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Samsung NX500 sensor review: New leader for hybrid APS-C sensor image quality

By Paul Carroll - Wednesday October 07 2015

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Introduction | Measurements: Class-leading scores in all categories | Samsung NX500 vs Sony A6000 vs Nikon D7200 | Comparison 2: Samsung NX500 vs Sony A7 vs Sony A7R II
Samsung NX500 sensor review: New leader for hybrid APS-C sensor image quality

Packing a 28.2Mp BSI CMOS sensor, the Samsung NX500 is one of the highest-resolution APS-C hybrids cameras currently available. Wasting no time after posting scores for its sister model, the NX1, our latest review analyzes the stats and scores for the NX500.

Introduction: BSI sensor leads the way for APS-C chips

Announced early in 2015, the $800 Samsung NX500 offers a high-resolution 28.2Mp APS-C BSI-type sensor for detailed stills and 4K video capture. Adopting much of Samsung’s DSLR-style NX1 hybrid camera, the NX500 boasts some high-end features in a petite and compact shell. Its diminutive dimensions means there’s no room for a built-in electronic or flash unit, but the NX500 does feature a hotshoe for attaching external flash, including the low-power unit that comes supplied with the kit.

For those seeking out top-notch image quality from a small and lightweight camera, the development of Samsung’s BSI sensor technology is the big draw. With the sensor essentially flipped upside-down, enabling light to reach the photoreceptors more efficiently than with conventional sensors, a better quality of light can be recorded. With impressive scores posted for the Samsung NX1, our hopes were high for image quality on the NX500. So, without further ado, let’s analyze the results.

Key features & specifications

  • 28.2Mp APS-C CMOS BSI sensor
  • DRIMe V image processor
  • NX AF II 205-point phase-detection AF
  • 3.0-in AMOLED LCD
  • 4K video capture at 24fps
  • Expandable ISO 51,200 max sensitivity
  • 9fps burst shooting
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity

Measurements: Class-leading scores in all categories

Samsung NX500 vs Sony A6000 vs Nikon D7200

Comparison 2: Samsung NX500 vs Sony A7 vs Sony A7R II