Samsung NX500 Review - The NX500 features the same 28MP sensor as the advanced NX1 in a more compact body, but does it manage the same level of image quality and general performance? Read on to find out...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Samsung NX500

Image Quality:95%


  • Excellent image quality; Fast and accurate autofocus; High quality 4K video recording


  • No electronic viewfinder option; Small control dials; Screen can be difficult to see in sunlight


Samsung NX500 Review


Price as reviewed:

£599.00 (with 16-50mm lens)

Samsung NX500 Review – Image Quality

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Samsung NX500 Review Sample Image Gallery


At default settings NX500 gives an accurate, if slightly bland colour rendition in its JPEG output. It manages to retain colour saturation pretty well as the ISO is raised, but from ISO 6400 onwards it visibly deteriorates.


The NX500’s 28MP sensor is the highest resolution available for APS-C, and delivers loads of detail. At ISO 100 it’s capable of 3800 lph on our test chart, dropping gradually to about 3200lph at ISO 3200, but falling off rapidly after that.

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Samsung NX500 Review Sample Image Gallery


At ISO 100 barely any noise is visible, and this remains true up to ISO 800. Noise starts to impact on fine detail at ISO 1600, and at ISO 6400 and above it becomes very destructive indeed.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Samsung NX500 Review - Image Quality
  3. 3. Samsung NX500 Review - Verdict
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