• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Samsung NX500 advantages over Panasonic GX8

  • Less expensive
    $799 vs $998*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,379 vs 806 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 12.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 63 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic GX8 advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 38 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    36 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

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Highest resolution Micro Four Thirds camera yet; Great high ISO performance; Very fast autofocus; Fast burst mode with deep buffers; Impressive Dual I.S. system; Great 4K video.

  • No built-in flash; Slow buffer clearing; Below average battery life; Limited I.S. for 4K video.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Samsung NX500
Olympus E-M1
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1099
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX3000
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $950
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Panasonic GX8
Samsung NX3000
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $950
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX8
Sony A6300
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Samsung NX500
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1174
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
  • $1174
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A6500

Samsung NX500
Sony A6500
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic GX8
Sony A6500
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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