Samsung NX500 Review

Review posted 07/22/2015 by Josh Fate
Preview posted 02/05/2015 by William Chambers

Quick Take
  • Auto and Program modes are very accurate
  • Outstanding overall image quality
  • Always ready to record video with one touch
  • Fantastic shooting performance
  • Dual command dials for total control over settings
  • NX mount features a great lens selection
  • 3.0-inch touch screen is bright and provides a ton of detail
  • Built-in WiFi offers remote access and sharing capabilities
  • HDMI output
  • Competitively priced
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Lacks a viewfinder that would complete the dSLR feel
  • External flash can be forgotten or left behind
  • Does not include external battery charger
  • Trouble playing movies on a computer without Samsung Software
Bottom Line
The Samsung NX500 is a compact ILC that is easy to use and provides great image quality. WiFi, great shooting modes and 4K video give you all the greatest features and options available. Coming in under $800 for the kit, it is a great option for you first ILC or an upgrade. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Samsung's newest NX-series ILC, the NX500 is a powerful, yet compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that boasts some impressive specifications. First and foremost is the camera's new 28-megapixel BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS image sensor, which measures 23.5x15.7mm (APS-C sized).

They are claiming that the NX500 harnesses the, "core functionality of the NX1", their flagship ILC, "engineered into a portable and convenient size.". Some of these core features include a speedy DRIMeV image processor, their NX AF III autofocus system, and 4K and UHD video recording capabilities.

They've also updated the NX500 with enhanced sharing capabilities, thanks to updated Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity. Lastly, for you selfie lovers, Samsung has included a 3-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display that tilts and flips.

Samsung NX500 features:
  • 28-megapixel BSI APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • DRIMeV image processor
  • NX lens mount system
  • Tilt & Flip 3-inch Super AMOLED Touch screen LCD (FVGA resolution)
  • NX AF III autofocus system
  • 4K and UHD video recording options
  • Interval Capture mode, lets you create UHD Time-lapse videos
  • Burst shooting at up to 9FPS
  • Samsung Auto Shot (SAS) mode helps capture better action shots using motion detection.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC tech
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology
  • SD card slot accepts SD,SDHC,SDXC,UHS-I type memory cards
  • Li-ion battery pack

The Samsung NX500 is in Black, White, or Brown, with a suggested retail price of $799.99 with a 16-50mm Power Zoom lens. See our best price box at the top right of this page for current online pricing at various retailers.

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