Samsung NX500: specs, price and availability

Samsung NX500: specs, price, and availability

The rumored Samsung NX500 will be unveiled at CP+ in Japan next week though we’ll have to wait until March for shipping to start. The body will be available in the usual NX-line colors of black, white and brown. Unfortunately, just like the NX300, there is no incorporated viewfinder. Besides this, the specs are virtually identical to the Samsung NX1.

Samsung NX500

Samsung NX500 compared to the NX1


Samsun NX500-6

  • The same 23.5×15.7mm BSI (back-illuminated) CMOS sensor.
  • A slightly slower 9fps (instead of 15fps) burst rate.
  • the same hybrid 205points Phase Detection and 209points Contrast AF.
  • maximum 1/6000 shutter speed (vs. 1/8000 on the NX1).
  • No viewfinder
  • Same 3.0″ Super AMOLED touch-screen
  • Both capable of recording 4K video on the SD card

Samsung NX500

Here are the Samsung NX500 full specs:


Image Sensor Type  BSI CMOS
Image Sensor Size 23.5×15.7mm
Effective Pixel (Approx.) 28.2 MP
Total Pixel (Approx.) 30.7 MP
Color Filter RGB primary
Lens Mount Mount Samsung NX mount
Useable Lens Samsung NX lens (3D lens supported)
Image Stabilization Image Stabilization Type Lens shift (depends on the lens)
Image Stabilization Mode OIS Mode1 / Mode2 / Off
Distortion Correct Distortion Correct LDC On / Off (depends on lens)
i-Function Features Aperture / Shutter Speed / EV / ISO / WB / i-Zoom
Dust Reduction Type Supersonic Drive
Display Type  Super AMOLED with touch screen
Size 76.6mm (3.0″)
Resolution (dots) 1036k
Field of View (approx. %) 100
Angle Flip (Up 180°) &  Tilt (Up 90°, Down 45°)
User Display Grids, Histogram, Icons, Distance scale,  Electronic level, Overexposure guide
Focusing Focusing Type Hybrid
Focusing Point 205points (Phase Detection AF), 209points (Contrast AF)
AF Modes Active AF, Single AF, Continuous AF, MF
Focusing Range EV -4-20
Assist Lamp Yes
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed Auto1/6000 – 1/4sec.
1/6000 – 30sec.
Exposure Metering TTL 221 Block segment
Metering Range EV 0 – 18 (ISO100 · 30mm, F2)
Compensation Still: ±5 EV, Movie: ±3 EV (1/3EV step)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 100-25600 (1EV or 1/3EV step)
Drive Mode Modes Single, Continuous, Self-timer, Bracket
Continuous – JPEG 9fps
Continuous – RAW 9fps
Continuous – Burst 10, 15, 30fps selectable (30shots by 1 release)
Bracket AE, WB, PW, Depth
Self-timer 2 – 30sec. (1sec. step) 
Flash Flash Type External Flash only (Bundle with SEF8A)
Modes Smart Flash, Auto, Auto+Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Fill-in+Red-eye reduction, 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, OFF 
Guide Number 8 (at ISO 100)
Angle of View Coverage 28mm wide-angle (Equivalent to 35mm)
Sync. Speed Less than 1/200sec.
Flash Compensation -2 – +2EV (1/2EV step)
External Flash Samsung External Flash available
Synchro (Flash attachment) Hot Shoe
White Balance Type Auto, Auto+Tungsten, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (W, N, D), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, K(Manual)
Dynamic Range Expansion Dynamic Range Expansion OFF / Smart Range+ / HDR
Effect Picture Wizard Standard, Classic, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Custom(1-3)
Smart Filter Vignetting, Minature, Watercolor, Selective Color (R/G/B/Y 4 Colors) 
Still Modes Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Samsung Auto Shot, Smart, Custom
Smart Beauty Face, Landscape, Action Freeze, Rich Tones, Panorama, Waterfall, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light Trace, Multi-Exposure
Image Size – JPEG (3:2)28M (6480×4320),  13.9M (4560×3040), 7.1M (3264×2176), 3M (2112×1408)
23.6M (6480×3648), 11.9M (4608×2592), 6.2M (3328×1872), 2.4M (2048×1152)
18.7M (4320×4320),  9.5M (3088×3088), 4.7M (2160×2160), 2M (1408×1408)
Image Size – RAW 28M (6480×4320)
Imaeg Size – Burst 7M (3232×2152)
Quality SuperFine , Fine, Normal
RAW Format SRW
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Movie Format MP4, AVI
Compression Video HEVC, MJPEG(VGA only) 
Compression Audio AAC(MP4), Linear PCA(AVI)
Modes Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Smart, Custom
Movie Clip Audio On/Off 
Image size 4096×2160 (24fps), 3840×2160 (30fps), 1920×1080, 1280×720 , 640×480
Frame rate 60fps, 30fps, 24fps NTSC (50fps, 25fps, 24fps PAL)
Fast/Slow Movie x0.25(720 30/25p, 480 30/25p only),
x0.5(1080 30/25p, 720 60/50/30/25p, 480 60/50/30/25p only),
x5, x10, x20 
Quality Pro, High Quality, Normal
Sound Stereo
Image Play Type Single image, Thumbnails, Slideshow, Movie
Edit Still Edit, Color, Portrait, Smart Filter
Movie Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC(UHS-1 support)
File format RAW, JPEG, MPO(3D)
Languages Languages 33 Languages  (Arabic, Chinese(Simplified/Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norsk, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese)
Connectivity Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes
Interface Digital Output Connector Yes (USB 2.0)
Video Output HDMI (NTSC, PAL)
External Release Yes
DC power input connector DC 5.0V, 1A via Micro USB port
Power Source Rechargeable Battery BP1130
Capacity 1130mAh
Battery life (Shots, CIPA Standard) 370
Dimensions (W x H x D) 119.5 x 63.6 x 42.5mm
Weight (Body) 287g
Operating Temperature 0 – 40 °C
Operating Humidity 5 – 85%
Software Application iLauncher, Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung Raw Converter, Samsung DNG converter


In the box:

  • NX500 Camera Body
  • 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 ED OIS Power Zoom Lens
  • SEF-8A Hot Shoe Mount Flash Unit
  • BP1130 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • USB Wall Charger
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Lens Caps
  • Strap
  • Limited 1-year Warranty

wim arys

Wim Arys is a photographer from Belgium Europe with a passion for mirrorless cameras.

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