By Raymond Wong
Samsung’s NX500 is the first of what will be many affordable, sub-$1,000, mirrorless cameras that shoot 4K video. Up until this year, the only compact mirrorless cameras that could shoot 4K video were the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s and Samsung NX1 — cameras that all cost well over $1,000.
The NX500 is only $800 with a 16-50mm kit lens, which costs half as much as Samsung’s flagship $1,500 NX1. The lower price doesn’t come at a loss of performance, though.
The camera shares much of the NX1’s DNA. They both have 28.2-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS image sensors, DRIMeVs image processors, 3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreens, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and, of course, 4K video recording.
Since the NX500 is smaller, it doesn’t have a built-in electronic viewfinder or a flash (it does come with an external flash that clips into the hot shoe, though.) Although I personally love having both on my Sony A6000, which is only a teensy bit larger than the NX500, their omissions aren’t a deal breaker for many people.