Samsung has announced a successor to the NX300-series in the body of the NX500, which packs the internals of the flagship NX-mount camera, called NX1.
One of best-featured mirrorless cameras currently available on the market is the Samsung NX1. The device was introduced at Photokina 2014 with a 28-megapixel sensor, a quick autofocus system, and 4K video recording support among others.
The company has been rumored to launch another NX-series camera for a long time. It was supposed to be called NX400 as it would replace the NX300 and NX300M. However, the South Korean manufacturer has decided to go for NX500 and to add the “DNA of the NX1 in a portable, compact device”.
Samsung introduces NX500 mirrorless camera with NX1 specs in a tinier body
The brand new Samsung NX500 will offer high image quality along with rich video recording capabilities and “unparalleled responsiveness”.
Just like the NX1, the NX500 can record 4K videos and supports the HEVC codec, which is one of the most efficient compression technologies. Moreover, the mirrorless camera supports Interval Capture mode, allowing users to create Ultra HD time-lapse videos directly in the camera.
Its processor will allow photographers to capture up to 9fps in continuous shooting mode. The autofocus speed is said to be one of quickest on the market, thanks to a 209-point Hybrid AF system.
It would not feel like a Samsung camera if it did not have multiple connectivity options
The Samsung NX500 specs list includes WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity. They will allow users to transfer files to smartphones or tablets wirelessly. Using WiFi, users can also control their camera remotely.
The mirrorless camera comes with a built-in autofocus assist light and a 3-inch 1.04-million-dot Super AMOLED touchscreen. The latter is also used to frame photos and videos in Live View mode, as there is no integrated viewfinder. It can be tilted upwards by 180 degrees, allowing users to frame their selfies properly.
A shutter speed range between 30 seconds and 1/6000th of a second will ensure that photographers capture long-exposure photos on a tripod and images of fast-moving subjects in broad daylight.
NX500 does not come with a built-in flash, but an external one will be available. Photographers will be able to mount it on the hot-shoe and the flash will offer an X sync speed of 1/200s.
The native ISO sensitivity range stands between 100 and 25,600, while an extended option of 51,200 is available, too.
Samsung NX500 is one of the cheapest 4K cameras on the market
As stated above, the fact that Samsung has managed to cram in so many features in such a tiny body is pretty amazing. The NX500 measures only 119.5 x 63.6 x 42.5mm / 4.72 x 2.52 x 1.69-inches, while weighing 287 grams / 0.63 lbs.
The mirrorless camera comes with a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, and an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot. Its Lithium-ion battery allows users to take 370 photos on a single charge.
In order to top it all off, the Samsung NX500 will become available in black, brown, and white colors along with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ lens for a price of only $799.99 this March.