Samsung just announced the new NX500 mirrorless camera, which brings some of the best parts of the Samsung NX1 to a more compact package at a very affordable price point.
The Samsung NX500 features a 28.2MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor and can capture 4K video at 24fps. The NX500 has a 3″ tilt-touchscreen display with 1036k-dot resolution.
It also has 205 phase-detection AF points for fast focusing and captures up to 9fps with a max sensitivity of ISO 51,200. The NX500 is packaged with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS power zoom lens. Best of all the price is just $799.99.
As with the NX1, the NX500 uses the H.265 codec for capturing 4K video, which saves on space but is still-yet incompatible with popular NLE software. Accordingly, you have to transcode the 4K H.265 footage before you import it into your NLE of choice. It also captures 1080p HD video at up to 60p frame rates.
For a budget model, the NX500 is packed with higher-end features, including a max shutter speed of 1/6000s, which bests the Nikon D750‘s max shutter speed of 1/4000s. The NX Autofocus System III inside the NX500 uses 250 phase-detection points and 209 contrast-detection points for fast and precise AF acquisition. 153 of the phase-detection points are cross-type AF points, which are designed for faster and more accurate focusing.
The Samsung NX500 includes a detachable flash. It also has built-in WiFi and NFC for connectivity to smartphones and tablets. The smartphone connectivity also allows you to log GPS data from your phone for embedding it real time as you shoot photos and video.
The Samsung NX500 sure looks like it delivers a ton of value for the $799.99 asking price. If the Samsung NX1 didn’t turn enough heads, the NX500 will surely cause more people to do a double take at what the South Korean company is doing in the digital imaging world.
Check out more on the Samsung NX500 here at B&H Photo.
Jeff K says
If it had an EVF I’d be seriously interested. Arthritic elbows make it difficult and painful to hold a camera reasonably steady at arms length and having to dig out reading glasses makes it nearly impossible to capture spontaneous images. All that aside, trying to frame and follow fast action, especially at anything beyond “normal” focal length, is an exercise in futility. LCD screens are great for tripod mounted group photos, HDR exposures and the like, but as an all purpose “viewfinder” they are of limited utility. That kind of limitation on a sub $100 pocket point and shoot is one thing, on an $800 machine with otherwise serious technical specs it is quite another. My Galaxy S5 is more than adequate for selfies.
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