Samsung has taken some of the core functionality of its flagship NX1 mirrorless camera and squeezed it into a more compact body in the new NX500.
Like the NX1, the NX500 uses an APS-C-sized 28-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS image sensor with a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 51,200). It records 4K (4096×2160) movies at a cinematic 24 fps, UHD (3840×2160) video at up to 30fps and 1920×1080 HD video at up to 60fps using the new HEVC codec. The camera will output a 1080/30 fps 4:2:0 signal from the HDMI port, but is unable to output 4K or UHD video via HDMI.
The NX500 won’t be quite as fast as the NX1 but it will still crank at a very respectable 9 fps with a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000 sec. The camera will sport a 3-inch, Super AMOLED touch screen display that flips up for — you guessed it — selfies. There’s also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity on hand for pairing with mobile devices.
Design-wise, the NX500 is far more consumer-oriented than the weather-sealed and dialed bedecked NX1 (a review of which will appear in the March issue of PDN).
The NX500 is available for $800 and includes a 16-50mm power zoom lens. It will be sold in brown, white and black bodies. It’s available for pre-order now.
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