Take the Staples #30SummerDays Challenge for a Chance to Win a Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera


Where on Earth has the time gone? This year has flown by incredibly fast thus far and I cannot believe that it is already June with summer now being just around the corner! I remember being a little kid and the school year always seemed to drag on forever and the summers were all too short. It’s funny though; I think that the time we enjoy the most is that which always seems to, quite literally, fly by. This time spent with my little ones, these early years, every second is precious and although some days may seem to drag on, the weeks, months, and years pass in the blink of an eye. For those moments, our memories we hold dear. Our home is filled to the brim with photographs of wonderful moments forever frozen in time and, with each one, we can look back and reminisce with one another about the love and joy that was that exact moment. From first smiles and first birthdays to family outings and backyard play, I’ve photographed it all.

I have always been a fan of photography for as long as I can remember and if I wasn’t in front of the camera, I was most certainly behind it. However, since becoming a parent, my camera has become somewhat of an extra appendage. Seemingly glued to my hand at all times (in the form of an actual camera or just my cell phone), capturing each and every one of those special moments in life has become second nature. Unfortunately, all of my knowledge about photography has been self-taught since high school and I am, by no means, a professional photographer. Someone coined the term “momtogropher” and I’ve dubbed myself with that title.  With that being said, I’ve certainly had my fair share of horrid photos – out of focus, off balance, bad lighting, red eye, etc. – over the years. While I do agree that it is not just the camera that provides a great picture but also the photographer working the camera much akin to the fact that a pencil does not provide a great novel without a talented author, equipment does make a great difference.

These days, there are many folks that pick up a DSLR camera and think of themselves as great photographers. Then there are the great photographers working with your standard point and shoot cameras due to ease and convenience. Then, well, then there are those like me. Having tried many different cameras over the years, I’ve come to love certain features found within both ends of the spectrum. While I prefer the ease of the smaller cameras, I still prefer the quality of the higher end models. For everyday use, I needed to find a happy medium and I did exactly that.

Meet the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera.

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Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera

This is actually my first experience with the Samsung brand in regard to cameras and, despite my initial hesitation, I am actually quite pleased. Additionally, this is my first true camera that does fit quite nicely right into the middle of the two camera option extremes. It is not quite a full, pull-out-all-the-stops DSLR camera but it is so much more than “just a point and shoot.” What makes this particular camera stand out amongst the rest of the mid-class lineup is its incredible Wi-Fi capabilities that allows you to shoot faster and, now, share faster.

“Capture and share life’s fastest moments in perfect detail with the Wi-Fi ready Samsung SMART CAMERA NX300. High performance made portable – the on-the-go photographer never had it this good.”

With spectacular features like the new, ultra-sensitive 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a wonderfully advanced autofocus system, the mirrorless shoot style, incredible clarity within fast-moving action sequences, and its ability to provide users with amazing HD video, the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera is in a category all its own.

In addition to its capabilities, this particular camera is equipped with spectacular exterior features as well. For example, its retro-modern body design takes cues from and shows homage to the well-loved vintage camera design while still remaining true to today’s state-of-the-art innovation.

Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera Retro Modern Design

With the advanced design of the AMOLED Tilt Display, users are able to have a greater range of motion while shooting to better capture low and high-angle images. For me, having stood on top of things, tippy toed, laid down on the ground (in the dirt, grass, sand, mud, etc.), squatted, held my arms up really high – you name it, I’ve probably done it – this is a spectacular feature. The screen flips up to a 90˚ angle and tilts down to a 45˚ angle so framing and capturing any shot is a breeze.

Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera Tilt Screen

Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera Tilt Screen

Add that to the fact that the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera also features a wondrous Hybrid UI five way key touch interface for easy navigation and I for one am certainly sold. The 5-way button combined with the touchscreen makes selecting options, navigating the menu, applying effects, inputting text, sharing images – and more! – incredibly easy.

Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera Interface

Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera Interface

And that brings me to my next point; no matter what you’re capturing, you can share it instantly. With the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera and its Direct Link hot key, you can quickly share images and video directly from your camera to just about anywhere. Easily connect to wireless networks around you to share and send images and videos directly to a mobile phone, tablet, PC, or Smart HDTV. In this day and age and within our technology driven world, this camera is absolutely perfect for sharing all of life’s greatest moments with friends and family and on your favorite social networks.

Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera Wi-Fi

Since receiving this camera, I’ve already used it to capture some of my own favorite moments such as birthday parties, a holiday celebration, a friendly get together, backyard play, scenic views, and so much more. I truly cannot tell you enough about this camera so I will leave it at the fact that this, the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera, has become my new added appendage of sorts.

You can purchase the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera, both, online and in-stores nationwide from a variety of digital camera retailers including Staples for an average price of $749.99. It is available in white (shown), black, and brown.

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Be sure to keep up with Samsung and Staples via their respective social media networks:

There, you can stay up to date on all of the latest news, new product releases, sale prices, photography tips and tricks, special promotions, giveaways, and more.

Speaking of the latter two…

To kick off the start of June on a high note as we prep for the month’s official start of the summer season, starting today, Staples will be making waves with their launch of the #30SummerDays campaign. I am incredibly excited to not only take part in this but to also challenge you to join me! You see, going hand-in-hand with the amazing Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera, the #30SummerDays campaign is a daily photography challenge! Each day throughout the month of June, there will be a new daily photo challenge. To participate, simply take a photo pertaining to that day’s challenge and share it on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Be sure to tag @Staples and hashtag #30SummerDays.

Here is the full calendar list of daily photo challenges:

Staples #30SummerDays

Isn’t it convenient that Day #1 starts us out with luck? I mean, after all, you’re certainly going to need a lot of it if you want to win your very own camera at the end of this challenge, don’t you think? That’s right! At the end of the Staples #30SummerDays photo challenge one lucky Eighty MPH Mom reader will win a brand new, snazzy Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera!

We’ll get back to that a bit later down the road but, for now… happy snapping! I am officially challenging you to venture on the #30SummerDays with me. And (helpful *hint* about that awesome little giveaway) the more you participate along the way, the greater your chances of winning will be! Follow along with me throughout my own progress for reminders of each day’s challenges and, of course, to see fun photos taken with the outstanding Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera.

Win Staples #30SummerDays

@EightyMPHMom @Staples #30SummerDays Day #1: Rabbits’ feet are said to be lucky, right? If so, how lucky would I be if I found an entire nest of adorably sweet baby bunnies? Because that is exactly what we stumbled upon in our backyard! Here’s one of the photogenic cuties up close!

Staples #30DaysOfSummer - Day 1, Baby Bunny (EightyMPHMom)

Oh, it’s on! Ready… set… photograph!


*Randi received the above product(s), free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of the reviewer only.


About Author

Randi is a stay-at-home mother to two wildly crazy little boys, in love with one hell of a great man, a hobbyist writer and, more or less, glued to her camera. In a world where making mud pies, searching for bugs and racing Matchbox cars have become her forte, her true passion can be found all around her (or attached to her hip) at any given moment - her family.


  1. Miranda Welle on

    I was a fan of photography in high school and even took a class! The #30SummerDays campaign sounds fun and the camera looks great!

  2. What a fun idea. I was I had seen this earlier so that we could have started on June 1st. I think I’ll print this out and just start today (or tomorrow). I wonder what different people will come up with for the daily challenges.

  3. What a fun challenge! I have never seen a camera with a flip screen like that. That would be really handy.

  4. I like the idea of this staples photo contest, it reminds me of someone who everyday says something they are grateful for on fb, it just always makes me smiles as people’s example pictures do. Great camera!

  5. i am SO jealous you got to review this! this is so freakin amazing. i thought i was cool since i had a nikon d90 but THIS is way cooler! crossing my fingers and praying that i win this one!

  6. Stefanie Foote on

    I read your review on this and I think I would love it. I love Samsung brand in general, but have not tried their cameras. It looks very sleek for a dslr and I’ve always wanted a camera with wi-fi to share awesome pics instantly.

  7. This camera is amazing, would love to document our family reunion that’s coming up at the end of August, this camera would work perfectly

  8. Caroline Wampler on

    Wish I had known about this challenge- what a great idea! Love the pictures and the camera seems top quality!

  9. Nicole Mecham on

    Such an amazing camera! I love the picture of the bunny 😀

    I would love to get into photography again. I have been using my iPhone to take pictures and they never turn out right!!

  10. Heather Hayes Panjon on

    Such A Beautiful Camera With Great Features, I’d Love This To Capture My Summer Memories

  11. This sounds like such a good promotion. It gets you out there taking pictures, Which is one of the best ways to improve your skills. I would love to have a nice camera like this Samsung. I have always wanted to be better at photography.

  12. I have been saying I want to get a nice camera and go around taking a ton of photos. I love that this one even has wi-fi. How much easier would that make life? Taking photos and getting them where you want them with less hassle would be so great.

  13. We are camera shopping and this looks like an amazing camera. Technology amazes me these days, how nice would it be to easily share pictures (wirelessly) with out devices? I can’t even imagine. I also love the , ultra-sensitive 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and autofocus feature, this camera would help me take much better pictures.

  14. The 30 day challenge looked like it would have been so much fun! This camera would be so awesome to win too! I may just try to do the challenge myself!

  15. Natalie Brown on

    This camera is so incredibly cool! I love that it’s “old school” yet modern enough to be easy to use. The pictures you have taken are spectacular! Thank-you for the information & review!

  16. Jeffrey Newman on

    Pretty cool camera! I think it is the same one my cousin is now using as a professional photographer.

  17. Kelly Tupick on

    Very nice camera and pics. This would be great to own, much better quality then i have right now.

  18. This sounds like a really good camera and it seems like it takes really nice pictures. Great camera even for a momtogropher. Thanks for the review!

  19. I like that this camera works for following the action. My grandson is two and likes to run. Plus his mom is a graphic artist and has made lookbooks (catalogues) in the past when working for a jewelry company. She even put a few pics up on my blog.

  20. That bunny is so cute! I have always been interested in photography but it’s hard to get into when all the photos you take are on your phone. 🙂

  21. This camera looks amazing! I loved all the pics! Would love to participate in this photo challenge!

    Joey J.

  22. Now this would have been a fun challenge. I am not a professional by any means but with some direction I attempt to take good photos

  23. I have a big DSLR with a huge telephoto lens, and I have a small point-and-shoot that I carry in my bag. This Samsung camera would be a great replacement for the small camera, which I only use for “emergencies” when I can’t get to my DSLR. It would be great to have a smaller, more portable alternative, but one that takes great pictures. Thanks for this review!

  24. Robin Wilson on

    The picture of the little bunny is awesome! I need/want a camera in the worst way and this one has just enough features to be exactly what I want. Love the large screen.

  25. Eileen Richter on

    been out of commission a lot this year…darn, I missed this. I love to photograph but my cam is way too heavy for me now. I love this has anti shake feature…with some issues I get a lot of blur lately. This project would have been super fun for me…as even being kind of stuck at home and community area, I’d have loved to find some great shots with the photo calendar project. I might still just do that just to keep me a bit busy and have a goal. thank you for showcasing this great little camera. I have not shopped for one for years. it’s phenomenal!

  26. Tanya holland on

    I have always loved taking pictures of everything and every occasion. I received my 1st camera when I was 11. This camera takes amazing photos.

  27. I love that the Direct Link hot key on the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera enables instant sharing. This would be the perfect camera for our travels this summer.

  28. I have become a crazed gardener and would so enjoy having this wonderful camera to take pics of my blooming beauties!!

  29. This was such a fun project. I wasn’t able to participate every day, but I had a great time when I did.

    The camera looks awesome. Such an upgrade from my cell phone camera!

    Thanks for the fun!

  30. I’ve never used a Samsung camera before but this looks AMAZING. I want to win it so badly. 20.3 megapixels!!! Your 30 Days Of Summer photos were very inspiring. I would love to do a 30 Days Of Winter.

  31. I love all the features of this camera. I love that the screen can flip to different angles. I wish I would have known about the photo challenge that would have been fun to participate.

  32. Jennifer Speed on

    Looks like a great camera, it takes excellent pictures. I also love the fact that it is 20.3 megapixels

  33. saminder gumer on

    what am amazing camera. it has so many features and takes great photos. thanks for the chance to win it.

  34. anita (ashlee) on

    My sister is a photographer and would love this camera. The pictures look so clear and I love the bunny picture, i have dogs so would love to take better pictures of my dogs. 🙂

  35. I love all Samsung products, especially their cameras. I got one (old version) but it is still good condition. This Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera looks so fabulous and professional!
    Thank You for the informative review

  36. Theresa Jenkins on

    a good review on this awesome camera, I’m really liking that you can share it instantly. With the Samsung NX300 20.3MP SMART Camera and its Direct Link hot key.

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