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Samsung NX500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 333 reviews of Samsung NX500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the price and image quality are overall positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated. There are some less positive comments about the low light performance and image stabilizer, while there are mixed comments on the connectivity and focus.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, price

durability, viewfinder, flash, stabilizer , low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung NX500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : TrustedReviews (

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 against rivals Sony, Panasonic and co. However, the NX500 inherits plenty of...

Excellent image quality ; Superb autofocus ; Class-leading wireless connectivity

No EVF ; No mic input ; Somewhat bland design

Aug, 2015

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (

Samsung NX500 review


Samsung puts the power of its flagship NX1 compact system camera into a smaller body

High quality, high pixel count sensor ; Excellent AF system ; Excellent screen and touch-control

No viewfinder ; Magnification limited to the centre of the scene in manual focus mode ; More control needed in the Samsung Auto Shot modes.

The NX500 has some great features and for the most part an excellent user interface as well as top-notch AMOLED screen. It's also capable of producing very high quality images. The only fly in the ointment is the lack of a viewfinder.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Samsung NX500 review: A great general-purpose interchangeable-lens camera, if you don't miss a viewfinder


Ready for action with great video, the Samsung NX500 is a nice choice for families and travelers.

Attractive and well designed, the NX500 delivers great photo and video quality.

A shallow manual may leave you scratching your head when it comes to connectivity and video playback.

The Samsung NX500 offers a lot of useful features, excellent video quality, and action-friendly performance that makes it a nice choice for families and travelers.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Raymond Wong (

Samsung NX500: Small camera with big 4K video-recording power for $800 [REVIEW]


Samsung's $800 NX500 mirrorless camera takes high-res 28-megapixel pictures, and records stunning 4K-resolution video.

28-megapixel resolution images ; Fast autofocus ; Flippable touchscreen for selfies ; 4K video recording ; Simple Wi-Fi and image editing features

Lacks electronic viewfinder ; Plastic leatherette design ; No built-in flash ; You'll need to convert 4K footage to H.264

The Samsung NX500 does high-quality 4K video recording for only $800.

May, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Ben Andrews (

Samsung NX500 Review


Ben Andrews reviews the new Samsung NX500 - with a 28.2 megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor, and 4K video recording, could this be the bargain mirrorless camera of the year?

Excellent image quality ; UHD & 4K video ; Fast, accurate autofocussing ; Wi-Fi, NFC & Bluetooth ; High screen quality ; Tiltable, touch-sensitive screen ; Compact size ; Manual controls ; Good battery life

No EVF ; No built-in flash ; H.265 video codec compatibility issues

We were extremely impressed with the performance, features and image quality of the Samsung NX1, but there was one major drawback with that camera: its size. By taking many of the key components from the NX1 and packaging them in a smaller, lighter...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Ben Andrews (

Samsung NX500 Hands-On Preview


Ben Andrews goes hands-on with the new Samsung NX500 - with a 28.2 megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor, and 4K video recording, could this be the bargain mirrorless camera of the year?

Mar, 2015

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Samsung NX500


Samsung's latest NX offers the spec of an enthusiast DSLR in a temptingly portable package.

There are so many cameras on the market that it can be a real headache when it comes to choosing the right one for you. If you’re considering a new camera, the choice of whether you go for Samsung’s NX500 is simple. If you want all the functionality...

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Samsung NX500 mirrorless camera


Get the picture, and get it in a fun way with this great mirrorless camera

Comfortable to hold ; Easy menu and settings ; Crisp and vibrant picture quality ; Good wireless capabilities

Video playback requires HEVC codec to be installed, is a little fiddly

Jun, 2015

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Samsung NX500 Review


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 into a compact body with a more consumer-friendly price...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Good genes: Samsung NX500 review posted


The Samsung NX500 is the baby brother to the company's superb NX1 mirrorless camera. It brings over many of the features of the NX1, including its 28MP BSI CMOS sensor and AF system, and puts them into a compact body at a price competitive with other...

Samsung has made waves in the camera market in the past year. It gained a lot of credibility with the release of its flagship

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Voice Recording:Y / Yes


Battery Capacity:1130
Battery life (CIPA standard):370
Battery Type:BP1130
Number of Batteries Supported:1
Power source type:Battery


Anti-dust function:Y / Yes
Built-in processor:DRIMe V / Y
GPS (satellite):N / No
Histogram: Yes
Image processor:DRIMe V
Languages support:Multi
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CRO, CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, LAV, LIT, NOR, PER, POR, RUM, RUS, SRP, SWE, THA, TUR, VIE / CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CRO, CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, EST, FIN, French, GRE, HEB, HUN, Italian, JPN, KOR, LAV, LIT, NOR, PER, Portuguese, Rum, RUS, SRP, SWE, THA, TUR, VIE
Photo effects:Calm, Vivid
Scene modes:Landscape, Portrait
Self-timer delay:2,30
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter priority
White Balance:auto, Cloudy, custom modes, daylight, flash, Fluorescent, manual, Tungsten


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Brown / Brown, Silver / Silver, White / White
Energy Star certified:N
Product colour:Black / Brown / White


Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):1036000
Field of view:100
Flip-out screen:Y
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Vari-angle LCD display:Y / Yes


External flash connector:Y / Yes
Flash Modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro
Flash sync-speed:0.005


Auto Focus (AF) points:205
Auto focusing (AF) modes:continuous auto focus, single auto focus
Focus adjustment:Auto / Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter Size:4.3
Focal length range (f-f):16 - 50
Lens mount interface:Samsung NX
Lens structure (elements/groups):9/8
Maximum aperture number:5.6
Minimum aperture number:3.5

Light exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 / 100, 25600, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual / Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted / Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Maximum memory card size:64
Memory slots:1


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Data network: No
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

Built-in Flash: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:iLauncher, Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung Raw Converter, Samsung DNG converter

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC
Image formats supported:JPG, MPO, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):23.5 x 15.7
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:6480 x 4320
Sensor Format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Sensor Type:BSI CMOS / CMOS
Still image resolution(s):6480 x 4320, 4560 x 3040, 3264 x 2176, 2112 x 1408, 6480 x 3648, 4608 x 2592, 3328 x 1872, 2048 x 1152, 4320 x 4320, 3088 x 3088, 2160 x 2160, 1408 x 1408, 6480 x 4320, 3232 x 2152 / 650 x 675 x 905 / JPEG: (3:2):28M (6480x4320), 13.9M (4560x3040), 7.1M (3264x2176), 3M (2112x1408)\n(16:9):23.6M (6480x3648), 11.9M (4608x2592), 6.2M (3328x1872), 2.4M (2048x1152)\n(1:1):18.7M (4320x4320), 9.5M (3088x3088), 4.7M (2160x2160), 2M (1408x1408)\nRAW: 28M (6480x4320)\nBurst: 7M (3232x2152)
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Total MegaPixels:30.7

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:Y / Yes
USB connector:MICRO-USB
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB version:2.0


Fastest camera shutter speed:1/6000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Self-timer: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:4096 x 2160
Motion JPEG frame rate:60
Resolution at capture speed:3840x2160@30fps, 4096x2160@24fps
Video formats supported:AVI, MP4 / H.265
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.25 / 4.32 / 42.5
Height :6.35 / 6.36 / 63.6
Lens diameter:6.48
Lens length:3.1
Lens weight:111
Weight:285 / 292
Width:11.9 / 119.5