Win a Samsung NX300 Smart Camera

When the kids were little-little, I took an insane amount of pictures. Everything was a first — the smiles, the steps, the laughs — and I didn’t want a thing to go undocumented. The older they’ve gotten, though, the more I’ve relied on my cell phone to capture the moments and the less inclined I’ve been to ever actually print anything. So, when Staples offered to send me a Samsung NX300 Smart Camera last month, I gratefully accepted, vowing to step up my photo-taking habit once again.




(God forbid I actually get a shot of all three kids in one frame!)

After playing around with the camera for a few weeks, I’m happy to report that it’s pretty awesome, indeed. Not only is it adorable, (Isn’t that a prerequisite for all things?) but it takes sharp pictures, is light and easy to carry around and connects to wifi, allowing for instant uploads to your favorite social sites. In other words, it makes it easy to take pictures — great pictures — of your kids. And isn’t that what a camera is all about?

Samsung NX300

For you technical folks, here are some more details:

  • 5472 x 3648 & 1920 x 1080 image and video resolution respectively.
  • 20.3 megapixels (effective), 21.6 megapixels (total)
  • 3.3″ AMOLED display, display resolution: 768000 pixel, image sensor size: 0.93″ x 0.62″, image sensor type: CMOS
  • Video formats: MPEG-4, MP4, motion JPEG, maximum video resolution: 1920 x 1080, HD movie mode: yes, maximum frame rate: 60 fps
  • Shortest shutter speed: 1/6000 second, longest shutter speed: 30 second
  • Focusing: Mode: Single AF, continuous AF, MF, touch AF and shutter, range: depends on lens, shooting mode: single, continuous, burst (5M size only), self-timer, bracket (AE/WB/PW), RAW format shooting: yes, full manual controls: yes
  • Flash modes: Auto flash, flash OFF/ON, flash exposure compensation, rear curtains Front curtain sync, smart flash, red eye reduction, external flash: included, built in flash: no
  • Video: Edit still image capture, time trimming, picture effects: vignetting, miniature, colored pencil, watercolor, wash drawing, oil sketch, ink sketch, acryl, negative, selective color, recording: with audio or without audio.

Sounds pretty cool, right? The camera sells for $749.99, but if you’re in need of a new camera, you’ve come to the right place — I’m giving one away.

Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

US residents only – sorry international friends!

About the writer

What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill's stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Learn more here.

From Around the Web


Katrianna 1 year ago

I have been staring at mirrorless cameras for WEEKS now! To win this would seriously be UNBELIEVABLE!

Esperanza Lucas 1 year ago

This first time on a super tight budget mom Definitely needs this! Have you seen the quality (some of them) of the pictures printed from your phone? (Sigh)

Roxanne 1 year ago

This camera is amazing. I’ve had my eyes on it! Thanks for doing this giveaway. I have three beautiful children that would make gorgeous models, and perhaps motivate me to blog more. :)

Pamela Gray Mueller 1 year ago

As the unofficial photographer of my daughter’s class, this would be fantastic! I would love to win this!

Zsuzsa 1 year ago

single Mommy who plays with cameras in the store but can’t actually afford one and would love a shot at one right here!

Britta 1 year ago

Aw can’t I enter by tumblring about the contest? I can’t be limited in my amount of characters so twitter didn’t really work out so much haha

Melinda Vijarro- Friels 1 year ago

I want!!!

Kelly Harris Aulenbach 1 year ago

I like taking pics with my phone, but it’s just not the same as having a REAL camera in your hands!

Nicole Ely-Bigelow 1 year ago

Camera looks perfect, I could finally take good pics of my 2 year old !

Alex Jackson Van Pelt 1 year ago

This would be awesome!

Jennifer Gomez 1 year ago

I would love a new camera! Mine is used to taking hundreds of pictures a month and has been hanging around since 2006! My last baby deserves some awesome photo opportunities with a camera with all the new technology. Not to mention to sneak awesome pictures of my older kids that are hard to capture now!

Michelle Brown 1 year ago

Today would of been a great day to capture my 4yr old son’s expression when he picked up one piece of candy from the parade and then saying to me “Mommy look I have one piece of candy” while I am shoving him out there to try and get more. I felt so bad for him little shy guy!

Shanna 1 year ago

I’d love to win a new camera to try to get a few cute pictures of my girls!

Lauren Lomeli 1 year ago

Fingers crossed, would be great. Thanks for the chance.

Denise Alexander 1 year ago


Courtney Lourwood 1 year ago

I can haz?

Margaret Melican 1 year ago

I can haz it, please? No camera phone here and going to a family reunion/anniversary party in July. It would come in handy! Thank you.

Lynn Morisette-Pace 1 year ago


Marilyn Clem 1 year ago

I would love to win, my Sony camera was stolen last month and I would love a new one to capture all the awesome times me and my 3 kidos have (: I don’t have twitter but entered via Facebook (:

Amanda Lynne Williams 1 year ago

Did done liked entered! Hoping to win!

Rebecca 1 year ago

Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!

Melissa 1 year ago

Need a new camera would love to capture so many moments between my three sons!

Andrea 1 year ago

Just had my first baby, would love to win this!!

Dawn 1 year ago

I jus took a photography class today! It would be so cool to have a nice camera to practice what we learned!

Katie 1 year ago

Love your site!

Tasha Kovacs 1 year ago

Wish I could get back to taking five million pictures of my little guy. It feels like time is running out!!

Christie Wilcox 1 year ago

I have this camera. I love it.

Amy Pullifrone 1 year ago

Thanks for the chance!

Heather Supan 1 year ago

Would LOVE to win! My Kodak is dying and I dont know what to do. Thanks for the chance!

Kellie 1 year ago

Looks like a great camera thanks for sharing!!

Shira Atzmon 1 year ago


Amanda Brady 1 year ago

errrmageerd I want it!

Annie 1 year ago

Would love this camera!

Sabrina Hairston 1 year ago

Thanks for the opportunity!!

Amber 1 year ago

Would love to win this!!

Danielle 1 year ago

I miss real cameras! 4 kids, so the only thing I use is my phone lately :)

Jen cook 1 year ago

Pretty please! I have a 15 yr old,
10 yr old and a 2.5 yr old!

Meghan Cummings 1 year ago


Vanessa Wieler 1 year ago

Next time do a giveaway only for Canadians! 😀

Patricia Misiura 1 year ago

Sad, picture crazy Canadian mommy :( I have a US ship to address 10 min from my house…would that work?? I have already taken 26 photos today on my old banged up camera and it’s only 1pm. New camera would be exquisitely awesome!!!

Rachel Mansell 1 year ago

Noooo, UK!!! So gutted!! Just got a Samsung 4 and the camera is awesome but the amount of pics on it isn’t so awesome! X

Megan 1 year ago

This would be awesome on the go with two little ones! Thanks Scary Mommy!

Megan Charrette 1 year ago

I need this!!

Debra Siergey 1 year ago

Love your posts! I can relate to the realness!!!

Lisa 1 year ago

Such a cute camera!

Megan 1 year ago

This would be awesome on the go with two little ones!! Thanks Scary Mommy!

Risa Goldstein 1 year ago

fingers are crossed. Would love to win!

Jamie Lee 1 year ago

Sweet, I could use a new camera

Sarah Kimmel Cenedella 1 year ago

Awesome giveaway!

Coleen 1 year ago

Would LOVE to win it!!

Michelle 1 year ago

Oh how I would love to win this. All I have is an 8gb iPhone 4 (no, its not even a 4s) and its maxed out so no more pics of the kiddos. :-(

Kim 1 year ago

Would love it!

Jennifer Huson Rinaggio 1 year ago

Would love this camera for taking pictures of my daughter and son during dress rehearsals for dance instead of hoping another mom caught my kids on film.

Kate 1 year ago

Been wanting a good camera since my daughter was born, three years ago! :)

Amanda Howard Niemerg 1 year ago

I played with this camera at BestBuy a few months ago and fell in love with it! It takes gorgeous pictures!

Erin Nelson Sutton 1 year ago

Awesome! Entered :)

Sarah Nerhus 1 year ago

I would love a new camera. Our old “point and shoot” is about ten years old. We have been taking pictures with our phones, but it’s hard to zoom in and get a good action shot, especially when my kids are playing soccer, while all the other parents have awesome cameras.

Anne 1 year ago

Would love a new camera to capture all the moments of my 5 month old twin boys!!

Annie 1 year ago

Would love that camera! Currently in need of a new one!

Erin 1 year ago

I’m in the market for a camera as I’m expecting twins next month!

Laurie 1 year ago

New camera? I guess that would mean I wouldn’t have to select one of the 2900+ pix on my phone to delete each time I want to take a new pic. And wireless uploading? It all sounds magical

Danielle Kalwat 1 year ago

Our first baby is coming in December, and we don’t own an actual camera yet! It would be awesome to have something better than our phones to take those first Christmas pictures!

Christina Burke 1 year ago

Been using my phone exclusively for 3 years to take pics of my 3 kids! Would love this!

Lauren 1 year ago

Have never had a good camera. Would love this before my three boys get any older!!

Micah Marquette 1 year ago

I hope we enter by commenting! :) I need a new camera!!

Jessica Maka Rhodes 1 year ago

This would be amazing. I always take so many pics of my kiddo. Only grandkid on both sides and we don’t live near either family so I always try to catch those moments to share with them.

Crystal Rose DuBay Jolliff 1 year ago

We were paying around $250 a month for smart phones for our family, but decided a new (used) car was needed more. We ditched them and have had ‘dumb’ phones ever since. I LOVE the idea of a camera with wifi!

Angela DiMare 1 year ago

This would be a godsend!!!

Kristy Honeycutt Brennan 1 year ago

I have a Samsung Galaxy. It is wonderful. Looks like a professional did them.

Diane Cone 1 year ago

Pretty AND I love it!!! (:

Sandi Richardson 1 year ago

Our all-over-the world family would love real pics vs my cellphone pics!!!

Neala 1 year ago

Just had a new baby and could use a new camera!

Ashley Gale 1 year ago

Would LOVE to win! Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway! :)

cindy harrington 1 year ago

Yes please! Would love to win this camera!

Corey Burrell DeLuca 1 year ago

I think I entered!? Her is hoping I win!

Donna 1 year ago

I used to be so good at taking pictures but then, when my daughter accidentally dropped my camera and it broke, I’ve had to rely on my phone to take all our pictures now…

Kirsche Heberle 1 year ago

Wow! This would be so appreciated! Hoping…

Jill 1 year ago

Would love to have this!! I don’t take enough pictures!!!!

Lea 1 year ago

I am also guilty of relying on my cell phone too much. I’ve never had a “nice” camera and this one looks amazing!

K 1 year ago

I need this!

Cindy 1 year ago

Just had my third daughter and would LOVE to have a camera that works well so I dont have to go “say cheese..1 more time”… Just to get a decent picture!

Kathy Braddock 1 year ago

never owned a camera before it would be nice

Cynamen Jay 1 year ago

Do you have any idea how much memory I would have on my PHONE if I won this Camera!?!??!?! Lmao

Renee Breyer 1 year ago

I love capturing memories for my kids and family and someday I’d love to extend that dream for others!!!

Kim 1 year ago

I would luv a new camera! Never seem to get all 3 kids to look at the same time! Lol

Mel Mart 1 year ago

Canadian mommy is sad… 😉

Jeannette longo 1 year ago

Would love this camera! Mine takes horrible pics.

Kelli 1 year ago

I need a camera! All of the pictures of my 13 month old are on my phone!

Deb 1 year ago

Soo in need of a faster, better camera. Need to upgrade every few years when all the pics of my son start to turn to blurs lol

Jerri 1 year ago

Would love to win this camera!

Victoria Barger Silfies 1 year ago

I entered via Facebook. Thanks!

Jennifer Broyer 1 year ago

Would love this camera especially with baby #3 on the way!

Joyce Swift Shea 1 year ago

Fingers crossed desperate for a new camera

Erin Foreman 1 year ago

Entered, thanks for the chance to win.

Marcia 1 year ago

This would be amazing! My husband and I don’t have smartphones so our cameras don’t take great pictures and we want as many pictures as possible of our little miracle.

Allison 1 year ago

I’ve been lusting after that darn thing. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jwhipps 1 year ago

Would love a new point and shoot camera! This looks GREAT! Thanks!

Lara 1 year ago

What a great giveaway….good luck to all!!

Melony Brittain 1 year ago

Thanks! This is awesome!! Twitter and Facebook entries complete :)

Brandy Cole 1 year ago

Oh my! Yes please! I would so love a camera to capture my little daredevil/diva!

Tracey 1 year ago

I haven’t had a camera in years. I have relied on my iPhone for all pics. It’s time for a camera. :)

Keri 1 year ago

Nothing better than pics of my boys

Shelby 1 year ago

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!!

Meghan 1 year ago

After the month I have had, this would be awesome to win! I seriously use my phone for all my pictures, and it really doesn’t take them as well as I would hope!!! How do we register to win?

Lisa V 1 year ago

Would LOVE to win a camera. My 2 y/o decided to drop and break mine while I was at the hospital having my now 7wk old. Word to wise, never give your toddler your camera to play with. =(

Jennifer Hines 1 year ago

I need a new camera! My cell isnt cutting it anymore.

Jennifer 1 year ago

Winning this would be such a blessing. The only camera I have is on my phone and it has something on the inside of the lens and every picture I take has a purple blob on it! LOL!! There’s more pressing things I have to spend my money on as a single mom, so I deal with “the blob” the best I can, but this camera would make a huge difference in how I can capture and remember my children’s precious moments.

Nicole Nelson 1 year ago

Would love this!

Dawn Baeckeroot 1 year ago

I would love to win this…I haven’t had a ‘real’ camera in ages! Thanks for the raffle!

Keri 1 year ago

I could definitely use a new camera to photograph my boys with their new puppy!

Tiffany Folson 1 year ago

Oh yes yes please!

Rebecca Gibson-Jappell 1 year ago


Miki 1 year ago

I would live to tuck the phone away with other distractions and use such a lovely camera to capture my son , and other family members, since formal picture sittings are a thing of the past! I love making photo books on shutterfly. Thanks for the chance!

Perri 1 year ago

Definitely need camera for new grandbaby!

Melissa O’Neil 1 year ago

I would love to win this camera!! We are having baby #2 in January….taking pics with my iPhone just is not cutting it!!!

Susan 1 year ago

Do we enter by commenting? I am horrible at taking pictures and uploading them. My camera still has pictures from over a year ago. Forget printing. I just show on my phone. Funny enough I started looking into a new camera this week.

Tania 1 year ago

This would be a Godsend! :) I adore photography, but I’m always broke.

Lisa 1 year ago

Would love to win the camera!! :)

Stephanie James 1 year ago

Still trying to order organize pics from 2012…sigh :)