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Samsung Electronics NX500 28 MP Wireless Smart Compact System Camera with Included Kit Lens (White) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Samsung Electronics NX500 28 MP Wireless Smart Compact System Camera with Included Kit Lens (White)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 67 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 6.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Image4.6   above average
Screen4.4   above average
Lens4.0   above average
Quality3.9   below average
Size3.8   below average
Focus3.3   above average
Video2.9   mediocre


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Focus

Focus:
"Focus not that well in low light and close subjectThe touch screen isn't as smooth as canon EOS M which was a surprise."
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"* Cannot 180 flip screen with flash mounted* Lack of slow mo options higher than 60 fps at 1080 and 4k* No hot shoe cover included* Power zoom kit lens does not have manual focus option* Screen too hard to see in bright daylight* Lack of h264 support option* Buffer too small while shooting continuous with Raw modeHoping Samsung will address some of the cons via firmware updates in the near future."
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"I had it for 3 days and it has potential the focus and shutter speed worket great but the lens 16mm-50mm was terrible barely focus at all pictures came out grainy and the camera had a cheap feel to it in comparison to the nx 300 , overall camera had potential lots of cool feature but the focusing and lens were a deal breaker"
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"In good light autofocus is very quick, in medium to poor light it hunts a lot and generally fails to find focus."
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"Auto focus is a snap; you can change it to however you'd like to use it (aka auto, touch the screen to focus, etc)The video turned out to be great."
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"Focusing speed is very good."
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"Video is crisp and clean auto focus is the best I have used in DSLR or Mirrorless."
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"I had it for 3 days and it has potential the focus and shutter speed worket great but the lens 16mm-50mm was terrible barely focus at all pictures came out grainy and the camera had a cheap feel to it in comparison to the nx 300 , overall camera had potential lots of cool feature but the focusing and lens were a deal breaker"
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Image

Image:
"As mentioned before to solve this problem Samsung could just re sample the 7K image to a 4K image, but have for some reason opted not too even though the two cameras share the same image processor."
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"So simple to distribute pics to others and even cooler is the ease in putting right up on my tv."
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"Great image quality."
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"I found the menu system was easier than the a6000 and the kit lens of NX500 produces sharper images."
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"Pro:High pixel and great image quality."
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"Currently have the kit lens, NX 16mm f 2.4 Camera Lens, and NX 45mm f 1.8 Camera Lens they all produce beautiful images."
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Lens

Lens:
"The kit lens is the worst of any of the kit lenses from any manufacturer I've ever had."
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"However, I realized that spending 650$ on a mirrorless camera that has no good lens attached is not right, especially when you can get a DSLR camera with the same budget (like Nikon D3300)."
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"- WiFi - send email or files to smartphone- Bluetooth - send files to smartphone- Use smartphone as remoteCons- No viewfinder- External flash is weird- No lens hood"
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"Maybe its mine, but the lens makes noise when adjusting (not good for video audio).The video recording capabilities is amazing though with right and left microphones."
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"I had it for 3 days and it has potential the focus and shutter speed worket great but the lens 16mm-50mm was terrible barely focus at all pictures came out grainy and the camera had a cheap feel to it in comparison to the nx 300 , overall camera had potential lots of cool feature but the focusing and lens were a deal breaker"
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"4k video is awesome and love the ability to expand with optional lenses."
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"The lense does great video and picture! "
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"Even with kit lens, the photos are phenomenal."
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"Love the iFunction button on the lenses that support it."
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"I found the menu system was easier than the a6000 and the kit lens of NX500 produces sharper images."
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Photo

Photo:
"Never took such great photos"
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"I have an iPhone so I think I'm missing out on all the features, but I bought the camera for the photos I can take."
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"The camera itself is great and very easy to use and if you're using it just for photos, it's probably fine, but if you ever plan to shoot video, get something else."
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"And emailing photos to myself from the camera is very easy."
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"Still, I love trying to take the best photos I can."
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"Connecting the camera to wifi, and sending the photos was a breeze, the photos sent fast as well."
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"I love the fact that i can immediately send photos from this camera to my email; my phone either took ages to send it, or never sent it through at all."
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Quality

Quality:
"Build quality is fine, but not fantastic."
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"I have heard rumors that the video quality was degraded from the pre production model to what it is now so that it doesnt steal to much thunder from the NX1."
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"Video quality:Video is excellent, but be prepared to be frustrated processing or even viewing the material."
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"The video quality was slightly degraded if you looked hard enough."
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"I'm so, so happy with the quality of the pictures it takes, even in low light, without flash, on auto!"
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"The build quality is really nice."
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"The picture quality is great."
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"Great image quality."
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"The 4K video quality is great, although doesn't seem quite as sharp as other 4K cameras."
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Screen

Screen:
"Obviously I wish it had an EVF but it pack most of the things I missed on the Sony Alpha 5000 5100 6000 which is full touch screen control, 2 wheels, fantastic NFC phone app etc."
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"* Cannot 180 flip screen with flash mounted* Lack of slow mo options higher than 60 fps at 1080 and 4k* No hot shoe cover included* Power zoom kit lens does not have manual focus option* Screen too hard to see in bright daylight* Lack of h264 support option* Buffer too small while shooting continuous with Raw modeHoping Samsung will address some of the cons via firmware updates in the near future."
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"Instead of offering a EVF they gave us a verticle flip screen which may be a big benefit for you, or a negative depending on your shooting style (I like it).I have a video review for the NX500 on my youtube channel where I go into detail with testing and examples for both photo and 4k video as well as a detailed comparison of the NX500 with a competitor the Panasonic LX100."
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"Great for bloggers and vloggers because of the flip up screen, and smart phone remote viewfinder."
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"Auto focus is a snap; you can change it to however you'd like to use it (aka auto, touch the screen to focus, etc)The video turned out to be great."
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"The screen works well for me so no EVF does not bother me either."
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"I can zoom into them on my computer (4k screen) to about 1 25th the size and everything still looks well detailed."
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"I loved the NX500 body, convenient to hold, buttons with a good click in the right places, two dials are very convenient, the menu system isn't particularly bad, the touch screen is excellent and very responsive."
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Size

Size:
"At first it felt weird being so small in my hand, but now I've gotten used to it, it feels really comfortable."
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"There are a few compromises that had to be made to meet the price point and more so the size of this camera."
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"Nevertheless, I gave it 4 start because some small things that are quite annoying."
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"It also tells you how many pictures you'll be able to take with the size of your memory card+battery life."
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"It's small enough to be easily portable, but is big enough you will notice it, unlike the entry level point and shoot cameras."
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"I can zoom into them on my computer (4k screen) to about 1 25th the size and everything still looks well detailed."
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"The file sizes are 2x smaller, and are thus more easily able to be written to something like a 45 mbps write SD card."
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"The size and what it can do is amazing."
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Video

Video:
"Be aware that the video files are a hassle."
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"I read many reviews and the pros complained about the video mostly."
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"If you are not, record at 1080@60 and enjoy crispy video (especially if you plan to upload to youtube or facebook or whatever, as the compression is so high that the gains of 4k won't be noticed)."
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"It may require an update to view the files or converting them (long) to h264 if you are using a laptop...The second disadvantage is that the video recorded above 4k is cropped (4k is about 1.6 crop factor, and UHD about 1.77)."
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"Main complaint it for Samsung to enable normal MP4 H264 video format."
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"One drawback to this camera is that it saves all video files in the H.265 HVEC format, which is, well, ahead of its time lets say."
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"Video is really good as well."
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"4k video is awesome and love the ability to expand with optional lenses."
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"The lense does great video and picture! "
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"Auto focus is a snap; you can change it to however you'd like to use it (aka auto, touch the screen to focus, etc)The video turned out to be great."
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"I have a nice video camera and these things were not important to me, but might be for some."
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