• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Samsung NX500 advantages over Nikon J5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.63 vs 2.37 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • Better color depth
    24.8 vs 21.1 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,379 vs 479 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 12.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/200 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 20.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    38 vs 20 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon J5 advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Less expensive
    $497 vs $799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    31 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    345g vs 454g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    59.4 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    59.4 fps vs 8.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    20 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/6000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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 HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • 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

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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.

  • Photographer-friendly controls; Impressive dynamic range for its class; Very fast hybrid autofocus; Fast high-speed shooting capabilities; Tilting touchscreen display.

  • No hot shoe or viewfinder; Aggressive noise reduction, even at base ISO; 4K video is limited to 15fps.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A6000

Samsung NX500
Sony A6000
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon J5
Sony A6000
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Samsung NX Mini

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX Mini
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $600
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
Nikon J5
Samsung NX Mini
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $600
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon J4

Samsung NX500
Nikon J4
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $425
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
Nikon J5
Nikon J4
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $425
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX3000
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Nikon J5
Samsung NX3000
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon J5
Sony A6300
  • $497
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
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