First picture of the Samsung NX500 mirrorless camera



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I received the first picture of the rumored Samsung NX500 mirrorless camera. Here are some additional specifications:

  • 28MP BSI APS-C sensor
  • D5s image engine
  • ISO range: 100-25,600
  • New hybrid AF with PD
  • 55ms super fast AF
  • 9fps with AF
  • 1/6000s shutter speed
  • Easy sharing with BT/Wi-Fi/NFC
  • 3: Super AMOLED tilt &flip LCD screen
  • Dual command dial
  • Will be available in three different colors: black, brown, white
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  • GirginB

    Looks like a (not really well made) fake…

  • sickheadache

    I gonna pass…not full frame. I feel a sick headache coming on…I need to lay down.

  • doge

    I’d call that a rendering more than I’d call it a picture.

    Are there any renderings of the back side?

    • Global

      How do you figure? A “picture” includes stick drawings and cartoons. Its not a photograph, but its definitely a picture. 😛

  • kamatt

    I will be incredibly surprised if samsung doesn’t offer an EVF attachment for this camera. They’ll be shooting their own feet if not.
    If they do, it will be a great time to jump onto the Samsung train. The NX500 looks like it will be a great little camera, and with the direction that Samsung is going it will be a great little companion to a FF Samsung mirrorless later this year or early next year… IMHO

    • wallybrooks

      Ditto! The image does not look like it has a built in EVF.

    • Dmitry Anisimov

      They want you to buy both NX500 and NX1 😀 If NX500 had an EVF main advantage of NX1 would disappear

      • Marco –

        Exactly. Since nx1 is a big, heavy, bulky camera and its only advantage is evf.

        Then why didn’t they do a rangefinder high end model, costing as much as nx1?

        • Dmitry Anisimov

          Rangefinder model with EVF would almost eliminate demand for these two models

          • kamatt

            I’m hoping, and in order to compete with Sony:
            NXx becomes Full Frame, pro level, slightly bigger body dslr like
            NXxx Pro/Enthusiast level, rangefinder style
            NXxxx Entry level, no evf, slightly crippled features

            but i’ve only started watching samsung cameras recently so I could be wayyyyyyyy off 🙂 just thinking

          • Marco –

            Yes, since it’s the best form factor. Then why don’t make it???

  • Why can’t Samsung make their 9 and 15 FPS bodies in Nikon mount so I can put my Nikon mount lenses on them. Nikon has already said they’re not going to make a D400 so why should they care.

    • Neopulse

      You can use an adapter if you want. There are some that let AF become possible.

      • Neopulse. What brand do you recommend? I did a web search and found a lot of cheap adapters that say they work with AFS lenses but none of them have the necessary pins in order to actually do auto focus. I’m using expensive lenses so I don’t mind buying the best quality adapter. Thanks in advance for your help.

        • Neopulse

          Well apparently according to Oliver there isn’t yet unfortunately. And as you said, works with AF-S lenses (most likely brands like Novoflex with the 8-step click aperture ring). But for sure on this website it might come up when it releases. It makes sense though that for now there isn’t such a high demand for this kind of adapter compared to the major brands.

      • Oliver

        there are no Adapters for the NX Mount that support AF or any other electrical coupling….

        • Neopulse

          I guess for the time being. Usually Metabones is known for making good adapters with AF coupling apart from brand made adapters.

    • Global

      Samsung is a giant-ass chaebol of a company; 99% of their managers probably don’t even know why. 😛

    • Piotr Kosewski

      Because they don’t earn much money on the bodies (if any).
      For this reason companies are not sharing their mount technology. Manufacturers like Sigma and Tokina have to reverse engineer the connections to make their lenses work with bodies (which hurts the AF performance).

      Nikon would love to share its mount with a body manufacturer. They did that before. When the digital ILC became popular, Fujifilm didn’t have the tech to make lenses. They could, however, make very good sensors. They built few cameras based on Nikon designs (with the F-mount). Even though they were quite expensive, Fuji was not generating satisfactory profit and they dumped the idea.

  • Duncan Dimanche

    they should stick with 16mpx with a crop sensor in my opinion… I’m linking them more and more but 28mpx is wayyyyy too much for this type of camera.
    and yes an external EVF is a must

    so in the meantime Long live Samsung !!!

    • MonkeySpanner

      I think you are assuming that 16MP would have some huge noise advantage. Well maybe yes, maybe no. Remember this is a BSI sensor – the first ever put in an aps-c camera. I enjoy cropping options. Don’t always crop but I want the option to. 16MP severely limits how much I can crop.

    • Global

      Not if its good light — and they are obviously doing it to make some news. You aren’t going to hear about 16mp and 18mp cameras anymore. Youre right, we should — but we won’t. All the news is 24mp and up. And even make a dent in the news before the new 50mp sensors start coming out (as they eventually will), Samsungs using “28mp” (“a bit more than 24” should be their slogan — because they are obviously banking on it). When comparing a D5500 or D3200 to this camera, a lot of new customers will say (instinctively), “Oh, 28mp must be better than 24mp, right?” Its just the nature of the market. Samsung isn’t on top yet. So they are fishing at the bottom, until they create something that gets support at the mid-levels. Its a conservative strategy, but not likely to win over the top. Samsung should follow Fuji’s lead and should make extremely high-end top grade glass, and a beautiful rendering camera to match it with with no limits on it (fully specced as possible by price/level; no artificial crippling like what Canon and Nikon do too often). But they are still fishing a bit.

  • MonkeySpanner

    The specs look killer. If the AF and sensor turn out to be good – this could be an extraordinary body. I am waiting on the IQ results from the NX1 to surface. Has anyone seen any tests yet?

    • SH*T666

      Those compact powerzoom lenses are also very interesting. Add one or two pancakes and you have all the equipment you need in a very small pack.

  • SH*T666

    Really nice looking camera and I bet an external VF is on the way. 1/6000 and threaded shutter release? (!)

    • Marco –

      If an external vf exists, I buy it. Otherwise samsung is really dumb.

  • Spy Black

    Does it have an EVF? Pretty useles without one with those specs.

    • Global

      Wait and see. It has a flash bracket, so…

  • Global

    I like when Samsung starts to get serious about something. When Samsung gets serious about something — things get good. The only downside to Samsung is software support. Let’s hope Fuji’s stellar comeback and Nikon’s broken-teeth serve as a sufficient warning.

    Just in case any Samsung designers are reading this: quit it with the “silver & dark brown” bodies, if you want to sell in the U.S. Swap that one with an all-black body.. or, if you must keep brown, give a high-quality leather pattern, texture, and feel, with a bit lighter color. And stay far, far away from orange. Thanks!

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