• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX500 advantages over Sony A6500

  • Less expensive
    $799 vs $1398*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A6500 advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Newer
    12 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    231 vs 38 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 8.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    110 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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.

  • Comfortable, premium body with good controls; Touch-screen for subject selection; Hybrid image stabilization system; Excellent image quality; Better high ISO JPEGs than the A6300; Extremely fast 11.1 fps burst capture; Very deep buffers for raw and JPEG alike; 4K video capture with no pixel binning

  • Pricey for an APS-C camera; JPEG colors aren't the most accurate; Very slow buffer clearing; Laggy touch-pad AF function; Poorly-placed movie button; No headphone jack; Mediocre battery life

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX3000
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony A6500
Samsung NX3000
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Samsung NX500
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A6500
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $828
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A6500
Sony A6300
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $828
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon EOS M6

Samsung NX500
Canon EOS M6
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $779
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • External Mic Jack
Sony A6500
Canon EOS M6
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $779
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth

Compared to Leica TL2

Samsung NX500
Leica TL2
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $1950
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Faster shutter
Sony A6500
Leica TL2
  • $1398
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1950
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Higher-res screen
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