Canon’s latest CSC is a far more advanced affair than its predecessor, but how does it measure up against one of its closest competitors? Find out in our Canon EOS M3 vs Samsung NX500 comparison

Canon EOS M3 vs Samsung NX500 – Key Specs

Canon EOS M3

Street Price: £599

Canon EOS M3 vs Samsung NX500

Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Lens mount: Canon EF-M lens mount
LCD: 3in, 1,040k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder: Optional EVF
Other: Full HD video capture @ 30fps, 4.2fps continuous shooting, Wi-fi and NFC


Samsung NX500

Street Price: £599

Canon EOS M3 vs Samsung NX500 product shot

Sensor: 28MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Lens mount: Samsung NX lens mount
LCD: 3in, 1,036k-dot tilting touchscreen Super AMOLED
Viewfinder: No
Other: 4K video capture, 9fps continuous shooting, Wi-fi and NFC

Canon EOS M3 vs Samsung NX500 – Comparison

With a similar street price and the same physical size of sensor, the Canon EOS M3 and Samsung NX500 are competing almost directly in the enthusiast CSC market.

Despite the two featuring APS-C sensors, the resolutions vary – while the M3’s 24.2 megapixels are not to be sniffed at, the 28 megapixels of the NX500 result in highest resolution found in a CSC (bar Sony’s full-frame Alphas).

The differences continue in video capture. The EOS M3 sports standard Full HD video capture, while the NX500 joins the ranks of digital cameras that now offer Ultra HD 4K resolution.

Not all photographers will require such high resolution still and movie capture, although the NX500 also has the edge in terms of operational speed. Its 9fps continuous rate is more than double that of the M3, while its autofocusing speed is perhaps the best in class.

So far it’s mostly Samsung edging the debate. However, the EOS M3 isn’t without merit in this comparison. Although it doesn’t ship with an EVF, it is compatible with Canon’s EVF-DC1 accessory.

Also, the EF-EOS M lens mount adapter provides compatibility with the vast catalogue of Canon DSLR lenses.

However, while the Canon EOS M3 is an attractive proposition and a huge improvement on its predecessor – the original EOS M – there’s no denying that the Samsung NX500 is the more advanced of the two cameras and the likely preference.

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  • I’ve the original canon eos m with the ef adapter & both the 10-18 & 55-250ii are light, cheap and good quality as per images – the weight and size difference is not much from the eos m lenses and are much cheaper – also for the ef mount there are all kinds of 3rd party lenses/adapters – I’ve been looking at whether there is a possibility for similar adapters for samsung as the sensor interests me but I am reluctant because of the lens issue. I actually love the IQ of the canon eos m processor – any old lens I put on it works well – I don’t know how the samsung would work with legacy glass. My main work is with composition – hence the ability to use all kinds of glass is vital. I use an old fuji 1.8 lens ( v light weight – adapter costed 2 dollars (for ef) and it works like a 90mm 2.8 prime and is v light. For me there are 3 important factors sensor – processor/IQ and the kinds of glass + adapters

  • If you honestly believe there is little difference between Samsung and Canon glass then fine, you go ahead and use your Samsung, no need to get offensive.

  • nac300

    The Sony A7 is also compatible with adapted Canon lenses and will offer much better results than the EOS-M.

    But in any case using adapted lenses absolutely misses the point of a mirrorless system. You lose portability and autofocus performance (and before you make some quip about image quality, buy a bloody native EF-mount DSLR).

    There is little between the image quality of Samsung glass and comparable Canon glass. The main difference is that the former doesn’t have the same level of dealer support and can be associated to washing machines and mobile phones by the needlessly conservative camera market.

  • There are over 70 pro grade lenses available with a simple adaptor, I would still take a camera manufacturers tool any day over a general electrical companies product Ferrari vs Ford

  • nac300

    Actually the NX system is the one with the stable of quality lenses. The EF-M system has 4 lenses which are all easily matched or bettered by their Samsung equivalents (source: DxOMark). The EOS-M has also no answer for fast quality pro zoom or speciality (macro/portrait/fisheye) lenses.

  • but you forget the most important feature, which takes the most accurate images, the sharpest with the best colour balance. To me 4 1/2 fps, 24MP and full HD is numbers enough, I would take the Canon with its stable of quality lenses over a Samsung any day.