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

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Differences

Samsung NX3000 advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.29 vs 3.63 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Samsung NX500 advantages over Samsung NX3000

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.20 vs 0.30 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.8 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    38 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.5 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    6 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • 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

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

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.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Samsung NX3000
Samsung NX1100
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
Samsung NX500
Samsung NX1100
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A5000

Samsung NX3000
Sony A5000
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Hot shoe
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Samsung NX500
Sony A5000
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Leica T (Typ 701)

Samsung NX3000
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
Samsung NX500
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX3000
Sony A6300
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A6500

Samsung NX3000
Sony A6500
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Samsung NX500
Sony A6500
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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