LCD and Viewfinder
Samsung NX500 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,036k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
NX500 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Samsung NX1 (Compare) or Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Samsung NX500 can shoot continuously at max speed of 9.0 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/6000 sec.
Unfortunately NX500 doesn't have a built-in flash but it has a flash shoe for mounting external flashes.
Samsung NX500 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 209 points to choose from.
Samsung NX500 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Samsung NX500, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 30p fps and save in and H.265 formats. This means that Samsung NX500 provides 4K (Ultra-HD) video, highest resolution that is available in the market today. When viewed on a 4K screen, you will be amazed by the level of details and the crispness.It is also a big step up from its predecessor NX300 which has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 only. If you are thinking of upgrading your NX300 and shoot a lot of video, this is a big factor to consider in favor of NX500.
NX500 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Samsung NX500 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Mirrorless camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung NX1 or Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Samsung NX500 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11/b/g/n + Bluetooth) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. With its NFC feature, NX500 can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.Samsung NX500's Bluetooth connectivity feature comes handy for connecting other devices that supports it. One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our NX500. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect NX500 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Samsung NX500 is powered by BP1130 battery which provides a shooting life of 370 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 352 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras
Samsung NX mini with its 650shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Samsung NX500 vs Samsung NX mini or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Samsung NX500 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Samsung NX500 is $1,499.00