Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Samsung NX500 belongs to a Entry-Level Mirrorless category, the other model, Samsung NX500 is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Samsung NX500 comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 28.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Sony SLT-A77 features a 24.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - MirrorLess and DSLR. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Samsung NX500 and Sony SLT-A77 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Samsung NX500 Key Features:
Sony SLT-A77 Key Features:
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||28.0 MP vs 24.0 MP||14.3% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||368.95 mm2 vs 366.6 mm2||0.6% larger pixel area|
|Number Of Focus Points||209 vs 19||190 more focus points|
|Screen Resolution||1,036k dots vs 921k dots||11.1% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||287 g vs 732 g||445 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Dxo Color Depth||24.8 vs 24||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13.9 vs 13.2||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1379 vs 801||Better High ISO performance|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||12 fps vs 9 fps||3 fps faster|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||12 vs No||12 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/6000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Battery Life||470 shots vs 370 shots||100 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.73 vs No||0.73 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Sensor Resolution||28.0 MP | 24.0 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps | 12.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Samsung NX500 and Sony SLT-A77 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Samsung NX500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 445g less than the Sony SLT-A77. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Samsung NX500 and Sony SLT-A77 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Samsung NX500 features a 28.0 MP APS-C sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Sony SLT-A77, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and Bionz processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Samsung NX500 and Sony SLT-A77 by the size of their sensors.
Samsung NX500 and Sony SLT-A77 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Samsung NX500 and Sony SLT-A77 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Samsung NX500||Sony SLT-A77|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Samsung NX500 or Sony SLT-A77, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Samsung NX500 and Sony SLT-A77 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Samsung NX500 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony SLT-A77. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Samsung NX500||Sony SLT-A77|
|Announced||Feb 06, 2015||Oct 25, 2011|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.7 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||368.95 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||28.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6480 x 4320||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||16,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||51,200||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100||50|
|Lens Mount||Samsung NX||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Number of Lenses||32||141|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||209||19|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||11|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,036k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps||12.0 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||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||87||78|
|DxO Color Depth||24.8||24.0|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.9||13.2|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1379||801|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p), 4096 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480||1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.265||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||287 g||732 g|
|Physical Dimensions||120 x 64 x 43 mm||143 x 104 x 81 mm|
|Battery Life||370 shots||470 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|