built for performance and accuracy, thanks in large part to Samsung’s new high-speed DRIMeVs processor. You can now capture 4K ultra high definition video without taking up all your memory, thanks to the new HEVC H.265 codec. Still shots also look glorious, courtesy of the powerful 28-megapixel sensor and NX AF System III hybrid auto focus, with 205 phase detected focal shots. In other words, no matter what you are trying to shoot, this camera will capture it in its best light. In fact, the ISO range of 100-25600 means that you can even take pictures outside at night with minimal noise or blur.

The design is also high-end, featuring a comfortable and ergonomic build that fits your hand and steadies it for a great shot. The hybrid UI of an LCD touchscreen and two independent command dials let you compose your shot in whatever manner best suits you. 

This pocket-sized point-and-shoot has great zoom for its slim profile. In fact, you can get 12x optical zoom, great for capturing far away action. The 24mm wide-angle lens will capture more of a mural, allowing you to control your canvas. The nimble lens is complemented with a 16-megapixel CCD sensor that can adapt to a number of environments and lights. If you need some extra light, the soft flash feature is a delicate way to capture babies and animals without harming their eyes. All your images appear on an intelligent three-inch LCD screen that automatically detects natural illumination and adjusts accordingly for optimal image viewing. You also have access to Samsung’s photo/video filter, so you can edit your pics before uploading them with NFC.

Get closer to the action with the WB1100F’s 35x telephoto optical zoom, a lens that puts you in the center of the action even if you are far from it. And like more expensive DSLR cameras, the WB1100F has a convenient speed control key to manipulate the zoom while maintaining a steady grip, allowing you to react fast during spontaneous moments.

The shot will be captured with a 16-megapixel sensor that takes brilliant shots. Samsung Smart Filter feeds your creativity, with effects such as fish eye, miniature and cross filter to increase your options. Meanwhile, a smart auto analyzes and adjusts the composition to take the best picture for the environment. Like all Samsung cameras, built-in NFC and wireless makes sharing a breeze.

Expand your range with the WB350F, a camera that can capture colorful murals and sweeping landscapes with its 23mm wide-angle lens. The spectacular wide angle shots are complemented by 21x optical zoom that preserves detail even at a distance. All this is captured by a 16.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that needs less light to take detailed shots. And detail has been paid to the camera itself, thanks to a retro modern design that combines a luxurious leather-like texture and vintage finishes with a very modern hVGA hybrid touchscreen.

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