• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Lens selection
    Excellent 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
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 370 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 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
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    103 vs 38 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.5 fps vs 8.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Samsung NX500 advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $799 vs $1799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    24.8 vs 22.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,379 vs 1,082 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 11.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    454g vs 1388g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 20.2 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1331
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
Samsung NX500
Canon 7D
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1331
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Samsung NX500
Canon 6D
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon 70D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 70D
  • $1331
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $907
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Samsung NX500
Canon 70D
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $907
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony A77 II

Canon 7D Mark II
Sony A77 II
  • $1331
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Samsung NX500
Sony A77 II
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection

Compared to Nikon D7200

Canon 7D Mark II
Nikon D7200
  • $1331
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $991
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Samsung NX500
Nikon D7200
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $991
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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