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
To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by
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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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Feb 06, 2015|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Samsung NX|
|Number of Lenses||32|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||1,036k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Smart flash, auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, fill w/redeye reduction, 1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||87|
|DxO Color Depth||24.8|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.9|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1379|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||209|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|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|
|Physical Dimensions||120 x 64 x 43 mm|
|Battery Life||370 shots|
|Battery Type||370 shots|