Samsung NX500

Samsung NX500

your expert RecommendThe new Samsung NX500 has arrived to gain a foothold in the upper-middle range of the compact APS-C with interchangeable lenses. With its backlit sensor 28,2 megapixels and hybrid approach with 205 points and 209 phase detection by contrast , does not lack arguments to the new Samsung to convince any user. It is a camera with a modern, elegant appearance and with a certain retro touch, especially if we opt for the version in black and silver, and it is also compatible with all the Korean NX mount lenses , among which we will find from angles of 10 mm to long - range zoom lenses as50-150 f / 2.8S . The new DRIMe 5 processor , the three-inch folding touch screen and its remarkable burst of up to nine images per second complete the presentation of the new NX500 . Let's take a closer look at it.

Samsung NX500


With a modern and functional look, this is what the new Samsung NX500 looks like . Exact dimensions are 119.5 x 63.6 x 42.5 mm , and weight stays in 292 grams , only the body. It is available in two colors, black or white, which are always combined with the metal plate or top panel, and it also has a small handle that will make handling easier and more relaxed. In addition to the typical mode wheel or dial, on the upper panel we will find a shoe to connect the external flash included as standard, or any other of those available as an option. We will also find a control wheel, the AEL button for exposure lock and, of course, the shutter button surrounded by a compact camera-style zoom control.

Samsung NX500


The new Samsung NX500 is equipped with an APS-C- sized back-illuminated CMOS sensor , the same format that many low-end and mid-range SLR cameras are equipped with . The resolution is 28.2 megapixels , allowing us to take pictures with a maximum size of no less than 6,480 x 4,320 pixels . The new DRIMe 5 processor streamlines capture and image processing, enabling the NX500 to burst at up to nine images per second , with a maximum shutter speed of 1 / 6,000 seconds. The autofocus system uses a hybrid configuration with 205 detection points per phase and 209 points per contrast , being possible to choose between active, continuous, single or manual focus. As we have said above, the flash comes standard, but it is an external unit that will have to be inserted into the hot shoe every time we want to use it unless we always leave it there, of course.

The NX500 can be operated both through the physical control buttons and wheels as well as through the Super AMOLED touch screen of three inches and 1,036,000 dots of resolution, and can also be tilted 180 degrees vertically and can also rotate  45 degrees downwards . This facilitates shooting from difficult angles and also, of course, the famous selfies.

Samsung NX500

4K video

Turning now to the cinematic way, our  NX500 has the ability to record video format 4K ie 4,096 x 2,160 pixels at 24 frames per second or 3,840 x 2,160 pixels at 30 fps . As is logical, in addition to 4K / UHD, we can choose other smaller resolutions for our home movies, such as Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) , HD (1,280 x 720) or VGA (640 x 480) . The camera incorporates a stereo microphone to capture the audio, and the file rate can also be chosen between 60, 30, 25 or 24 frames per second.

Samsung NX500

Connectivity and autonomy .

Like most cameras in this industry, the new NX500 is equipped with wireless ports so that photos can be shared with a smartphone or tablet right out of the box. Thus, we can choose between the WiFi port , the Bluetooth or the near field NFC system to send the images. The NX500 also includes a video output on HDMI and a USB port for transferring files via cable. In terms of autonomy, the built-in 1,130 milliamp battery allows approximately 370 shots on one charge.

Samsung NX500

TypologyCompact mirrorless, interchangeable lenses


Size23.5 x 15.7 mm
Resolution28.2 effective megapixels

30.7 total megapixels

Image processorDRIMe 5

Lens included (16-50 f / 3.5-5.6 OIS i-Function)

Focal distance16-55mm (equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm format)
Opening (No. F)f / 3.5 - f / 5.6
Image StabilizerOptical stabilizer


AF system205 points (Phase detection AF)

209 points (Contrast AF)

Focus modesActive AF, Continuous AF, MF, Single AF


Measuring systemTTL 221 block segment
Exposure compensationSnapshot: ± 5 EV, Video: ± 3 EV (1 / 3EV step)
ISO sensitivityAuto, 100 - 25600 (1EV or 1 / 3EV step) (EXT.51200)
ShutterAuto: 1/6000 - 1/4 sec., Manual:1 / 6000 - 30 sec., Bulb
White balanceAuto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, (W / N / D), K (Manual), Tungsten, Auto + Tungsten

Display and layout

TypeSuper AMOLED touch
FoldingYes, 180º vertical, 90º and 45º horizontally
Resolution1036k points
Dimensions119.5 x 63.6 x 42.5 mm
Weight292 grams (Body only)


FlashExternal flash (included with camera, SEF8A)

Guide Number: 8 (at ISO 100)

ModesFirst curtain, Second curtain, Auto, Auto + Red-eye reduction, Temporary, Temporary + Red-eye reduction, Smart flash, Off
FeaturesSynchro. 1/200 seconds


Shooting modesAuto, Aperture Priority, Custom, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority, Smart, Samsung Auto Shot, Frozen Action, Pretty Face, Fireworks, Landscape, Light Trace, Multi Exposure, Night, Panoramic, Rich Tones, Silhouette, Sunset sun, waterfall
Photo effectsCalm, Classic, Cool, Custom (1-3), Forest, Landscape, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, Miniature, Selective Color (R / G / B / Y 4 colors), Vignette, Watercolor
Burst shooting9 fps. Maximum shooting speed of 9 frames per second. It will decrease after approx. 40 shots in JPEG format and 5 shots in RAW format. (Based on SD UHS-I memory card. May vary depending on memory card specifications)
Image sizeJPEG (3: 2): 28M (6480 × 4320), 13.9M (4560 × 3040), 7.1M (3264 × 2176), 3M (2112 × 1408) (16: 9): 23.6M (6480 × 3648), 11.9M (4608 × 2592), 6.2M (3328 × 1872), 2.4M (2048 × 1152) (1: 1) :18.7M (4320 × 4320), 9.5M (3088 × 3088), 4.7M (2160 × 2160), 2M (1408 × 1408)

RAW: 28.0M (6480 × 4320)

Video size4096 × 2160 (24 fps), 3840 × 2160 (30fps), 1920 × 1080,1280 × 720,640 × 480.

When capturing video in 4K or UHD, the viewing angle is reduced. (Effective angle of view: approx. 4K 1.68 times, UHD 1.77 times focal length)

File formatsJPEG, RAW SRW, AVI, MP4 (HEVC), MPO (3D)

Connections and autonomy

Memory cardSD, SDHC, SDXC (up to 64GB), (UHS-1)
With cablesUSB 2.0


Without cablesWifi



Battery1130 mAh

Approximate autonomy: 370 shots

+ info

Release dateJuly 2015
Manufacturer's websiteSamsung

Price 550 euros