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Samsung NX500
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Samsung NX500 Digital Camera

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MILC 28.2MP BSI CMOS Mar 2015
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32 Reasons For

Thirteen Industry Awards

Amongst cameras that have been on the market for more than a year, this MILC digital camera is one of the most highly awarded.

The writers at Digitaltrends.com, Trusted Reviews and Lydogbilde.no all wrote that concluded that they would endorse this digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by Ephotozine, Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com all of whom decided that this MILC digital camera was superb.

This Samsung digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all of whom thought that this MILC digital camera was great.

This Samsung camera was given a "Design Award" by Ixbt.com who said that this camera was well designed.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on thirty-three expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this camera is 85%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

NX500 owners on average rated this digital camera as excellent.

Good Video Capture

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Mr P R Birch wrote “The 28megapixel photos show up every detail and the 4k video is a joy to watch” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Ephotozine.com said in their Samsung NX500 review on Ephotozine “That means you get the same 28.2MP back-side illuminated APS-C sensor, 4K video recording and super”. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said “The $800 NX500 kit has loads of positives, including great stills and extensive video options” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Pictures

Eight customers who reviewed it wrote that it was able to produce good images. In November this year Borderdutch mentioned in their review “The clarity of the pictures is very good” and gave the Samsung NX500 a rating of 4 stars. Mr P R Birch said in his review “The features in the camera are amazing and the image quality is superb”. Goodgearguide.com.au wrote “It possesses an almost impeccable balance of wonderful picture quality that will please experienced photographers, along with a control layout” in their review of the Samsung NX500 and scored the product 5 stars.

Some people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good picture resolution. In November last year Edd gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Samsung NX500 on Amazon “Continuous shooting is very good too”.

One Samsung NX500 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it had a good image sensor. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert website What Digital Camera “With the NX500, Samsung has taken the same sensor and put it into a much smaller”.

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Easy to Use

Five customers who bought the Samsung NX500 wrote that it was easy to use. Mr P R Birch wrote “I'm so pleased with the results! The camera is so easy to use, regardless of your experience level”. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar “A superb camera that is both feature rich and easy to use” in their review of the Samsung NX500. Expert review site Digitalone.com.sg mentioned “The Samsung NX500 is a nice little camera to use, if you are able to live with the little "quirks" here”.

A number of Samsung NX500 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was easy to use the menus.

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Good Size

Fourteen customers mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Borderdutch said this year “Bought this camera very recently, I was attracted to the potential to shoot 4k in a compact camera” in their review of this digital camera and gave the Samsung NX500 a rating of 4 stars. Mr P R Birch wrote on Amazon “It is a compact size that fits into your pocket (as I found out today when it started to rain)” and scored it 5 stars. Last year expert review site Photographyblog.com said in their review “The Samsung NX500 is an affordable new 28 megapixel compact system camera that offers 4k video recording”.

One person who bought it reckoned that it was lightweight. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au said in November last year “If you're in the market for a compact, lightweight camera and lens that can deliver high-resolution still images” .

One Samsung NX500 owner who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was a good body shape. Expert review site Gizmodo.com.au said in their review “When I reviewed the Samsung NX1 earlier this year, I really liked its combination of large, versatile sensor, sturdy body and genuinely smart instant photo sharing”.

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Good Product Quality

Seven Samsung NX500 owners said in their reviews that it was good quality. Edd gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their Samsung NX500 review in November last year “The quality was extremely good, she was very impressed”. Edd also wrote “Produces the best quality video I have ever seen from any cameras/camcorders I have ever had”. Mr P R Birch mentioned on Amazon “Having recently became a father, I decided I wanted to buy a high quality camera to document my sons early life”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Samsung NX500 owners who bought it concluded that it was mirrorless. Last year expert website Wired.com said “Samsung already makes a truly awesome mirrorless c” in their Samsung NX500 review. Mashable.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Samsung's NX500 is the first of what will be many affordable, sub-$1,000, mirrorless cameras that shoot 4K video”. Mashable.com also mentioned “The only compact mirrorless cameras that could shoot 4K video were the”.

One Samsung NX500 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen.

One Samsung NX500 reviewer who reviewed the Samsung NX500 thought it had a good viewfinder. Expert review site Straitstimes.com said “Works like a professional DSLR with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), while the NX300 sports a smaller” in their review of the Samsung NX500.

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Good Technical Features

Some Samsung NX500 reviewers who purchased the Samsung NX500 agreed that it had good features. Cnet.com rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review on expert website CNET.com “The Samsung NX500 offers a lot of useful features, excellent video quality”. Expert website Ephotozine.com said in their review of the Samsung NX500 “We were extremely impressed with the performance, features and image quality of the Samsung NX1.”. Expert website Wired.com wrote in their Samsung NX500 review last year “SamsungSamsungSamsungSamsungSamsungSamsungThe newest camera from Samsung borrows some of the best features from its high-priced flagship shooter” .

Nice Design

Several Samsung NX500 owners who reviewed the Samsung NX500 concluded that it was good looking. Tomsguide.com mentioned “Samsung's new mainstream mirrorless camera has a handsome design and takes good-looking photos.” in their Samsung NX500 review. Camerastuffreviewcom mentioned “The Samsung NX500 has the same appearance as its predecessor”.

One person who purchased it mentioned that it was retro. Expert review site Tomsguide.com wrote in their review “This sleek, slightly retro slab of a camera with a great OLED touch screen” and scored it 70 out of 100.

One Samsung NX500 reviewer who bought this digital camera thought it was a good design. Reviewed.com mentioned “Equipped with a 28MP BSI APS-C sensor, 4K video, RAW shooting, tilt-screen, intuitive controls, simple menus, compact design and clean aesthe” in their review of the Samsung NX500 and rated the product 5 stars.

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Robust

A number of Samsung NX500 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Samsung NX500 was well made. Pcmag.com gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and wrote on PC Mag “The Samsung NX500 is a solid mirrorless camera with 4K recording capabilities.”. Digitalversus.com gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned “It's well-designed, pleasant to use, connected, responsive, well-built, produces superb photos” in their review. Last year expert website Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned in their review “The camera is well-built and after a few shots with it”.

One customer reckoned that this digital camera was strong and durable.

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Good Quality Lens

Some people who bought the product agreed that it had a good lens. Ephotozine.com gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and said in their review of the Samsung NX500 on Ephotozine “The NX500 essentially takes the best tech from Samsung's superb flagship NX1 interchangeable lens camera and crams it into a slimmer”. Expert website Digitalone.com.sg said in November last year “In a crowded camera market - the "big two" makers, Nikon and Canon, dominate the market for digital single lens reflex (DSLR)” in their review.

Two Samsung NX500 owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good autofocus.

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Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We calculated the average ratings for all Samsung cameras and also specifically for Samsung MILC cameras and found that in both cases Samsung had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Connectivity

One customer who reviewed the Samsung NX500 said that it was wifi compatible. Steves-Digicams.com said on expert review site Steve's Digicams “Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC techBuilt-in Bluetooth technologySD card slot accepts SD, SDHC, SDXC” in their review of the Samsung NX500.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Samsung NX500 supports video recording, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec do not support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support video recording currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 ($578.92) which is cheaper.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Samsung NX500 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in flash.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Samsung NX500 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the NX500 also support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available which you might want to look at including cheaper cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 ($578.92).

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Samsung NX500 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the NX500 also support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support Full HD video and we think cheaper digital cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 ($578.92) is also worth considering.

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Very High Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the NX500 is 19MP. The Samsung NX500 has a fairly high megapixel count (28.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the NX500.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The Samsung NX500 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the NX500. The image formats "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this Samsung digital camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

The least total megapixel count of comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the NX500 is 12MP and the most is 31MP. The Samsung NX500 has one of the more total megapixel counts (30.7 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age.

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6480 X 4320 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Samsung NX500 has a 6480 x 4320 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of this age and spec. Most similar spec cameras that were released one year ago have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Digital cameras of this spec and age maximum image resolutions range from 1280 x 1024 pixels to 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The Samsung NX500 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Samsung digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the NX500. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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205 Auto Focus Points

205 auto focus points

The Samsung NX500 is a 205 auto focus point digital camera.

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4096 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Samsung NX500 has a maximum video resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. That's over nine times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 4096 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution amongst all digital cameras that came out more than a year ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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± 5EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Samsung NX500 has a wider light exposure correction than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Samsung digital camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

A ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is in fact the best light exposure correction across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on digital cameras of this spec and age. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The Samsung NX500 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports 25 and 600 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by MILC cameras that are a similar age to the NX500. The ISO speeds "100" and "Auto" are also supported by this Samsung camera.

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AMOLED Display

The Samsung NX500 has a better display than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Samsung camera has an AMOLED display, whereas most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a TFT display. AMOLED are a type of OLED displays and have the same attributes as OLED displays and are far superior to LED TFT displays. The worst display of all cameras that were launched around the same time as the NX500 is TFT and the best is Super AMOLED.

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Very Short

Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the NX500 the heights range from 58mm to 110mm, and the average height is 76mm. At only 63.5 millimeters, the Samsung NX500 is quite short compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released one year ago.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Samsung NX500 reviewer who bought the product thought it did not have good technical guidance. Edd wrote on Amazon last year “Some of the instructions in the manual are not too clear” in their Samsung NX500 review.

Not Waterproof

The Samsung NX500 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the NX500 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Samsung NX500 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the NX500 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the NX500, the Samsung NX500 is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 ($578.92).

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras that were released more than a year ago, the Samsung NX500 does not have a GPS.

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Only MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a BSI CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 1,130 milliampere * hour, the Samsung NX500 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the NX500. The battery capacities of MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the NX500 range from 680mAh to 2,400mAh.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Samsung NX500

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Samsung released the NX500.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Samsung NX500 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NX500.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including cheaper digital cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 ($578.92).

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider including the Lumix DMC-G7 ($578.92), or the Lumix DMC-G7 ($578.92) both from Panasonic which is cheaper.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 285 grams, the Samsung NX500 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the NX500.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Data Network
Other Features
Technical Details

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Expert Reviews

(63)
9 November 2015

With the release of its NX1 , Samsung showed that they can play with the 'big boys' in the enthusiast ILC arena. The company's NX500 brings the majority of the features from the NX1 and put them... Read more…

30 September 2015

Photo answers review Photo answers rating As the name suggests, Compact System Cameras are designed to be small and portable. However, this often means that some specs, including sensor size...

21 August 2015

I didn't realize how much I could appreciate a mirrorless CSC (Compact System Camera) till, after working with the Samsung NX500 for several days, I picked up my Nikon D610 DSLR and realized I was... Read more…

7 August 2015

Trusted Reviews

What is the Samsung NX500? The Samsung NX500 is a relatively affordable CSC, costing £599 with a 16-50mm kit lens. In the past, the company's CSCs have struggled to attract our attention when up... Read more…

6 August 2015

In late 2014, Samsung released a winner in the 4K space with its NX1 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC). Now, they hope to bring that same level of success even closer to consumers with... Read more…

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User Reviews

(26)
Reviewed 2 May 2015 by Nabby West Side
Nabby West Side would recommend the Samsung NX500 (Verified Purchase)

The sensor is the same as in the NX1 but the video processor is a slightly lower-powered variation (presumably to prevent cannibalizing NX1 sales). The difference is apparent in the 4K... Read more…

Reviewed 26 March 2015 by Dennis
Dennis would recommend the Samsung NX500

Received my NX500, body firmware 1.00, today. Superfine jpegs I shot are excellent, equal to the NX1. I do not understand the poor quality jpegs being posted by reviewers. ..For those experiencing... Read more…

Reviewed 28 March 2015 by Victor
Victor would recommend the Samsung NX500

This is a first impression review and based on the first few shots using the Auto mode and jpeg at the Super fine level. First impression: Wow!! I am a 30+year Nikon shooter and got this camera as... Read more…

Reviewed 7 July 2015 by Max Yuryev
Max Yuryev would recommend the Samsung NX500

To start off I'm a Pro wedding/portrait photographer for over 4 years, as well as a filmmaker (weddings/business promo films) for 3. I'm also a camera enthusiast and have owned/used Canon, Nikon,... Read more…

Reviewed 28 March 2015 by Designs4Times
Designs4Times would recommend the Samsung NX500

I'm in love with this camera. The photo quality is outstanding! It shoots fast and the 4K video is outstanding also. I have may different NX lenses that I use with my NX300 and it's great that... Read more…

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