• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Samsung NX500 advantages over Canon EOS M3

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,379 vs 1,169 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.8 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.5 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    6 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon EOS M3 advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Less expensive
    $549 vs $799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    88 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 38 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality with high-resolution files; Excellent high ISO performance with RAW files; Very good dynamic range; Fast AF performance; Compact design with good build quality; Better ergonomics than predecessor; 4K video recording.

  • High ISO noise reduction too strong; AF struggles in low-light; Buffer depth is shallow with RAW files; No option for EVF; No built-in flash (external one included); 4K Video is cropped with narrower FOV.

  • DSLR image quality & resolution in a mirrorless body; Higher-res 24MP APS-C sensor; Much improved AF performance; Better ergonomics with full PASM dial; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC; Tilting LCD.

  • No built-in EVF; Limited native lens selection; Slow burst mode; Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; No 60p video frame rate or 4K video option.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A6000

Samsung NX500
Sony A6000
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $481
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon EOS M3
Sony A6000
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $481
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX3000
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Canon EOS M3
Samsung NX3000
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A5100

Samsung NX500
Sony A5100
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
  • $415
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon EOS M3
Sony A5100
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • External Mic Jack
  • $415
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $851
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon EOS M3
Sony A6300
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $851
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-A3

Samsung NX500
Fujifilm X-A3
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Canon EOS M3
Fujifilm X-A3
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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