Samsung NX500

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $799 with 16-50mm power zoom and electronic flash

INTRODUCED 2/2015

If you’d like the core features of Samsung’s flagship NX1 mirrorless camera, but in a more compact, "flat"-style body, the new NX500 is the camera for you. It has the same most-megapixels-in-APS-C 28.2 MP BSI (backside-illuminated) CMOS sensor as the NX1, a powerful DRIMe 5s processor and can do 4096×2150/24 4K and 3840×2160/30 UHD video straight to memory card, using the HEVC/H.265 codec, as well as 1080 HD video. (Note that the NX500 captures a 4K area in the center of the sensor, so the angle of view is narrower than with the NX1, which captures the full 28 MP and resizes to 4K.) The NX500 doesn’t have the NX1’s electronic viewfinder, but its tilting three-inch touchscreen AMOLED monitor tilts 180 degrees for easy "selfie" shooting. And it’s much smaller than the NX1, at 4.7×2.5×1.7 inches and 10.1 ounces.

A hybrid AF system works in light as dim as EV -4, and you can shoot action at up to 9 fps. There’s no built-in flash, but the NX500 comes with one (and a 16-50mm power-zoom with O.I.S. optical image stabilization) in the kit. SMART mode automatically sets the camera for Action Freeze, Beauty Face, Fireworks, Landscape, Light Trace, Multi-Exposure, Night, Panorama, Rich Tones, Silhouette, Sunset and Waterfall photos, and there’s a UHD Time-lapse Video mode as well.

ISO settings run from 100-25,600 (extendable to ISO 51,200). Files are saved to SD, SDHC or SDXC media, and the camera is compatible with UHS-I cards. Shutter speeds run from 30 seconds to 1/6000, with flash sync up to 1/200.

Like the NX1, the new NX500 offers built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, with NFC for easy connection. So it’s easy and quick to send large photos and video files to other smartphones and tablets, and operate the camera remotely from your smart device. And like all NX-system cameras, the NX1 can use all NX lenses. These currently range from 10mm fish-eye and 12-24mm superwide zoom to 18-200mm, 50-200mm and new 50-150mm ƒ/2.8 S OIS zooms. Contact: Samsung, www.samsung.com.

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