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Samsung Releases NX500 Mirrorless Camera – 28 MP APS-C Sensor with BSI

Samsung NX500 Specs

Samsung today released the NX500 mirrorless camera in Korea to replace the NX300M. The new camera has improved sensor, better image quality and supports 4K video recording.

The NX500 has a 28 MP APS-C sensor which brings in the advanced Back Side Illumination (BSI) technology. This helps the users to take better photos in indoor light conditions and in dark conditions. Along with that, the camera is mounted with Samsung’s own DRIMe V image processor for better image quality, faster processing time, and camera recording of 4K and UHD 4K.

NX500 also has features like fast and slow motion video and it also supports interval shooting functions for timelapse photography.

“We recognize the sentimental value of a photograph in people’s lives and being able to capture and share the perfect moment from wherever they are. That is why Samsung has built a camera suitable for everyday photographers,” said Sangmoo Kim, Senior Vice President of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “The compact size of the NX500 and its revolutionary shooting and focus speed allow consumers to enjoy superb image quality. We are redefining what is possible for people who are not professional photographers, and offering everyone the ability to capture their signature moments in every shot.”

Samsung NX500 Details

Samsung NX500 Specs

MSRP $799 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6480 x 4320
Other resolutions 6480 x 3648, 4320 x 4320, 4560 x 3040, 4605 x 2592, 3088 x 3088, 3264 x 2176, 3328 x 1872, 2160 x 2160, 2112 x 1408, 2048 x 1152, 1408 x 1408
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 28 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 31 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor DRIMe 5
Color space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600, expandable to 51200
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW (SRW)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 209
Lens mount Samsung NX
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,036,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Super AMOLED
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • Auto Shot
  • Smart
  • Custom
Scene modes
  • Beauty Face
  • Landscape
  • Action Freeze
  • Rich Tones
  • Panorama
  • Waterfall
  • Silhouette
  • Sunset
  • Night
  • Fireworks
  • Light Trace
  • Multi-Exposure
Built-in flash No (GN8 external flash included)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash modes Smart flash, auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, fill w/redeye reduction, 1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain, off
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-shot
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Bracket
Continuous drive 9.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 – 30 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (at 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 4096 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Format H.265
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11/b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote control Yes (wired or via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP1130 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 370
Weight (inc. batteries) 287 g (0.63 lb / 10.12 oz)
Dimensions 120 x 64 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.52 x 1.69)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None