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  • Brand: Samsung
  • Product: Digital Camera
  • Model/name: NX300M
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Table of Contents

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ENG This user manual includes detailed usage instructions
for your camera. Please read this manual thoroughly.
USER
MANUAL
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Copyright information
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Health and safety information
Prevent damage to subjects’eyesight.
Do not use the flash in close proximity (closer than 1 m/3 ft) to people or
animals. If you use the flash too close to your subject’s eyes, this can cause
temporary or permanent eyesight damage.
Keep your camera away from small children and pets.
Keep your camera and all accessories out of the reach of small children
and animals. Small parts may cause choking or serious injury if swallowed.
Moving parts and accessories may present physical dangers as well.
Do not expose the camera to direct sunlight or high
temperatures for an extended period of time.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight or extreme temperatures can cause
permanent damage to your camera’s internal components.
Avoid covering the camera or charger with blankets or clothes.
The camera may overheat, which may distort the camera or cause a fire.
Do not handle the power supply cord or the charger during a
thunderstorm.
This may result in electric shock.
Always comply with the following precautions and usage tips to avoid
dangerous situations and ensure peak performance of your camera.
Warning—situations that could cause injury to yourself
or others
Do not disassemble or attempt to repair your camera.
You can damage the camera and expose yourself to the risk of an electric
shock.
Do not use your camera near flammable or explosive gases
and liquids.
This may cause a fire or explosion.
Do not insert flammable materials into the camera or store
these materials near the camera.
This may cause a fire or electric shock.
Do not handle your camera with wet hands.
This may result in an electric shock.
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Health and safety information
If liquid or foreign objects enter your camera, immediately
disconnect all power sources, such as the battery or charger,
and then contact a Samsung service center.
Comply with any regulations that restrict the use of a camera
in a certain area.
• Avoid interference with other electronic devices.
• Turn off the camera when in an aircraft. Your camera can cause
interference with aircraft equipment. Follow all airline regulations and
turn off your camera when directed by airline personnel.
• Turn off the camera near medical equipment. Your camera can interfere
with medical equipment in hospitals or health care facilities. Follow all
regulations, posted warnings, and directions from medical personnel.
Avoid interference with pacemakers.
Maintain a safe distance between this camera and all pacemakers to
avoid potential interference, as recommended by the manufacturer and
research groups. If you have any reason to suspect that your camera is
interfering with a pacemaker or other medical device, turn off the camera
immediately and contact the manufacturer of the pacemaker or medical
device for guidance.
Caution—situations that could cause damage to your
camera or other equipment
Remove the batteries from your camera when storing it for an
extended period of time.
Installed batteries may leak or corrode over time and cause serious
damage to your camera.
Use only authentic, manufacturer-recommended,
Lithium-ion replacement batteries. Do not damage or heat the
battery.
Inauthentic, damaged, or heated batteries may cause a fire or personal
injury.
Use only Samsung-approved batteries, chargers, cables, and
accessories.
• Using unauthorized batteries, chargers, cables, or accessories can cause
batteries to explode, damage your camera, or cause injury.
• Samsung is not responsible for damage or injuries caused by
unapproved batteries, chargers, cables, or accessories.
Use the battery only for its intended purpose.
Misusing the battery may cause a fire or electric shock.
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Health and safety information
Do not touch the flash while it fires.
The flash is very hot when fired and may burn your skin.
When you use the AC charger, turn off the camera before you
disconnect the power to the AC charger.
Failing to do so may result in fire or electric shock.
Disconnect the charger from the wall socket when not in use.
Failing to do so may result in fire or electric shock.
Do not use a damaged power supply cord, plug, or loose outlet
when you charge batteries.
This may cause a fire or electric shock.
Do not allow the AC charger to come in contact with the +/-
terminals on the battery.
This may cause a fire or electric shock.
Do not drop or subject the camera to strong impacts.
Doing so may damage the screen or external or internal components.
Exercise caution when you connect cables and install batteries
and memory cards.
If you force the connectors, improperly connect cables, or improperly
install batteries and memory cards, you can damage ports, connectors,
and accessories.
Keep cards with magnetic strips away from the camera case.
Information stored on the card may be damaged or erased.
Never use a damaged battery, or memory card.
This may result in electric shock or camera malfunction or cause a fire.
Do not place the camera in or near magnetic fields.
Doing so may cause the camera to malfunction.
Do not use the camera if the screen is damaged.
If the glass or acrylic parts are broken, visit a Samsung service center to
have the camera repaired.
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Health and safety information
Check that the camera is operating properly before use.
The manufacturer takes no responsibility for any loss of files or damage
that may result from camera malfunction or improper use.
You must plug the small end of the USB cable into your
camera.
If the cable is reversed, it may damage your files. The manufacturer is not
responsible for any loss of data.
Do not expose the lens to direct sunlight.
This may discolor the image sensor or cause it to malfunction.
If the camera overheats, remove the battery and allow it to
cool down.
• Prolonged usage of the camera may overheat the battery and raise
the internal temperature of the camera. If the camera stops operating,
remove the battery and allow it to cool down.
• High internal temperatures may result in noise in your photos. This is
normal and does not affect your camera’s overall performance.
Avoid interference with other electronic devices.
Your camera emits radio frequency (RF) signals that may interfere
with unshielded or improperly shielded electronic equipment, such as
pacemakers, hearing aids, medical devices, and other electronic devices in
homes or vehicles. Consult the manufacturers of your electronic devices
to solve any interference problems you experience. To prevent unwanted
interference, use only Samsung-approved devices or accessories.
Use your camera in the normal position.
Avoid contact with your camera’s internal antenna.
Data transference and your responsibilities
• Data transferred via WLAN could be leaked, so avoid transferring
sensitive data in public areas or on open networks.
• The camera manufacturer is not liable for any data transfers that infringe
on copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property laws, or public decency
ordinances.
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Indications used in this manual
Mode indications
Mode Indication
Smart Auto t
Program P
Aperture Priority A
Shutter Priority S
Manual M
Lens Priority i
Smart s
Wi-Fi B
Icons used in this manual
Icon Function
Additional information
Safety warnings and precautions
[ ]
Camera buttons. For example, [Shutter] represents the
shutter button.
( ) Page number of related information
ĺ
The order of options or menus you must select to perform
a step; for example: Select 1 ĺ Quality (represents
select 1, and then Quality).
* Annotation
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Contents
Chapter 1
My Camera
Getting started ............................................................................................ 30
Unpacking.................................................................................................................... 30
Camera layout.............................................................................................. 31
Using the DIRECT LINK button................................................................................ 33
Inserting the battery and memory card................................................. 34
Removing the battery and memory card ........................................................... 34
Using the memory card adapter.............................................................................34
Charging the battery and turning on your camera.............................. 35
Charging the battery................................................................................................ 35
Turning on your camera ......................................................................................... 35
Performing the initial setup...................................................................... 36
Selecting functions (options) ................................................................... 37
Selecting with buttons............................................................................................ 37
Selecting by touch.................................................................................................... 37
Using m.............................................................................................................. 38
E.g. Selecting the photo size in P mode............................................................. 38
Using the Smart panel............................................................................................. 39
E.g. Adjust the exposure value in P mode ......................................................... 39
Tips
Concepts in Photography
Shooting postures....................................................................................... 13
Holding the camera.....................................................................................................13
Standing photography...............................................................................................14
Crouching photography ............................................................................................14
Using the display ..........................................................................................................15
Low-angle shot..............................................................................................................16
High-angle shot.............................................................................................................16
Aperture........................................................................................................ 17
Aperture value and the depth of field ..................................................................18
Shutter speed............................................................................................... 19
ISO sensitivity .............................................................................................. 20
How the aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity
control exposure ......................................................................................... 21
Correlation between focal length, angle, and perspective................ 22
Depth of field............................................................................................... 23
What controls out-of-focus effects?.......................................................................23
Optical preview.............................................................................................................25
Composition................................................................................................. 25
Rule of Thirds..................................................................................................................25
Photos with two subjects ..........................................................................................26
Flash............................................................................................................... 27
Flash guide number.....................................................................................................27
Bounce Photography ..................................................................................................28
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Display icons ................................................................................................ 41
In Shooting mode..................................................................................................... 41
Capturing photos ........................................................................................................ 41
Recording videos......................................................................................................... 42
About the level gauge ............................................................................................... 42
In Playback mode...................................................................................................... 43
Viewing photos ............................................................................................................ 43
Playing videos............................................................................................................... 43
Changing the information displayed................................................................. 44
Lenses............................................................................................................ 45
Lens layout................................................................................................................... 45
Locking or unlocking the lens................................................................................. 46
Lens markings ............................................................................................................ 48
Accessories ................................................................................................... 49
External flash layout................................................................................................. 49
Connecting the external flash................................................................................. 50
GPS module layout (optional) .............................................................................. 52
Attaching the GPS module.................................................................................... 52
Shooting modes.......................................................................................... 54
t Smart Auto mode ..................................................................................... 54
P Program mode....................................................................................................... 56
Program Shift ................................................................................................................ 57
Minimum shutter speed............................................................................................ 57
A Aperture Priority mode ..................................................................................... 58
S Shutter Priority mode.......................................................................................... 59
M Manual mode ....................................................................................................... 60
Framing mode .............................................................................................................. 60
Using the Bulb function ............................................................................................ 61
i Lens Priority mode............................................................................................. 61
Using E............................................................................................................. 61
Using i-Function in P/A/S/M modes ................................................................ 62
Using Z.............................................................................................................. 64
s Smart mode ........................................................................................................ 65
Using the Best Face mode........................................................................................ 66
Capturing panoramic photos.................................................................................. 67
Recording a video..................................................................................................... 69
3D mode....................................................................................................................... 70
Available functions by shooting mode............................................................. 72
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Chapter 2
Shooting Functions
Size and Resolution .................................................................................... 74
Photo size..................................................................................................................... 74
Quality........................................................................................................................... 75
ISO sensitivity .............................................................................................. 76
White Balance .............................................................................................. 77
Customizing preset White Balance options....................................................... 78
Picture Wizard (photo styles).................................................................... 79
AF mode........................................................................................................ 80
Single AF....................................................................................................................... 81
Continuous AF............................................................................................................ 81
Manual focus............................................................................................................... 82
AF area........................................................................................................... 83
Selection AF ................................................................................................................ 83
Multi AF......................................................................................................................... 84
Face detection AF...................................................................................................... 84
Self-Portrait AF........................................................................................................... 85
Touch AF........................................................................................................ 86
Touch AF....................................................................................................................... 86
AF Point......................................................................................................................... 86
Tracking AF.................................................................................................................. 86
One touch shot .......................................................................................................... 87
Focus assist................................................................................................... 88
MF Assist....................................................................................................................... 88
Focus Peaking............................................................................................................. 88
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)............................................................. 89
Drive (shooting method)........................................................................... 90
Single............................................................................................................................. 90
Continuous.................................................................................................................. 90
Burst............................................................................................................................... 91
Timer.............................................................................................................................. 91
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AE Bracket)............................................................. 92
White Balance Bracketing (WB Bracket)............................................................ 92
Picture Wizard Bracketing (P Wiz Bracket)........................................................ 93
Bracketing setting..................................................................................................... 93
Flash............................................................................................................... 94
Reducing the red-eye effect.................................................................................. 95
Adjusting the flash intensity................................................................................. 95
Self Shot........................................................................................................ 96
Metering........................................................................................................ 97
Multi............................................................................................................................... 97
Spot................................................................................................................................ 98
Center-weighted ....................................................................................................... 98
Measuring the exposure value of the focus area ........................................... 99
Dynamic Range ......................................................................................... 100
Smart Filter................................................................................................. 101
Exposure compensation.......................................................................... 102
Exposure lock............................................................................................. 103
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Video functions ......................................................................................... 104
Movie size.................................................................................................................. 104
Movie quality........................................................................................................... 104
Multi Motion ............................................................................................................ 105
Fader........................................................................................................................... 105
Voice............................................................................................................................ 106
Wind cut .................................................................................................................... 106
Mic Level.................................................................................................................... 106
Chapter 3
Playback/Editing
Searching and managing files................................................................ 108
Viewing photos....................................................................................................... 108
Viewing image thumbnails................................................................................. 108
Viewing files by category .................................................................................... 109
Viewing files as a folder........................................................................................ 109
Protecting files ........................................................................................................ 110
Lock/Unlock all files.................................................................................................. 110
Deleting files............................................................................................................ 111
Deleting a single file................................................................................................. 111
Deleting multiple files.............................................................................................. 111
Deleting all files.......................................................................................................... 112
Viewing photos.......................................................................................... 113
Enlarging a photo .................................................................................................. 113
Viewing a slide show............................................................................................. 113
Auto rotating ........................................................................................................... 114
Creating a print order (DPOF)............................................................................ 114
Playing videos............................................................................................ 115
Trimming a video during playback.................................................................. 115
Capturing an image during playback............................................................. 116
Editing photos ........................................................................................... 117
Cropping a photo................................................................................................... 117
Rotating a photo .................................................................................................... 118
Resizing photos....................................................................................................... 118
Adjusting your photos.......................................................................................... 119
Retouching faces.................................................................................................... 120
Reducing red-eye................................................................................................... 120
Applying Smart Filter effects.............................................................................. 121
Chapter 4
Wireless network
Connecting to a WLAN and configuring network settings............... 123
Connecting to a WLAN......................................................................................... 123
Setting network options......................................................................................... 124
Manually setting the IP address........................................................................... 124
Using the login browser....................................................................................... 125
Network connection tips..................................................................................... 126
Entering text ............................................................................................................ 127
Saving files to a smart phone automatically....................................... 128
Sending photos or videos to a smart phone....................................... 129
Using a smart phone as a remote shutter release.............................. 131
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Color space............................................................................................................... 148
Distortion Correct .................................................................................................. 149
Touch Operation..................................................................................................... 149
iFn Customizing...................................................................................................... 149
User Display.............................................................................................................. 149
Key Mapping............................................................................................................ 150
Grid Line .................................................................................................................... 151
AF Lamp..................................................................................................................... 151
Setting......................................................................................................... 152
Chapter 6
Connecting to external devices
Viewing files on an HDTV or 3DTV........................................................ 158
Viewing files on an HDTV.................................................................................... 158
Viewing files on a 3D TV....................................................................................... 159
Transferring files to your computer....................................................... 160
Transferring files to your Windows OS computer....................................... 160
Connecting the camera as a removable disk................................................... 160
Disconnecting the camera (for Windows XP).................................................. 161
Transferring files to your Mac OS...................................................................... 161
Using programs on a PC........................................................................... 163
Installing programs from the provided CD................................................... 163
Available programs when using i-Launcher.................................................... 163
Using Auto Backup to send photos or videos..................................... 133
Installing the program for Auto Backup on your PC.................................. 133
Sending photos or videos to a PC.................................................................... 133
Sending photos or videos via email...................................................... 135
Changing email settings...................................................................................... 135
Storing your information........................................................................................ 135
Setting an email password..................................................................................... 136
Changing the email password.............................................................................. 137
Sending photos or videos via email................................................................ 137
Using photo or video sharing websites................................................ 139
Accessing a website .............................................................................................. 139
Uploading photos or videos............................................................................... 140
Using Samsung Link to send files.......................................................... 141
Uploading photos to online storage............................................................... 141
Viewing photos or videos on devices that support Samsung Link...... 142
Sending photos using Wi-Fi Direct........................................................ 144
Chapter 5
Camera settings menu
User settings............................................................................................... 146
ISO Customizing..................................................................................................... 146
ISO Step......................................................................................................................... 146
Auto ISO Range .......................................................................................................... 146
Noise Reduction ..................................................................................................... 146
Bracket Set................................................................................................................ 147
DMF (Direct Manual Focus) ................................................................................ 147
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Contents
About memory card.............................................................................................. 173
Supported memory card ........................................................................................ 173
Memory card capacity ............................................................................................. 174
Cautions when using memory cards.................................................................. 176
About the battery .................................................................................................. 177
Battery specifications............................................................................................... 177
Battery life .................................................................................................................... 178
Low battery message............................................................................................... 178
Notes about using the battery.............................................................................. 178
Cautions about using the battery........................................................................ 179
Notes about charging the battery....................................................................... 179
Notes about charging with a computer connected...................................... 180
Handle and dispose of batteries and chargers with care............................ 180
Before contacting a service center........................................................ 181
Camera specifications .............................................................................. 184
Glossary....................................................................................................... 189
Optional accessories................................................................................. 195
Index............................................................................................................ 197
FCC notice................................................................................................... 200
Using i-Launcher .................................................................................................... 163
Requirements for Windows OS............................................................................. 163
Requirements for Mac OS....................................................................................... 164
Opening i-Launcher.................................................................................................. 164
Using Multimedia Viewer........................................................................................ 165
Downloading the firmware.................................................................................... 166
Downloading the PC Auto Backup program................................................... 166
Installing Adobe Photoshop Lightroom........................................................ 167
Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom............................................................... 167
Chapter 7
Appendix
Error messages .......................................................................................... 169
Maintaining the camera........................................................................... 170
Cleaning the camera............................................................................................. 170
Camera lens and display......................................................................................... 170
Image sensor............................................................................................................... 170
Camera body............................................................................................................... 170
Using or storing the camera............................................................................... 171
Inappropriate places to use or store the camera........................................... 171
Using on beaches or shores................................................................................... 171
Storing for extended period of time................................................................... 171
Using the camera with caution in humid environments ............................ 172
Other cautions............................................................................................................ 172
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Concepts in Photography
Holding the camera
Hold the camera with your right hand and place you right index finger on
the shutter button. Place your left hand under the lens for support.
Shooting postures
A correct posture for stabilizing the camera is necessary for taking a good
photo. Even if you hold a camera correctly, the wrong posture can cause
the camera to shake. Stand up straight and remain still to maintain a
steady base for your camera. When shooting with a slow shutter speed,
hold your breath to minimize body movement.
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Concepts in Photography
Standing photography
Compose your shot; stand up straight with your feet shoulder-length
apart, and keep your elbows pointed down.
Crouching photography
Compose your shot, crouch with one knee touching the ground, and keep
a straight posture.
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Concepts in Photography
Using the display
To take photos at high or low angles, tilt the display up or down.
1 Slide the display downwards carefully.
2 Tilt the display from 180° upwards to 45° downwards.
• To capture a self-portrait, set Self Shot to On, flip the display 180°
upwards and touch the subject on the display. (p. 96)
• Keep the display closed when the camera is not in use.
• Tilt the display only within the angle allowed. Failing to do so may
damage your camera.
• Be careful not to damage the display when tilting it.
• When the camera is not held by hands and the display is flipped
upwards, use a tripod. Otherwise, it may cause damage to your
camera.
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Concepts in Photography
Low-angle shot
A low-angle shot is a shot from a camera positioned below your eyeline,
looking up the subject.
High-angle shot
A high-angle shot is a shot from a camera positioned above your eyeline,
looking down on the subject.
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Concepts in Photography
Aperture
The aperture is one of the three factors that determine the exposure. The
aperture housing contains thin, metal plates that open and close to let
light through the aperture and into the camera. The size of the aperture
is related to the amount of light: a larger aperture allows more light and a
smaller aperture allows less light.
Aperture sizes
Minimum aperture Medium aperture Maximum aperture
Aperture opened slightly Aperture opened wide
The size of the aperture is represented by a value known as an“F-number.”
The f-number represents the focal length divided by the diameter of the
lens. For example, if a lens with a 50 mm focal length has an f-number of
F2, the diameter of the aperture is 25 mm. (50 mm/25 mm=F2) The smaller
the f-number, the greater the size of the aperture.
The opening in the aperture is described as the Exposure Value (EV).
Increasing the Exposure Value (+1 EV) means the amount of light doubles.
Decreasing the Exposure Value (-1 EV) means the amount of light halves.
You can also use the exposure compensation feature to fine-tune the
amount of light by subdividing exposure values into 1/2, 1/3 EV, and so on.
+1 EV
F1.4 F2 F2.8 F4 F5.6 F8
-1 EV
Exposure Value Steps
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Concepts in Photography
Aperture value and the depth of field
You can blur or sharpen the background of a photo by controlling the
aperture. It is closely related to the depth of field (DOF), which can be
expressed as small or large.
A photo with a large DOF A photo with a small DOF
The aperture housing contains several blades. These blades move together and
control the amount of light passing through the center of the aperture. The
number of blades also affects the shape of light when shooting night scenes. If
an aperture has an even number of blades, light divides into an equal number
of sections. If the number of blades is odd, the number of sections is double the
number of blades.
For example, an aperture with 8 blades divides light into 8 sections and an
aperture with 7 blades into 14 sections.
7 blades 8 blades
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Concepts in Photography
Shutter speed
Shutter speed refers to the amount of time it takes to open and close the
shutter. It controls the amount of light which passes through the aperture
before it reaches the image sensor.
Usually, the shutter speed is manually adjustable. The measurement of the
shutter speed is known as the“Exposure Value”(EV), which is marked in
intervals of 1 s, 1/2 s, 1/4 s, 1/8 s, 1/15 s, 1/1000 s, 1/2000 s, and so on.
Exposure
+1 EV
-1 EV
1s 1/2 s 1/4 s 1/8 s 1/15 s 1/30 s
Shutter Speed
Therefore, the faster the shutter speed, the less light will be let in. Likewise,
the slower the shutter speed, the more light will be let in.
The photos below illustrate that a slow shutter speed allows more time
for light to enter the camera. This adds a motion blurring effect to moving
objects. On the other hand, a fast shutter speed allows less time to let light
in and the photo more easily freezes subjects in motion.
0.8 s 0.004 s
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Concepts in Photography
ISO sensitivity
The exposure of an image is determined by the sensitivity of the camera.
This sensitivity is based on international film standards, known as ISO
standards. On digital cameras, this sensitivity rating is used to represent
the sensitivity of the digital mechanism that captures the image.
ISO sensitivity doubles as the number doubles. For example, an
ISO 200 setting is capable of capturing images at twice the speed of an
ISO 100 setting. However, higher ISO settings can result in“noise”—small
specks, spots, and other phenomena in a photo that give the shot a noisy
or dirty appearance. As a general rule, it is best to use a low ISO setting
to prevent noise in your photos, unless you are shooting in darkened
environments or at night.
Changes in the quality and brightness according to ISO sensitivity
Because a low ISO sensitivity means the camera will be less sensitive to
light, you need more light to have an optimal exposure. When using a low
ISO sensitivity, open the aperture more or reduce the shutter speed to
allow more light to enter the camera. For example, on a sunny day when
light is abundant, a low ISO sensitivity does not require a slow shutter
speed. However, in a dark place or at night, a low ISO sensitivity will
result in a blurry photo. Therefore, it is recommended to increase the ISO
sensitivity by a moderate amount.
A photo captured with a tripod and high
ISO sensitivity
A blurred photo with a low ISO sensitivity
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Concepts in Photography
How the aperture setting, shutter speed,
and ISO sensitivity control exposure
The aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity are closely
interconnected in photography. The aperture setting controls the opening
that regulates the light that enters the camera, while the shutter speed
determines the length of time that light is allowed to enter. ISO sensitivity
determines the speed at which the film reacts to light. Together, these
three aspects are described as the triangle of exposure.
A change in shutter speed, aperture value, or ISO sensitivity can be offset
by adjustments to the others to maintain the amount of light. The results,
however, change according to the settings. For example, shutter speed is
useful in expressing movement, aperture can control the depth of field,
and ISO sensitivity can control the graininess of a photo.
Settings Results
Aperture
value
Wide aperture
= more light
Narrow aperture
= less light
Wide = small depth of field
Narrow = large depth of field
Settings Results
Shutter speed
Fast speed
= less light
Slow speed
= more light
Fast = still
Slow = blurry
ISO sensitivity
High sensitivity
= more sensitive to light
Low sensitivity
= less sensitive to light
High = more grainy
Low = less grainy
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Concepts in Photography
Correlation between focal length, angle,
and perspective
Focal length, which is measured in millimeters, is the distance between
the middle of the lens to its focal point. It affects the angle and perspective
of captured images. A short focal length translates into a wide angle,
which allows you to capture a wide shot. A long focal length translates
into a narrow angle, which allows you to capture telephoto shots.
Short focal length
wide shot
wide angle
wide-angle lens
Long focal length
telephoto shot
narrow angle
telephoto lens
Look at these photos below and compare the changes.
18 mm angle 55 mm angle 200 mm angle
Normally, a lens with a wide angle is suitable for shooting landscapes and a lens
with a narrow angle is recommended for shooting sports events or portraits.
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Concepts in Photography
Depth of field
Portraits or still-life photos mostly acclaimed by people are the ones on
which the background is out of focus so the subject looks pronounced.
Depending on the focused areas, a photo can be blurred or sharpened.
This is called‘a low DOF’or‘a high DOF’.
The depth of field is the focused area around the subject. Therefore, a
small DOF signifies that the focused area is narrow and a large DOF means
the focused area is wide.
A photo with a small DOF, which stresses the subject and makes the rest
of it blurred, can be obtained by using a telescope lens or selecting a low
aperture value. Conversely, a photo with a large DOF which shows all the
elements on the photo sharply focused can be achieved by using a wide
angle lens or selecting a high aperture value.
Small Depth of Field Large Depth of Field
What controls out-of-focus effects?
DOF depends on aperture value
The wider the aperture is (namely the lower the aperture value), the lower
the DOF becomes. Under the condition where the focal length is equal, a
low aperture value leads to a photo with a low DOF.
55 mm F5.7 55 mm F22
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Concepts in Photography
DOF depends on focal length
The longer the focal length is, the lower the DOF gets. A telescope lens
with a longer focal length than a wide-angle lens with a short focal length
is better to capture a photo of a low DOF.
A photo captured with a 18 mm wide-angle lens
A photo captured with a 100 mm telescope lens
DOF depends on the distance between the subject and the
camera
The shorter the distance between the subject and the camera is, the lower
the DOF gets. Therefore, taking a photo close to a subject can result in a
photo of low DOF.
A photo captured with a 100 mm telescope lens
A photo captured close to the subject
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Optical preview
You can press the Custom button to view the optical preview before
capturing a photo. The camera adjusts the aperture to the predefined
settings and shows the results on the screen. Set the Custom button to
Optical preview. (p. 150)
Composition
It is fun to capture a photo of the beauty of world with a camera. No
matter how the world is beautiful, however, a poor composition cannot
capture the beauty of it.
When it comes to composition, it is very important to prioritize subjects.
Composition in photography means arranging objects in a photo. Usually,
abiding by the rule of thirds leads to a good composition.
Rule of Thirds
To use the rule of thirds, divide the image into a 3x3 pattern of equal
rectangles.
To compose photos that best emphasize the subject, make sure the
subject is located at one of the corners of the center rectangle.
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Photos with two subjects
If your subject is in one corner of the photo, it creates an unbalanced
composition. You can stabilize the photo by capturing a second subject in
the opposite corner to balance the weight of the photo.
Subject 1
Subject 2
Subject 1
Subject 2
Unstable Stable
When taking landscape photos, centering the horizon will create an
unbalanced effect. Give more weight to the photo by moving the horizon
up or down.
Subject 1
Subject 2
Subject 1
Subject 2
Unstable Stable
Using the rule of thirds will create photos with stable and compelling
compositions. Below are a few examples.
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Flash guide number
The model number of a flash refers to the flash’s power, and the maximum
amount of light created is represented by a value known as a“guide
number.”The bigger the guide number, the more light is emitted from the
flash. The guide number is achieved by multiplying the distance from the
flash to the subject and the aperture value when the ISO sensitivity is set
to 100.
Guide number = Flash to Subject Distance X Aperture value
Aperture value = Guide number / Flash to Subject Distance
Flash to Subject Distance = Guide number / Aperture value
Therefore, if you know the guide number of a flash, you can estimate an
optimum flash to subject distance when setting the flash manually. For
example, if a flash has a guide number of GN 20 and is 4 meters away from
the subject, the optimal aperture value is F5.0.
Flash
Light is one of the most important components in photography. It is not
easy, however, to have an enough amount of light anytime and anywhere.
Making use of a flash allows you to optimize light settings and create a
variety of effects.
Flash, also known as strobe or speed light, helps to create adequate
exposure in low-light conditions. It is also useful in light-abundant
situations. For example, flash can be used in compensating the exposure
of a subject’s shadow or capturing clearly both the subject and the
background in backlit conditions.
Before correction After correction
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Bounce Photography
Bounce photography refers to the method of bouncing light off of the
ceiling or walls so that the light spreads evenly over the subject. Normally,
photos captured with flash may appear unnatural and cast shadows.
Subjects in photos captured with bounce photography cast no shadows
and look smooth due to evenly spread light.
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Chapter 1
My Camera
Learn about your camera’s layout, display icons, lens, optional accessories,
and basic functions.
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Getting started
Unpacking
Check your product box for the following items.
Camera
(including the body cap and hot-shoe
cover)
AC adapter/USB cable Rechargeable battery External flash
Software CD-ROM
(User manual included)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom DVD-ROM Quick Start Guide Strap
• The illustrations may differ from your actual items.
• You can purchase optional accessories at a retailer or a Samsung service center. Samsung is not responsible for any
problems caused by using unauthorized accessories. For information about accessories, refer to page 195.
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Camera layout
No. Name
1
Mode dial
• t: Smart Auto mode (p. 54)
• P: Program mode (p. 56)
• A: Aperture Priority mode (p. 58)
• S: Shutter Priority mode (p. 59)
• M: Manual mode (p. 60)
• i: Lens Priority mode (p. 61)
• s: Smart mode (p. 65)
• B: Wi-Fi (p. 122)
2
Jog dial
• In the Menu screen: Move to a
desired menu item.
• In the Smart panel: Adjust a selected
option.
• In Shooting mode: Adjust shutter
speed or aperture value in some
shooting modes or change the size of
a focus area.
• In Playback mode: View thumbnails,
enlarge or reduce a photo, or open or
close a folder of continuous or burst
shots in Playback mode.
3
DIRECT LINK button: Start a preset Wi-Fi
function. (p. 33)
No. Name
4 Microphone
5 Hot-shoe cover
6 Hot-shoe
7 Eyelet for camera strap
8 Image sensor
9
Internal antenna/NFC tag
* Avoid contact with the internal
antenna while using a wireless
network.
10 Speaker
11 Lens release button
12 Lens mount
13 Lens mount index
14 AF-assist light/Timer lamp
15 Power switch
16 Shutter button
1 2 3 4 5
7
9
10
11
12
13
14
6
4
8
7
16
15
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No. Name
1
Video recording button
Start recording a video.
2
EV adjust button (p. 102)
Press and hold the button, and then scroll
the jog dial to adjust the exposure value.
In M mode, the aperture value will be
adjusted.
3
Fn button
Access the Smart panel and fine-tune
some settings.
4
o button
• In the Menu screen: Save the selected
options.
• In Shooting mode: Allow you to select
a focus area manually in some shooting
modes.
5
Navigation button
• In Shooting mode
- D: View camera settings and
change options.
- I: Select an ISO value.
- C: Select a drive option.
- F: Select an AF mode.
• In other situations
Move up, down, left, right, respectively.
No. Name
6
Delete/Custom button
• In Shooting mode: Perform the
assigned function. (p. 150)
• In Playback mode: Delete files.
7
Playback button
Enter Playback mode.
8
Status lamp
Indicate the status of the camera.
• Blinking: When saving a photo,
shooting a video, sending data to a
computer, connecting to WLAN, or
sending a photo.
• Steady: When there is no data transfer,
when data transfer to a computer is
complete, or charging the battery.
9
MENU button
Access options or menus.
5
6
1
2
3
4
7
8
9
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No. Name
1
USB and shutter release port
Connect the camera to a computer or shutter release. Use a shutter release cable with a tripod
to minimize camera movement.
2 HDMI port
3
Battery chamber/Memory card cover
Insert a memory card and battery.
4
Display
• To take photos at high or low angles, tilt the display up or down. (p. 15)
• Touch the screen to select a menu or an option. (p. 37)
5 Tripod mount
Using the DIRECT LINK button
You can turn on the Wi-Fi feature conveniently by pressing [DIRECT LINK].
Press [DIRECT LINK] again to return to the previous mode.
Setting the DIRECT LINK button
You can select a Wi-Fi function to launch when you press [DIRECT LINK]. (p. 150)
To set a DIRECT
LINK option,
In Shooting mode, press [m] ĺ 5 ĺ Key Mapping ĺDIRECT LINKĺ an option.
4
5
1
2
3
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Inserting the battery and memory card
Learn how to insert the battery and an optional memory card into the
camera.
Memory card
Insert a memory card with the gold-
colored contacts facing down.
Rechargeable battery
Insert the battery with the Samsung logo
facing up.
Removing the battery and memory card
Rechargeable battery
Battery lock
Slide the lock up to release the
battery.
Memory card
Push the card gently until it disengages
from the camera, and then pull it out of the
slot.
Using the memory card adapter
To use micro memory cards with this product, a PC, or a memory
card reader, insert the card into an adapter.
While the status lamp of the camera is blinking, do not remove the memory card
or battery. Doing so may damage the data stored on the memory card or your
camera.
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Charging the battery and turning on your camera
Charging the battery
Before you use the camera for the first time, you must charge the battery.
Plug the small end of the USB cable into your camera, and then plug the
other end of the USB cable into the AC adapter.
Status lamp
• Red light on: Charging
• Red light off: Fully charged
• Red light blinking: Error
• Use only the AC adapter and USB cable supplied with your camera. If you use
another AC adapter, the camera battery may not charge or work properly.
• You can charge the battery with the USB cable only when the camera is turned
off.
Turning on your camera
Set the Power switch to ON.
• To turn your camera off, set the Power switch to OFF.
• The initial setup screen appears when you turn on the camera for the
first time. (p. 36)
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Performing the initial setup
When you turn on your camera for the first time, the initial setup screen
appears. The language is preset for the country or region where the
camera is sold. You can change the language as desired. You can also select
an item by touching it on the screen.
1 Press [I] to select Time Zone, and then press [F] or [o].
2 Press [D/I] to select a time zone, and then press [o].
Back Set
Time Zone
[GMT +00:00] London
[GMT -01:00] CapeVerde
[GMT -02:00] Mid-Atlantic
[GMT -03:00] Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo
[GMT -03:30] Newfoundland
3 Press [I] to select Date & Time, and then press [F] or [o].
Back Set
Date & Time
Year Month Day Hr Min DST
• The screen may differ depending on the language you selected.
4 Press [C/F] to select an item (Year/Month/Day/Hr/Min/
DST).
5 Press [D/I] to set the option, and then press [o].
6 Press [I] to select Date Type, and then press [F] or [o].
7 Press [D/I] to select a date type, and then press [o].
8 Press [I] to select Time Type, and then press [F] or [o].
9 Press [D/I] to select a time type, and then press [o].
10 Press [m] to finish the initial setup.
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Selecting functions (options)
Selecting with buttons
Scroll the jog dial or press [D/I/C/F] to move, and then press [o]
to select an option.
Selecting by touch
Do not use sharp objects, such as pens or pencils, to touch the screen. You can
damage the screen.
Touching: Touch an icon to select a menu or an option.
Samsung
Link
MobileLink Remote
Viewfinder
Auto
Backup
Email
SNS &
Cloud
Dragging: Touch and hold an area on the screen, and then drag
your finger.
AutoShare
Photo Size
Quality
ISO
White Balance
Back Select
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Flicking: Gently flick your finger across the screen.
• The touch screen may not recognize your inputs if you touch multiple items
at the same time.
• When you touch or drag the screen, discolorations may occur. This is not a
malfunction, but a characteristic of the touch screen. Touch or drag lightly to
minimize the discolorations.
• The touch screen may not work properly if you use the camera in extremely
humid environments.
• The touch screen may not work properly if you apply screen protection film
or other accessories to the screen.
• Depending on the viewing angle of the camera or the display, the screen may
appear dim. Adjust the viewing angle or brightness to improve the resolution.
Using m
Press [m] or touch on the screen, and then change shooting
options or settings.
E.g. Selecting the photo size in P mode
1 Rotate the mode dial to P.
2 Press [m] or touch .
3 Press [C] ĺ [D/I] to move to 1, and then press [o].
• You can also touch 1 on the screen.
4 Scroll the jog dial or press [D/I] to move to Photo Size,
and then press [o].
• You can also drag the option list, and then touch an option.
Back Select
AutoShare
Photo Size
Quality
ISO
White Balance
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5 Scroll the jog dial or press [D/I] to move to an option,
and then press [o].
• You can also drag the option list, and then touch an option.
• Press [m] or touch Back to go back to the previous menu.
Back Set
AutoShare
Photo Size
Quality
ISO
White Balance
5472x3648 (3:2)
3888x2592 (3:2)
2976x1984 (3:2)
1728x1152 (3:2)
5472x3080 (16:9)
6 Press [m] or touch Back to switch to Shooting mode.
Using the Smart panel
Press [f] or touch on the screen to access some functions such as
Exposure, ISO, and White Balance.
E.g. Adjust the exposure value in P mode
1 Rotate the mode dial to P.
2 Press [f] or touch .
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3 Press [D/I/C/F] to move to EV, and then press [o].
• You can select an option directly by scrolling the jog dial without
having to press [o].
• You can also select an option by touching it.
EV : 0.0
Adjust
You can adjust some options by
dragging them.
Back
4 Scroll the jog dial or press [C/F] to adjust the exposure
value, and then press [o].
• You can also drag the dial on the screen, and then select Set to
adjust the option.
EV : 0.0
Back Set
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Display icons
Capturing photos
1
2
3
London
1. Shooting information
Icon Description
Shooting mode
Current date
Current time
GPS activated*
London Location information*
Memory card not inserted**
Auto exposure lock (p. 103)
Available number of photos
• : Fully charged
• : Partially charged
• (Red): Empty (recharge
the battery)
Icon Description
Auto focus frame
Spot metering area
Camera shake
Manual focus scale
Level gauge (p. 42)
Histogram (p. 150)
Focus
Shutter speed
Aperture value
Exposure adjustment value
ISO sensitivity (p. 76)
* These icons appear when you attach an optional GPS
module.
** Photos that were captured without inserting a memory
card cannot be transferred to a memory card or a computer.
2. Shooting options
Icon Description
Photo size
Drive mode
Flash (p. 94)
Flash intensity adjustment
Metering (p. 97)
Icon Description
AF mode (p. 80)
Focus area
Face detection
White Balance (p. 77)
White Balance micro adjustment
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) (p. 89)
Z on
Z ratio
RAW file
Dynamic Range (p. 100)
3. Shooting options (Touch)
Icon Description
Change Smart mode***
AutoShare
Touch AF options
Shooting options
Smart panel
*** This icon appears only when you select Smart mode.
The icons displayed will change according to the
mode you select or the options you set.
In Shooting mode
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2. Shooting options
Icon Description
Video size
AF mode (p. 80)
Metering (p. 97)
White Balance (p. 77)
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
(p. 89)
White Balance micro adjustment
Fader (p. 105)
Multi Motion (p. 105)
Voice recording off (p. 106)
The icons displayed will change according to the
mode you select or the options you set.
About the level gauge
The level gauge helps you align the camera with
the horizontal and vertical lines on the display.
If the level gauge is not level, calibrate the level
gauge using the Horizontal Calibration function.
(p. 152)
Vertical
Horizontal
Level Unlevel
You cannot use the level gauge when you shoot
in portrait orientation.
Recording videos
1
2
1. Shooting information
Icon Description
Shooting mode
Current recording time/Available
recording time
• : Fully charged
• : Partially charged
• (Red): Empty (recharge the
battery)
Shutter speed
Aperture value
Exposure value
ISO sensitivity (p. 76)
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In Playback mode
Viewing photos
London
Information
Mode
F No
Shutter
ISO
Metering
Flash
Focal Length
White Balance
EV
Photo Size
Date
Icon Description
Continuously captured file
Current file/The total number of files
Folder number - File number
File with location information
London Location information
RAW file
Protected file
Print information added to file (p. 114)
3D file
m Playback/Editing menu (Touch)
Editing photos (Touch)
Trimming a video (Touch)
Viewing image thumbnails (Touch)
1
2
3
London
No. Description
1 Captured photo
2 RGB histogram (p. 150)
3
Shooting mode, Metering, Flash,
White Balance, Aperture value, Shutter
speed, ISO, Focal length, Exposure value,
Photo size, Date, Location information
Playing videos
Stop Capture
Icon Description
Playback speed
Multi Motion
Current playback time
Video length
/
View previous file/Scan backward.
(Each time you touch the scan
backward icon, you change the scan
speed in this order: 2X, 4X, 8X.)
/ Pause or resume playback.
/
View next file/Scan forward. (Each
time you touch the scan forward
icon, you change the scan speed in
this order: 2X, 4X, 8X.)
Adjust the volume or mute the
sound.
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Changing the information displayed
Press [D] repeatedly to change the display type.
Mode Display type
Shooting
• Basic shooting information (Shooting mode, Shutter
speed, Aperture value, Exposure value, ISO sensitivity, etc.)
• Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons
(MENU, Fn, AutoShare, Touch AF) + Level gauge
• Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons +
Current shooting options information (Photo size, Drive
mode, Flash, Metering, AF mode, etc.)
• Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons +
Current shooting options information + Histogram + Date
and time
Playback
• Basic information
• Display all information about the current file.
• Display all information about the current file including
RGB histogram.
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Lenses
You can purchase optional lenses made exclusively for your NX series
camera.
Learn about the functions of each lens and select one that suits your needs
and preferences.
Lens layout
SAMSUNG 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 OIS III lens (example)
1
2
3
5
4
6 7
8
No. Description
1 Lens mount index
2 Zoom ring
3 Focus ring (p. 88)
4 Lens hood mount index
5 Lens
6 i-Function button (p. 61)
7 AF/MF switch (p. 80)
8 Lens contacts
When not using the lens, attach the lens cap and lens mount cover to protect
the lens from dust and scratches.
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SAMSUNG 20-50 mm F3.5-5.6 ED II lens (example)
7
1
2
3 5
6
4
No. Description
1 Lens mount index
2 Zoom lock switch
3 Lens
4 Focus ring (p. 88)
5 i-Function button (p. 61)
6 Zoom ring
7 Lens contacts
Locking or unlocking the lens
To lock the lens, pull and hold the zoom lock switch away from the camera
body and rotate the zoom ring as shown in the illustration.
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To unlock the lens, rotate the zoom ring as shown in the illustration until
you hear the click.
You cannot capture a photo when the lens is locked.
SAMSUNG 16 mm F2.4 lens (example)
5
2
1
4
3
No. Description
1 i-Function button (p. 61)
2 Lens mount index
3 Focus ring (p. 88)
4 Lens
5 Lens contacts
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Lens markings
Find out what the numbers on the lens signify.
SAMSUNG 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS lens (example)
1 2 3 4 5
No. Description
1
Aperture value
A range of supported aperture values. For example, 1:3.5–6.3 means
the maximum aperture value range from 3.5 to 6.3.
2
Focal length
The distance from the middle of the lens to its focal point (in
millimeters). This figure is expressed in a range: minimum focal length
to maximum focal length of the lens.
Longer focal lengths result in narrower angles of view and the subject
is magnified. Shorter focal lengths result in wider angles of view.
3
ED
ED stands for Extra-low Dispersion. Extra-low dispersion glass is
effective in minimizing chromatic aberration (a distortion that occurs
when a lens fails to focus all colors to the same convergence point).
4
OIS (p. 89)
Optical Image Stabilization. Lenses with this feature can detect
camera shake and effectively cancel out the movement inside the
camera.
5
Ø
The lens diameter. When you attach a filter to the lens, make sure that
the diameters of the lens and the filter are the same.
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Accessories
You can use accessories including external flash and GPS module that can
help you capture better and more convenient photos.
For more information about optional accessories, refer to the manual for
each accessory.
• The illustrations may differ from the actual items.
• You can purchase Samsung-approved accessories at a retailer or a Samsung
service center. Samsung is not responsible for damage caused by using
another manufacturer's accessories.
External flash layout
SEF8A (example)
1
2
3
No. Description
1 Bulb
2 Hot-shoe fastening dial
3 Hot-shoe connection

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