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
Street Price: £599
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
Street Price: £599
Sensor: 28MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Lens mount: Samsung NX lens mount
LCD: 3in, 1,036k-dot tilting touchscreen Super AMOLED
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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