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

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Differences

Samsung NX500 advantages over Canon SL2

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,379 vs 1,041 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    454g vs 668g
    Lighter weight
  • 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 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    38 vs 22 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.5 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in 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

Canon SL2 advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 370 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
  • Newer
    18 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.08 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

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

  • 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

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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.

  • Higher resolution and better image quality than SL1; Much improved dynamic range; Excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Compact body with improved ergonomics; Articulating touchscreen; Full HD movies up to 60p; Better battery life.

  • Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; Dynamic range and high ISO performance still not as good as leading competitors; No 4K video option; OVF only offers 9 AF points.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A6000

Samsung NX500
Sony A6000
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL2
Sony A6000
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon SL2
Sony A6300
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D3400

Samsung NX500
Nikon D3400
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL2
Nikon D3400
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6500

Samsung NX500
Sony A6500
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon SL2
Sony A6500
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D5600

Samsung NX500
Nikon D5600
  • $1049
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL2
Nikon D5600
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
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