Samsung NX500 Review

Overall 54
Imaging 27
Features 61
Size 81
Price 0

Main Features

  • 28.0 MP APS-C BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expands to 51200)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 9.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 (30p), 4096 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 120 x 64 x 43 mm
  • Weight: 287 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Samsung NX300. Compare

Samsung NX500 Summary

This review is devoted to NX500 that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Feb 06, 2015. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 28.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Samsung released to replace their older product NX300. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Samsung NX500 vs. NX300

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #14 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 54/100 and it takes a rank of #30 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung NX500 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung NX500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 209
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/6000
  • Continuous Shooting: 9.0 fps
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1379
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 370 shots

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Popular comparisons of Samsung NX500

Complete Comparison of Samsung NX500 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung NX500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung NX500

Samsung NX500 has the following external dimensions 120 x 120 x 43 mm (47.24 x 25.2 x 16.93″) with the weight of 287 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung NX500, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung NX500 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 43mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung NX500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung NX500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung NX500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Samsung NX500 — 370 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Samsung NX500 — 43 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Samsung NX500 — 287 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Samsung NX500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Samsung NX500 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Samsung NX500 Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung NX500 boasts of a resolution of 28.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Samsung NX500 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 51200.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Samsung NX500 features a 28.0 MP sensor. In the Entry-Level Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Samsung NX500, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 87 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Samsung NX500’s sensor.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Samsung NX500 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung NX500

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung NX500 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,036k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung NX500 are its 9.0 fps max speed and 1/6000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, NX500 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Samsung NX500 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 209 points.

In addition, NX500 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung NX500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung NX500 allows you to save files in H.265 formats.

Samsung NX500 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of NX500.

Samsung NX500 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Samsung NX500 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, NX500 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect NX500 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Samsung NX500 provides a shooting life of 370, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Samsung NX500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 370 shots.

How Good is Samsung NX500 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung NX500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung NX500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the NX500 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Samsung NX500 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (28 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX500 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX500 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (120 x 64 x 43 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

Samsung NX500 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX500 can be called a 87 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big Number of autofocus Points (209)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (9.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/6000s)
  • Small battery life (370 shots)

Samsung NX500 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 41. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX500 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Small weight (287 g)
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in Flash
  • No Built-in View Finder

Samsung NX500 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung NX500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung NX500 can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (28 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.9)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Samsung NX500 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model NX500
Announced Feb 06, 2015
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Samsung NX
Number of Lenses 32
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,036k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000 s
Continuous Shooting 9.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Smart flash, auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, fill w/redeye reduction, 1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 87
DxO Color Depth 24.8
DxO Dynamic Range 13.9
DxO Low Light ISO 1379
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 28.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6480 x 4320
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO 51,200
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 209
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 4096 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160
Video Formats H.265
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 287 g
Physical Dimensions 120 x 64 x 43 mm
Battery Life 370 shots
Battery Type 370 shots
Battery Model BP1130
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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