The New 2017 Samsung NX500 Review

The New 2017 Samsung NX500 – With the launch of its NX1, New samsung revealed that they can play with the ‘big boys’ in the fanatic ILC field. The company’s NX500 delivers the majority of the functions from the NX1 and put them into a small body system with a more consumer-friendly cost. The most significant functions got by the NX500 are the NX1’s excellent 28MP BSI CMOS indicator and multiple auto-focus program.

Samsung NX500 Review
Samsung NX500 Review

Some of the other functions on the NX500 are very similar to those of its government, just scaly back. The picture processer is not as highly effective, videos not as intricate (no full-sensor readout), rush rate more slowly and the human body system not weather-sealed. The NX500 also does not have an electronic viewfinder, built-in show and and top-mounted LCD details show.

So what does the NX500 have, aside from the above mentioned indicator and auto-focus system? It has a small, light and portable body system with a 180 degree slanting touchscreen show LCD. Compared with a lot of shop bought ILCs, the NX500 has double switch function, making shutter rate and aperture improvements really easy. It doesn’t have a built-in show, though it does have a hot shoes and a small exterior show comes in the box. The NX500 also has an innovative Wi-Fi program that uses Wireless to maintain relationships, so there’s no need to re-pair every time you want to exchange a picture (with suitable devices). The one function that really distinguishes it from other camcorders in its cost range is its 4K movie ability, which will be protected in more details later in the evaluation.

Key Features

  • 28MP BSI CMOS indicator (APS-C)
  • DRIMe Vs processor
  • Samsung NX lens mount
  • Hybrid auto-focus system
  • 3″ flip-up contact Extremely AMOLED display
  • 9 fps ongoing shooting
  • 4K/UHD movie recording
  • Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth

Features

Wi-Fi

As with the NX1, the NX500 provides one of the most innovative wi-fi implementations we’ve yet seen. However, most of these advantages will only be available to those who Android operating system mobile phones. iOS customers don’t get quite such a smooth encounter, though most of this distinction seems to be down to Apple’s limitations and not Samsung’s choice for Android operating system.

Extra functions

There are a few last wi-fi functions that are available when the NX500 is on the regional Wi-Fi system. The first is the capability to deliver e-mail right from you. Simply tap the little package symbol at near the top of the show, select a emailer and receiver, add a opinion if required, and hit deliver. Pictures are cut down to under 2 Mega pixels, of course. Up to 1000 images can also be moved to a PC on the same system using Samsung’s PC Automatic Back-up application.

Autofocus

Probably one of the most powerful functions of NX500 is its AF system, mostly got from the NX1. It provides 205 phase-detect AF factors, of which 153 are cross-type, that understand detail and work together with 209 contrast-detect indicates concentrate quickly and perfectly, even in ongoing AF. And you won’t have any of the possibility AF precision problems a DSLR might.

Particularly amazing is the NX500’s capability to wisely monitor and sustain concentrate on shifting topics. Mobile phones and mirrorless cameras have modified objectives for the way we capture – for example, many now anticipate encounters to be instantly recognized for concentrate, something many DSLRs still cannot do. The NX500 will not only find encounters, it’ll consistently monitor them to make sure they’re in concentrate the time you push the shutter. What’s more, you will monitor basically anything you tap to start concentrate on (0:00-0:11 in video below). This is a advantage for taking photos shifting topics, or for mother and father with infants.

Handling

The NX500 seems strong in your hand and is comfort and ease attractive. The rubberized hold is a good bargain between being efficient and being lightweight, control buttons are usually well placed, and the double control calls provide more versatility than a single switch design. One of our preferred areas of you is the wonderful 3″ Extremely AMOLED touchscreen display show. It’s wonderful to look at, tilts up and down, and the contact interface is well thought out. Selfie lovers will be satisfied to see that the show can turn up 180 levels and even retouch skin when a picture is taken.

The NX500 doesn't have an electronic viewfinder or even an option to add one, but it has a beautiful 3" super AMOLED display and a very intuitive menu system.
The NX500 doesn’t have an electronic viewfinder or even an option to add one, but it has a beautiful 3″ super AMOLED display and a very intuitive menu system.

What you doesn’t consist of is a EVF, or even an optionally available EVF for that matter. This isn’t a total need, and other outstanding camcorders, such as the Sony models a5100, get by without one as well. However, if you may invest much of your time capturing outside you’ll probably wish you had one as the display tends to get pale easily in shiny sunshine.

Images Quality

Comfort and ease, the NX500 is actually identical to the NX300 that beat it (with the exemption of an extra management dial). When it comes to functionality the most factor between the NX500 and the NX1 is also the most evident – there’s no viewfinder. Individually I really like viewfinders. I have found them basically important for outside work to obtain a wise decision of shade, visibility and creating. In the house and at evening it’s less of a restriction but even here, I have found that I get a much more constant hang on a digicam if it’s pushed near to my eye in comparison to organised outstretched in my arms. With this in mind, Samsung’s option of warm Hawaii islands (aloha!) for a 48-hour capturing occasion introducing the viewfinder-less NX500 to reporters a few months ago (after which I had written the first set up of this content you’re studying now) was perhaps regrettable.

With the apparent exemption of the evening time hours, I invested almost the whole time on the isle trying (and mostly failing) to colour the Extremely AMOLED show so I could write pictures in very shiny sunlight. The on-screen histogram was important to make sure reasonable exposures but while I did not come home with many too-dark or too-bright photos (testament also to the NX500’s outstanding metering system) I do have lots where something or someone finished up in the area without me realizing when I was trying to border the picture.

The NX500's flip-out rear display is excellent for low-angle shooting.  ISO 100 | F5.6 | 1/160 sec | Samsung NX 16-50mm F2-2.8 S
The NX500’s flip-out rear display is excellent for low-angle shooting. ISO 100 | F5.6 | 1/160 sec | Samsung NX 16-50mm F2-2.8 S

Maybe you want to keep you from collection pictures taken into rush method into strange little slideshows in play back, for example. Actually yes – like any happy person you definitely want to do this. To achieve this process you need to hit ‘menu’ while in play-back method, search down to ‘View Ongoing Photos Flip / Unfold’ pick ‘Unfold’. Would you have been able to think that?

In the same selection, some might find the ‘Sort by Earliest / Latest’ choice a little confusingly written (‘latest’ indicates most latest, in this case) but at least that’s guessable. By comparison I gradually threw in the towel and had to make to the instructions to work out what ‘Framing Mode on / off’ indicates. It ends up that this is what just about every producer phone calls stay perspective visibility simulator. With creating method switched on, you is constantly on the provide a properly healthy stay perspective nourish, regardless of real visibility configurations used. Voila! Choices like this (and there are a few of them) are gloriously, almost gleefully solid.

Another image converted from Raw, I deliberately held back the exposure a little in-camera and pulled the shadows using Adobe Camera Raw (after converting the file to DNG using Samsung's DNG converter). As you can see, there's very little penalty to doing this, in terms of noise.   ISO 200 | F2.8 | 1/160 sec | Samsung NX 16-50mm F2-2.8 S
Another image converted from Raw, I deliberately held back the exposure a little in-camera and pulled the shadows using Adobe Camera Raw (after converting the file to DNG using Samsung’s DNG converter). As you can see, there’s very little penalty to doing this, in terms of noise.
ISO 200 | F2.8 | 1/160 sec | Samsung NX 16-50mm F2-2.8 S

Let’s be sincere though – it’s not like you does not come with a guide, and it’s likely that the number of choices I just selected out are ‘set once and forget’. Since I began using that cart, beginning manufacturing NX1 long ago at the end of 2014 New samsung has resolved a lot of eccentricities and oddities, and the repairs (based partially on reviews from DPReview) have created their way into the NX500. The same goes for the improvements too. The NX500 functions the firmware 1.2 form of the NX1’s AF program and we’re certain that extra functions will be included in due course, too.

I really wish that New samsung can boost the NX500’s Raw shield via a firmware upgrade, but I’m not having my breathing. This is a genuine listlessness, especially given the unavoidable evaluations with the much more able NX1. But even next to cameras like Sony’s a6000 the NX500’s 5-frame Raw shield at 9 fps is wretched. In contrast the a6000 controls ~22 Raw information before reducing from 11 fps.

This shot was converted from an ISO 2000 Raw file, and although I should probably spend some time neutralising the shadow area in the foreground (and perhaps applying slightly more aggressive noise reduction), it's clear that despite pretty aggressive shadow lifting, there's plenty of detail in there. The original exposure was biased for the bright highlight in the middle of the scene.   ISO 2500 | F6.3 | 1/30 sec | Samsung NX 16-50mm F2-2.8 S
This shot was converted from an ISO 2000 Raw file, and although I should probably spend some time neutralising the shadow area in the foreground (and perhaps applying slightly more aggressive noise reduction), it’s clear that despite pretty aggressive shadow lifting, there’s plenty of detail in there. The original exposure was biased for the bright highlight in the middle of the scene.
ISO 2500 | F6.3 | 1/30 sec | Samsung NX 16-50mm F2-2.8 S

Movie Quality

We’ve selected on the NX500’s video abilities in a few locations, but let’s be affordable – much of the evaluation has been against the NX1. On the one side its a fair evaluation, given that New samsung sometimes gives the look of the NX500 being a ‘stripped down’ NX1. On the other side, in comparison to cameras in the same category its video is actually quite excellent.

Specification

Price
MSRP $799 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
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 Vs
Color space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600, expandable to 51200
Boosted ISO (maximum) 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
Autofocus
  • 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
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
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)
Physical
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