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Samsung Announces New NX500 | NX1 Mini?

By Anthony Thurston on February 5th 2015

While the Samsung NX1 was quietly gaining accolades as one of the best mirrorless offerings to date, they were secretly (well, given the rumors, not so secretly) working on a another mirrorless, with the guts of the NX1, in a smaller lightweight package. Today, that camera was officially announced as the NX500.

[REWIND: SAMSUNG NX1 VS. FULL FRAME CMOS: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED]

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The NX500 has the majority of the guts of the NX1, making it an incredibly capable camera. But it is in a size and form factor more similar to that of the Sony A6000, making it much more friendly to those consumers interested in a small general use camera.

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Samsung NX500 Spec Highlights

  • 28.2MP BSI APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DRIMe V Image Signal Processor
  • 4K HEVC Video Recording at 24 fps
  • 3.0″ 1036k-Dot Tilt-Touchscreen Monitor
  • NX Autofocus System III & Auto Shot Mode
  • 205 Phase-Detection AF Points
  • Up to 9 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Dual Command Dials & Hybrid UI
  • ED-SEF8A Flash & Built-In Wi-Fi

Overall, this looks like it could be a great alternative for those who do not like the size and heft of the NX1, but are intrigued by its performance. One notable disadvantage here is the lack of an EVF, automatically disqualifying it for many photographers, but let’s be honest, for most consumers, this is a non-issue.

The NX500 in the kit with the 16-55mm lens will run you $799, quite the discount from the flagship NX1. If you are interested, you can pre-order it now over on B&H.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

5 Comments

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  1. Dave Haynie

    Hmmm… my new laptop is also called NX500 (Asus), and it’s also 4K. Coincidence?

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  2. Basit Zargar

    very good piece of gear

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  3. Greg Silver

    Very nice specs!

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  4. Hannu Siika-aho

    This one would be so nice. I had a NX200. Loved it with the NX 30mm lens. Unfortunately I lost it to a greedy German company after sending it to service. They claimed it to be their property. The previous owner had seemingly never paid the item… :(

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  5. John Sheehan

    I have the NX300, so I wasn’t going to even entertain getting this right now, but the more I hear about it the more I start wondering what my tax refund will be.

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