• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Samsung NX300 advantages over Pentax K-500

  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 71 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    549g vs 852g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.1 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax K-500 advantages over Samsung NX300

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $597 vs $1200*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,087 vs 942 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 710 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    30 vs 14 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Stylish "retro modern" design in two color schemes; attractive 3.3-inch AMOLED tilting touchscreen; new APS-C CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection AF; better image quality, particularly in low light at high ISOs; faster all-around performance; improved Wi-Fi connectivity.

  • Camera feels more plasticky than expected when you pick it up; slower shot-to-speeds compared to rivals; poor buffer depth with raw files; aggressive anti-noise processing destroys detail in high ISO shots; display smudges easily and is rather dim; no EVF support.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-7

Samsung NX300
Sony NEX-7
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Pentax K-500
Sony NEX-7
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Samsung NX200

Samsung NX300
Samsung NX200
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-500
Samsung NX200
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • HDMI out

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Samsung NX300
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon T5i

Samsung NX300
Canon T5i
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung NX300
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Pentax K-500
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
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